Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers. Here are a some common questions from our patients. Call us at 812-913-6093 (Jeffersonville), 812-884-8304 (New Albany), or 502-430-3451 (St. Matthews), if you have any other questions or want to make an appointment.

Do you offer solutions for sleep apnea?

We sure do! In fact, we can provide you with a sleep test that you can try in the comfort of your own home. This is much more convenient than typical tests conducted in a lab or hospital. If your results reveal sleep apnea, we can create a custom oral appliance that will make it easier for you to breathe consistently all night long for deeper rest, more energy, and better health!

Does teeth whitening really work?

Yes, but only if you trust the professionals. Teeth whitening products from a store will never measure up to the safe, powerful treatment your dentist offers. We’re happy to meet with you to talk to you about our options and which system will work best for you.

Are root canals painful?

For root canal therapy, your dentist will make a small hole in the tooth. We will then remove the infected pulp, seal the tooth, and protect it with a dental crown. All in all, this procedure is only as painful as getting a filling. With local anesthesia, you should not feel any discomfort. Because an infection causes toothaches, not having a root canal is the painful choice.

What if I’m really anxious about my visit?

Dental anxiety is a real thing. People often worry because they had visits that went poorly in the past or another dentist’s office treated them coldly. At our dental practice we go out of our way to ensure your comfort and relaxation. You can get relaxed with nitrous oxide. This gas induces a feeling of relaxation and calm. You can get through almost any treatment without anxiety or worry.

What is the best toothbrush to use?

When it comes to your toothbrush, you need to worry about two things: the size and the type of bristles. Your toothbrush needs to reach all areas of your mouth, including the teeth in the very back. That means you probably need a toothbrush on the smaller side. A big toothbrush might look like it cleans more, but if it’s so big you can’t use it to clean your back molars, then what’s the point? The type of bristles are also important. You want soft ones. The harder the bristles, the more likely they will hurt your enamel or gums.

Which is better: dentures or implants?

This depends on a patient’s individual oral health needs and lifestyle goals. All of our restorations are of the highest quality, so you could benefit from our modern dentures, dental implants, or perhaps even a combination of the two. We can talk to you about which teeth replacement method is best for your unique situation.