Innovations in dentistry techniques and technologies have made even the most complex treatments fast, comfortable, and effective. At Carrier Family Dental, Dr. Higgins and his team utilize all the latest dental technologies to ensure our patients always receive superior quality dentistry services that exceed their expectations. Interested in finding out more about dental technology or scheduling an appointment with our Grand Prairie, TX dental team? Call today to get started on all of your oral health care goals.
We use crystal clear images of your smile to help you better understand any oral health concerns we see, damaged restorations that may need repair, and to provide clearer explanations of your treatment options. We view these high definition images with you on our chairside computer monitors. We can enlarge, zoom in, and enhance the images, so you can see exactly what we’re talking about. We believe the best patient is an educated patient, and we take as much time as necessary to ensure patient comfort.
Traditional x-rays gave dentists the ability to see inside your teeth and below the gum line to diagnose oral health concerns in earlier stages and plan for more precise treatment. Digital x-rays provide even better quality images than traditional x-rays, and the digital scans are immediately viewable on chairside computer monitors. We can also store the files for easy comparison between appointments. Digital x-rays cut down on treatment time, since they are instantly available for dental labs who can start crafting restorations immediately. They also reduce the amount of radiation exposure to every patient.
Panoramic x-rays are a unique form of digital x-ray that allow us to see more than just a single section of your smile. Instead, we’re able to view the entire bite and how it work together. Viewing the entire jaw allows us to see if there are any developing pathologies and improve any treatment outcome with early diagnosis. This is extremely important for patients who experience problems with their bites, TMJ dysfunction, or uneven dental wear. We use complete panoramic x-rays as both a tool for diagnosis of these concerns and as a way to improve clarity during treatment planning.
If you experience severe dental phobia or anxiety, you may benefit from the use of oral conscious sedation. The reason this method of sedation is commonly used for anxious patients is that you start to relax before you ever leave home. Simply take a prescribed oral medication at the predetermined time. Then, by the time of your treatment, you’ll already feel relaxed and ready for any treatment needed to be completed. The effects of oral conscious sedation are long lasting, so you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the office.
Inhaled through a nasal mask during treatment, nitrous oxide sedation allows patients to experience reduced sensitivity and achieve a state of relaxation that earned it the nickname “laughing gas”. We can quickly and easily adjust the dose of nitrous oxide to keep you completely comfortable during your appointment. The sedative effects of nitrous oxide wear away quickly (as little as 5 minutes) allowing patients to resume their daily schedule right away. You can even drive yourself to and from the office.
Dr. Higgins is one of the few dentists in the area who provides this advanced form of sedation in his office. He works with a trusted sedation specialist who can offer the safest and most effective possible sedation. IV sedation combines the deep sedative effects of oral conscious sedation with the instant dosage adjustment possible with nitrous oxide sedatives. Because of the high level of sedation achieved, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.