Dr. Crockett offers both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to reduce patient anxiety. You may also benefit from sedation if you are preparing for a lengthy procedure. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a conservative option that wears off quickly. For more severe anxiety or lengthy procedures, Dr. Crockett may recommend oral conscious sedation alone or in combination with nitrous oxide.
Dr. W. Davey Crockett believes that prevention is the best cure, and routine visits are a fundamental part of our practice. Through regular cleanings, we remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar responsible for decay and gum disease. Dr. Crockett also provides fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth. This treatment is especially beneficial for children. In addition, we provide tips for better dental hygiene at home.
Routine care is the most effective way to prevent periodontitis, or gum disease. If gum disease does develop, Dr. Crockett offers a range of treatments. During scaling and root planing, he removes pockets of bacteria and smoothes the rough patches on your dental roots. In more advanced cases, he may perform surgery to remove the damaged portion of your gums, or graft healthy tissue.
Root canal therapy can treat advanced tooth decay and eliminate the need for extraction. Dr. Crockett's advanced approach makes this treatment virtually pain-free. First, he takes a 3-D computerized tomography (CT) scan to diagnose your dental infection and determine whether a root canal is right for you. Dr. Crockett then uses loupes (magnification goggles) and surgical telescopes for precise care during all procedures.
If wisdom teeth are misaligned, or do not have enough room to come in, they can become an issue. Your teeth can become crowded or impacted, which can lead to decay and severe discomfort. Dr. Crockett performs all types of wisdom tooth extraction, including the removal of impacted teeth and multiple teeth at once. He uses sedation for all extractions, so you will experience little discomfort during your procedure.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is often the result of constant strain on the jaw joints caused by an improperly balanced bite. Dr. Crockett can provide restorative dentistry treatments such as crowns and bridges to restore the balance of your bite. He can also provide a custom mouthguard to relieve jaw strain during sleep.