Sleep Apnea and Snoring.
Sleep Apnea is a condition characterized by cessations in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing while sleeping. These instances can cause symptoms ranging from being tired during waking hours, increased risk of heart attack, diabetes or, in severe cases, death. Your dentists at Royal Oaks Dentistry offer screening questionnaires as well as at-home sleep monitoring devices to determine if you are at risk for Sleep Apnea. We work very closely with several physicians in the area to accurately diagnose and formulate a treatment plan that will best treat your condition or symptoms. For the treatment of mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, a dental device (mandibular advancing device) fabricated in the dental office can be beneficial to the treatment of Sleep Apnea, especially for people who have difficulty adjusting to a CPAP machine.
We also have options for the treatment of snoring. Snoring can add stress to relationships and cause unrest in the bedroom. A dental splint commonly called a snore guard can quiet snoring allowing your partner to get some uninterrupted sleep.
Helping children keep their smile healthy and happy is a passion for us. We treat children of all ages. It is important to bring your child into the office by the time they are three. We start with a happy visit, which introduces your child to the office in a non- confrontational manner. Developing and maintaining good dental habits at an early age is the foundation for a lifelong trouble-free healthy mouth. Dr. Dath Collins believes in starting children early on the path to good oral health. Please call and speak to one of our receptionists so we can help you prepare your child for a fun and exciting visit to the dentist.
It is estimated that 35-40% of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their natural teeth. Complete dentures, whether they are attached to implants or not, can be a very effective way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Ron Collins and Dr. Dath Collins will perform most of the required lab work needed to construct your full or partial denture. What this means is they are the ones setting the teeth in the proper position to achieve the most attractive smile for your facial structure and coloring. They do not delegate this very important step to a lab technician that has never met you. We involve you in the process at multiple steps along the way to ensure that you will be satisfied with the final outcome of your new smile.
If you are looking for that WOW smile, porcelain veneers may be an option for you. We have performed hundreds of these procedures and will be happy to show you before and after pictures when you are in the office. A veneer is a layering over a tooth that can change the shape, size and color of teeth. Veneers can be made from several different types of material, from tooth colored composite to porcelain. Royal Oaks Dentistry is a provider of Lumineers, a registered trademark name for a specific brand of porcelain.
Veneers can be done with no or only minimal preparation to the teeth. To determine what type of material and if any preparation is required for your teeth, both doctors will perform a cosmetic consultation. We will use casts of your teeth and high quality digital photographs to determine a treatment that will meet your expectations.
Dental Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of the teeth. Implants are primarily composed of three pieces: the implant (which is similar to a new tooth root), the tooth (crown or cap), and the middle abutment which connects the implant and the tooth. We offer several types of dental implants. Mini Implants, also known as small diameter implants, can be used to support partials and dentures, replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. One advantage to small “mini implants” is they do not require as much bone for placement. Often times, extensive bone grafting is recommended prior to placement of conventional implants. With mini dental implants, the increased cost of grafting and additional surgeries may be avoided. Both doctors are well trained in the surgical placement of dental implants as well as the restorations (teeth) that go on top of the implant. Dr. Ron Collins has been placing implants since 1979 and Dr. Dath Collins is a graduate of the Dr. Arun Garg’s Dental Implant Continuum. Having both the surgical and restorative phase done in one office allows the doctors to have a greater control over the final outcome of the implant and the restoration. There are situations when both doctors may rely on a dental specialist for the surgical phase of the implant process.
Oral surgery is defined as any type of surgery preformed within the oral cavity. Both Dr. Ron Collins and Dr. Dath Collins perform a wide variety of oral surgery procedures. One of the most common types of oral surgery is the removal of teeth. Teeth are removed for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the tooth is considered non-restorable, before orthodontics (to allow enough space to align the teeth) or poorly aligned wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last molars to erupt into the mouth. These teeth usually make their appearance in the late teens to early twenties. It is fairly common for these teeth to become impacted (stuck below the gums). Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to very serious conditions which can include swelling, pain and/or infection. We screen for potential wisdom teeth complications with our digital Panoramic X-ray. It is important to have a discussion with your dentist about the potential benefits and complications of having wisdom teeth removed.
Sedation for dental or surgical procedures can be classified into different levels of sedation. The most commonly thought of sedation is general anesthesia. General anesthesia is usually performed in the hospital by an anesthesiologist. A lighter or not as profound anesthesia commonly performed in the dental office is IV (intravenous) sedation. IV sedation in the dental office does not put you in as deep of sedation as general sedation. However, you will not remember anything, feel anything, or hear anything during the procedure. IV sedation is available at Royal Oaks Dentistry by a trained dental anesthesiologist at an additional expense. The cost of IV sedation is between $750-$2000. We also offer conscious sedation which is by far our most popular choice. Conscious sedation is a technique where the doctors use a combination of a mild anti-anxiety medication with nitrous oxide (relaxing gas). During this type of sedation, patients commonly fall asleep during longer dental appointments and remember very little or nothing about the appointment. You will need to have a driver to and from the appointment for this option. We do not charge an additional fee for these services. The cost of conscious sedation is $0. If there is a dental procedure that has been recommended and you are anxious or unsure about the appointment, just ask one of our team members or the doctor and we can review if you are a good candidate for this type of sedation.
Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is an inhalation gas that is administered in the dental office. Nitrous Oxide is used to alleviate anxiety in the dental office. Our staff is very well trained in recognizing dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is actually the third most common fear. Fear of heights and fear of public speaking are the most common. At Royal Oaks Dentistry, we have Nitrous Oxide available in all of our operatories. There is no additional cost for this added service. Simply inform the doctor, your dental hygienist or assistantant if you would like to learn more about the benefits of Nitrous Oxide.
Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry dedicated to straightening of teeth and ensuring proper alignment of the jaws. Dr. Dath Collins has been performing orthodontics with Invisalign since 2006. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move the teeth into the proper position. Treatment can range from 3 months to two years or even longer if your situation is more complex. The cost of Invisalign will range between $1500 to $4500. Check out the video to learn more about Invisalign and how it can improve your smile or ask Dr. Dath Collins at your next visit.
Root canal therapy is performed on a tooth that has irreversible pain or has become infected. After anesthetizing the tooth, a small hole is made in the top of the tooth to enable the removal of the infected or affected nerve. There are several situations that can lead to the need for a root canal. A cavity that has grown to where the decay touches the nerve inside the tooth is one reason a tooth may need a root canal. A tooth that has abscessed or become infected may need a root canal as well. Root canal therapy can be completed in one or sometimes two visits, depending on the complexity of the root canals. It is often a good idea to ask your dentist how difficult they think the root canal procedure will be. Although root canals have a high chance for success, not all root canals are successful. Sometimes an additional procedure known as an Apicoectomy may be needed. Both Dr. Ron and Dr. Dath Collins perform all types of root canals. If you are requesting a second opinion about the need for a root canal, we are happy to offer second opinions.
Periodontal disease, a bone and gum infection, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The disease causes destruction of the bone and the gum tissue that supports your teeth. There are several different ways to treat periodontal disease, but the best treatment is prevention. At your initial exam, Dr. Collins will develop a treatment plan to address your current periodontal status. At Royal Oaks Dentistry, we use dental lasers to intercept the disease in the early stages and prevent future bone loss. Both Dr. Ron and Dath Collins can perform periodontal surgeries if needed.
Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been decayed, chipped or broken. We provide very highly esthetic tooth-colored fillings for our patients. Fillings done directly in the mouth are called direct fillings. Fillings that are made outside of the mouth, in a laboratory, are called indirect fillings. Indirect fillings may be referred to as inlays or onlays. Inlays and onlays can be made from several different types of materials, including porcelain, gold, metal or composite resin. At Royal Oaks Dentistry, we will help you understand all the options that are available to you and the pros and cons of each of the options.
Crowns are usually recommended when a tooth is cracked or badly broken down. Teeth with large fillings may also need crowns. A crown is an excellent way to prolong the life of a worn or damaged tooth. In order to prepare a tooth for a crown, the tooth is reduced by about 1-2mm on all sides. Reduction of the tooth enables the tooth to be covered by the crown. Crowns can be made from several different types of material. The most popular by far is ceramic. The technology of the ceramics used to fabricate crowns has grown tremendously in the past fifteen years. We are now able to offer completely metal free crowns that look and feel just like natural teeth with a strength reliable enough to withstand the pressures of the mouth.
Removable Partial dentures are often referred to as partials. Partials can be a very economical way to replace multiple missing teeth. If you have lost several teeth and dental implants are not options due to inadequate bone or a perceived high cost of dental implants, partials may be an alternative solution. Dr. Collins will discuss with you the pros and cons of a removable partial denture prior to beginning the fabrication of the appliance. Most of the important steps to fabricate the partial are done by Dr. Collins himself. There are several appointments that are needed to complete the process.
Dental emergencies can be categorized into different areas: trauma, pain, swelling, sudden inability to chew or an aesthetic problem. Both doctors are always on call for their patients. If you are a patient of record and are in need of access to your dentist after hours, please call the office for instructions on how to contact your doctor.