Afraid of the Dentist? Fear no more…

How many times have you postponed your dental visit because you are afraid of needles, or getting poked and pricked? Are you still having nightmares or have a vivid image of the drill, or the big “bad” childhood dentist that pulled your tooth? Do you have unmet dental needs because you won’t set a foot in the dentist office even when your life is depending on it? You are not alone, about 30 to 40 million people in the United States fear the dentist, and would do anything to avoid seeing them. In fact, this fear or anxiety is called dental phobia and it is known of people fainting while waiting to be seen or at the sight of the needle or the drill.

Unfortunately, those with dental phobia suffer from poorer dental health and are at higher risk to develop general health complications from unattended dental problems. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like this anymore. People with dental phobia have a chance to get the dental treatment needed in a comfortable setting. It is called – Hospital Dentistry.

Hospital Dentistry

In a hospital setting a patient can be deeply sedated or completely asleep and receive the care they have postponed for so long. Certainly, there are protocols and steps to be taken before a patient goes under deep sedation or general anesthesia. A complete physical assessment and clearance from the Primary Physician, blood work, and a complete dental assessment are important to prevent any unnecessary risk and problems during or after the procedure. While Hospital Dentistry could present certain risks associated with anesthesia (like any other surgery), these are minimal and the benefits are definitively greater. A patient can receive complete or almost complete care in one single, outpatient visit to the Operating Room.

This option is also available for Special Care patients with neurological problems such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, or Mental Disabilities where the dental chair pose a difficulty to render the necessary care.

If you or a loved one are in need of these services, you are in LUCK! Our office caters to those who prefer a Hospital setting to receive the dental care they have postponed for so long. We have been working with this kind of patient for near a decade with excellent results. What do you think, gives us a chance to provide you with comfortable dental care and take care of those teeth once and for all.

Your First Dental Visit

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Welcome again to our blog! 

This time I want you to talk to you about your first visit whether you need a complete check-up or take care of a dental emergency. We are proud to say that you will be impressed by all that we have to offer. Our waiting area is cozy, with a selection of coffee and teas, breakfast bars (in case you forgot to eat before coming to your appointment), TV and reading material. But not to worry, you won’t have to wait too long before you meet your dental team. At your arrival you will be greeted by Iris, our scheduler coordinator or Alejandra our Insurance coordinator. Iris will assist you with your forms and will make sure that everything is ready for your visit.

What To Expect

We want to know you better, and make sure that we offer you the best care tailored to your needs. In this first visit you will meet our Dental Assistant Yadira, and our Dental Hygienist Jessica (I am sure you will be delighted with both) and of course you will meet me, Dr. Luquis-Aponte. We will do a complete exam, including X-Rays, Cancer screening, photos, and a gum health check-up. If time allows you will get your cleaning done. Even though we are the dental professionals, remember this is about you, your mouth, your smile, and your health.

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The Consult

Once your exam is complete we will go over your needs and create a plan that will serve your needs, taking into consideration all treatment options. I will make sure that you understand every aspect of your dental problems and the solutions for them. Then, you will meet with Alejandra, she will make sure to find the best financial options for your and to make the best use of your insurance benefits.

What can we do for you

Our office has a family oriented approach, and we accommodate to the needs of all family members. Our services go from cleanings to implants, braces and teeth whitening, and special care needs for those with medical conditions and disabilities, all under the same roof. We even offer Hospital Dentistry as an option to get your treatment done.  Whether you need a checkup and a professional teeth cleaning, or you have more complex issues, we will be here to help you get the treatment, or combination of treatments, that serves you well at this time.

Come See For Yourself!

Your Medications and the Dental Visit

The use of medications can affect your oral health and the way your dentist can treat you. Even over-the-counter drugs, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements can be the cause oral health issues. Among the oral problems resulting from the use of daily medications are dry mouth, gum inflammation, altered taste, sores and decay.

Candidate For Dentures And Partials

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 50% of adults in the USA take at least one medication a day. There are many different conditions and medical ailments that require medication to alleviate or control the effects of it in the body. A few of the most common are Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Anxiety, Depression and Asthma.


Visiting your dentist and being honest about the use of medications is the first step to help take care of your mouth and your teeth. The use of fluoride gels, regular cleanings or increasing the frequency of it can help with keeping decay and gum inflammation under control. Saliva substitute products can help with dry mouth and perhaps a consult with your primary physician to discuss the side effects of your medicines can make your oral health better.

Now, we understand the need of medications and we can not help but take them if they are helping us to get better. And at the dental office is important we know what you are taking and the dosing. Many dental procedures can be affected by the medications you are taking. Some medications to prevent heart attacks can increase the bleeding risk during a dental surgery and not taking your blood sugar or high blood pressure control medications can alter the results of the dental procedure or even prevent the dentist to do the treatment as schedule.

When you visit your dentist it very important to take your medications as prescribed by your physician. The dentist will consult with him/her to determine if any changes need to be made or if additional medications such an antibiotic need to be added to your daily regimen. In case of doubt it is always recommended to call your physician and your dentist before your appointments. If you have any questions call us, we can help you get the dental visit you deserve.

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?

Visiting the Dentist

Forgoing the dentist is all too common, and millions of people put off visiting their local dental office each year. Unfortunately, putting off the care that you need only creates more dental problems and the need for invasive treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly can help to keep your teeth and gums in good health for the rest of your life.

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?

Ideally, patients of all ages should be visiting the dentist twice a year. These bi-annual appointments gives us a chance to monitor your dental health and make notes of any changes we find. If there is a problem, it’ll be more minor and is easily treated during the visit or at an upcoming appointment. Bi-annual visits often involve a cleaning, which is done to remove tartar and stains from the teeth. Tartar alone can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so removing it professionally is key to maintaining optimal oral health.


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What Can You Expect During Your Dental Appointments?

Most routine bi-annual appointments involve a cleaning and examination. Oftentimes, x-rays are taken to identify any changes. The cleaning is done by a licensed hygienist who uses special tools to remove tartar and stains from your teeth. Your gums will be checked for any signs of periodontal disease. Next, an examination is performed to check for areas of tooth decay and problematic restorations. Checkup visits typically take less than an hour in our office. We can even pre-schedule your appointments so that you never have to remember to set a time and day to come in.

The importance of routine dental care

Routine care is critical to the health of your smile. If you continually forgo bi-annual checkup visits, the tartar on your teeth will continue to build up and cause problems with decay and gum disease. Likewise, smaller problems go ignored until they are much larger. Nearly half of all adults over age 30 have gum disease, and this is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene at home and not seeing the dentist often enough for cleanings and exams. You can save your teeth and smile with regular checkups done every six months. We offer preventative care to patients of all ages and regardless of health needs.
If you are ready to make an appointment to visit our office, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.

10 Benefits of Teeth Whitening

10 Benefits of Teeth Whitening


Whitening your teeth can easily be done in our office. The treatment helps to lift and even dissolve stains so that you can feel better about your appearance. Whitening can be done as-needed and touched up whenever you feel your teeth are becoming dulled and yellow.

Some of the benefits of teeth whitening include:

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1. Remove Discoloration
Discoloration of your teeth can happen with age or because of certain lifestyle and dietary habits. Whitening removes deep discoloration so that you can feel confident in the way your smile looks.

2. Remove Stains
Stains can occur because of the foods you may eat or because of improper brushing and flossing habits. The whitening products used are specifically designed to lighten and dissolve these stains so that they are no longer visible.

3. Improve Your Self-Esteem
Having a yellowed and dull-looking smile can interfere with your confidence. When you professionally whiten your teeth, you’ll feel better about the way that you look.

4. Smile More Often
Because of a whiter, brighter and healthier-looking smile, you’ll find that you smile more often. Not only does a bright white smile make you look friendlier, but it’s a sign of good health as well.

5. Reduce Bacteria
Many of the whitening products used are designed to kill bacteria that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. While you lighten your teeth, you’re taking a proactive approach to your dental health as well.

6. Look More Youthful
Whiter teeth can cause you to look younger than you actually are. This has a lot to do with the fact that teeth dull and darken as you age, so lightening them can give the appearance that you’re younger than you are.

7. Hide Imperfections
When your teeth are perfectly white, people are less likely to notice minor imperfections like cracks and chips. This eliminates the need for more invasive cosmetic work.

8. Be Prepared for that Big Event
If you’re going to be attending a wedding or class reunion, you’ll want to look your absolute best. Whitening can help to give a clean, bright appearance that’ll improve your overall appearance for that big event.

9. It’s Easy
Whitening is easy and typically involves custom-made trays that can be worn in the comfort of your own home. There are no invasive treatments or procedures needed to deliver the same results.

10. It’s Quick
Most whitening treatments take just a few weeks to provide optimal results. You can then touch-up your results throughout the year using the same treatment method.

If you are thinking of having your teeth professionally whitened, call us today and we can discuss the different options we offer.

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