Dentist wants to do sedation on my child

I’m a little concerned. My daughter has very pitted molars which is causing cavities. My dentist needs to treat the cavities, I understand that, but am concerned that isn’t safe. If it were your daughter, what would you do?

Olivia N. – Destin, FL


First, I want to put your mind at ease. If the dentist is qualified to do sedation, then it is perfectly safe.  If takes a little extra training, so make sure they have it.  The reason for using it is that if the child moves or is uncooperative, then the drill can do serious damage to her. The sedation is to protect her.

I have another question, I’d like to have answered before you continue with this pediatric dentist. If your daughter has pitted molars, why hasn’t he suggested dental sealants. Those little molars can be a bacteria magnet and it’s important to keep them healthy for much longer than the rest of her baby teeth.  It bothers me that this seems to have been overlooked.

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Why are my teeth so bulky?

I got Lumineers. I like the color and everything, but they look really bulky. Is that normal?

Genevieve L. – Tampa, FL


Lumineers are advertised as being a no-prep veneer. Usually, with porcelain veneers, a miniscule amount of your teeth have to be shave (about the thickness of a fingernail) in order to make room for the veneers. Lumineers are an extra-thin veneer, so  theoretically, your teeth shouldn’t need the prep.

Unfortunately, not everyones teeth and smiles fit the Lumineers “mold”.  Dentists should access the individual patient’s smile. Otherwise you end up with a situation like yours, where the smile is bulky.

There’s not anything that can really be done without completely re-doing the Lumineers. I’m sorry.  I realize that is probably the last thing you wanted to hear.  I wish I could give you a different answer.

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Does location determine price?

I live in an affluent area. Recently I got a dental implant. My best friend, who lives in a poor area, also got one.  She was talking about how incredibly expensive it was.  But, it turns out hers  was several thousands dollar cheaper.  Does where she live make it cheaper? Would I be better off slumming it in her neighborhood?

Lindsey G. – Chicago


The geographical area that a practice is located can have an affect on price.  Most of that is the leasing costs.  For instance, Dr. Peck is only a short distance away from Scottsdale, AZ.  The cost of living is higher in Scottsdale, so by being right outside of it he saves money on his location.  That is a savings that he passes on to his patients. Making him a very affordable dental option for residents of Scottsdale.

That being said, there could be other reasons why her implant cost so much less that yours. Maybe she went to an inexperienced dentist who lowered his prices significantly to draw people in.  Or maybe he uses parts that are lower quality in order to have low prices without affecting his profit margin.  Neither of these reasons would be good for your friend.

Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean affordable quality.

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