North Scottsdale Dental Studio is committed to your overall health and wellbeing, which is why we offer solutions for advanced dental-related problems. From making your visit to the dentist more relaxing to correcting jaw and breathing issues, we will work with you to find an effective treatment for your unique dental concerns.
- TMJ Disorder
- Sedation Dentistry
- Sleep Apnea
- Night Guards & Snore Guards
- Mercury Free Dentistry
- Laser Dentistry
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in the area of your jaw where it meets the skull. The joint ultimately allows the lower jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side, enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Sometimes, the force that is placed on this small joint can lead to temporomandibular disorders (known as TMD or TMJ Disorder) and orofacial pain.
Symptoms of TMD can include:
- Ear ache
- Pain along the jaw
- Popping or clicking in the joint
- Problems opening and closing the mouth
- Numbness in the arms and fingers
TMD can be caused by injury to the jaw or joint, grinding or clenching of teeth, dislocation or damage to the jaw bones, excessive clenching or tightening of muscles in the jaws, arthritis, or other factors. Early and comprehensive treatment is the best way to treat TMJ disorders. Dr. Mabry offers a number of options that can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders, and Dr. Colleen Murphy can even treat TMD using BOTOX® injections.
Sedation dentistry can help patients suffering from dental anxiety feel more comfortable at the dentist. Our team offers oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation, depending on your needs and preference. If you opt to receive one of these sedation techniques, you can expect a more relaxing dental visit, without the unpleasant sights and sounds that may typically make you feel nervous.
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that occurs when an individual experiences pauses in breathing at night, often due to tissues in the throat relaxing and narrowing the air passages. While this may seem harmless, sleep apnea can limit oxygen intake and lead to more severe health issues in the future. By providing solutions like custom mouth guards, our dentists can help patients maintain an open airway and reduce the risks associated with untreated sleep apnea.
Night Guards and Snore Guards
Our doctors can help patients prevent damage to their teeth that can be caused by grinding and clenching during sleep with custom-designed Night Guards. Many people are affected by worn and broken down teeth caused by nighttime teeth-grinding, which can also lead to headaches, dental sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, jaw pain and discomfort, and TMJ disorder. A Night Guard, specifically designed for the best possible comfort and natural fit for each patient, prevents you from grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep. With a custom-made Night Guard, you can alleviate many of these symptoms and improve your quality of life.
For patients who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring, our doctors offer effective options to help clear your airways and experience a healthier, more peaceful night’s sleep. Snoring is typically caused by a closing of the natural air passages, causing less air to flow through and potentially leading to breathing pauses during sleep. Custom-made snore guards help to provide a larger opening for these air passages and greater stability to your breathing, reducing health risks caused by sleep apnea and providing patients with more restful sleeping habits.
Modern dental techniques have significantly improved upon the metal and alloy materials often used for filling cavities. Those materials typically contained small levels of mercury, a substance which is known to have certain health risks. White, Tooth-colored fillings are now the standard among most dental practices, and North Scottsdale Dental Studio is no exception. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a completely mercury-free composite material, which not only looks more like your natural teeth, but also provides even stronger reinforcement for the affected tooth. With tooth-colored fillings, your teeth are also less apt to fractures and sensitivity when compared with metal fillings. Plus, by eliminating mercury materials from our practice, we contribute to the health of our environment by doing our part to reduce hazardous waste.
The utilization of laser therapy for periodontal gum care and other dental services allows us to perform treatment with optimal precision and efficacy, as well as more comprehensively reduce—and potentially eliminate—harmful bacteria in the mouth. Laser dental technology not only provides superior protection for the teeth and gums, it also helps lessen the risk of heart disease and other serious health conditions that may be caused or worsened by oral bacteria.