Center for Avandced Dentistry

Diane's Story

May 10th, 2018

Diane has been a patient of mine for many years and had always struggled with gum disease and cavities due to poor enamel and a genetic high risk for gum problems. Her dental problems started early and as a child needed frequent dental care. Unfortunately, dental care was not always as gentle as it is now and Diane developed a strong fear of dental treatment that further complicated things. This resulted in the need for involved treatments on a regular basis.

One day at a routine cleaning, I asked Diane what she thought her dental future might look like. She replied that she worried she might not be able to tolerate the dentures that she felt she was doomed to have.  Gagging and inability to eat were big concerns. The next week we sat down to review her options and give her a better idea of what we could do to ensure that she could enjoy her smile and teeth the rest of her life. In fact, we knew we could make her smile better looking and more comfortable than it had been in years.  

Diane started the process the next week.  Impressions, photographs and 3D imaging from our CT scanner were done in one visit.  We also looked at models and photos to design the exact shape, style and color of teeth she wanted.  We then scheduled her surgery under general anesthesia at our office surgical suite. The surgery was about 4 weeks later and went exactly as planned.  When Diane woke up and she saw her smile for the first time she was actually tearful at seeing straight white teeth again.

The only real complaint that Diane had during the 3 month healing period was that she felt they were strong enough to eat raw nuts with even though we insisted she stick to relatively soft foods. We had to kindly remind her that as strong as they feel, the bone still needs to heal until the final porcelain teeth are made. Thank you, Diane, for letting us help with your smile!

Sedation Dentistry: The Path to Stress Free Dental Visits

May 4th, 2017

The first step to a relaxing dental visit is to admit that you have this
anxiety and discuss it with us. You will find all of our team understands
this and takes your comfort very seriously.  You are not alone!  75% of US
adults experience moderate to severe dental phobia.  Up to 10% will avoid
the dentist at all costs until their situation is unbearable.

We are specialists in treating any level of fear and anxiety.  Any procedure
in our office can be made comfortable and stress-free with a variety of
sedation options.  Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) will provide a short-lived
and reversible feeling of relaxation.  This is best for short procedures.
Oral sedation is used for patients with more anxiety or for longer
procedures.  This level of sedation produces a semi-consciousness and
limited or no memory of the visit.

IV sedation and general anesthesia are provided by a registered and hospital
trained anesthetist.  This allows you to sleep comfortably and safely and
wake up when your procedure is complete. Dr. Howard is highly trained and
credentialed in dental anesthesia and would be happy to find the best way
for you to complete any dental work in the most comfortable and safe manner.

Learn more about sedation dentistry, Dr. Howard and the center for advanced dentistry here.

www.LovelandDentist.com

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