Keeping You Comfortable

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At The Yuma Dentist, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are committed to your peace of mind at Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma:

1. We don’t judge you. The dental team at Yuma Family Dentist is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental issue. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to sedation, we will eliminate pain as best we can.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Sedation dentistry not only assists in pain management, it puts you in a deeply relaxed state. We offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oral conscious sedation. With the latter, you’ll need a ride to and from our office.

4. We communicate with you.
 Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give The Yuma Dentist a try. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Save Money With Dental Implants At Yuma Family Dentist

Yuma Tooth ImplantsQ: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many people who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. But a dental implant from The Yuma Dentist is almost like getting back a natural tooth.

Dental implants have rightly been hailed as one of the greatest advancements in the history of dentistry. By now they have moved from being a rare procedure to mainstream dentistry. Yet many people worry that the cost is prohibitive.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.

Dr. Scharf notes…

With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if you receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Yuma Family Dentist. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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When Style And Oral Health Collide

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Oral piercing is a popular form of body art, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. When patients at The Yuma Dentist ask about the safety of oral piercings, we make sure they are aware of the possible consequences.

First, patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your ability to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible issues.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is severe and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also impact facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

If you’ve read through this and still want to choose a tongue bar or lip piercing, please talk to us first so you can consider the safest decision possible for your oral health.

The Yuma Dentist, in Yuma AZ, can counsel you on these issues. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry, Oral health

Chronic Sleep Problems?

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What is sleep apnea? It’s a serious health condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep. You can get help from The Yuma Dentist.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? A proper diagnosis should come from your doctor or a sleep specialist. But read through these common symptoms. They may help you determine if you talk to your doctor.

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you experience several symptoms, we recommend seeing your doctor.

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This form is present when a patient has both of the other two types.

If you are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it’s important to explore all the treatments. Some kinds of sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance, which we can provide for you at The Yuma Dentist. We also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

Yuma Sleep DentistryIf you are afraid of your dentist, you are not alone. At Yuma Family Dentist, we encounter many patients coping with dental anxiety. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment, and earn lifelong patients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended care. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including sedation dentistry. This allows our patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental services.

2) Dental treatment never begins until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every patient reacts to numbing agents differently.

3) We provide many in-office amenities at Yuma Family Dentist which help our dental patients concentrate on something pleasant during treatment. Not every dental patient chooses sedation dentistry. Sometimes chemical-free diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

At Yuma Family Dentist, we understand dental anxiety and will help you overcome it. In addition to sedation dentistry, we provide general dentistry and a wide range of other serivces including dental implants. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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What Is More Valuable Than A Diamond?

Yuma cosmetic dentistryEvery tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

When Cervantes wrote that, there was no way to replace teeth that were lost to decay or trauma. We are fortunate to live at a time where there is a permanent replacement for missing teeth: dental implants, available from The Yuma Dentist.

A dental implant is a titanium post anchored into the jaw bone. A tooth restoration is fitted to the post. It does not slide around like a removable denture. It functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

The dental implant procedure is not an experimental treatment. Dental implants have been available for many years. You can be sure it has been fully tested and tweaked to perfection.

Dental implants are among the services available from The Yuma Dentist. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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What is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

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What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you call it one-sided? Does it seem like the dentist examines your teeth, decides on the course of treatment, and performs the procedure, and you’re practically a bystander? At the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma AZ, we don’t do things that way.

It Starts With The Atmosphere

You will recognize the difference when you first walk in our doors. You will discover a warm, pleasing atmosphere. We don’t push patients through as if they were on an assembly line.

As a amalgam free dentistry practice, we see you as a whole person, not just a mouth full of teeth. When we meet with you, you will be able to talk about more than just your oral health. You will discuss your lifestyle, your past dental experiences, your goals, and your concerns. We want to create a long-term relationship with you—it benefits you and helps us do our jobs well.

We Listen

When we examine a patient and find a problem, there is rarely only one solution proposed. We take as much time as necessary to explain the options and answer your questions.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, we can fully assess the many critical factors that impact your present and future oral health.

Does This Sound Good to You?

If this sounds like a good approach, call The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ to schedule an appointment. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a checkup today!

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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The Benefits of Laser Dentistry

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This article from The Yuma Dentist looks at laser dentistry. It may sound like something from science fiction, but laser dentistry provides an excellent alternative to drills. Much of the dental care performed with lasers doesn’t require that patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Lasers used in dentistry come in two basic categories: hard tissue and soft tissue. At the Yuma Dentist, we have both.

Less Stress

Many patients become anxious while waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. Yuma Dentist patients also appreciate going home without a numb mouth or drool dripping down their chin.

People in need of oral surgery will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are performed with lasers are: infected root canal treatment, gum and bone reshaping, wisdom teeth extraction, and teeth whitening.

Along with laser dentistry, The Yuma Dentist offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Successful Smiles

Yuma Teeth BleachingProfessionals who are happy with the face they present in business situations have a greater level of confidence. Confident people, in turn, are more likely to be successful in their business and personal relationships. Simply put, if you feel better, you’ll probably do better!

At Yuma Family Dentist, our cosmetic dentistry patients experience a significant boost of self-confidence whether they undergo extensive smile transformations or an individual procedure.

Whether it is pleasing or not, your smile is always with you. Every person you meet notices your smile immediately. Even if you never smile because you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, your teeth still show every time you talk.

How do you feel about the smile you present to the world? Are you happy with the color of your teeth? Would you like to straighten your teeth? Do have teeth with chips and cracks?

At Yuma Family Dentist, we are dedicated to patient satisfaction. Our cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile from dull to dazzling. We also offer a range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Can My Dentist Help Stop My Snoring?

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Your partner can’t sleep because you snore? Is it finally time to eliminate it? The Yuma Dentist may be able to help.

Snoring sounds can develop when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses onto the soft palate. This narrows the air passageway. As you breathe, this area opens and closes—with a noisy result.

Your snoring might be due to a condition called sleep apnea. With Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the air passageway not only narrows, you actually stop breathing. These pauses can last for up to a minute and occur repeatedly dozens or even hundreds of time per night.

Many people with sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Regular snoring does not generally wake you up during the night. (Though it may wake your partner up again and again.)

Is My Snoring a Symptom of Sleep Apnea?

  • Do you wake up several times during the night gasping?
  • Are you excessively tired during the day?
  • Do you wake up with a headache?
  • Do you nod off during the day because you are sleepy?
  • Are your mouth and throat noticeably dry when you wake up?

Snoring is not merely an annoyance. It can have significant health consequences. And sleep apnea is even more dangerous because it completely cuts off the oxygen flow.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most prevalent type. It is caused by throat muscles relaxing and blocking the airway.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: The cause of the breathing cessation arises in the central nervous system. The brain fails to control the breathing muscles.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea): This condition is present when a person has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Can My Dentist Help Me Stop Snoring?

At The Yuma Dentist, we treat snoring and OSA. Please call us to schedule a consultation. We also provide general dentistry. Make an appointment today!

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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