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Sedation Dentist
Defining a Sedation Dentist

Many dental procedures can be complex and intricate, requiring the patient to spend a few hours in a single appointment. In some cases, the patient may be uncomfortable with the prospect of an invasive dental treatment. In all such situations, sedation dentistry may be considered as an option to ensure complete patient comfort throughout the treatment.

Dr. Rob Strain is a well-known cosmetic dentist providing state of the art dental procedures. Dr. Strain was trained in sedation dentistry by the Dentists Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.

Role of a Sedation Dentist

A sedation dentist will use medications to help the patient stay relaxed during a dental procedure. In exceptional cases, the dentist may make use of general anesthesia, but in many situations, the patient may be awake while a sedation dentistry procedure is performed.

The sedation dentist may make use of minimal sedation, in which the patient will be awake but relaxed. In many cases, conscious sedation or moderate sedation may be used. In this case, the patient is not likely to remember much of the procedure. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are stronger options, which will be used in exceptional situations.

Studio Dentistry, led by Dr. Strain, is a premier dental office that is fully equipped to provide sedation dentistry procedures. The practice receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas.

Conscious Sedation

As a leading sedation dentist, Dr. Strain has been providing conscious sedation treatments to his patients for nearly a decade. The treatment is highly beneficial for patients who feel anxious or scared during a dental appointment. A single conscious sedation appointment can help to address their dental needs in a very comfortable and efficient manner.

The patient typically stays relaxed throughout the appointment and will mostly not remember anything significant about the procedure. Conscious sedation involves the administering of a small pill such as triazolam. This drug belongs to the Valium family of drugs, but acts faster and more effectively and provides amnesiac benefits too.

Patients who choose this procedure will often fall asleep while the treatment is in progress, but can easily be aroused. Patients requiring extensive dental procedures in a single appointment lasting three hours or more may benefit the most with conscious sedation.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a specialized procedure for patients who have a very low pain threshold, excessive fear while sitting in a dentist’s chair, risk an extreme gagging reflex, or are medically compromised in a significant way. This procedure may be used for patients who need a large amount of dental work completed in one appointment.

Dr. Strain’s dental office offers the option of general anesthesia. The patient will be treated in an outpatient surgical center. The anesthesia procedure will be performed by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist. The dentist will review the patient’s medical history to determine if they are a fit candidate to receive general anesthesia.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

Dental Reconstruction
Dental Reconstruction

Dental reconstruction is an important part of dentistry, which may include smile lift, dental implants and full mouth reconstruction, depending on the patient’s needs. During the initial consultation process, the dentist will evaluate the patient’s oral condition and devise a customized dental reconstruction plan as per their unique needs.

Dr. Rob Strain, founder of Studio Dentistry, is a leading cosmetic dentist providing advanced dental reconstruction services. Dr. Strain makes use of the latest reconstructive techniques to achieve safe, sustainable and aesthetically desirable outcomes. He receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities for dental reconstruction.

Smile Lift

Due to aging, heredity or other factors, a patient may suffer from loss of facial height in the lower half of the face. This may occur following loss of teeth, wearing of teeth due to grinding, or intrusion of the teeth into the jaws due to clenching. A smile lift is a key reconstructive procedure in dentistry to restore lost facial height and provide a more attractive and youthful smile.

Individuals with an undermined smile, thin or hidden lips, short lower half of the face, depression below the lower lip, or sagging skin or wrinkles in the lower half of the face may benefit from a smile lift. The dentist may recommend a bite opening splint prior to the treatment, which will be followed by correct placement of upper front teeth.

An experienced dentist will usually recommend restoring all the upper or lower teeth at one time. In such case, it will called a full mouth reconstruction. However, depending on a patient’s needs and their budget, the procedure may be performed in smaller stages. Studio Dentistry, led by Dr. Strain, is a leading dental office providing dental reconstruction services to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction will involve rebuilding of all the teeth in accordance with the planned design. The goal of this comprehensive procedure is to rebuild teeth that have suffered extensive decay or damage, or were poorly restored previously. The patient will be able to regain an improved bite, or have a better aesthetic oral appearance, or both. In any case, a full mouth reconstruction will help create a more attractive smile.

The dentist will make use of photos, models, x-rays, as well as a diagnostic wax design in order to plan a customized full mouth reconstruction. Before the reconstruction procedure is started, the patient may be required to wear an occlusal splint to stabilize the bite. The entire procedure may be completed in about two to four appointments. The preparation appointment may last for as many as three to five hours. Sedation may be recommended in such cases to keep the patient comfortable through the treatment.

Dental Implants

One or more missing teeth can be replaced in a sustainable way with dental implants. Implants may also be used to support dentures or bridges. Once an implant is placed, it will help to preserve the bone and restore the normal biting or chewing function.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

Dental Cleaning in Palm Springs AreaDental Cleaning in Palm Springs Area

Perhaps the most important approach to maintaining fantastic oral health is to follow the principles of preventative dentistry. Preventative approach involves very simple and routine activities, including regular brushing and cleaning the teeth, eating a healthy diet, visiting the dentist for periodic dental exams, and receiving professional dental cleanings. The ideal frequency for dental cleanings is once every six months for an average individual.

However, elderly people and patients with active systemic oral conditions can benefit from more frequent dental cleanings. The dental office can recommend the appropriate intervals based on the specific oral health assessment of a patient. Studio Dentistry, led by the highly experienced dentist Dr. Rob Strain, provides dental cleanings to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.

What does Dental Cleaning Involve?

A dental prophylaxis, commonly known as a dental cleaning procedure, will typically involve thorough removal of tartar or calculus, plaque and stains that may be seen above the gum line. If the patient’s mouth is overall healthy, the dental hygienist may reach a little beneath the gum line in order to perform a more complete dental cleaning.

In case, it is found that the patient’s oral health is compromised, or the mouth has had previous pockets, or if the mouth suffers from a number of exposed root surfaces from recession, the dental cleaning may be accompanied by more intensive and detailed oral cleaning procedures.

As a leading general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Strain provides a comprehensive range of cleaning procedures to his patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas. These include:

Gross Debridement

Gross debridement process is designed to remove significant deposits above the gum line. This procedure is usually performed on patients who may not have been to a dentist for a long time, and as a result, suffer from a heavy build-up and inflammation. An ultrasonic or piezo scaler will be used to knock the clearly visible deposits off the teeth. A period of healing will be allowed, and fine scaling and polishing will be performed on the follow up visits of the patient to the dentist’s office.

Fine Scale and Polish

Following the gross debridement procedure, which may take place instead of regular dental cleaning, a follow up appointment for fine scale and polish will be made. In some cases, this may be substituted with a series of deep scaling appointments, which will be quite similar to a dental prophylaxis.

Periodontal Scaling

Periodontal scaling is similar to dental prophylaxis, but it is performed on patients who have exposed root surfaces from recession. As compared to the standard prophylaxis procedure, periodontal scaling is more intensive, and requires more time and skill.

Deep Scaling (Root Planning)

Deep scaling is generally recommended when the patient has several unhealthy pocket depths in the mouth. This procedure is aimed at removing deposits that are deep below the gum line. Removal of this tartar will promote healing beneath the gum, thereby eliminating swelling and bleeding. The procedure may be performed on each section or partially affected sections of the mouth.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

One of the Best Cosmetic Dentists in Palm Desert
One of the Best Cosmetic Dentists in Palm Desert

A great smile is one of the biggest assets to an individual’s personality. Advancements in cosmetic dentistry techniques and technologies are helping thousands of people in the US achieve an attractive smile. Some of the aesthetic dental procedures can be quite complex, and it requires highly specialized skills to create the desired results in a sustainable and predictable manner.

Studio Dentistry, led by Dr. Rob Strain, is one of the premier cosmetic dental practices providing cutting edge dental procedures. Dr. Strain provides state of the art procedures at his dental office to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.

About Dr. Strain

Dr. Rob Strain is widely recognized as a leading dental expert with over 30 years of experience in the field. He is at the forefront of introducing some of the latest and highly innovative aesthetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, metal-free ceramic crowns, laser dentistry and full dental makeovers.

Additionally, Dr. Strain is also a well-known expert in oral health related conditions such as chronic facial pain, sleep disorders and systemic disease which could be associated with periodontal disease. These accomplishments make Dr. Strain much more than a cosmetic dentist, and allow him to treat many of the complex oral health conditions with expert authority.

Constantly Updated Skills

The dental field is advancing rapidly with the introduction of newer and innovative techniques and devices. Patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby locations have an advantage in choosing Dr. Strain because he likes to stay constantly updated with the latest developments and innovations in the field of dentistry, and apply that knowledge in treating his patients more effectively.

Dr. Strain regularly trains in cutting edge dental areas and technologies with eminent teaching professionals. He is a member of the Spear Education Faculty Club, which gives him access to some of the best dentists in the world. Every year Dr. Strain completes more than 75 hours of continuing education to stay ahead in the field and deliver outstanding results to his patients.

Until now, Dr. Strain has already completed more than 2,000 hours of continuing education. He has also received specialized training in sedation dentistry from the Dentists Organization for Conscious Sedation.

Memberships

Dr. Strain is a member of various leading organizations in the dental field, including the following:

• Accreditation Candidate, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
• Member, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
• Member, American Dental Association
• Member, California Dental Association
• Active in interdisciplinary dental study groups
• Palms to Pines Rotary of Palm Desert (President, 2010-11)

Other Activities

Dr. Strain has published academic articles in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the author of “Add Life to Your Smile: A Consumer’s Guide to More Smile for Less Money.” For several years, he has earned a listing in the prestigious “Top Dentists” list of the Palm Springs Life publication. His personal passion for photography also enables him to do better with imaging technologies in dentistry.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

Have You Chosen a Palm Desert Dental Office?
Have You Chosen a Palm Desert Dental Office?

Cutting edge procedures in cosmetic dentistry for women, men, and children are transforming lives through restoration of smiles and overall oral health. The procedures should be performed only by a qualified aesthetic dentist at a facility that is fully equipped with latest dental technologies in order to deliver safe and completely satisfying outcomes.

Studio Dentistry is one of the leading practices providing a comprehensive range of dental procedures in a state of the art environment. The dental office is led by Dr. Rob Strain, who is a renowned dentist with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Studio Dentistry receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.

Patient Satisfaction

Studio Dentistry ensures that the patient is kept at the center of every decision or action that is made at the dental office, and the patient’s safety and personal satisfaction are top priorities under all circumstances. Careful attention is given to the patient’s unique dental aesthetic needs, and Dr. Strain and his team provide personalized care in each case. The procedures are customized to meet or exceed the patient’s expectations in each case.

After each dental appointment at Studio Dentistry, the patient is provided an opportunity to complete an online survey about their visit. Dr. Strain and his team review these evaluations and feedback every month to understand and meet the patients’ needs in a better way. The result of this constant self-improvement exercise is that as many as 98% of the patients recommend Studio Dentistry to others.

Top Dental Team

Leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Rob Strain, along with highly trained and experienced dentist Dr. Laura Wittenauer, provides the best available dental care. The trained team of professionals who are a part of the Studio Dentistry staff will do everything to make a new patient feel at home when they visit the office. The following characteristics define the quality of the dental team at the practice:

• Professionally skilled, trained, and talented.
• Enjoy their job of providing personalized care.
• Driven to achieving complete patient satisfaction.
• Possess unique as well as complimentary skills.
• Regularly updating their dental education and skills.
• Attach high value to appreciation from patients.

Studio Dentistry provides advanced and innovative dental procedures to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby locations.

Procedures

Studio Dentistry is equipped to provide a wide array of cosmetic, implant and restorative dental services and procedures. It will also arrange medical specialist services wherever needed. Some of the key procedures include the following:

Cosmetic Services

• ZOOM! Whitening
• Take-home whitening (Opalescence)
• Photo Imaging (Smile Previews)
• Diagnostic Wax-ups
• Tooth recontouring (enamelplasty)
• Gum recontouring (gingivoplasty)
• Composite Bonding
• Decay removal and composite placement
• Amalgam filling replacement (non-metal fillings)
• Fracture repair (and cracked teeth)
• Erosion & Abrasion Repair
• Ceramic Veneers (including MAC Veneers, Empress Veneers, DaVinci Veneers, Cerinate Lumineers, and Feldspathic Veneers)
• Invisible edge All-Ceramic Porcelain Crowns
• Porcelain-fused-to-gold Crowns (PFMs, PFGs)
• The Custom Cosmetic Denture

Oral-Systemic Health Services

• Periodontal health
• Deep scaling – root planing
• Local antibiotic (Arestin) placement
• Laser pocket sterilization
• Sleep Disorders
• Evaluation
• Oral sleep disorder appliances (anti-snoring appliances)
• TMJ/TMD Therapy
• Pain therapy
• Nightguards, occlusal splints, bite guards

Sedation Services

• Conscious sedation (in-office)
• General anesthesia (in a surgical center)

Preservation Services

• Assessment and Diagnosis (comprehensive, periodic, and problem focused exams)
• Digital Radiography (Digital X-rays)
• Dental Cleanings (prophylaxis)
• Deep Scaling (root planning)
• The Add Life to Your Smile Program

Reconstructive Services

• Smile lifts (non-surgical facelift)
• Full-mouth reconstruction
• Dental implants prosthetics
• Teeth-in-a-day

Studio Dentistry also provides support to patients with regard to financing and insurance. Complimentary consultations and second opinions are offered to patients who need to learn more about the practice before they commit to a detailed examination.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

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