We prioritize your comfort and provide you with the best treatment, utilizing the latest in dental technology. Our state-of-the-art equipment and techniques are designed to make your appointments faster, more comfortable, and more precise. Let’s look closer at the cutting-edge technology we use to enhance your dental experience.

Say Goodbye to Dental Anxiety

One of our standout features is sedation dentistry, which helps patients overcome dental anxiety and receive the care they need in a relaxed state. Dental anxiety is a common concern, and we understand the impact it can have on your oral health. That’s why we offer some sedation options, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative that is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose. It induces a state of relaxation while allowing you to remain conscious and responsive throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide quickly takes effect and wears off rapidly, enabling you to resume your daily activities with minimal downtime.

For patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, our oral conscious sedation is an excellent option. With this technique, prescription medication is taken prior to your appointment, helping you achieve a deeply relaxed state. While you may feel drowsy during the procedure, you’ll still be able to respond to our team’s instructions. It’s important to have a companion accompany you to and from the office if you choose this option.

Advanced Dental Technology Means Better Treatment

Digital X-Rays = Accurate Diagnosis & Comfort

Apart from sedation dentistry, we incorporate a range of advanced technologies into our practice to ensure optimal results and a streamlined experience. Our digital X-ray system produces high-resolution images with minimal radiation exposure, allowing us to detect dental issues more accurately. The images can be viewed instantly, allowing our doctor, Dr. Adam Hahn, to diagnose and plan treatment efficiently.

Intraoral Cameras = Treatment Transparency & Patient Education

We also employ intraoral cameras, which are small, handheld devices that capture detailed images of your mouth. These images are displayed on a monitor, enabling us to show you exactly what we see and explain any concerns or treatment options. This visual aid helps facilitate better communication and ensures that you are fully informed and engaged in your dental care.

VELscope = Better Cancer Detection & a Healthier You

We also use advanced VELscope technology to enhance our oral cancer screening process. We understand that detecting oral cancer early is crucial for successful treatment, as the survival rate can be over 90% when caught early! Unfortunately, the challenge lies in the detection itself, leading to an overall survival rate of less than 50%. However, with the help of VELscope, we can improve these statistics. This innovative screening method involves shining a special light in your mouth, which allows us to identify suspicious areas that may require further testing for cancer. By using VELscope, we can detect potential oral cancer cases more effectively, making your appointment easier by providing you with a fast and non-invasive screening procedure.

TENS = TMJ Relief & Diagnosis

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a remarkable treatment that relieves patients with unhealthy bites. When your muscles develop coping mechanisms due to an improper bite, they can become tense and sore. TENS works as a special muscle massager, effectively loosening up the muscles and helping them break free from their bad habits. This treatment not only aids in diagnosing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues but can also serve as the sole treatment in some cases, providing patients with much-needed relief from muscle tension and discomfort.

CBCT = Comfortable Imaging & Precise Treatment

When it comes to modern dental procedures, precise imaging of the treatment area is essential. Planmeca CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) plays a pivotal role in achieving this level of accuracy. Dental implants, for instance, require a thorough understanding of the shape and density of the patient’s bones before proceeding with the procedure. CBCT works by taking a series of x-rays and creating a comprehensive 3D image. Unlike medical CT scanners, our office’s CBCT machine is designed to provide a comfortable and open experience for patients. This technology ensures that dental treatments, especially those involving implants, can be meticulously planned for optimal results.

Platelet Rich Fibrin = Naturally Faster Healing

Dr. Hahn and our compassionate dental treatment team strive to harness the incredible healing resources that your body possesses to expedite recovery from dental procedures. We do that with the Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF). It’s a treatment that taps into your body’s natural healing factors, concentrated from your blood during the dental procedure. This remarkable technique will speed up the recovery process following treatments like dental implant surgery in Columbia. By applying PRF, we can enhance the formation of new bone and gum tissue, facilitating a faster and more efficient healing process. PRF serves as a testament to the power of our body’s own regenerative abilities, allowing us to maximize your recovery and overall treatment outcomes.

Experience the Difference at Smile Columbia Dentistry

We understand that visiting the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many individuals, but rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way. With our state-of-the-art technology and compassionate approach, we aim to make your dental appointments something you can look forward to. We look forward to seeing you at Smile Columbia Dentistry.