Practice Photo

Cosmetic Dentistry of North Texas

Douglas Jopling, D.D.S.

Print this page.Close this window.

Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Invisalign Dentist

Orthodontic work is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on braces. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    If the dentist offers oral conscious sedation, check to be sure that he or she has received training from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). For IV sedation, the dentist must be certified by the state as a specialist IV sedation dentist or oral surgeon. In addition, of course, you'll want to make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Experience is critical.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. You'll benefit from the experience of a dentist who has been performing relaxation dentistry on a regular basis for years. Ask how frequently the dentist performs procedures such as the one you're considering.

  3. Investigate the doctor's training.

    Most dental schools offer limited relaxation dentistry training. Check that your dentist completed post-graduate training in relaxation dentistry. Some types of sedation (for example, IV sedation or pediatric sedation) require advanced training and certification. In addition, the best relaxation dentistry dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date.

  4. Educate yourself on the various forms of sedation medication.

    Who you are and what you need done will determine which type of relaxation dentistry is right for you. The more sedated you are, the greater the risks can be, and the more training a dentist needs to have. Relaxation dentistry methods include inhalation anesthesia, which you may know as "laughing gas"; oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative pill; intravenous sedation, where you're hooked up to an IV by a dentist with advanced training; and general anesthesia, which requires a trained anesthesiologist.

  5. Look for a practice that specializes in relaxation dentistry.

    General and family dentists are capable of offering oral conscious sedation. However, you may be better served by someone who specializes in relaxation dentistry. This is especially true if you have special dental needs or health problems.

  6. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Make sure the dentist examines your whole mouth and inquires about your total health. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  7. The dentist should care about your total health.

    Though you're seeking dental treatment, you want a dentist who will pay attention to your overall health. Relaxation dentistry is not the right choice for everyone. If you have any medical conditions or are taking medications, your dentist will need to know that prior to treatment.

  8. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  9. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists offering sleep dentistry. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  10. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for you with sedation dentistry. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

Print this page.Close this window.
Call us today!

Call Us Today!

"We know that selecting a Invisalign dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

5200 Village Creek Dr., Suite 101

Plano, Texas 75093

Appt Tel: (972) 733-3338

www.planoclearbraces.com

Directions

Cosmetic Dentistry of North Texas is conveniently located in Plano just south of Plano Parkway between Preston Road and the Dallas Tollway, at 5200 Village Creek Drive Suite 101.