The dental technologies we use in our practice are in place to keep you comfortable and safe. Dr. Sarah Frahm, and our dental team, research, audition, and invest only in technological advancements that are proven to improve your health.
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Frahm is focused on enhancing your oral health while keeping you comfortable and safe during all procedures. As such, we take great care in our choice of materials, technologies and techniques for all your dental treatments.
What digital technologies do we use in our practice?
In order to stay true to the practice of holistic dentistry, we use a very mindful approach when selecting the materials, systems, and methods in our office. Holistic dentistry incorporates biocompatible materials, less-invasive technologies and environmentally friendly practices. We put this into practice through the use of digital technology.
A truly revolutionary development in dentistry is the intraoral camera, which offers a live video tour of your mouth. The intraoral camera allows Dr. Frahm to spot new areas of concern and let you see them for yourself, in real-time. The sooner problems are spotted and diagnosed, the less invasive the treatment.
Gone are the days of heavy lead aprons for dental x-rays. Today’s digital x-rays can reduce radiation exposure by as much as 90%, according to Dental Economics. Instead of using uncomfortable bitewings, with digital x-rays, a simple touch sensor is inserted into your mouth for instant images. Digital x-rays provide higher quality, clear imagery to see even the tiniest fractures that can be missed on traditional film. Digital x-rays are also instantly upload to computers, so there’s no need for film development and caustic chemicals.
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Frahm only uses non- toxic and biocompatible materials in treatments. Biocompatible dental materials are non-reactive and are designed to work with the body’s natural systems. For fillings, crowns and veneers, porcelain naturally adheres to your DNA and forms an actual bond with your body that is five times stronger than your natural teeth. Porcelain causes no harmful side effects and is the material of choice for its biocompatibility.
Sedation care is one of the more well-known technologies used in holistic dentistry. We use oral conscious sedation, also known as twilight treatment, to lessen anxiety and reduces your memory of the procedure. We want you to be as comfortable as possible, and sedation care is the best way for you to rest and relax.
Dr. Frahm is an expert in sedation dentistry. She has completed rigorous, post-doctoral training with the Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation organization and she is Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) certified.
How sedation care works is, about an hour before treatment, you’ll take anti-anxiety medicine to reduce your stress before your appointment. During your treatment, your blood pressure, oxygen intake and heart rate will be constantly monitored to make sure you are calm and well taken care of. During sedation care, you’ll be put into a state of extreme relaxation but still responsive enough to answer questions.
Paperless charting systems
In an effort to lessen our impact on the environment, we have also converted to a paperless charting system to reduce the amount of paper used in the office. Our software secured paperless charting is both environmentally friendly and a time-saver for you and us. Paperless charting reduces record retrieval time by 25% in our office and means your dental images and information are right at our fingertips. Ready for your next appointment? Contact Dr. Frahm at 831-372-8011. Our office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.