Advanced Technologies in the 21st Century Dental Practice

Dr. Larrondo’s office in Hemet, CA talks about state-of-the-art dental technologies that are gaining interest from dentists. Helping patients understand that dentistry has made lots of advances is important to us. Things like intra-oral cameras help patients see the problem and other services like lasers and sedation allow the patient to be comfortable during their visits. Nice to see another dentist is offering free consultations, too. See our other post about digital x-rays and why they are saving you tons of radiation:

https://bestsacramentodentist.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/how-much-radiation-do-you-get-from-x-rays-do-i-need-them/

Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo

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We offer a dynamic combination of advanced technologies in one convenient location. Many practices would refer you to several offices to accomplish the same care. The best that dentistry has to offer combined with personal service and down to earth discussion of your care will make your experience with Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo unique from other practices. Listed below are some of the advanced technologies we offer our patients.

Surgical Telescope–saves time and aids in diagnosis

The surgical telescope makes esthetic enhancement better because I get an up-close view of the artistry I’m creating. It increases surgical comfort because it enhances accuracy, reducing the time I need to per form each procedure. It also helps with gum disease prevention techniques.

Intra-oral Camera–lets you see and understand what’s going on

This is not only a diagnostic tool for me, but an educational supplement for you. This camera looks like an oversized…

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Oral Sedation Dentistry – Small Steps to Being Happy at the Dentist

A dentist who provides oral sedation is like a magician waiving a magic wand over all the fearful patients who have avoided the dentist. Oral Sedation cases range from mild to full-mouth but you will never know unless you call and make that first step.
Watch the entire process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4rLa9f7ANk

Oral Conscious Sedation

  1. The first step is to find a dental provider near you. Sedationcare.com can help you find a sedation provider in your zip code. When you are ready, you will call the provider and their sedation
  2. At your first appointment you will receive a full set of x-rays and receive a full examination by the doctor. The doctor will want to take many photographs which can be invasive. But not to worry, these pictures will allow you to see exactly what the doctor is seeing so you are not in the dark about the condition of your oral health.The doctor may take you into a consultation room to go over your options as far as what needs to be addressed immediately and what can be done at another appointment.  You will fill out your paperwork and set up your payment arrangement.  Be prepared for lots and lots of paperwork.
  3. At your first appointment you will receive a full set of x-rays and receive a full examination by the doctor. The doctor will want to take many photographs which can be invasive. But not to worry, these pictures will allow you to see exactly what the doctor is seeing so you are not in the dark about the condition of your oral health. The doctor may take you into a consultation room to go over your options as far as what needs to be addressed immediately and what can be done at another appointment.  You will fill out your paperwork and set up your payment arrangement.  Be prepared for lots and lots of paperwork.
  4. Twelve hours prior to your oral sedation appointment you will take your first dose of medication. After this point the patient should not eat or drink anything. The next morning, one hour prior to your appointment, you will crush up a pill and put it under your tongue and allow the pill to dissolve. Upon arriving to your appointment your doctor will administer the remaining dose(s) of medication.  Each person’s dosages of medication prescribed to them will be different based on the person’s tolerance level, weight, and current drugs that they take. Regardless of the type of drug and amount prescribed the way the medication is taken will always be the same.
  5. You will be seated in the dental chair and will wear a blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen monitor through the entirety of your stay. This is required in oral conscious sedation to ensure that you are getting the adequate amount of oxygen required. Don’t worry- an oxygen tank is there for you should you need it.
  6. Your memory of your appointment will be faint, if one exists at all. You will also need to coordinate a driver to drop you off and pick you up from your appointment. They will not need to stay with you the entire time. The sedation team will be able to contact them to let them know you are ready to be picked up.
  7. Immediately following your oral sedation appointment you will want your driver to get you something soft to eat – think soup, ice cream, mashed potatoes. You will most likely return home and sleep. You will look alert to your driver but they should not be fooled, you are highly woozy. This is not the time to make important life decisions.
  8. The following day you will be normal. You will be able to go to work, go to the gym, go on vacation, and do anything else that you normally would be able to do. The only reason that you may have to return to your dental professional is to adjust the “bite” which is referring to the way the temporary crowns and fillings sit inside your mouth. If you bite is off you will experience pain, discomfort and headaches. Adjusting your bite is a simple 10 minute procedure so you should call your doctor and get in as soon as you can to avoid any added pain.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry is gaining popularity in the U.S. and is really a good option for anyone who has time constraints and only wants one day off of work to complete tons of dental treatment. Also, you don’t have to be afraid of the dentist anymore!
Call (916) 649-0249 for your consultation today. Gateway Oaks Family DentistryHoang Truong DDS, provide oral conscious sedation to anyone who is interested, regardless of their motivations. Call today.

I Hate Flossing! Part II

A former flossing procrastinator turned flossing advocate; why to floss, how to floss, and the dangers of not flossing.

Sacramento DentistDid you know that if you lose five or more teeth to gum disease your odds at having a heart attack increase by 26%? If you are predetermined to have heart disease or diabetes you might want to think twice about flossing. Studies definitely show a strong link between poor oral health and heart disease.

Okay, well, I didn’t know this before. I was one of those “sometimes” flossers. You know what I’m talking about. When the dentist asked me how often I flossed my response was a sheepish “sometimes”. Then, I realized that my paternal grandmother died from heart disease. To add insult to injury, my father received a quadruple bypass at 46 and I lost an uncle to diabetes. Keep in mind that at that time it had been a few years since my last dentist appointment. Like many people it really hurt to floss my teeth and it was uncomfortable. I really didn’t want to do it. Really.

I guess you could say that skies parted one day when I stumbled upon some reading material reminding me that I was predisposed to horrible health issues (my grandmother’s heart disease, my dad’s clogged arteries, my uncle’s diabetes) and that not flossing could come back to haunt me with a vengeance. Now I’m a flossing advocator. And I put down the french fries. Win-win.

Now, working in a dental office provides me with more of an affinity towards taking care of my teeth. And all the compliments I get on my pretty teeth are just icing on the cake.  I promise that I am a modest person. I am! But I constantly receive compliments on my teeth. People comment on how straight they are to how white they are (thanks for braces mom and dad!). It’s those compliments that make me take pride in my teeth.

Think about it, when you work hard for your toned body and people take notice it only makes you work harder, right? My teeth are the same thing to me. That’s why I floss.

Everyone hates to floss. I hate to floss. But at the end of the day I’m healthier for it. You will be, too. Did you know that even the girls in the office hate to floss? That’s two Registered Dental Hygienists, four dental assistants!

Top 5 Reasons We Hate to Floss!

  1. It’s uncomfortable to stick whole hand in mouth
  2. “It’s gross!”
  3. Food flies around
  4. When floss gets stuck in the teeth
  5. Messes up lipstick

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Dr. Hoang Truong

Welcome to Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry of Sacramento. Home of Dr. Hoang Truong, The Best Sacramento Dentist, and her extraordinary staff!

Our Services Include:

Cosmetic Dentistry (i.e., veneers, bridges, inlays/onlays)
Sedation Dentistry
Teeth Whitening
Extractions
Root Canal (endodontics)

 

Dr. Truong is a family dentist with a comprehensive dental facility based in Sacramento. Our care is patient-focused. No pushy sales people just good dentistry. Dr. Truong educates and trains herself and her staff rigorously to provide her patients with the very best care as well as cutting-edge technology. Dr. Truong and the Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry staff follows strict safety procedures.

Why is Dr. Truong so great? She has the smallest hands in Sacramento! Small hands means maximum comfort for her patients.