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LASER Dentistry

​About LASER Dentistry and What it Does for You

 Why We Have Increased Our Use of LASERs in Our Practice

You ... It's that simple.  You, the patient, are the reason we bring any technology into our office.  Dr. Scranton believes that the purpose of technology is to serve the patient.  Dr. Scranton has used LASERs in her practice for many years, but she only used them where they could deliver benefit to her patients.  With this new Solea technology, she can expand the number of procedures and the related benefit to her patients.

What is Dental LASER Technology

A LASER is simply a means of delivering energy to tooth or tissue, and in so doing allowing the removal of material.  A dental drill does this with mechanical energy, whereas a LASER does it with optical (light) energy.

LASERs are sophisticated devices, and the physics that had to be mastered to create an effective dental LASER simply took time to develop - The engineers and scientists at Solea figured it out, and now you, the patient, can experience the benefits.

Why is LASER Technology Beneficial to Our Patients?

Until recently there was a debate as to whether LASER technology was really beneficial to patients; but with the introduction of the Solea CO2 laser there is not doubt that there is benefit to the patient.

  1. Reduced to no anesthetic injections.  In the majority of procedures and with the majority of patients, there is no anesthetic required.  The physics behind the CO2 LASER are beyond this discussion, but suffice it to say that the wavelength of the light emitted by the laser interacts with the nerve cells to suppress transmission of signals that represent pain.  Patients may feel a sensation of cold or pressure, but in most cases there is no pain.
  2. Silence.  There is no drill, no shrill high frequency whine, no sound of metal on teeth.  It's silent.  For some patients this is a major breakthrough, and results in the next major benefit.
  3. Comfort. No to limited anesthetic, silence, no vibration.  This all leads to comfort.  The LASER can be used in many dental procedures now, and so going to the dentist becomes a comfortable experience.
  4. Less Time in the Chair.  This type of laser is fast.  it removes material quickly, efficiently, and with a degree of control never attained in prior generations of LASERs.  This translates into less time in the dental chair, and more time to do the things you'd rather be doing.  Solea dental LASER technology makes taking care of your dental health easy, convenient, fast, and comfortable.
  5. Improved Partnership Between Your and Dr. Scranton.  You may have never thought of your relationship with your dentists as a partnership, but that's what it is. You and Dr. Scranton work together to maintain and improve your dental health - a very important partnership to be sure.   Effective LASER technology delivers such an improved experience to the patient that the dentist and the patient can enjoy a much more focused partnership in maintaining and improving dental health than ever in the past.

Dr. Scranton has used LASERs in her practice for over a decade, and has always done so with the sole intent of bringing benefit to the patient.  If the technology was not capable of delivering benefit, then she didn't use it for that procedure.  Now, with Solea, she has increased the number of procedures performed via LASER, and with that created a significantly improved experience for her patients.

Is LASER Dentistry Really Pain-Free?

The fact is that the vast majority of patients will feel no pain; and the fact is also that some people simply have heightened nerve responses, and nothing short of anesthetic is going to suppress such nerve responses.  All of the other positive attributes of LASER dentistry will be enjoyed, but the facts of physiology are that there are exceptions.  The Solea LASER will drastically reduce pain for those with very sensitive nerve responses, but there may be situation in which anesthetic is necessary. 

Can LASER Technology Be Used on Children?

Absolutely.  In fact, the next generation of patients, who are now children, will have a totally different perspective on going to the dentists.  Gone will be the fear of the dentist.  In fact, going to the dentist might just be one of the more comfortable and anticipated health care experiences!