If you have a toothache, a swollen face, a broken tooth or have lost a filling or a crown or you are bleeding after having a tooth out, you have a dental emergency and need to see a dentist not a doctor.
If you feel that you need to see a dentist immediately, call Dr. Wardlaw who specializes in emergency treatment and pain relief.
If you’re in pain and can’t wait for relief, we’ll schedule an appointment right away.
Here at Stoneybrook Dental, we are dedicated to your dental health. We make it a priority to ensure you are given post-op instructions for every procedure that you need.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (407) 877-0141 if you have any questions or concerns about your post-op care and instructions.
Nitrous Oxide (NO, Laughing Gas) is a colorless, slightly sweet-smelling gas that is introduced through a nasal mask. It works as you breathe it in through your nose. It has been used in dentistry for over 100 years.
The most common response for most people is… ” I’m aware of what is going on, but it does not bother me”. Sometimes there is an accompanying tingling in the hands and feet. In controlled use during a dental procedure it produces a slightly euphoric effect, similar to that produced by Valium, or a cocktail. It is probably the most controllable, reliable and predictable of the moderately effective light sedation agents.
Will it eliminate “the shot”? For complete pain control it is usually necessary to use a local anesthetic in conjunction with nitrous oxide. However, NO also makes the injection much more comfortable.
Each person is comfortable at different levels of NO, which is what we determine at the initial first visit. A few people just end up not liking it for one reason or another, but for those people who do use it; it can literally make a world of difference in their comfort and perception of dentistry.
Nobody absolutely needs nitrous, although it makes the visit so much more comfortable that we almost routinely use it for fillings and other work on children (3-10 yrs). I recommend everyone try NO if they have any apprehension whatsoever about having dental work done. Why be uncomfortable if something so safe and easy is available? It is simply an extension of local anesthetic; anything that can make your experience more comfortable is what we are interested in providing for you.
The effects wear off as soon as you stop breathing the nitrous oxide and most people are completely back to normal responses within 1-5 minutes. Some people report a lingering effect, but that is most likely just due to the total relaxation some people feel under Nitrous Oxide. There are no long-term effects unless you are exposed to it frequently over an extended period of time.
Your first visit to our office is the most important one. It gives both of us an opportunity to get to know each other. Establishing a good relationship is vital to achieving our common goals of improving and maintaining your dental health.
For some patients, the first visit is an emergency or a specific urgent concern. Of course, we will attend to the emergency situation first and make you comfortable.
If there is not an emergency concern, the first visit typically involves taking any necessary x-rays, a comprehensive exam, diagnosis, and treatment planning. This takes approximately one hour. This time is necessary to accomplish several goals. After taking the necessary x-rays, Dr. Wardlaw will sit down with you to discuss your concerns and desires of improving your dental health. She will review your x-rays along with your medical and dental histories. Next we will take a tour of your mouth using an intra-oral video camera. You will be able to see your teeth from a whole new perspective on a television monitor. Dr. Wardlaw thorough evaluation of your oral health include an examination of all of the “soft tissues” including an oral cancer screening and evaluation of the supporting gums. Each tooth will be examined for decay or defective restorations. Dr. Wardlaw will then discuss and outline a plan for any recommended treatment. If your condition requires complex planning, a separate consultation, or “review of findings,” may be needed. There is no additional charge for this visit.
Once a treatment plan has been proposed, you will receive a computerized printout of the involved treatment along with the associated fees. You will also receive a customized Financial Options form detailing the payment methods available through our office.
At your first visit your periodontal health will be evaluated. This is checking the distance between the bone that supports your teeth and your gingival tissues, bleeding and hard deposits. If this evaluation is within normal limits, a general cleaning can be performed at this first visit. If this evaluation is not within normal limits we can begin your healing process with appropriate treatments and reschedule you accordantly. Your periodontal health is the foundation of your teeth. Like a house without a strong foundation, the longevity is compromised. This evaluation is one of the most important exams for a healthy mouth and body and proper diagnosis and treatment is essential to your overall health.
We look forward to meeting you at your first visit!
Here at Stoneybrook Dental, we are proud to accept most types of dental insurance.
It is our goal to help every patient have a healthy smile that they are proud of. We work hard to educate our patients on good dental health. We also are proud to offer many different procedures so that our patients can have beautiful smiles that they love.
We also know and understand how expensive dental procedures can be. For this reason, we are proud to accept most types of dental insurance. We don’t want cost to defer you from having the smile that you deserve.
Dental insurances vary in their coverage. We will work with you to understand your insurance, allowing us to get your mouth back to optimal health.
If you are looking for insurance, we can help you choose the plan that will best suit your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about dental insurance.
We accept most PPO plans, please call our office for more details.
We are dedicated to keeping you informed and want you to know what you can expect during your first visit with us. Contact us if you have any questions...