Goodbye Impressions!

It has always been our mission to help you have a bright and healthy smile. Dr. Glass takes great pride in providing his patients with the highest quality dental care and is always looking for the latest technology to make your dental visit a great experience. That’s why we are so excited to introduce you to our newest upgrade!

The truth is we hear over and over again how everyone dreads impressions. Many dental procedures require we fill your mouth with those goopy trays to make cast models. It’s messy. It’s a mouthful. For those who have a gag reflex, it can be very unpleasant. Many patients say the impressions were the worst part of their dental treatment.

We want your experience in our office to be pleasant and anxiety free. To solve the issue of the dreaded impressions, Dr. Glass is one of a handful of dentists in the Denver metro area to upgrade to the latest technology in the industry. We’d like to introduce to you digital dental impressions using the Carestream 3600.

Our new Carestream digital scanner will replace impressions. (Good riddance!) The small camera takes high precision scans of your teeth. This will create a digital model within our computer software. These digital models are electronically sent to our lab where they are printed on a 3D printer. This makes the quality of treatment we provide, even better and much more precise.

If you have been putting off dental treatment… fear no more. All treatment plans are now eligible for scans. If you would like to see for yourself what a difference digital impressions can make, call our office today and schedule your appointment! 303-979-4981

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Your Evolving Toothbrush

If you are following your dentist’s advice, you are using your toothbrush faithfully twice per day, but how often do you actually think about the tool you are using? We thought it would be fun to explore how your toothbrush has evolved over the years.

It is believed that toothbrushing tools date back as far as 3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig and scraping their teeth. Tombs of ancient egyptians have been found containing “tooth sticks” alongside their owners.

Around 1600 BC the Chinese developed “chewing sticks” which were made from aromatic tree twigs to freshen breath. It was also the Chinese who, in the 15th century, were thought to have developed the first natural bristle toothbrush resembling what we still use today. They attached the bristles from a pig’s neck to a bone or bamboo handle and used the tool to clean their teeth. When it was brought from China to Europe, this design was adapted and often used softer horsehair. Some early European toothbrushes even used feathers as bristles. The first toothbrush of a more modern design with 3 rows of bristles was introduced in 1844 in England.

Natural bristles made way to the more modern bristles in 1938 when DuPont invented nylon. By the 1950’s the bristles became even softer followed by the first electric toothbrush in 1960.

Over its long history, the toothbrush has evolved to become a scientifically designed tool using modern ergonomic designs and safe and hygienic materials that optimize your oral health. Some more advanced electric toothbrushes are so smart they can tell us if we are brushing too hard, or not enough, they can time us and some can even communicate directly with your dentist! Today’s sonic toothbrushes are so powerful they deliver more brushstrokes in 2 minutes than a manual toothbrush can deliver in one month! They are able to remove far more plaque and bacteria from below the gum line and between the teeth than brushing and flossing alone. We offer a variety of models of electric toothbrushes for purchase in our office at a discount to you.
To find out which toothbrush would most benefit your oral health, talk to Cindie or Dr. Glass at your next visit!

Anxiety Free Dentistry

If we told you there was a way for you to have your dental treatment accomplished in minimal visits with no pain and little memory of the experience what would you say?  Research shows that almost 30% of the population avoids going to the dentist due to fear. Some studies show this number to be closer to 50%, but whatever the actual number is, no one should avoid protecting their dental health because of fear or anxiety. It is our goal to serve all of our patients with compassion and to meet their needs for emotional well being as well as to keep their mouths healthy. We understand that fear comes in all shapes and sizes, it knows no age limits, nor is it something that is foolish or silly. It is real, and we offer a very real solution. Dr. Glass can provide Conscious Oral Sedation for all of your dental treatment, making your visit a pleasant and stress free experience.

Conscious Oral Sedation creates the most relaxed and comfortable appointment possible while you, the patient, remain awake and conscious. It is referred to as a moderate level of sedation. You will be given an oral medication, your vital signs will be closely monitored and you will be brought to a level of sedation that allows you to maintain your own airway and reflexes, and respond to verbal and physical requests. Although you remain awake for the entire procedure, the amnesia effects of the medication leave many patients feeling like they slept through the entire appointment.  So, who are the best candidates for Conscious Oral Sedation? Well, anyone with a severe gag response, anxious or fearful patients, anyone who is resistant to local anesthesia,  patients who have extensive treatment planned but do not want to come in for multiple visits, and anyone who is sensitive to post operative pain would all be considered good candidates. Even better, we offer this service at a very minimal cost to you. Most insurance companies do not cover sedation, but at a fraction of the cost of intravenious sedation (less than $40.00) it is a fee that our patients are happy to pay for a relaxed dental experience.
            It is our sincere hope that by offering this service to our patients, everyone can have a healthy and pain free mouth without fear or anxiety attached. If this sounds right for you, talk to Dr. Glass at your next appointment, and get started on the road to great oral health!

What is Conscious Oral Sedation?

Did you know?….

It has been brought to our attention that many of our patients are not aware that Dr. Glass is qualified to administer Oral Conscious Sedation. You may ask, “What is that?” Well, it allows our patients who are anxious about having their dental work done or have many procedures to complete, to receive their treatment in a comfortable, stress-free way. The “Conscious” part of it is what is most appealing. It means that you are not “put under” with an I.V. Instead, you’re awake, can breathe on your own, can talk and are responsive.
Its a very simple process. You are sent home with an oral medication (Halcion) to take on an empty stomach one hour before your scheduled appointment. You will need transportation to and from your appointment as you will not be alert enough to drive yourself. When you arrive we will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen levels, and will determine if more oral medication needs to be administered before your procedure. As far as the actual dental procedure goes, not much will change. We still administer local anesthesia to keep you free from pain. Our patients tell us that it makes them feel like they are in a “dream like” state. Many of our patients don’t remember the procedure itself, and those that do, say it seemed like it only took a few minutes instead of the actual length of time. Once you are home, it typically takes a few hours for the medication to wear off and your dental work is done, anxiety free!