About the Expert
Dr. Lonnie Guardiola received his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. He maintains membership in the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, North Texas Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, Academy of Sleep Dentistry, Seattle Study Club, and The Spear Institute and was awarded 2021 New Dentist of The Year by Dallas Academy of General Dentistry.
How can you make my experience in the dentist’s chair less stressful?
We offer varying levels of sedation, from minimal to moderate to deep sedation depending on your anxiety level. The goal is always to get you comfortable enough to taper sedation off, as you become less anxious. A lot of dental phobia has to do with a lack of control. If I can explain from the beginning that you have a way out — by simply raising your hand — you realize you’re in control and we’ll start or stop when you’re ready. That helps a lot. At the end of the day, the more comfortable you are, the better the experience is for both of us.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Almost everyone is a good candidate. There might be things we need to do to make you a better candidate. That might be prep work to assure the implant’s success or preparing the bone to better support the implant. There are cases where it might not be the best option. But for most people a dental implant is the next best thing to your natural teeth and can offer you the same look, feel, and function.
I already have dentures. Why are dental implants a better option?
I like to use the analogy that if you’re okay with having a wooden leg, you’ll probably be okay with dentures. Dentures restore the function of your teeth to about 10%. There are many things you can’t eat/won’t want to eat with dentures. With dental implants, you can gain 60% to 90% — sometimes 100% — of your biting function back. They look great and work great, and they’re a permanent solution.
I’ve never liked my smile. What can you do to give me the smile I’ve always wanted?
We always want to look at function first. Typically, if a smile doesn’t look the way you want it to, it’s also not functioning the way you want either. If we can get it to function correctly, cosmetics can be the cherry on top. Let’s align your teeth using Invisalign aligners. They’re easier to keep clean and less likely to break. We can use filling material to reconstruct your bite and make it functional. Once your teeth are fully functioning, let’s whiten them up to give you the smile you deserve.
My spouse’s snoring keeps me awake at night. Can you help?
We can perform an airway assessment on every patient — including kids. We’d perform a risk assessment on your spouse to gauge the severity of obstruction. If it’s a matter of sleeping with a device to help keep airways open, we can construct one. If it’s not dental related, we work with ENTs, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and other professionals who can address the problem. We want to take a systematic approach and begin with the least invasive solution and then advance to other treatment if needed.