Where would we be today without technology? It touches every area of our lives, and modern dentistry is no exception. Today we can obtain faster and more accurate diagnoses, streamline many dental procedures, and vastly improve your comfort using leading-edge technology.
By combining technology with our warm and friendly approach, we can provide one of the most stress-free dental visits you’ve ever experienced. Please take a few moments to browse through the technology we currently offer and don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions.
Digital X-Rays & Digital Sensors
We do everything at Vermont Family Hills Dental with your comfort and safety in mind. We use digital x-rays because they are easy to take and emit significantly less radiation than older film-type x-rays do.
From a clinical perspective, digital x-rays are invaluable diagnostic tools that show us what we can’t see during a visual exam. Cavities often start between teeth or deep inside and can’t be detected visually. Digital x-rays show us everything, including periodontal disease that’s developing below the gumline.
Taking x-rays today is also more comfortable than ever before. Instead of making you bite down on a bulky clip to take the picture, we use flat digital sensors. With rounded corners, they slide easily into your mouth and capture highly-detailed images that we display on your chairside monitor.
Dr. Brown points out areas of concern so you can see them for yourself. Bringing you into the process like this keeps you informed about your oral health needs and helps you understand why treatment is necessary.
Other advantages of digital x-rays are that they are stored securely on our in-house network and are easy to share with specialists or insurance companies. And with no hazardous chemicals needed to process your x-rays, digital x-rays are environmentally friendly.
At Vermont Hills Family Dental, we have switched from paper to all digital records. It eliminates paper waste and also allows our team to work more efficiently. We have access to all your information at our fingertips, including your dental history and x-rays.
Digital records allow us to retrieve your information quickly and easily send electronically to insurance companies and specialists.
If you’ve ever felt frustrated during a dental exam because you can’t see what your dentist sees, you will appreciate our intraoral cameras. Instead of passively sitting and waiting to be told what’s happening, you are an active and involved participant in the diagnostic process.
An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that we use to capture real-time images of your teeth and gums. As our dentist moves the camera over your teeth, the images display on your chairside monitor so you can see what we see.
Dr. Brown will explain what you’re looking at and point out problems like cavities, signs of gum disease, and broken or worn teeth. She will make treatment recommendations and explain all your options, and together we’ll develop a plan to resolve the issue.
We can also save still images to your digital patient record, making them easy to retrieve for future reference or to send to insurance companies and specialists as needed.
Do you have dental anxiety that prevents you from seeking the essential dental care you need? Many people feel the same way, which is why we offer nitrous oxide to our Portland patients.
If you want sedation dentistry but don't want the fuzzy feeling or side effects of a sedative, nitrous oxide is an excellent alternative. It is short-term sedation that's safe and effective and mild enough to use for children.
Nitrous oxide won't leave you feeling drowsy because it is a gas that you inhale, rather than medication that enters your bloodstream. The effects start to wear off as soon as we stop administering the flow of gas and switch to pure oxygen.
The benefits of nitrous oxide are a pleasant, drowsy sensation during treatment and a feeling of well-being. Whether you have dental anxiety or just want to relax at your next appointment, nitrous oxide can help you.
In the past, dentists used air-driven handpieces to remove decay, polish fillings, perform cosmetic dentistry, and prepare teeth for prosthetics. While they were efficient, the sounds and vibrations this equipment produced were a trigger for many patients’ dental anxieties.
At Vermont Hills Family Dental, we have upgraded to electric handpieces that eliminate these uncomfortable sensations. They also allow our dentist to work more efficiently when performing procedures, which improves your comfort and minimizes the time you have to spend in the dental chair.