Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. If you have a fear of going to the dentist, hate needles, have trouble getting numb, or have a bad gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help you. To ensure you are relaxed and comfortable during your dental procedures, we offer several safe and effective options to calm the nerves of fearful patients and create a peaceful dental experience. This can be particularly helpful for patients who experience dental anxiety and for patients undergoing several procedures at the same time.
Oral Conscious Sedation | (top)
By taking a pill an hour before your appointment, you will already be relaxed when you arrive at our office. You must be accompanied to and from the appointment by a friend or loved one. Depending on your needs, you will be relaxed and sedated for a short or long visit. This may allow treatment requiring several visits to be completed in as few as one or two. Sedation Dentistry is a safe and effective way to provide complex dental care with the greatest degree of comfort to adult patients who have anxieties and fears about dental care. For more information, please contact our office.
Nitrous Oxide | (top)
Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas. It is usually used in small amounts, and mixed with oxygen, to relax patients during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide reduces the fear and anxiety of a dental visit and often allows a dentist to work on a patient longer than without this effect.
Solea Laser Dentistry | (top)
The miracle we’ve both been waiting for is here: Solea. Now available to you, Solea is a dental laser that replaces the dental drill in the majority of procedures in our practice. In fact, nearly every patient skips anesthesia because they just don’t need it. Solea is our way of keeping you happy. Because more than anything, we love to see you smile.
What is Solea?
Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue procedures. It was developed in Boston, Massachusetts by Convergent Dental, based on research conducted at the University of California School of Dentistry. Solea offers a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures for both teeth and gums from simple cavities to complex surgeries. The experience is so unique that you will find it hard to believe you were just at a dental appointment.
The majority of hard and soft tissue procedures in our office are done with virtually no anesthesia and soft tissue procedures are done with virtually no bleeding. Blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures represent a major leap forward in dentistry, as we are able to execute multi-quadrant dentistry, fillings on the fly and soft tissue procedures in a single appointment. What does that mean for you, our patients? You are now able to receive the care you need in a fraction of the time. When patients have anesthesia they typically leave the office with that numb feeling still prevalent. With Solea, you are able to go right out to lunch or back to work without that numb sensation following your appointment. Solea is truly changing what it means to go to the dentist.
For more information on Solea, please visit iloveSolea.com.
Digital Technology | (top)
At Cashion Dental, we take digital x-rays and intra-oral pictures that let you see the inside of your mouth in great detail. Then you get to view these on monitors that are located in each treatment room. You get to see what we see and learn enough to make informed decisions about your treatment
Digital X-Rays and 3D Imaging| (top)
Digital x-rays offer a lower dose of radiation exposure (up to 90% less) to the patient and a more advanced digital intraoral sensor. The sensor takes the place of the large film that often scratched the inside gums, making the new technology more comfortable for the patient. It also allows for instant images with high resolution and the ability to magnify areas of concern.
Digital x-rays allow the doctor to get a much better view of your teeth and potential dental conditions. The digital imaging software allows the doctor to see a number of different views of the tooth to gain a better understanding of the proper course of care.
We also offer 3D imaging right here in our office. This technology allows the doctor to see clear, detailed, three dimensional images of your teeth, as well as the bones and soft tissues that surround them. These kinds of images can be moved around to see your tooth and bone structures from every angle. This is particularly helpful for things like seeing exactly how close a wisdom tooth is to the nerves and arteries in your jaw, or precisely how much bone is present to support an implant. We might want to take a 3D image for some of the following reasons: accurate placement of implants, determining if a root canal is your best treatment option, planning for extractions, especially of impacted teeth, or simply getting to the bottom of undiagnosed pain.
Not everyone who sees us will need a 3D image, and they are not a substitution for traditional x-rays. We’ll only use this kind of imaging when it is a diagnostic tool that’s medically necessary. Getting a 3D image taken is easy and takes less than a minute – total! There’s no discomfort or special preparation. The machine does all the work for you, rotating around 360 degrees to capture all the angles.
This advanced technology allows for better education and understanding for our patients, resulting in greater confidence in treatment.
Digital Impressions | (top)
Digital Impressions (also known as 3-D intraoral scanning) are the latest technology in capturing a replica of the mouth. By using a wand-like tool connected to a computer and advanced software, the doctor can create a virtual model of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth.
Digital impressions are less messy and more pleasant than the traditional mold material. Patients with a severe gag reflex or sensitive teeth can enjoy a more comfortable experience while the doctor takes the digital impression. Another benefit of digital impressions is the accuracy of the scan. Since the completed scan can be seen immediately on the monitor, the doctor knows if there are any inaccuracies in the image and can re-do it while the patient is still in the chair.
Digital Cavity Detection | (top)
Our office uses a digital cavity detection device. It uses a harmless laser light to detect hidden decay. This unique instrument provides instant feedback on the health of the tooth. Laser cavity detection is an extremely important tool to determine what is not visible to the human eye. It aids in diagnosing hidden decay more accurately and confidently. This technology is very safe and completely pain free.
Intraoral Camera | (top)
The intraoral camera is essentially a small video camera that is inserted into the mouth to take sharp, up-close images of the mouth. It has become a powerful diagnostic, educational, and documentation device for the dentist.
The intraoral camera enables us to see details inside the mouth that were not visible before and provides an excellent way for the patient to view potential dental conditions in their own mouth. As a result, we can perform better dentistry and patients can take a more educated, active role in their dental treatment decisions.
This digital image can also be utilized to provide information to insurances and other doctors if necessary.