We offer our patients a variety of concierge options to add additional comfort to their dental appointments.
- Complimentary water, coffee and tea bar
- Complimentary Wifi available throughout the office
- Saltwater aquarium
- Digital panoramic x-rays.
- Intraoral cameras which utilize technology that helps you understand your diagnosis better as well as allowing us to save your images for future reference.
- Wireless, soundproof headphones.
- Flat screen TV’s.
- The ability to plug into your iPod during your treatments.
Emergency Care Policy
Emergency care is available after hours for patients of record. Please call our office for assistance. If you are not a current patient, we will be happy to accommodate emergency dental cases during regular office hours.
Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Helfner and Dr. Curro.
Dr. Helfner and Dr. Curro, along with their entire team, follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap.
- Gloves and face masks.
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces.
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use.
- Disposable materials.
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care, and the more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. The patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
You may want to ask your dentist for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.