Nashville Dental Technology
When you think about a great dental experience, you likely don’t take technology into consideration at all. Most of our patients don’t notice our state-of-the-art technologies either, and that’s just the way we like it. The goal of dental technology should be to make treatment more comfortable, convenient, and effective, and if patients only ever notice they enjoy visiting the dentist, all the better. Contact our Nashville team to find out more or schedule an appointment with David Dickerson, DDS today.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, most patients don’t consider visiting the dentist. However, one of the most commonly recommended treatment options for patients who suffer from sleep apnea is actually oral appliance therapy. These custom crafted devices shift the jaw forward slightly during sleep keeping the airway clear and allowing patients to sleep soundly.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Possibly the longest used sedation option in dentistry, nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as laughing gas, is often the best sedative solution for patients who need extra help relaxing or who are unable to numb with local anesthetic alone. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nasal mask and takes effect quickly, and the dentist is able to safely and quickly adjust dosage as necessary throughout treatment to ensure the optimal level of comfort and relaxation. Additionally, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly following administration, so patients are able to resume their daily activities right away. In most cases, patients are even able to drive themselves to and from their visit.
Traditional x-rays allowed our team to view the underlying structures of patients’ smiles for early diagnosis and treatment planning, but digital x-rays have transformed every aspect of dental diagnostics. More quickly and easily captured, digital x-rays are more comfortable for patients and expose them to 40% less radiation. Digital x-rays don’t need to be developed which means our team isn’t exposed to hazardous development chemicals, and the x-rays are immediately available for examination on our chairside computer monitors. Additionally, we’re able to quickly and easily share the x-rays with patients, specialists, and insurance providers whenever necessary.
CT Conebeam Scanner
Digital x-rays have significantly improved our ability to capture clear images of underlying dental structures for early diagnosis, but when it comes to fully understanding the way the smile functions, a 3D image of the entire structure is essential. Treatment planning for dental implant placement, orthodontics, TMJ therapy, and other advanced procedures requires a better understanding of the way each part of the smile interacts than is possible with individual digital x-rays. That’s where our 3D CT Conebeam scanner comes in. This state-of-the-art system allows us to comfortably capture panoramic images of the entire smile with minimal radiation. These CT scans are also an important diagnostic tool for patients suffering from TMJ dysfunction and other oral health issues that may be affected by the way the bite fits together.