Changes to the Anchorage Location

changesWe are pleased to announce that Alaska Center for Dentistry Anchorage, PC, is now under new management. Dr. Gentry Toone, an Anchorage resident, is the new owner of this location.

Dr. Sage will continue to practice in this facility, and the staff will remain the same. The primary change you’ll see is the practice name, which is now True North Family Dental.

Dr. Sage will also be practicing at his Wasilla location off of Lake Wasilla. Patients can visit us at 1700 East Bogard, Suite 201A in the North Fork building. The larger facility offers spacious patient care rooms that overlook Wasilla Lake, a new surgery suite and an open reception area.

Patients in Anchorage can make appointments at True North Family Dental.

Our Wasilla patients can schedule their appointments at the Alaska Center for Dentistry.

New Alaska Center for Dentistry Location

Alaska Center for Dentistry is pleased to announce our new location off of Lake Wasilla.

Our patients can now visit us at 1700 East Bogard, Suite 201A. We are located in the North Fork building. The larger facility offers spacious rooms, a new surgery suite, and an open reception area. img_2The addition of the surgical suite will allow us to provide comprehensive therapies without referring patients to another location for their oral care needs.

Each of our patient care rooms overlooks beautiful Wasilla Lake. The gorgeous views are complemented by natural light throughout the office.

A covered entrance at the front of the Fork Building makes it simple for you to drop off or pick up family members, especially during inclement weather. The handicap accessible facility also has elevators for easy access to our upper level office.

img_3Drs. Sage, Oudin and Self are all available to see patients at our new Wasilla practice. We would love to invite you and your family to stop by and tour our new facility! Call Alaska Center for Dentistry today to schedule your first visit at our new Wasilla dental office.

National Children’s Dental Month

February is National Children’s Dental Month. An overwhelming 92% of U.S. adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have dental decay and cavities, and nearly all of them can be chalked up to poor dental habits. The American Dental Association (ADA) stresses the importance of developing good habits at a young age, before it’s too late. Here are a few things parents can do.

Make A Game Out Of It

Even the most well-behaved children won’t look forward to something that they have to do. Don’t make brushing and flossing a chore. Challenge kids to brush their teeth for an entire song, and make the music something fun and light-hearted that they’ll enjoy listening to. For added incentive, they can compete with siblings and friends — or even you (their parents!). There are also several free apps from the ADA and toothpaste companies with games children can play while flossing or brushing their teeth. Local dentists and oral sedation dentists agree: the price of a fun, electric toothbrush shaped like a Disney princess, animal, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is worth it, especially if it inspires kids to brush regularly for months to come.

Visit Pediatric Dentists For Protective Sealants Or Varnishes

Dental cavities among children are a real problem, and sometimes brushing and flossing every day just isn’t enough. (To give you an idea, 60 to 90% of children all over the world have untreated cavities.) Supplement brushing and flossing with a tooth-friendly diet (i.e. one that is relatively low in sugar), and start dentist searches when kids are still young. Once you find a dentist for your child, ask whether they perform preventative procedures for kids. Most family dentists will offer sealants and/or fluoride varnishes. Both procedures involve coating the teeth with a thin material, either resin or fluoride, to combat tooth decay. What’s more, “A child who receives sealants is 72% less likely to receive fillings over the next three years,” according to The Statesman Journal.

Three million U.S. adults have dental implants — and many end up having to replace teeth owing to cavities, dental decay, and a lifetime of negligent dental care. Start children off on the right track by encouraging daily brushing and flossing. As for the dentist search, start young; it’s never too early to start inquiring about a dentist for your child.

Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

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Did you know that about 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and more than 35 million don’t have any teeth at all? This may sound alarming, but part of the reason for these dental issues is that people aren’t receiving the necessary dental care. Odontophobia, or a fear of the dentist, keeps people of all ages from regularly visiting their local dentist office, leaving the door open for all types of dental problems. Luckily, there is a way that these people can still receive the necessary dental treatment without the fear and anxiety they normally experience from their local dentist. Sedation at the dentist involves the use of medications to reduce the fear and anxiety that would normally accompany a trip to the dentist. There are three different types of sedation used by dentists depending on the procedure and level of anxiety of their patients.

  1. Nitrous Oxide – Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of conscious sedation. It is a mild form of sedation, meaning patients are still awake and aware of what is going on during their procedure. That said, the gas administered creates a calming effect and greatly reduces the level of fear and anxiety typically experienced by a patient. The gas is turned off after the procedure and the effects wear off relatively quickly afterwards.
  2. Oral Sedation – Oral sedation dentistry can vary from mild sedation to a stronger level sedation, allowing dentists to provide the necessary level depending on the procedure and their patient’s specific needs. Oral sedation is given to patients in the form of a pill that they take either the night before, or right before the procedure. Depending on the level of sedation, patients may stay awake the whole time or doze off during the procedure. Oral sedation is the most common type of sedation used for dental procedures.
  3. IV Sedation – IV sedation dentistry is given to patients intravenously and allows the dentist to control the level of sedation throughout the procedure. This type of sedation puts patients into a state of complete relaxation but allows them to stay awake while their dentist is working. Because this is a stronger type of sedation, patients are unlikely to remember much of the procedure the following day.

Avoiding trips to the local dentist can create all types of dental issues down the road, from numerous cavities and missing teeth to serious dental disease. Thanks to sedation dentistry, patients no longer need to be afraid of the dentist and can get through routine check ups and major procedures in a calm and relaxed manner.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

ask a dentistPracticing good dental habits is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth, including brushing and flossing twice a day and making regular trips to the local dentist office. While taking good care of teeth can help ward off dangerous dental diseases and tooth decay, anyone can lose a tooth due to an unfortunate accident. Currently, about 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. Roughly 3 million Americans, however, have restored their smile through dental implants. Dental implants can help fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth and return a person’s confidence in their smile. Those who are suffering from missing teeth should ask a dentist about the many benefits of dental implants, including:

  1. Natural Look and Feel – Dental implants look practically identical to real teeth, and often times it is hard to even tell them apart. Anyone who is unsure of how they will turn out can ask a dentist to look at pictures of dental implants to see just how realistic they are. The texture of a dental implant is also remarkably similar to that of a real tooth, making it a comfortable choice. Since dental implants are made to be permanent fixtures, they won’t move out of place like dentures can, and they also don’t have to be taken out at night. Dental implants provide the most natural and comfortable solution to replacing lost teeth.
  2. Strong and Durable – Another great benefit of dental implants is that they create a sturdy foundation and restore the normal functions of a missing tooth. Because dental implants replace the tooth root, bone loss is minimized and the structure of the jaw bone is maintained. Research has showed there is a 98% rate of success for dental implant procedures, and these implants can last a lifetime.
  3. Improved Smile – Having one or more missing teeth can be embarrassing, and it can even cause people to avoid social situations. Dental implants can restore a person’s smile so that it looks just as it did before a tooth was lost. Having a full and healthy smile gives a person confidence, and no one should have to feel like they need to hide their smile from the world. Anyone who is suffering from anxiety and low self esteem from a missing tooth should find a dentist to discuss the option of dental implants.

Dental implants help restore a natural, comfortable and strong smile in people who have lost teeth, and the procedure can be a truly life-changing experience. Losing teeth can be hard to handle, and anyone in this position should ask a dentist whether or not dental implants are the right choice to give them back their smile.

How Good Dental Habits Can Help You Avoid The Damaging Effects of Tooth Decay

dentist officeDid you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children and adults in the United States? Over 90% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had cavities, and worldwide, between 60 and 90% of school-aged children suffer from untreated cavities. Tooth decay can can cause a number of issues when left untreated, but luckily there are also a number of ways people can protect their teeth from the damaging effects of tooth decay. Taking preventive steps, like visiting your dentist office for regular checkups, can help keep teeth healthy. Understanding what causes tooth decay and knowing how to prevent it can save you a lot of trouble down the road.

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Pediatric Dentistry: The Secret to Good Dental Health

pediatric dentistTooth decay is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease around the world, and most of these cases can be prevented with a simple visit to a pediatric dentist. A childrens dentist focuses on the oral health of kids until they reach the age of 18; they instill good dental hygiene habits as well as make recommendations for any necessary cosmetic dental work (braces, mouth guards, etc.)

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Alaska Center for Dentistry Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge & Calls Out Multiple People to Take Part

What would cause a dentist and his staff to go out to the parking lot and dump ice cold water over their heads? The ALS ice bucket challenge, of course. Alaska Center for Dentistry just got in on the action and it’s all for a great cause.

The dentist in question is Dr. Sage of Alaska Center for Dentistry and the doctor, along with his loyal staff, recently posted an ALS ice bucket challenge video to the dental office’s Facebook page.

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Three Reasons to Take Good Care of your Teeth

ask a dentistYour smile is often the first thing that someone notices about you, and it can leave a lasting impression. While a healthy smile can help you feel happy and confident, bad teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed and anxious. Taking good care of your teeth is important if you want to avoid this anxiety and embarrassment. It can be as easy as diligently brushing and flossing your teeth every day and going to your local dentist for regular cleanings. If you don’t currently have a dentist, find a dentist office that you trust and make an appointment as soon as possible! Just in case you need a little more incentive to take care of your teeth, check out the reasons below for maintaining your dental health.
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