Patient Experience

Patient Comfort – Sedation Dentistry

At Plano Smile Studio, you are treated to a supremely relaxing dental studio environment. Our comfortable office helps to alleviate much of the anxiety often associated with going to the dentist. Our state-of-the-art technology also helps us to ensure that we provide the finest quality dental care available. The personal service at Plano Smile Studio is second to none and we strive daily to improve your dental experience. You are the most important appointment of the day. That’s why we always treat only one patient at a time. Period.

Relaxing Dentistry / Oral Sedation

The evolution of dentistry through oral sedation

Kick off your shoes, grab that magazine you’ve wanted to read for weeks and stretch out. Relaxation will flow through your body starting with your head. You will feel it roll through your neck and each vertebrae of your back. Even your toes tingle with excitement as they’re relieved from carrying you around all day.

The lights are dim. The sounds are soothing. Ahhh. The peace of being… in the dentist’s chair?

Yes, the days of uncomfortable procedures and tense moments at the dentist’s office are gone. Today, there is an alternative. Sedation dentistry is now available to patients who would rather catch up on some zzz’s than watch hands and instruments hover above their nose during a procedure. So, how is this possible?

Dr. Hucklebridge will prescribe a mild sedative that is to be taken 30 minutes before your procedure. It is similar to a restful nap. A single pill can relax the mind enough to induce sleep in most patients. After the procedure, a friend or family member drives you home. Voila! You have made it through your dental visit in complete comfort and total relaxation. For more information on sedation dentistry, and whether you would be a good candidate for this wonderful option, please contact Plano Smile Studio today for your complimentary smile consultation.

Sterilization And Disinfection

We know how important it is to feel comfortable and safe. Our foremost concern is the health and safety of our patients. To assure you of this comfort and safety, Plano Smile Studio provides the most up to date infection control techniques. These infection control procedures include:

  • Wearing gloves, masks and protective eyewear.
  • Intensive hand washing before and after each treatment.
  • Changing gloves after each patient.
  • Sterilizing dental instruments after each use.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces and the equipment in the treatment room after each patient.
  • Disposing of needles and other sharp items in special containers.
  • Disposing of waste items and contaminated material properly.
  • Sterile water used in all treatment rooms.
  • Water lines disinfected daily; barrier techniques to eliminate cross contamination.

Some of these precautions are readily visible to you during your dental visit: the general exceptional cleanliness of the office, the use of masks and gloves, special waste containers, and our frequent hand washing. Other precautions, such as sterilization and disinfection are performed before your visit.

Plano Smile Studio uses various methods to sterilize and disinfect in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Our staff is trained in these procedures and their appropriate use.

All dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized in-between patient visits by methods that kill the AIDS virus and other microscopic organisms capable of causing diseases. Common acceptable sterilization methods include an autoclave using steam under pressure, dry heat in an oven-like environment, and chemical vapor sterilization.

We use disinfection procedures on surfaces and equipment that cannot be removed for autoclave cleaning and sterilization, such as counter tops, drawer handles, x-ray unit heads and light handles. Disinfection is done in the treatment room between patient visits to assure the utmost cleanliness for each patient.

The use of disposable items is another way we maintain a clean and safe office. Many dental materials such as gloves, masks, wipes, paper drapes, needles and scalpel blades are used only once and then disposed of properly.

Your Health Is Our Concern

We hope this information has addressed some of the questions you may have. If you have other concerns, please feel free to bring them to our attention. We want you to be assured you are getting the very best and safest dental care at Plano Smile Studio. Please remember your health is our number one concern, and we strive to exceed every expectation you have regarding these important issues.

Dr. John M. Hucklebridge and his team of dental professionals treat each one of their cosmetic dentistry patients with the utmost attentiveness and dedication. Their reputation for excellence attracts numerous patients seeking porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants and Invisalign every year.