Technology has improved and enhanced our lives in many ways, and dentistry is no exception. Today we use leading-edge technology to provide faster, safer, and more comfortable care and diagnose dental conditions with a higher degree of accuracy than ever before. All this adds up to a streamlined dental experience for you and less time spent sitting in the dental chair.
At Daylight Dental, we choose the technology we invest in carefully. By staying current with all the latest advancements, we can provide our patients with all the benefits that state-of-the-art dentistry offers.
Please browse through some of the technology we currently use at our Austin, TX dental office, and don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Nitrous oxide is a sedative that is delivered in the form of a gas that you inhale through a comfortable nasal mask. Also known as "laughing gas," dentists have safely used nitrous oxide for decades.
Since the effects of nitrous oxide sedation are relatively mild, you won't go to sleep during your procedure, and you will be able to respond to your doctor and your dental assistant. Nitrous oxide almost immediately decreases feelings of anxiety and produce a sense of comfort and well-being. By using nitrous oxide in conjunction with a local anesthetic, our dentists can block any discomfort during dental procedures.
Nitrous oxide sedation is ideal in several scenarios, as there are no side effects, and the effects wear off within just a few minutes of removing the mask at the end of a procedure. Immediately after your appointment, you will feel fully alert and be able to drive yourself home and resume your usual daily activities.
TVs in Treatment Rooms
Who couldn't use a little distraction while sitting in the dental chair? We're pleased to offer TVs in all our treatment rooms so that you can catch up with the news or your favorite show while we work to help you maintain a healthy smile.
We want to empower you to be an advocate for your own oral health, and that requires you to be informed about what’s happening in your mouth and how a proposed treatment will benefit you. Intraoral cameras are a valuable diagnostic and educational tool that our dentists use to show you what they see when they perform a visual examination.
As your dentist passes the small digital camera over your teeth, we’ll share the real-time image with you on your chairside monitor. You’ll view a magnified, illuminated image of all your teeth and gums, and your dentist can point out areas of concern so you can easily see the problem for yourself.
The goal of intraoral cameras is to inform and educate because we want you to understand why we recommend treatment and how it will benefit you. However, while we encourage you to follow through with treatment, the final decision about whether or not we address the problem is always up to you.
As part of our mission to provide you with the safest care, at Daylight Dental, we use digital x-rays that emit about 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays did.
Even though the amount of radiation produced with digital x-rays is minimal, we respect our patients’ safety concerns. Rest assured that at Daylight Dental, we limit the number of dental x-rays we take to those needed to accurately diagnose conditions and monitor your oral health on an ongoing basis.
Digital x-rays offer other advantages as well:
- Our dentists can’t see what’s happening inside your teeth or under your gums during a visual exam, but using digital x-rays makes it possible to detect conditions like cavities, gum disease, and tooth infections.
- The highly-detailed images allow your dentist to provide an accurate diagnosis that results in more effective treatment and better long-term outcomes.
- We can share your dental x-rays with you on your chairside monitor to give you a clear view of what your dentist sees and how the treatment will benefit you.
- Digital images make it easy to securely transmit your information to insurance companies and specialists with your permission.
- With no chemicals used to produce the images, digital x-rays are safe for the environment.