Holistic dentistry means anything done in the patients’ mouth has a direct effect on their overall health.
A Holistic dentist considers the health of the entire body, not just the teeth and gums. Also called a biologic dentist, the emphasis is on treating the mouth and offering advice or referrals to other health care providers such as nutritionist, physical therapist, and dental professionals. The holistic treatment does not compromise the immune system or worsen an existing condition such as diabetes, aging, pregnancy, high blood pressure, skin cancer, gum diseases, and respiratory diseases.
In our practice, we provide procedures that are natural and non-allergic to treat your periodontal disease and fractured teeth.
We use high tech tools for various treatments. Part of our state-of-the-art equipment includes digital x-ray, Genoray Panoramic x-ray, STA single tooth Anesthesia system, Mini-Implant system, Ceramic Implants, and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF).
All Holistic certified dentists have followed the same initial educational path as a traditional dentist. They have graduated from a dentistry program from an accredited university and are certified and licensed to practice dentistry.
Dr. Baptiste’s practice has adopted holistic methods of dentistry to provide the highest level of dental care to her patients. With a Doctor Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University and a graduate degree in Periodontology, she has the ability to analyze the overall health of patients. Since the gums are directly connected to the patients’ systemic health, she has the ability to identify the right treatment plan based on your overall health.
We offer the following Holistic treatment. We use natural materials for your treatment care to ensure that the restoration blends with your surrounding teeth, leaving the color of your gum pink and your teeth as natural as possible.
- Ceramic Implants: Those who cannot tolerate metal implants, may request Ceramic implants which is a very strong biocompatible material with no metals and resistant to bacteria. They will not corrode. Ceramic implants are also use for bridges and crowns.
- Sedation: Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax and may take away their anxiety during dental procedures. It’s sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. Dr. Baptiste is a certified in parenteral moderate conscious sedation from the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry.
- Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF): a fibrin matrix in which patelet cytokines, growth factors, and cells are trapped and may be released after a certain time and that can serve as a resorbable membrane. Choukroun and his associates were amongst the pioneers for using PRF protocol in oral and maxillofacial surgery to improve bone healing in implant dentistry in France. Autologous PRF is considered to be a healing biomaterial, and presently, studies have shown its application in various disciplines of dentistry. In Choukroun’s PRF protocol, blood is collected without any anticoagulant and immediately centrifuged. A natural coagulation process then occurs and allows for the easy collection of a L-PRF clot, without the need for any biochemical modification of the blood, that is, no anticoagulants, thrombin or calcium chloride are required.
- The Chao Pinhole Surgical Techniques (PST): The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), invented and patented by John Chao, DDS, MADG, is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, Dr. Chao uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
- Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to your dentist about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
- Nu Calm Therapy: NuCalm® is a patented system that is revolutionizing the patient experience by naturally relaxing the mind and body within minutes − providing a relaxed and comfortable clinical experience for patients. NuCalm uses biochemistry, physics, and neurophysiology to rapidly and reliably relax brain and body functions – making it physically impossible for a person to have an anxious response during treatment. Click here for more info.