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FAQ

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What is sleep dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is another term for sedation dentistry and involves the use of safe medication to help keep you calm throughout your dental appointment. Sleep dentistry utilizes nitrous oxide and sedatives to provide the relief you need. However, you will not be asleep with nitrous oxide or oral sedatives, although you may remember very little of the procedure afterward.


Can I be sedated during my dental appointment?

Yes. Northwest Dental Group offers a variety of sedation options from nitrous oxide to IV sedation. We will assess your medical and dental history, as well as your level of anxiety, to decide the best type of sedation for you.


What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the tissues in the back of your throat close and block off your airway when you sleep. The condition leads to persistent loud snoring and interrupted sleep patterns, and it can cause problems with your health as well. We offer sleep apnea screenings and treatments to help you rest well, wake up refreshed, and stay healthy.


What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into your jaw where your missing tooth was located. The post substitutes for your tooth’s root and acts as an anchor in your jaw for a dental restoration, including crowns, bridges, or dentures. With good oral hygiene, it can last a lifetime.


How quickly can I be seen for an emergency?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to seek care right away.


How soon can I get my dental cleaning and exam scheduled?

When you call our office, we have a same-day policy. This means that if you call us in the morning, we will see you the same day. Sparkly and clean teeth are just a phone call away!


How often should I have a dental exam?

It is recommended that you have a dental exam and cleaning performed twice per year, or once every six months. If you are suffering from gum disease or are undergoing a specific treatment, you may need to be seen more than twice per year.


What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, the first thing you should do is call our office to schedule your appointment. Once you have scheduled an exam, you should avoid touching the area as you may cause more damage. If your tooth is knocked out, however, you need to place it back into your mouth carefully or, if you can’t do that, in a container with milk. Bring this to our office right away, and we will do our best to restore your tooth to its proper place.


How can veneers help?

Veneers are a great alternative to dental crowns and bonding. Veneers are made from thin porcelain or composite shells, and they are bonded to your teeth to cover flaws. We offer porcelain, Lumineers, and lithium disilicate glass veneers.


Why should I whiten my teeth?

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look because they are stained or discolored, you can have them professionally whitened. We offer at-home and chairside whitening solutions that can erase even the deepest stains in as little as one visit.