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Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Dental Insurance?

July 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 4:52 pm
a patient under sedation while receiving dental care

Do you need a procedure that requires you receive some form of sedation? Unsure if insurance will cover the costs? While you probably have numerous questions about the need for a particular procedure, you will likely want to know, “Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?” Unfortunately, there are certain stipulations that insurance companies can put into place when it comes to receiving nitrous oxide, oral medication, or an IV to make you comfortable for dental treatment. Read on to hear from a local dentist who can shed some light on the topic and offer additional solutions, so you don’t have to forgo the care you need.

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Did You Know That There is Relief for Sensitive Teeth?

June 29, 2020

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Can eating ice cream or even sipping a hot cup of coffee be a painful experience for you? Does flossing your teeth make you feel achy afterwards?

If so, chances are you may have sensitive teeth.

When you have sensitive teeth, certain important activities such as brushing, eating and drinking can cause temporary sharp pain in your mouth. This can prevent you from enjoying your other everyday activities. 

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How Your Dental Team is Keeping Their Instruments Clean

June 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 7:45 pm
a dental assistant cleaning instruments used in a dentist’s office

Although it is recommended for dentists to use disposable instruments when taking care of patients, this isn’t always possible. As a result, dental teams are paying careful attention to the cleaning and sanitizing process that comes with reusable items. From following manufacturer guidelines to implementing additional standards of their own, a dentist in Tappan explains how they’re keeping patients better protected amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Avoiding COVID-19: A Dentist Answers Common Concerns of At-Risk Patients

June 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 2:28 pm
an older man wearing a face mask to protect himself against COVID-19

COVID-19 knows no age. This highly contagious virus can be contracted by infants, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. But if you’ll notice, the hardest-hit populations tend to be those who are 65 years of age or older or those with compromised immune systems. Why? Because when a person’s immunity is down, it makes it much harder to fight off infections. If you fall into either of these categories, you may be wondering, what should I do if I need dental care during this time? Is it safe to seek help? To answer these questions and more, spend some time hearing from a dentist in Tappan who can offer greater insight into the common concerns of at-risk patients.

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Why It’s Best to Use Contactless Greetings While in the Dentist’s Office

May 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 5:55 pm
a person trying to shake hands while another puts a hand up to stop them

The next time you see your dentist in Tappan, don’t expect to be able to run up and offer a handshake or high-five. With COVID-19 continuing to pose a worldwide threat, certain protocols and safety measures are being put into place to not only better protect you but dental team members as well. Although it may seem unwelcoming or “off-putting” you can trust that your dentist is happy to see you and wants things to return to normal as much as you do. But for now, spend some time learning why contact-free greetings are best and which ones you can use when arriving for your next appointment.

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5 Ways to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick with the flu, cold or Covid-19

May 12, 2020

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When I am feeling under the weather, something that always helps me feel a little more like myself is to brush my teeth. Of course, I’m a dentist, and that is just me.  There is a good reason for that.  My mouth feels clean, and in a way, I feel like my health is starting to improve.

When you have a cold, the flu or Covid-19,  taking care of your body is your top priority—and that includes your mouth. “It’s important to take care of your dental health all year round, but especially when you’re sick.

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Everything you need to know about the BURST brush

May 8, 2020

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BRUSH INFORMATION

Correct Technique
Correct Technique

What is the correct brushing technique of the BURST brush?

The advantage of the BURST sonic toothbrush is that it gives off 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute, allowing your teeth to look, feel and be cleaner relative to using a manual brush. The key is to let the sonic brush do the work itself and not brush like you would with a manual toothbrush.

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Is Telemedicine an Effective Solution Amid the COVID-19 Crisis?

April 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 5:37 pm
an emergency dentist in Tappan sitting in front of a computer preparing to speak to a patient

Wouldn’t it be nice to seek the help of an emergency dentist in Tappan without actually having to step inside their office right now? If the fear of contracting COVID-19 is keeping you locked up indoors, you may be searching for alternative solutions to get the help you need. Before throwing up your hands and claiming defeat, consider how a virtual consultation with your dentist, also known as telemedicine or teledentistry, can be an effective and reliable solution for patients of all ages.

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How to Determine if Your Fever is Due to COVID-19 or an Oral Infection

March 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 2:30 am
a woman lying down and feeling her forehead while she looks at a thermometer

At some point in your life, you’ve had a fever. Whether when you were a child fighting off the flu or as an adult dealing with a 24-hour stomach bug, the rise in temperature can do all types of things to your body. But since a fever is now considered to be one of the leading symptoms of COVID-19, how do you know if you’ve contracted the virus or if it’s something else like an oral infection? To better understand, an emergency dentist in Tappan explains the symptoms to watch for that will help identify when you need to seek treatment for a serious dental problem.

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Covid-19 Office Update

March 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentist_tappan @ 12:19 pm

The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our heart goes out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of now, our office will remain open to serve the patients needing emergency dental work. This is our way of helping decrease the amount of people going into the emergency rooms.

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