I am ready to take charge of my smile. I need a significant amount of dental work done. According to my dentist, I need three root canal treatments. One of those is on a back tooth and the rest are in front, if that makes a difference. All three will need dental crowns. I also need about six fillings. My dentist told me that if I had teeth whitening done first he would be able to match the dental work to the new color. I really like that idea. The thing that concerns me is that the way he divided the work up it would take dozens of dental appointments. Someone told me that if I saw a sedation dentist I would be able to get a lot more done each appointment. Is there a chance I can get it all done at once?
Your friend is correct that a sedation dentist can get much more done in each sitting. This will save you time and get you on the road to that great smile you want much more quickly. One thing you will not need a sedation dentist for, however, is the teeth whitening. This is a painless procedure. You’ll want a couple of weeks between the whitening and the remainder of your dental work anyway in order for the color to settle. Even after your whitening is “done” the teeth will continue to whiten just a bit for between one to two weeks.
As for how much the dentist will do, that depends on the dentist. Some do one quadrant in a sitting; some do one arch; some just have a set period of time they think is reasonable for the patient. I would speak to some sedation dentists and see what they recommend. Don’t just go by the one with the shortest time. You’ll want to make sure they do solid and beautiful work as well.
If any of your crowns are being placed on front teeth, you will want a sedation dentist who also does excellent cosmetic work. The best cosmetic dentists have reached accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). If you can find a sedation dentist who is also AACD accredited, you will have hit the jackpot.
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