Dental Patient Services
Pagosa Smiles dental practice is dedicated to making sure your visit is as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. Each procedure will be thoroughly discussed with you and any questions you have resolved prior to the start of your care. Please call us at (970) 731 3627 if you have any questions regarding a specific dental procedure or condition. Our dental patient services include:
Many people are afraid or uncomfortable going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry offers pain-free and anxiety-free dental procedures for patients who fear dental procedures, fear needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth or have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections. It also provides an opportunity to perform multiple or lengthy dental procedures in a single session.
We offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Oral sedation requires that the patient take a prescribed medication about one hour before the scheduled visit. The patient will arrive at the dentist in a deeply relaxed state, though fully responsive. During the procedure, patients aren’t unconscious, but mentally “detached” from what’s going on. The sedative usually lasts about six hours and the patient will need a ride to and from the dental appointment. If you fear dental procedures, then sedation dentistry may be the no-pain, low-anxiety dental alternative you desire
When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply “anchors” that support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth.
The procedure requires a titanium root be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth’s root. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.
Missing teeth can create a host of aesthetic and functional problems including sagging facial muscles, inability to eat certain foods and speak. Dentures may be your first solution if you’ve lost all your natural teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury.
Fitting a patient for dentures does not have to be a traumatic experience. During the preliminary visit, the remaining teeth are removed and a model is made of the patient’s jaw. An immediate denture may be fitted so the patient does not have to be without teeth while the mouth tissue heals. Once the mouth tissue is completely healed, the patient is fitted with their custom dentures.
Our dentist is comfortable with all phases of children’s dental care, including cleanings, fillings, fluoride treatments, sealants and more. We have techniques specifically designed for children, which establish trust and help your child accept dental treatment. Our team will regularly evaluate your child’s dental needs to provide the highest level of prevention and treatment. As your child grows, we will monitor your child’s teeth for early treatment of bite or tooth alignment problems that may arise. We are committed to providing the best possible dental care for your child in a friendly, anxiety-free environment. VIEW CHILDREN’S DENTAL VIDEOS
Teeth are often restored using silver or composite fillings. However, when too much of a tooth’s structure is missing, a crown or “cap” may be needed. A crown may be needed to:
- Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Attach bridges
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants