FAQ

DOES BLEACHING HURT MY TEETH?

Sensitivity can occur and is not uncommon, but is a temporary side effect. Sensitivity can be minimized during whitening by using a sensitivity toothpaste for two weeks prior to whitening. Otherwise teeth are not damaged by bleaching.

 

WHY DO I NEED PERIO MAINTENANCE? WHY CAN’T I JUST HAVE A PROPHY?

Periodontal maintenance is for patients who have active or inactive periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is not curable but is controllable. With more frequent recare appointments, we can monitor your mouth closely to prevent bacteria from causing more tissue damage and bone loss; as well as stabilize and control new bacteria growth.

 

WHAT DOES THE LASER DO?  DOES IT HURT?

The laser reduces the bacteria under the gums to stop the spread of bacteria from one area of the mouth to another. The laser does not hurt but it can have a slightly warm sensation.

 

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORAL SEDATION and IV SEDATION?

ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal command. This is produced by pharmacological or nonpharmacological methods or a combination thereof.

Unlike general anesthesia, where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep or unable to respond, patients under conscious sedation are able to respond to commands and breath on their own.

IV SEDATION, also known as “Deep Conscious Sedation” is usually used by Oral Surgeons and Dentists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication is a controllable environment and the effects are instantaneous. IV Sedation is not used commonly in most dental offices because of the specialized, advanced training required and the requirements for certification by the State Board of Dentistry. The drugs used for IV Sedation are more effective than the same drugs taken orally. There is a more profound, deeper level of amnesia associated with this technique.

 

HOW LONG DOES NOVOCAIN LAST?

On average, novocain can last anywhere from 2-4 hours after administration.

 

CAN I EAT RIGHT AWAY AFTER FILLING OR CROWN?

With most dental procedures, eating or drinking will not affect the filling or crown. We advocate being very cautious to not bite the numb tissue.

 

CAN THIS TREATMENT WAIT?    HOW LONG CAN I WAIT?

We advise patients to have their dental work done as soon as they possibly can, to avoid future, more costly, complications. We have seen people delay a filling and then need a root canal or a crown done.

 

CAN ALL THESE FILLINGS BE DONE AT THE SAME TIME?

In most cases we can schedule as much or as little treatment as you would like at one time. As your oral physician, we will inform you of your individual dental priorities. Ultimately, the decision is yours to move forward with care.

 

DO YOU TAKE MY INSURANCE?

We have many patients with various degrees of dental insurance benefits. Our doctor is concerned about your health, the overall appearance of your teeth, the overall chewing function of your teeth and the long-term success of all dental care provided. Our patients deserve the best care available. For these reasons, we are not in-network with any dental plan because each plan has varying levels of significant limitations and restrictions associated with them. If we were in-network, the insurance payer could dictate or limit the kind of care we can provide our patients.

While we are not in-network with dental plans, we do accept the assignment of benefits. With an assignment of benefits in place, you will only be asked to pay what the plan does not cover. Our knowledgeable team members will do everything possible to obtain the maximum reimbursement available through your plan.

 

WILL I STILL NEE NOVACAINE IF I AM SEDATED?

The simple answer is Yes.  Although you are in very relaxed state of sedation, the tissue in your mouth will still need to be numbed with anesthetic to make your visit as comfortable as possible.