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Kaggen Dental Care

Warren Kaggen, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Tooth Whitening Dentist

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients with dental phobias, patients requiring large amounts of dental work, and patients who would just prefer to snooze through their appointment. However, sedation is a powerful tool, and you don't want to entrust your safety to just anyone. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Unlike other dental specialties (oral surgery, orthodontics, etc.), sedation dentistry is not recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a specialty. However, a sedation dentist should be licensed through the NY State Office of Professions. There is a separate certification for IV (Parenteral) and Oral (Enteral) Sedation. Current certification status can be checked online.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best sedation dentistry practitioners didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on issues of sedation dentistry. Find out how much training they have had. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  3. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  4. Look for case experience.

    Sedation dentistry is as much art as it is science. In general, the more cases a dentist has performed, the smoother that dentist's work will be.

  5. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  6. Look at before and after cosmetic photos

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  7. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end celebrity dentists offering Hollywood smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  8. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  9. Technology is cool, but it's not the only thing.

    A dentist with high-tech modern equipment is more likely to be up-to-date on modern techniques. At the same time, however, don't let yourself be dazzled by a dentist's fancy tools; what really matters is if the dentist knows how to use them properly.

  10. A good lab technician is a valuable asset for cosmetic work

    The dentist might decide on the treatment plan, but it's the lab technician who'll actually fabricate the porcelain veneers or crowns that will be gracing your new smile. Great dentists are proud of their lab technicians and the materials they use.

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"We know that selecting a tooth whitening dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

14-19 150th Street

Whitestone, New York 11357

Appt Tel: (718) 767-9224

www.whitestoneteethwhitening.com

Directions

Kaggen Dental Care is conveniently located across the street from the Post Office, next door to Dunkin' Donuts.