Mission Statement: Bring holistic and traditional dental health care options to patients seeking a more holistic approach to their overall health.
I have been a dental provider for over 20 years and enjoy everything about treating oral health. When examining and working with a patient I take into account the whole body and the oral health. Our oral health shows many signs of illness when the body starts to breakdown and the body can breakdown with the oral health is out of balance. Oral health can give us a clue to what direction to go when a body is out of balance.
I went to school at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State College of Science with a Dental Hygiene degree as well as a Bachelor of Science. I love everything that Colorado has to offer and has it changed in the last 25 years! On my free time I love to spend time with my kids attending soccer games and school activities as well as hiking with my sheltie. If your looking for a dental care provider that listens to your concerns and needs and treats with your health philosophy in mind, then we are the dental office for you.
KIDS CLEANINGS (gluten free prophy paste upon request)
ADULT CLEANINGS (gluten free prophy paste upon request)
GUM/BONE INFECTION TREATMENTS (PERIODONTAL THERAPY)
FLUORIDE AND NON FLUORIDE ALTERNATIVES
DESENSITIZING TREATMENTS FOR SENSITIVE TEETH
SEALANTS BPA free
TEETH WHITENING/TETRACYCLINE STAIN WHITENING (NEW)
ORAL CANCER EXAMS
BAD BREATH ASSESSMENT
DRY MOUTH TREATMENTS
THEARPY DOG (CODY) (available with a 24hr request)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS!
Let’s begin with addressing of few concerns patients question when getting dental X-rays. Why does the dental professional leave the room? If dental X-rays are so safe why do you put a lead apron over our body?
Remember, the dental professional is taking X-rays all day long and the repeated exposure would add up if we stayed in the room when taking X-rays with every patient.
Yes, dental X-rays have concentrated radiation. Again, the amounts are very small and they are getting smaller, but if there will be x-rays taken of your mouth, it makes perfect sense to shield your neck and upper torso — because why have radiation exposure to those areas when it’s not needed?
The dentist professional leaves the room because they do this all day long — yes, sitting for one X-ray session (as you are) isn’t bad. But the dentist hygienist might do 10 of these in a day. That’s ten times the exposure you get, and then they do it day after day after day. So that’s why they leave the room.
DENTAL FACTS AND FINDINGS
Dental X-rays are very targeted. Unlike conventional X-rays on other parts of the body (which usually take a picture of a large area), dental X-rays are very targeted to a small part of the body. In fact, it’s typically shot via a cone (like a laser), and very focused. This ultra-precise targeting (plus your lead apron) ensures that just a small part of the body receives the small dose of radiation.
The exposure is minimal compared to other types of X-rays, and even daily living. According to the American Dental Association (1), the radiation you receive is scant. Using a millisievert (mSv) scale to measure doses, you could expect 0.038 from Bitewing X-rays, and 0.150 from a full mouth X-ray. Of course, those numbers are practically meaningless unless you compare them to other types of X-rays:
Lower Gastrointestinal Tract – 4.060 Chest x-ray – .080 Radiation from space in Denver Co. – 0.510 (per year) Avg. natural radiation in the US (per year) – 3.00
Benefits of Digital Radiography (the most update dental X-rays and what we use at Dental Alternative Services)
- The film is immediately processed and available to view, whereas film takes time to be developed.
- Less radiation needed to produce the same quality image as film (digital X-rays gives 70% less exposure to radiation than conventional X-rays).
- You can enhance the digital image (such as alter brightness and contrast) with a series of processing techniques
- Digital archiving—the ability to store images on a computer
- Digital radiography produces larger photos to better source hard-to-see cavities
- Digital radiography, though expensive to buy initially, is cheaper and more environmentally friendly in the long run
- Digital images are also easily stored on a computer and can be transferred to different dentists or orthodontists for referrals. Despite this, there are still certain benefits offered by film radiography, which is why so many dentist offices maintain their older machines.
- Offers excellent picture quality
- Most dentists’ office are still equipped with conventional radiography equipment, which is perfectly usable and saves money to not change.
- Film sensors are less thick and rigid than digital sensors, thus offering the patient better comfort when the X-ray sensors go into their mouths.
- There is no extra training required to use conventional X-ray machines, as it is standard in most dental offices.
- Unlike digital X-ray sensors which must use plastic disinfectant covers, conventional film sensors can withstand heat sterilization.
- Film X-ray photos cannot be altered, whereas digital ones can. Possibility of alteration exposes digital radiography to fraudulent use and legal issues.
Benefits of Traditional Radiography (What you received most likely as a child)
While many patients know why it is necessary to take X-rays, most people are shocked to discover that the amount of radiation present in a full set of dental X-rays only accounts for about 1 percent of their annual radiation exposure. Digital x-rays, on the other hand, actually release radiation levels that are 70% lower than traditional X-rays. Radiation exposure should never be a reason for a patient to avoid dental X-rays, as both methods maintain very low levels.