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When you hear the word dentist, does a general feeling of anxiety overwhelm you? Do you have a fear of needles, fear of pain and discomfort, or very sensitive teeth?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone! An estimated 30-40 million adults avoid the dentist yearly because they find the idea of getting a check-up, cleaning, or dental work too stressful. If you fear or stress the dentist for any reason, your Novato Dentist can make your next visit to the dentist relaxing and stress free, with Sedation Dentistry!

Due to medical advances in oral sedatives, dentists can allow patients to be in a deep state of relaxation and make it possible for them to have dental procedures without feeling anything.  Our dental office uses the latest in sedation technology and patient care methods.

We will discuss the best treatment plan to ensure your dental experience is stress and anxiety free. We will tailor the treatment or combination of treatments to suit your needs because every patient is different, so selecting the correct method is of the utmost importance.

Oral health is a link to overall heath, and neglecting dental check-ups because of fear or stress can lead to long term dental issues. This in turn will lead to more visits with costly and difficult repairs.

We can help you reduce the stress and anxiety involved in coming to the dentist.

Call us today to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you!


Did you know, knowledge about your dental health is a key link in knowing your overall heath? It is estimated that over 90% of all adults have some form of periodontal disease, and only a trained dental professional can determine the extent of the disease in your mouth.

Periodontal Disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection to the gums and bone around your teeth. This disease destroys the tissue and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults, and is almost as widespread as the common cold.

Numerous independent research studies indicate periodontal disease has links to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Pre-term low birth-weight babies
  • Overall health issues

Periodontal disease begins when a sticky film of bacteria, known as plaque, builds up under your gums. If not removed, plaque will harden and become tartar, which can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. If this is not treated, the plaque will irritate the gumline, resulting in Gingivitis. There is usually little to no discomfort at this stage. The only indication of the disease will be redness of the gums, swelling, and bleeding.

Some people, due to lifestyles, habits, or other factors may be more susceptible to periodontal disease. You may be at risk if you:

  • Are under chronic stress
  • Clench or grind your teeth
  • Have diabetes, auto-immune diseases, systemic diseases, or heart disease
  • Wear braces
  • Have a receding gum line
  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • And many more!

If you have any of these risk factors, or any of the early warning signs of periodontal disease, make an appointment for a dental check up immediately! If diagnosed early enough, nonsurgical treatments can be used to stop the diseases progression.

For tips to keep your teeth and gums their healthiest, contact your Novato Cosmetic Dentist today!


When you look in the mirror are you disappointed to see old or dark looking teeth dulling your smile? If so, you know how important white, bright teeth can mar your appearance. More patients than ever are taking advantage of teeth whitening options to turn back the clock on their aging teeth as cosmetic dentistry becomes more accessible and wide spread. Consumers can use over-the-counter teeth bleaching treatments at home or receive custom whitening in the office a dental professional. These two types of treatment are not created equally as the formulations, expected results, and treatment processes are different.
 
Professional whitening treatments are administered in our Marin County Cosmetic Dentist Office. These treatments are peroxide formulations that will actually bleach dental enamel and drastically whiten the appearance of your teeth.
 
Professional whitening treatments are:

  • More effective than over the counter products because the whitening formulation contains a greater concentration of whitening agent.
  • Faster than over the counter products—most patients see significant results in just one or two visits.
  • More predictable than over the counter products. Working with a dental professional, you can better control the level and quality of whitening achieved.

Home whitening treatments, on the other hand are:
  • Less expensive than professional whitening treatments, because they are less effective and take weeks or even months to achieve full results.
  • More of a risk, because you cannot closely control the process and may end up with uneven enamel whitening, dental sensitivity, or gum irritation.

Before deciding on cosmetic whitening, it’s important that you consult with a dental professional to ensure optimal results. Professional whitening treatments allow you to better control your results, avoid sensitivity, and optimize bleaching to enhance your overall smile. Please feel free to contact Novato Cosmetic Dentistry Office for further information.

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