Dental Drills | Snohomish, Wa Dentist

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Many people associate trips to the dentist with the sound of the dental drill. While for many the sound is a source of anxiety, the drill itself is a highly advanced instrument that enables dentists to treat patients quickly and painlessly. Known by many dentists as simply a handpiece, these high tech tools have some interesting characteristics.

First, for health and safety, the dental drill is subject to sterilization after each patient. For safety, this means it’s heated to over 250 degrees with pressurized steam, and kept at that temperature for 15 minutes. This requires extreme engineering to enable – the constant heating and cooling is difficult on metals, but dental drills can withstand this punishment many times a day.

The drills spin at up to 250,000 RPM – more than 4,000 times each second. The heat created by this speed could easily crack a tooth or permanently damage the nerves within a tooth, but to prevent this, dental drills shoot a cooling mist of water as they spin. This cools the tooth, preventing damage.

Dentists will use both a high-speed drill and a low-speed drill – the high speed is often used for removing decay, where the low speed can be used for polishing teeth. While your dentist will use a modern, high speed, high tech handpiece, the original dental drills were first used over 9000 years ago. Hopefully knowing a bit more about the drill may make the sound less disturbing, but if you’re ever worried about the noise, consider asking your dentist about options to minimize anxiety, such as music, earplugs, or television.

Call Dr. Ted Haines DDS for more information on sedation or to make an appointment today at 360-568-8577 or visit the website at tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

What is Sleep Dentistry? | Dentist in Snohomish, WA

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Sleep dentistry is preferred by some patients who may experience only slight anxiety to a severe dental phobia. For those with such conditions, sleep dentistry also allows your dentists to work more quickly and effectively. However, there are a number of different types of sleep dentistry.

So what are the different types of sleep dentistry?

-Oral Moderate sedation is typically given in the form of a pill in the same family as Valium. As a result, you’ll be very drowsy, but still often awake. A larger dose may be used to allow you to fully sleep, though you can often be awakened with a gentle shake.

-Light sedation, typically inhaled, often nitrous oxide – ‘laughing gas’  – takes effect quickly, wears off quickly, and allows you to answer questions during the procedure. You’ll likely remember most of the procedure, but will feel little pain or discomfort.

-Deep sedation / general anesthesia is an option for some patients and procedures. With deep sedation, the patient is fully asleep, and must be closely monitored. The patient cannot be awoken quickly or easily. In many cases, a dentist may have an anesthesiologist available to administer anesthesia and monitor the patient while the dentist focuses on the oral procedure.

-IV Moderate sedation is given through a vein, and typically aims for effects similar to oral moderate sedation – anywhere from very drowsy to light sleep.

You should speak to your dentist about which may be right for you. The answer will depend on your medical history, level of anxiety, the length and nature of the procedure, and occasionally your budget or insurance. As is always the case, if you have any questions, Dr. Haines is here to guide you.

Call Dr. Ted Haines DDS for more information on sedation or to make an appointment today at 360-568-8577 or visit the website at tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Replacing Missing or Broken Teeth with Dental Implants | Snohomish, Wa Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-161866605When considering replacing missing or broken teeth you have options, currently the most modern approach is dental implants. Patients often have a broad understanding of a prosthetic solution but are unaware of the major benefits surrounding the details. If you have been thinking about how to best address your tooth loss for long-term satisfaction and a strong, healthy smile, we encourage you to consider some very compelling reasons to choose implants.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements that resemble a tooth of a group of teeth. Most commonly used for individuals who have cracked or even missing teeth, dental implants provide a multitude of advantages to any individual looking to create a beautiful smile!

Here are some of the advantages of considering Dental Implants:
Versatile: Though dental implants have their own single purpose in replacing missing or cracked teeth, they may also serve as an important part in other restorative procedures. A tooth implant can support a dental crown as well as dental bridges.
Confidence Boost: People who suffer from missing teeth are oftentimes uncomfortable with their appearances. Because dental implants are so natural looking, one’s confidence should be restored, especially when flashing a smile.
A Natural Look:Most individuals looks to dental implants because they are the closest to natural that fake teeth can get. Your dentist will design these implants to look and feel the most natural that they can be, even taking the time to get the color right so that they blend in with your natural teeth!
Dental implants enable dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, and are an alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natural teeth. Because they maintain bone mass, dental implants can also help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. There are many benefits with dental implants including, improved speech, easier eating, improved comfort and overall improved oral health. Dental implants are durable and can last a lifetime.

Call Dr. Ted Haines DDS for more information on dental implants or to make an appointment today at 360-568-8577 or visit the website at tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.