Patient Comfort and Technology

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

 

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At Desert Smiles, we believe you deserve exceptional care and personal attention when you visit the dentist. We are committed to providing a comfortable and friendly environment that will far exceed your expectations.

Our Glendale, Arizona dental office is designed for your comfort and safety. From our warm and inviting, lounge-style waiting room to our pristine and comfortable exam and treatment rooms, we take every care to ensure the time you spend with us is enjoyable. We are especially attuned to the needs of nervous patients or people who have had bad experiences with a dentist in the past. Thoughtful, caring, attentive, and gentle, Dr. Nathan Tenney and our staff are here to make sure you are safe and comfortable, and that your treatments address all of your needs.

Please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule your consultation today. Located in Glendale, Dr. Tenney welcomes patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

Chairside Computers

At Desert Smiles, we use we use computers to assist us in all aspects of patient care. Our chairside computers help Dr. Tenney, his assistant, and our hygienists to see and chart treatment for each individual patient. We can navigate through a patients file to view digital x-rays, cosmetic before and after photos, intraoral camera photos, and other information that will be important for effective treatment.

Chairside computers may be useful in all manner of treatments. They contain information that assists with planning along with informing preventive suggestions and help ensure consistent and useful information.

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Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital X-rays allow us to clearly identify every external and internal anatomical structure in your mouth – enabling Dr. Tenney to accurately diagnose all of your dental problems. Safer and more accurate than traditional x-rays, digital dental x-rays produce highly detailed images that are instantaneously transferred to the chairside computer where they can be rotated, magnified, adjusted for contrast, and even color-coded for educational purposes, insurance needs, out of office referrals, or patient education.

Much more comfortable than traditional x-rays, digital dental x-rays use a rounded sensor that will not irritate or cut soft oral tissue. What’s more, radiation exposure is up to 90% less with this option.

At Desert Smiles, we offer two different types of digital x-rays: traditional two-dimensional intraoral camera x-rays and advanced CBCT 3D digital x-rays. Which one is appropriate for your needs will be dependent on factors specific to you and can best be determined during your free initial consultation.

Digital Dental X-Ray

Digital Imaging

For cosmetic dentistry planning, we use digital x-rays in combination with digital imaging. During your initial visit, we will take a series of digital photographs, study models, and all necessary x-rays. With these records, we can show you how your smile might look if enhanced with cosmetic dentistry. We will also spend time finding out what your goals are for your smile and dental health.

After we have had the time to evaluate your records and complete a smile analysis, we will have a second consult appointment, usually in a few days. Dr. Tenney will review your goals for your smile and help you formulate a treatment plan that meets your goals, your timeframe and your budget.

Call our cosmetic dentist at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

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Intraoral Camera

Our intraoral camera allows us to show you things such as:

  • The condition of mercury fillings
  • Leaking margins of old fillings and crowns
  • Fractures in teeth

The intraoral camera can identify all areas of concern on soft tissue in the mouth as well, including the tongue, throat, and palate. These areas become magnified with the  and allow us to get a large photo of the area of concern. This is very useful when showing you what and why something needs to be done to a specific area in the mouth. We like to give our patients the best possible information on treatment concerning their oral health and beauty.

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iTero Digital Impression System

With iTero, easily flawed conventional impressions are replaced with highly accurate, three-dimensional, digital impressions of the oral environment. When restorations are being crafted off-site, these images can be sent to our dental lab partners where veneers, crowns and bridges, implant restorations, and sleep appliances can be made. The scans can also be used to create exceptionally accurate models or integrate with a CAD/CAM system to fabricate casework "modeless" in a highly effective and accurate manner.

Same Day Restorations

We have an onsite CAD/CAM machine that allows us to craft same day restorations such as dental crowns and inlays or onlays. Dr. Tenney uses the Emerald™ S scanner and Planmeca Planmill® 30 S for nearly all of the dental crowns placed at Desert Smiles. This saves our patients time without compromising durability or aesthetics.

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Dental Loupes

Dental loupes, also known as dental telescopes, provide up to 3.5x magnification. Superior visualization enhances technique-sensitive procedures such as porcelain veneers, root canal treatment, dental crowns, and bonding.

In conjunction with an overhead, fiber optic light, dental loupes allow Dr. Tenney to view the dark, recessed areas of the mouth without hunching over, which helps save him eye strain, neck and shoulder tension, and lower back pain. With dental telescopes, procedures can be performed with less fatigue for our dentist and more comfort for our patients.

When Dr. Tenney is comfortable, the benefits for the patient are enormous. The increased clarity provides a means to diagnose conditions that would otherwise be undetected. Surgical telescopes and fiber optic lights enhance diagnostics, treatments, and outcomes to help ensure patient satisfaction.

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Disinfection, Sanitation, and Our Commitment to Your Health

In today’s world, the need for infection control has never been greater. At our Glendale cosmetic and sedation dental practice, Dr. Tenney and his staff are more concerned about the transmission of infection than ever before. We control bacterial contamination through heat and steam sterilization and through highly concentrated sprays and wipes.

Our instrument processing area is centrally located in our office, which is separate from the operatories, but still easily accessed by our staff.  We reduce potential introduction of contamination into sterile environments by only allowing authorized personnel on the area. We also follow a six step sterilization process:

  • Step 1. We start with the instrument sterilization workflow. Sorting instruments and hand pieces in the sterilization center. We separate the reusable instruments from the disposables and remove the hand pieces for sterilization. The disposable instruments are properly disposed and not sterilized for reuse. The hand instruments are ultrasonically cleaned in a highly concentrated solution which is more effective in penetrating areas, such as crevices and joints of instruments
  • Step 2. The instruments are thoroughly rinsed and air dried before we sterilize them.  The hand pieces are wiped externally and the burs are removed. We follow the guidelines from the hand piece manufacture for cleaning and lubrication
  • Step 3. In order to prevent instrument recontamination, we place all instruments and burs and hand pieces in pouches which are sealed to maintain effective sterilization
  • Step 4. We use the sterilization method known as the autoclave, which is steam sterilization. Steam sterilization is the most commonly used and recommended method of sterilization. After the instruments and hand pieces and burs are placed in the autoclave, the door is sealed and the process begins. Once the specific temperature and pressure is reached a valve locks and the door is sealed and cannot be opened until the process is completed
  • Step 5. Once the autoclave finishes the process, the instruments are removed and placed in a clean, dry protected drawer and cabinet to allow the final drying
  • Step 6. Finally we do weekly monitoring, to check the effectiveness of our sterilization. We believe that, in following these steps, we are providing our patients the best possible way to protect you against transmission of infection

Sterile Water

In every treatment room at Desert Smiles, there is a water bottle attached to a water line purification system. The bottle contains distilled water and a water-line treatment tablet. This tablet dissolves into the distilled water bottle and is formulated to prevent contamination in the dental units. It is a tasteless, odorless, and harmless to you, and represents the safest state of the art technology available in density today.

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Sedation Dentistry

In addition to our safe, welcoming office, luxurious amenities, advanced technologies, and patient-centric philosophy, we offer a range of safe and effective sedation dentistry options for patients who feel nervous or anxious about dental visits.

Sedation dentistry is often a good fit for patients experiencing dental phobia, but it may also be useful in any situation where discomfort is expected and is ideal for patients with:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw discomfort
  • TMJ
  • A high tolerance for pain medication

The best way to learn if sedation dentistry can help you find comfort is the same as the best way to learn about all of our services: through a free, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nathan Tenney. During this visit, Dr. Tenney will listen to your concerns, provide you with information about your options, and help you select the best path forward.

Contact Desert Smiles Today

To schedule your free consultation at our Glendale office, please call 602-978-1790 today. We welcome patients from Gilbert, Peoria, New River, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.