Not to worry. As dental professionals we recognize that sometimes life gets in the way of taking care of your mouth. We will provide a judgement-free environment where we can take stock of what needs to be done to get your mouth back to health. Leaving it longer does not make it any easier so let us help you get back on track. If you want to talk privately with the dentist about your concerns there are lots of opportunities to do so during a new patient exam.
Absolutely. We offer Nitrous Oxide sedation, which is an inhaled gas that offers a calming feeling. Nitrous oxide is not addictive, it is not a narcotic, and you will not feel drowsy after the procedure. The main side effect is dizziness or nausea, but this is usually only during the procedure and the dose can be scaled back for your comfort. We also can prescribe a sedative for you to take before appointments if it is medically advisable and appropriate for managing your anxiety about dentistry. We strive to make dentistry as stress-free as possible. Please feel free to talk to us about options to make the process more comfortable for you.
We normally like to start seeing little ones at about age 2, unless obvious signs of tooth decay or other dental problems are noticed earlier. Please see our Kids Dentistry section for more information about dentistry for kids.
We welcome new patients and look forward to getting to know you.
There are many reasons why a patient might change dentists. If you are new to the area or ready for a change, we can help make the transition easier. We can contact your previous dentist on your behalf to get any recent radiographs or pertinent records. This involves you signing a release form which allows us to request the information. If there are no up-to-date x-rays (about 6 months in most cases) we will update them at your new patient exam but the previous x-rays can still be helpful in identifying progression of problems if applicable.
This depends on how big the chip is and if there is any pain. A chipped tooth as the result of trauma is an emergency if there is blood from the gums around the tooth, if there is blood from the inside of the tooth coming from the chipped area, or if there is movement of the traumatized tooth. This may require immediate care to stabilize the tooth and/or treat the exposed pulp. Our emergency on call service is available to our existing patients through our main telephone line. If the tooth is simply chipped, it can likely wait until the next business day. If part of a molar is lost around an old filling, the same rules apply. If there is bleeding from the tooth, or pain beyond hot/cold sensitivity, you may require immediate care. If not, we will get you in as soon as possible the next business day for examination and to begin treatment.