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Technology

Technology has become vitally important to us in many ways, and dentistry is no exception. We're pleased to bring our patients technology that improves their dental experience in every way – providing comfort, efficiency, and outstanding results. If you haven't visited a modern dentist office recently, get ready for some exciting changes!

Digital X-Rays & Sensors

If you’ve visited a dental office recently, you may have noticed a difference in the way we take x-rays. Today we’re pleased to offer our patients safe, effective digital x-rays (radiography).

You may wonder what the difference is since digital x-rays look and work so much like traditional x-rays. However, the noticeable difference between the two is that we use a digital sensor instead of old-fashioned x-ray. This sensor is not only more comfortable for you, it also connects electronically to a computer. The x-ray is taken in just a few seconds, and then the digital image is projected onto a computer monitor near your dental chair.

The images produced by this technology allow us to view the most minute details inside your teeth. This view gives you a better understanding of the problem, as well, so you can better understand the need for the treatment we recommend.

Digital x-rays are also safer for your health than traditional film x-rays because they reduce your exposure to radiation by approximately 90%.

Intraoral Camera

One example of the state-of-the-art new technology we use today at Brazos Dental Associates is an intraoral camera.

For years, dentists have relied on visual exams and x-rays to identify and diagnose potential problems. Both are still a valuable part of our preventive and diagnostic services. But intraoral cameras provide you and your dentist with highly detailed images that we can view together. Dr. Rychetsky directs a small camera (about the size of a pen) around your mouth to reveal precise images that we can then share with you on a chairside computer monitor.

Have you ever wondered exactly what your dentist sees? We now have the ability to show you what we see in great detail. Sharing images with you on a computer monitor helps you understand what the problem is, how it is affecting your tooth, and steps we can take to fix the problem. The intraoral camera is efficient, comfortable, and results in more accurate diagnoses.

Nitrous Oxide

Stressed out over dental visits? Don’t worry – it’s estimated that as many as 15% of Americans suffer from dental phobia. That’s over 30 million people!

Fortunately, in recent decades dentists have learned ways to help fearful patients obtain necessary dental care and maintain good oral health. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective gas that’s mixed with oxygen and then administered through a small tube that fits over your nose. As you begin to breathe, you will start to gently relax.

The objective of nitrous oxide is not to put you to sleep. The goal is short-term relaxation, which lasts only long enough to help you stay calm during your procedure. You will feel drowsy, dreamy, and slightly detached from your surroundings. However, you will be alert enough to listen to and respond to questions from your dentist and team. Our team is trained to safely administer nitrous, and a member of your team will monitor you throughout your appointment.

One of the things our patients particularly like about nitrous is that there are no lingering side effects. When the gas is turned off, any drowsiness dissipates quickly. You can return to work or school, and you do not need a driver to get you to and from your appointment.

Panoramic X-Rays

Panoramic x-rays provide us with precisely detailed images that allow us to observe the condition of all your teeth, particularly their position in relation to the nerve and bone around them. This state-of-the-art technology offers highly detailed, two-dimensional images of your mouth that include the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures and tissues in just one x-ray. Imaging using digital panoramic technology is quick and comfortable and significantly reduces your exposure to radiation.

The process is easy because we take pictures outside the mouth. This eliminates the need for uncomfortable bulky traditional x-ray films in your mouth. Digital panoramic imaging also significantly reduces your exposure to radiation. This technology is especially beneficial for young children who can’t tolerate intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays. 

TVs in Treatment Rooms

We love our patients, and we’re proud that we've established an excellent rapport with them over the years. 

At Brazos Dental Associates, we make your comfort our number one priority. Dental care is essential, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. That’s why we do whatever we can to make your time with us as enjoyable as possible.

When you’re under our care, we encourage you to do whatever it takes to stay comfortable. If you’d like to listen to music, go ahead and bring your phone. We’re pleased to offer TVs in all our treatment rooms so you can watch your favorite shows during your procedure. You’d be surprised how quickly an appointment can go by with a little visual distraction!

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