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BayView Dental Arts would like to Introduce WaterLase Dentistry to our practice!

For quite some time Lasers have been the standard of care in medicine, for many procedures, from LASIK vision correction to wrinkle and hair removal along with many surgical procedures. Now the same advanced technology has come to dentistry.

Biolase introduces WaterLase Dentistry which allows our doctors several different treatment advantages over conventional treatment, which includes minimally invasive treatment options. Drs Scherder, Hedgepath, and Carrigan offer WaterLase Dentistry treatment to improve your comfort level and provide enhanced results from your dental procedures.

What Can WaterLase Dentistry Do?

WaterLase iPlus 2.0 was developed specifically to repair decayed and damaged teeth, treat your gums, and manage the soft tissue in your mouth safely and comfortably. Here is just a small sample of what we can do with WaterLase Dentistry:

Waterlase Laser Dentistry in Naples, FL

Improve Your Smile

We may suggest contouring or shaping your gums using WaterLase iPlus 2.0 to improve the appearance of your smile, safely removing excess gum tissue that may give you a “gummy” smile, or make your front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.

Remove Oral Growths

We may use WaterLase iPlus 2.0 to remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth including gum tissue over an unerupted tooth, small “tags” called papilla, and growths called fibromas.

Fix a ‘Tongue Tie’ or Prevent Gum Recession

Connections that restrict the movement of your tongue or cause your gums to recede can be “released” with WaterLase iPLus 2.0.

Treat Periodontal Disease

We recommend using Biolase’s patented WaterLase Dentistry to remove debris and bacteria from between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss. WaterLase iPlus 2.0 has been shown to reduce bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.

Relieve the Pain of Canker Sores and Cold Sores

Canker sores and cold sores are a painful nuisance. They can make talking or eating difficult, and always seem to take forever to go away. Fortunately, your WaterLase dentist can safely and effectively treat these sores on your lips, tongue, inner cheek and gums – often relieving the pain immediately.

Conventional Treatment with Drill and Anesthetic WaterLase Dentistry Treatment
Before Your Procedure Local anesthetic with a local injection usually required to prevent pain. There is usually a period where your dentist must wait for the anesthesia to take effect. Many procedures performed with WaterLase iPlus 2.0 require little to no anesthetic, so your dentist can begin work right away.
During Your Procedure Drill typically causes discomfort from heat, vibration, and pressure from contact with the drill on a tooth. Laser energy and a gentle spray of water typically cause little or no discomfort.
After Your Procedure You will typically have a numb lip, which can restrict eating and speaking until the anesthesia wears off. If anesthesia is not required, you can return to normal activities immediately
Conventional Treatment Scalpels and Sutures WaterLase Dentistry Treatment
During Your Procedure Local anesthetic with a local injection usually required to prevent pain. Bleeding is common. Many procedures performed with WaterLase iPlus 2.0 require little to no anesthetic. WaterLase Dentistry also reduces or eliminates bleeding.
Immediately After Your Procedure Immediately After Your Procedure. WaterLase Dentistry reduces post-operative pain and there is less need for prescription medication.
Recovering From Your Procedure Healing usually causes prolonged discomfort and often takes 6-8 weeks recovery time. Healing usually takes days with little to no discomfort.

We may also use our WaterLase iPlus 2.0 to perform other procedures that could benefit you. Contact us today to find out if WaterLase Dentistry is right for you.

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To our Patients,

As you may already be aware, Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-52 permitting dental offices to resume elective dental procedures beginning the week of May 4, 2020. This order was based on guidance provided by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Florida Surgeon General. Accordingly, Bayview Dental Arts re-opened on Thursday, May 7th.

We have been diligently working on every detail to keep everyone as safe as possible. Foremost, we have tested the entire office staff (from the front desk professionals to the hygienists and dentists) for Covid-19. In addition, we will be implementing new and additional office procedures to increase your safety while at our office, such as masks for patients while in the reception area, hand sanitizer, and even disposable steering wheel covers for your car provided by our professional valet. You will also notice, as you approach our office, that we have erected a provisional “greeting” tent (pictured). Here, you will be asked a few initial screening questions and have your temperature taken before you enter the office. In addition, we have installed electronic automatic entry door openers so that you will not have to come into contact with any door handles.

Most importantly, we have affiliated with a medical laboratory named MicroGenDx. For the immediate future, we will be using this company to provide COVid-19 testing for our patients prior to their dental visits. The test is an extremely simple saliva test that can be done in the comfort of your own home. The test will be sent directly to your home and is shipped to the lab by FedEx. MicroGenDx claims the results should be returned in 24- 72 hours after they receive the sample, HOWEVER our initial experience with return times in some instances have been greater. THEREFORE, IT IS IMPERATIVE, ONCE YOU RECEIVE THE "AT HOME TEST", THAT YOU COMPLETE THE TEST AND RETURN IT ASAP. THIS SHOULD ENSURE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME.

The fee for the test is $99 which has to be pre-paid to the lab. You can also be reassured that this lab has been validated and added to the FDA website as a resource laboratory for CoVid-19 testing.

We feel that by requiring this test for patients, prior to their appointment, we can provide the safest possible environment. If you do have a previous COVID-19 test from your primary physician, those results will be accepted.

Can't wait to see you again!

BayView Dental Arts