Resources And Links
Our office combines high-tech dentistry with a small town atmosphere to ensure that our patients receive the best care with state-of-the-art technology. Our highly trained team of doctors, dental assistants, hygienists and front office staff provide each patient with an individualized level of care that focuses on the proven outcomes and the oral-systemic connection.
We are committed to helping you achieve greater oral health and therefore overall health, with our in-office series of monitoring that includes blood pressure and blood oxygen level readings, saliva testing, and a comprehensive review of your current medical history. These links and videos will help you understand more about procedures in your treatment plan as well as allowing your to learn more about the technology and services we bring to each patient. Please be sure to contact our team with any questions.
Gum Disease and Periodontal Care
Gum Disease Treatment
What Are Dental Implants
State-of-the-Art Technology and Medical Monitoring
With this scanner, we can eliminate uncomfortable impression material and create a highly accurate digital impression of your teeth. This allows us to create crowns, bridges and custom implants that are designed to fit your mouth as though they were your original teeth.
As of March 2016, iTero scans have been used in more than 1.2 million restorative crown, bridge and custom implant cases and more than 1.3 million orthodontic cases, including more than 600,000 Invisalign®scans*.
The intraoral camera is a key part of our diagnosis and treatments, as it allows us to see up close the current state of your tooth structure.
This highly magnified camera focuses on a tooth and displays it on a screen so that we can clearly see all areas of a tooth that need to be corrected.
Used in conjunction with the iTero Scanner, it also allows for precision results with less pain and discomfort.
Our CT Scanner, one of only a handful of scanners in a private office outside of labs, allows us to take a full head scan to show the positioning of your teeth and also the health of your jaw.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. We use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
This simple and painless procedure takes just minutes to perform and is done in the comfort of our office.
If you’re anxious about having any kind of dental work done, including regular cleanings, Sedation Dentistry is a solution that will help calm your nerves and allow us to keep your teeth and mouth healthy with regular treatments. For advanced or complex cases, or even special needs cases, sedation dentistry provides a comfortable option.
Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious sedation dentistry, along with inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) and conscious intravenous sedation. Drugs which can be used for sedation include diazepam, triazolam, zaleplon, lorazepam, and hydroxyzine.
Which one is right for you? We’ll help you decide which level of sedation will make you feel comfortable and allow us to perform the necessary treatments correctly.
Our team is highly trained and certified in all aspects of sedation dentistry, and we will walk you through each step so you understand what’s happening and feel relaxed to have your dental work done.
Two Automated External Defibrillators
We take your overall health very seriously, not only your dental health, and that’s why we have two Automated External Defibrillators in our office, one in each suite. Our entire staff is trained and certified to use these life-saving devices, and have additional advanced life-saving certifications to complement these devices.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
Why digital x-rays? These digital images give us accurate, clear images that are used to complement our other in office technology like the iTero, intraoral camera, and CT scanner. They allow us to see things in your tooth and mouth structure that was not possible with traditional film x-rays.
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance the overall display quality of the image.
We recommend Philips Sonicare to our patients because the patented Sonicare toothbrush technology produces a dynamic cleaning action that thoroughly cleans teeth and massages gums while still being remarkably gentle, even on sensitive teeth. You’ll see superior plaque removal, healthier gums, and naturally whiter teeth.
The toothbrush generates high-amplitude and high-frequency bristle motion, creating dynamic cleaning action that drives fluid forces deep into interproximal spaces and along the gum line. With a timed sensor and vibration notification, you can be sure you’ll be spending the right amount of time brushing your teeth each day.
Medical Monitoring During Visit
Blood Oxygen Level
If there is insufficient blood flow or insufficient hemoglobin in the blood (anemia), tissues can suffer hypoxia despite high oxygen saturation in the blood that does arrive. In 2008, a pulse oximeter that can measure hemoglobin levels in addition to oxygen saturation was introduced. At each appointment, our team will measure your blood oxygen level with a pulse oximeter.
A pulse oximeter (pulse ox) is a noninvasive device that estimates the amount of oxygen in your blood. It does so by sending infrared light into capillaries in your finger, toe, or earlobe. Then it measures how much light is reflected off the gases. A reading indicates what percentage of your blood is saturated.
Where your blood oxygen levels should fall
A measurement of your blood oxygen is called your oxygen saturation level. In medical shorthand, you may hear it called your PaO2 on a blood gas and an O2 sat when using a pulse ox. These guidelines will help you understand what your result might mean:
Normal: A normal ABG oxygen level for healthy lungs falls between 80 and 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). If a pulse ox measured your blood oxygen level, a normal reading is typically between 95 and 100 percent.
However, in COPD or other lung diseases, these ranges may not apply. Your doctor will let you know what is normal for your specific condition. For example, it isn’t uncommon for people with severe COPD to maintain their pulse ox levels between 88 to 92 percent.
Below normal: A below-normal blood oxygen level is called hypoxemia. Hypoxemia is often cause for concern. The lower the oxygen level, the more severe the hypoxemia. This can lead to complications in body tissue and organs.
Normally, a PaO2 reading below 80 mm Hg or a pulse ox below 95 percent is considered low. It’s important to know what is normal for you, especially if you have a chronic lung condition. Your doctor can provide recommendations as to what ranges of oxygen levels are acceptable for you.
Above normal: If your breathing is unassisted, it’s difficult for your oxygen levels to be too high. In most cases, high oxygen levels occur in people who use supplemental oxygen. This can be detected on an ABG.
What if your blood oxygen level is too low?
When your blood oxygen level goes outside the typical range, you may begin experiencing symptoms. This includes:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- rapid heartbeat
If you continue to have low blood oxygen levels, you may show symptoms of cyanosis. The hallmark sign of this condition is a blue discoloration of your nail beds, skin, and mucus membranes.
Cyanosis is considered an emergency. If you’re experiencing symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention by dialing 911. Cyanosis can lead to respiratory failure, which can be life-threatening.
With a simple saliva test, OralDNA can help identify potential health issues you may not be aware of. The Oral-Systemic Connection links to chronic inflammatory periodontal infections and systemic diseases such as:
- Heart disease
- Some forms of cancer and other diseases
The National Institute of Health (NIH) and other research facilities are aggressively pursuing this link as well. For more information regarding the Oral/Systemic Connection, visit the following links online:
As we continue to learn more about the severity of periodontal infections and how closely linked they are to your overall health, having detailed information about your genetic susceptibility (Celsus One™) and the bacteria that are present in our mouth (MyPerioPath®) will be critical in determining your oral and overall general health.
MyPerioPath® is the most widely used test for pathogens that cause gum disease. Thousands of physicians and dentists rely on this OralDNA®Labs test to provide:
- Early warning of oral pathogens
- Personalization of periodontal treatment
- Identification of related systemic health risks