At your initial visit, we want to get to know you, along with your goals and objectives for your teeth and smile. At this visit a thorough evaluation and diagnosis will be done followed by a treatment plan. We make every effort to accomodate your best schedule.
We make every effort to keep down the cost of your dental care. We ask that our patients take care of the fees for the initial visit. If your treatment program requires a series of visits, you will be given an estimate and asked to make financial arrangements with a member of our business office staff. We have a variety of flexible plans to assist you in budgeting your investment for your oral health.
What is periodontal disease (gum and bone disease)?
The majority of adults suffer from periodontal disease. It is the most prevalent disease known to mankind. If left untreated too long, people can start to lose teeth, lose their natural smile, have unpleasant breath and and unpleasant taste in their mouth. Once teeth are lost, chewing becomes difficult, we look older than we are and our nutrition and health can suffer.
Nothing is bothering me now. What is the rush?
Good news for you that nothing hurts yet. Periodontal disease is generally sneaky. It breaks down bone and gum support over time and the next thing you know you have a problem you were not aware of. Fortunately your dentist is paying attention. This disease runs in cycles or episodes and sometimes hides from early detection. We can determine what damage has occurred and what can be done to make your mouth healthy again.
My mouth feels okay and I don’t see any problems.
Many times destruction occurs with no outward indication and since this is below the gum line you don’t see it. Most people find out after there has been damage done.
If I need treatment, will it hurt?
If treatment is indicated in your case, the area will be numbed with local anesthetic. We use the newest and most gentle technology to numb your mouth to keep you as comfortable as possible. For the nervous or fearful patient we provide sedation procedures to make it as soothing of an experience as possible.
Dentistry for Anxious Patients
Through the modern miracle of sedation dentistry, dentists can treat anxious patients and often accomplish dental work in one or two visits that may have required many more visits without it. Sedation is offered in our office with the use of nitrous oxide or oral medication.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, decreases anxiety, and promotes relaxation while you remain conscious. Nitrous oxide and oxygen are mixed together and then inhaled through a mask that covers the nose. This is administered prior to and during a dental procedure to reduce anxiety and produce sensations of relaxation and a comfortable, warm feeling. Safe, effective, and non-invasive, nitrous oxide is a choice for anxious or fearful patients.
Oral sedation is a method to decrease anxiety and promotes relaxation while you remain conscious. This medication is called in to your pharmacy before your appointment, and is taken approximately one hour before your appointment. This will help you relax and ensure a smooth and comfortable visit with our office. This is also a safe and non-intrusive method of sedation for anxious or fearful patients.