Laser Dentistry: A New Way to Ensure a Happy Patient

Many pediatric dentists, including myself are using a powerful dental laser that replaces the dental drill in the majority of procedures in our practice. It causes virtually no pain, vibration, or noise. In fact, nearly every patient skips anesthesia because they just don’t need it. A dental laser is our way of keeping you happy. Because more than anything, we love to see you smile.

What is a dental laser?
Solea (the laser we use) is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue procedures. (Soft tissue are your gums, hard tissue are your teeth). It was developed in Boston, MA by Convergent Dental, based on research conducted at the University of California School of Dentistry. Solea offers a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures for both teeth and gums, from simple cavity prep to complex surgeries. Not only is the laser virtually painless, it is also vibrationless and noiseless. The experience is so unique that you will find it hard to believe you were just at the dentist.

Benefits of using a laser
Since introducing the laser the majority of hard and soft tissue procedures in our office are done with no anesthesia, and soft-tissue procedures are done with virtually no bleeding. Blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures represent a major leap forward in dentistry, as we are able to execute multi-quadrant dentistry, fillings on the fly, and soft-tissue procedures in a single appointment.

What does that mean for your child?
Your child is now able to receive the care they need in a fraction of the time they were accustomed to from traditional drills. The laser is also far less invasive than using a traditional handpiece, which makes healing time following a procedure much shorter. When patients have anesthesia they typically leave the office with that numb feeling still prevalent. With the laser, they are able to go right out to lunch or back to school without that numb sensation following their appointment. The laser is truly changing what it means to go to the dentist.

Laser Frenectomy
Not only do patients benefit from using a laser for simple fillings, patients also benefit from soft tissue procedures such as frenectomies. The laser is superior to traditional frenectomy surgery in so many ways. The laser uses concentrated light and water to cut and cauterize the frenulum. Because of this, laser frenectomy:
• Is virtually pain-free
• Requires no anesthesia, which is especially important for infant-care
• Takes only one to two minutes, for the whole procedure
• Has a much lower risk of infection
• Produces very little bleeding
• Requires no sutures
• Provides for a shorter healing and recovery time

What does that mean for your infant?
For infants who suffer from tongue-tie, this Laser technology can mean the difference between a colicky infant who isn’t thriving, to one that can start breastfeeding with a natural latch. Infants who receive a laser frenectomy can actually start breastfeeding almost immediately after the procedure. This is even encouraged to help calm the child.

We know visiting the dentist can be intimidating, especially when it’s for your child. At Alexandria Children’s Dentistry, we work hard to ensure that all of our patients and parents are comfortable and know what to expect for any procedures. Our caring and compassionate office team is always ready to answer any questions you have.

Alexandria Children’s Dentistry
with two offices in Alexandria – Del Ray and Landmark.
Phone: 703-942-8404

DR. ANGELA AUSTIN is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist in Alexandria, VA. She specializes in treating patients aged 1-21. She is also specially trained to treat special needs patients as well as patients with high dental anxiety. She is the owner of Alexandria Children’s Dentistry located at 6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 345, Alexandria, VA 22312. Phone: 703-942-8404