Dental anxiety is a significant concern for many people. Millions of adults in our country avoid seeing the dentist altogether due to fear. This habit comes at a steep cost. There is no need to put your smile at risk. Several benefits come from sedation dentistry, which we are happy to discuss with you. If you have wondered "Is there a dentist near me in Shrewsbury who understands my fears?" look no further than Levenson Smile for the care you need.
Dr. Levenson has been treating patients for many years. A member of DOCS (Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation), he does understand that dental anxiety is a very real problem. More than that, he offers patients a convenient, affordable way to restore and manage oral health for life. We have found that the more patients are able to receive care from our friendly team, the less they fear seeing the dentist! All the same, we are happy to offer sedation to patients who want to sail through their visits.
We offer oral conscious sedation, a form of care that helps you feel nicely relaxed before you even sit in the dental chair. After a thorough consultation and discussion of medical history, dental fears, and preferences, a prescription is written for specific sedative medication. Before your treatment appointment, you will take the prescribed medication at home. You will then need to be driven to our office, where your friend or family member can wait in our comfortable reception area to drive you home.
During your treatment, you will remain alert and able to communicate with us. Your hypersensitivity to sounds and sights will, however, be reduced by the effects of medication. As we attend to your smile, you will feel comfortable both physically and psychologically. Due to the level of relaxation achieved with sedation, many of our patients find post-treatment recovery easier, even if they have undergone multiple procedures in a single visit.
You deserve to feel peace of mind when you schedule dental visits to keep your smile healthy and attractive! With sedation, this becomes a very real possibility. Learn more about sedation dentistry services when you call (855) 849-8255.
It is common for patients of all ages to have a fear of the dentist. Some fears are completely unexplainable, while others stem from negative experiences in the past. Whatever it may be, Dr. Levenson understands that this anxiety and fear can make it difficult to go to the dentist for much-needed treatments. This is why he is a qualified oral sedation dentist in Worcester.
Oral sedation dentistry is a type of sedation that uses medication to relax and calm the patient before, during, and after the treatment. Before their visit to the dental office, the patient will be prescribed an oral medication. This is taken, and the patient is then transported to the dental office. Once they arrive, they will be calm and relaxed, and will be able to go about their treatment simply and easily. After the treatment has been completed, the patient is transported back home to rest. When the patient awakes, he or she will not recall the appointment but will have their dental work completed.
Patients enjoy oral conscious sedation, as it can remove the fears and anxieties associated with the dental chair. Teenagers and adults can use oral sedation for anything that may be bothersome. It is also helpful to comfort patients during extended procedures that may take some time to complete. Before the patient's scheduled treatment, they can discuss with Dr. Levenson their concerns and anxieties to learn more about the sedation methods available at his office. In some cases, nitrous oxide may be enough to calm a patient, while other times, methods such as oral conscious sedation may be necessary. Dr. Levenson is a trained oral sedation dentist in Worcester and can provide the ultimate in care and comfort for those looking to undergo treatments and procedures in his office.
Oral sedation dentistry is a great way to ease patient concerns about visiting the dentist. It can be a wonderful way to get patients to maintain a healthy, happy smile that can last them a lifetime. Call Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smiles today to find out more about how sedation can benefit you in getting the care and treatment that you need to enjoy a beautiful, healthy, unforgettable smile!
Many patients spend hundreds of dollars on over-the-counter teeth whitening products that do not provide the results they want to achieve. From strips to trays, toothpastes to mouthwashes, no whitening treatment available at the local drugstore can compare to the results achieved with professional-grade whitening solutions through Levenson Smile in Worcester. Dr. Levenson is dedicated to helping his patients enjoy a beautiful smile, and provides several solutions for those interested in brightening their teeth for a dazzling appearance!
Dr. Levenson offers a number of teeth whitening solutions through his practice. Some patients enjoy the benefits of take-home whitening trays, which use professional-strength bleach and custom-made plastic trays. Others prefer in-office whitening, which can provide them with a dazzling smile in as little as one hour. In addition, when patients maintain their regular visits with Dr. Levenson twice a year, they can become a part of the "Whitening for Life" program, which provides patients with whitening gel every biannual checkup.
Many patients wonder about the cost of teeth whitening through a dental facility such as
Dr. Levenson’s practice. Unfortunately, each whitening procedure has its own relative cost depending on the strength of the solution used, the type of whitening treatments, and how many times the patient undergoes the procedure. In-office whitening is often the most expensive, but provides the fastest results. This procedure is great for patients who need to whiten their smile quickly for an upcoming event such as a school reunion or wedding. Whitening trays can provide gradual results at home, and are part of the Whitening for Life program. Some patients may incur more expenses if they are dealing with restorations, as these may need to be replaced after whitening has been completed. All of these costs and concerns can be addressed when patients visit their dentist for a consultation.
When patients visit Dr. Levenson, he can evaluate the varying factors associated with the cost of whitening and provide an accurate quote for those interested in brightening their smiles.
Imagine going into the dentist’s office for a complex procedure such as periodontal treatment and leaving with little to no recollection of the time that has passed or any other anxiety triggers. If this sounds like a dream, it’s not. Oral conscious sedation allows patients to experienced comfortable, anxiety-free dental care to improve their oral health. Sedation dentistry is completely safe and has many benefits for patients who are overcome with fear or anxiety of the dentist. At Levenson Smile in Worcester, we may recommend sedation dentistry for patients who have negative feelings about the dentist in order to turn the experience into a positive one. Some of the people who may benefit from sedation include those with:
Anxiety of sitting in the dentist’s chair
Inability or discomfort sitting still for extended periods of time
Difficulty getting numb with local anesthetic
Ask anyone what the first thing is they notice about you, and “your smile” is a common answer. Are you proud of your teeth, or are you hiding behind a less-than-desirable smile? Have you thought about straightening your smile but aren’t interested in wearing conventional metal wires and brackets for a long time? Perhaps the cost of traditional braces kept you from discussing orthodontic treatment with your dentist. Whatever the reason, Worchester dentist, Dr. Stanley Levenson, is one of the few dentists in Massachusetts who is specially trained to offer the innovative orthodontic treatment called Six Month Smiles that promises straighter teeth in less time, and is less expensive in many cases.
Sleep apnea is a challenge for people across the world. This sleep disorder, which is most often caused by an obstruction in the airway, can not only prevent individuals from restful sleep, it can lead to serious medical conditions. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, has helped many patients recognize the symptoms and find relief from sleep apnea.
It is essential for patients who have lost teeth to speak to a dentist in the Shrewsbury area about repairing their smiles. Restoration of the smile is necessary for it to function properly and to maintain the alignment of the dental arch. Patients who do not address missing teeth may be faced with problems such as drifting teeth, gaps between them, the loss of jawbone, and difficulties speaking and eating. Replacing the teeth is crucial and can be done in a variety of ways, but many patients choose one of several types of dentures to correct the smile.
Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile offers several types of dentures that patients can take into consideration if they choose to avoid alternatives such as dental implants and bridges. Dentures may be either partial or full dentures. A patient may be a candidate for a partial denture if they are not missing all the teeth within the dental arch. One or more teeth can be replaced in this manner. A partial denture is made with metal framework that snaps into the dental arch and is held in place by the existing teeth. It can be easily removed and inserted. They are simple to care for and can be easily cleaned to maintain oral health. Patients who begin to experience changes in their smile can visit their dentist to have them readjusted as necessary, and replacements can be made.
At Levenson Smile, we encourage patients who need full dentures to learn about the advantages of our Fountain Of Youth Dentures. The Fountain Of Youth Dentures are a special type of denture that takes into consideration the neuromuscular properties of the smile. Traditional full dentures can be worn to replace an entire arch of teeth, but patients will soon develop a “sunken in” appearance around the mouth due to the loss of bone. Fountain Of Youth Dentures are fabricated in a manner that can maintain the volume to the smile and reduce the aging appearance often resulting from dentures. This makes them a highly desirable alternative to conventional full dentures available at other dental practices in the area.
Many of our patients at Levenson Smile already have some idea of what they want the perfect smile to look like. They can imagine the freedom and confidence that their perfect teeth will give them in a social setting. Having teeth that you aren’t confident about can impact your ability to interact in many social settings.
Patients often discuss difficulties with speaking up during an important meeting or laughing with a group of friends. Fortunately, the staff at Levenson Smile help make these dreams a reality every day for our patients, and we can do that for you too.
There are a number of issues that our patients can easily identify by themselves that do not take the years of education that our staff has. For instance, stained chipped, or gapped teeth can all detract from your smile. One of the most common issues that patients have are teeth that do not have the proper alignment. Many patients may shy away from getting this corrected because they have heard that it is too painful, too expensive, or that it takes too long.
Advances in dental science have created a number of different approaches that we can use to fit your needs and get you the smile you want.
Braces have been a tried and true method for helping straighten teeth for decades. Braces are dental devices that have a small bracket that is attached to the front of each tooth. Then a series of bands, wires, or springs can be strategically attached to these brackets.
Braces work by placing regular and continuous pressure on the teeth to gently guide them back into the proper alignment. Braces have come a long way since their inception, and there are a variety of different options to fit your needs. While braces are very successful at being able to correct and properly align your teeth, many patients feel that they take too long, or they do not like that they cannot temporarily remove them for an important meeting or event.
Dental retainers are often used in the last phases of having braces, or for patients who have mostly aligned teeth, but may need to alter their bite position. After braces are removed, teeth can often have a tendency to try to slip back out of place. A retainer is worn at night to help maintain the correct position of the teeth and make sure that the results of straightening your teeth last longer.
Invisalign is an option that works well for many patients to straighten their teeth without having to undergo attaching objects to your teeth. Instead, an impression of your teeth is made, and then a digital program is outlined specifically for you. Once this plan has been approved, it is sent to a lab, where they make a series of different aligner trays to fit your teeth throughout the entire straightening process. Each tray is slightly closer to what your final smile will look like.
The aligners are made of a clear plastic that is generally not noticeable by anybody else. They are designed to be worn for about 22 hours out of every day. This means that you sleep in them and wear them through most of your day. You only remove them to eat and brush your teeth (and the aligners). Patients often like that the aligners are not as visible and that they can be easily removed for short periods of time (like family dinner).
Levenson Smile offers a variety of treatment options to help give you a smile you have been dreaming of. Call our friendly staff today to schedule your consultation and see how we can help you get the confidence you deserve!
Sleep apnea is much more common than people might think. In fact, estimates suggest that more than 18 million Americans and 100 million people worldwide suffer from this sleep disorder which is characterized by an interruption in the normal pattern of breathing while you sleep. Whilst there are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is by far the most prevalent. It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep your airway open despite your natural instinct to breathe. This causes you to temporarily stop breathing, until your body recognizes that there is a lack of oxygen and triggers your brain to take an extra-large breath. This is enough to push past the blockage and resume normal breathing again. However, sleep apnea rarely occurs as just one episode during each period of sleep. In patients with severe OSA, it isn’t unheard of for them to experience up to 100 episodes of interrupted breathing during an 8-hour window of sleep.
The effects of sleep apnea can be significant. Patients can suffer from disturbed and poor-quality sleep, low blood oxygen levels, memory problems and mood swings. They are also at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and depression, and more likely to be involved in accidents due to their daytime fatigue.
The less common type of sleep apnea is known as central sleep apnea or CSA. Central sleep apnea is a neurological condition in which the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep. In the case that someone is diagnosed with CNS, they are almost always referred to a neurologist to help them find a treatment to reduce and control their sleep disorder.
Fortunately, there are also treatments available that can reduce and even eliminate obstructive sleep apnea and the detrimental impact that it can have on your life. Although these can be provided by your doctor, most cases of OSA get referred to dentists for treatment.
Obstructive sleep apnea is believed to have a number of factors that contribute towards its development. These are:
a small upper airway
abnormally large tonsils
a recessed chin
a large overbite
a large neck
being a smoker
drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or drinking alcohol before bed
taking recreational drugs
a genetic predisposition towards the disorder (parents or grandparents with the condition)
In virtually all cases of OSA, you can expect your dentist to make some recommendation relating to lifestyle changes that you can make which may ease your symptoms. In many instances, these will help to significantly reduce the number of episodes of sleep apnea that you are experiencing. Some of the changes that you may be recommended to consider may include:
eating a healthier, more balanced diet
cutting back on alcohol consumption, particularly before bed
changing certain medications which may be contributing towards the problem
changing your pillow or sleep position
If these changes alone don’t give you sufficient relief, your dentist will look at other options for treatment including:
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a machine that delivers a constant supply of oxygen to your body via a mask that is placed over your nose and mouth while you sleep. This treatment has shown to be highly effective, although it can take some getting used to since initially, patients can find the mask uncomfortable.
There are also some devices that are worn inside your mouth to help reduce or eliminate sleep apnea. These work by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue so that the upper airway is opened more widely to allow oxygen through. These devices are usually custom-made to ensure the most comfortable fit.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea and the way in which your dentist can treat this common but compromising condition, please get in touch with our dental team who would be delighted to speak to you confidentially.