A Therapeutic Process Toward Pain Relief, Recovery, and Healing
I’m a dental chicken. What can my dentist do to make my time in the chair less stressful?
I designed my offices from the ground up with the intention of creating a soothing, calming environment for my patients to enjoy visiting. In addition, warm blankets and soothing paraffin wax hand treatments are available to further alleviate my patients’ anxiety. From a medical standpoint, nitrous oxide helps with mild anxiety and oral sedation is available to help with deeper anxiety. Beyond that, we’ve incorporated state-of-the-art technology to not only make dentistry less stressful but much more precise.
Would you tell us about some of those technologies?
Modern digital X-rays are beneficial to the dentist and patient. The radiation dose is extremely low, so it’s safer than traditional X-rays. From a diagnostic standpoint, they enable us to see decay we wouldn’t have seen before, so we’re able to address problems when they’re small and easy to treat, enabling us to maintain most of the natural, healthy tooth which is always our goal. Cone beam X-ray technology allows us to see the teeth, jaw, and entire head in 3D allowing us views from all angles. We also employ intraoral cameras, laser cavity detection, and advanced oral cancer screening technology.
How does my oral health affect my overall health?
We’ve known for some time that the bacteria that causes plaque to build up in the mouth can lead to periodontal disease which is linked to heart disease. But recently studies have linked that same bacteria to Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other inflammatory and autoimmune disease. Having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months not only helps keep your breath fresher and teeth clean but eliminates that bacteria. It also gives us a chance to screen for cancers of the mouth, tongue, and jaw and be on the lookout for potential cavities. Patients who are prone to plaque build-up may need a cleaning more often.
What’s the benefit of coming to a family-owned dental practice?
My patients like knowing they’ll see the same dentist at each visit. I love laughing and chatting with my patients, really getting to know them. We see multiple generations of some families and develop close ties. We’re always accessible to our patients should they have questions or concerns.
What extra steps have you taken to eliminate the spread of COVID-19?
We originally designed our operatory suites to provide complete privacy. This concept dramatically reduces the opportunity for cross contamination. We also employ HEPA 13 medical-grade air scrubbers throughout our offices and in each treatment suite. They are capable of cleaning the complete air volume of the rooms in under three minutes. We’re also using double high-volume evacuation techniques for all aerosol-producing procedures and are introducing additional extra-oral containment measures to capture even the most minute amount of dental aerosols. Patient safety has always been our top priority.
About the Expert
Dr. Sula Umansky
Katy Dental Arts
Sula Umansky is a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch. She opened her first practice in Katy in 2008. Since completing dental school, she’s completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, endodontics (root canal therapy), and periodontics (gum disease).
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