Whitetree Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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We know that there is a lot to think about when it comes to your dental care. That’s why the team at Whitetree Dental encourages your questions. When you have all the information you need, you can feel confident making decisions about your treatment. No question or problem is too small because if it matters to you, it matters to us.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you probably have some of your own. If so, please don’t hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

General Dentistry

Many factors come into play when trying to prevent cavities. Genetics, diet, oral hygiene, and even medications all contribute to the state of your dental health. 

Sometimes people are more genetically predisposed to cavities or have thin enamel. Other times, habits can create more cavities.

For instance, you know that sweets are bad for your teeth. But you may not know that the longer sugar remains in your mouth, the more opportunity it has to damage your teeth. In this case, you could make a better choice by choosing sugar-free candies. 

As you know, another source of cavities is improper oral hygiene. You may think this doesn’t apply to you because you brush and floss diligently. But if you’re not doing it properly, you aren’t getting the most out of your efforts. When you visit Whitetree Dental, we will be happy to re-introduce you to good oral hygiene practices to ensure that your teeth remain healthy. 

If you’re concerned about the state of your oral health, please give us a call to arrange a convenient appointment. We will take the time to sit down with you to discuss your concerns and how we can help.

Anxiety about dental visits is more common than you might think. Don’t feel bad if you put off dental visits because you’re anxious – you are not alone!

When you feel stressed about a dental visit, the best thing we can do for you is to take the time to listen to your concerns. For some people, stress is the result of the sights and sounds of a dental office; for others, it may be a deep-seated fear that developed in childhood. In either case, you will be surprised at how simply opening up about your fears can help you calm down!

If you do need additional help to relax, we offer the calming comfort of nitrous oxide or oral sedation. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” is a mild type of sedation that will help you drift peacefully through your appointment. After treatment, the effect of nitrous oxide wears off quickly so you can leave our office and immediately get on with your day.

We also offer oral conscious sedation. Dr. Shin or Dr. Kim will prescribe a sedative for you to take before you come to our office. When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll feel calm and relaxed. The effects of oral sedation last longer than nitrous, so you will need a driver to get you to and from your appointment.

Please don’t put off dental visits because of anxiety. We will do everything possible to support you so you can enjoy good oral health.

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