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New Frontiers in Dentistry

On lasers for better sleep, fewer wrinkles, and pain-free visits
Dr Stacey SmithPhotos by Karina Eremina of Joy of the Moment Photography

Open wide. This New Year’s revamp can start with the feature they’ll see, smell, and hear first: your mouth. Transformations this big are worth it. Dental Designs by Dr. Alisa Reed, DDS wields the tools to improve the way you sleep, look, and feel. While you’re at it, you might avail yourself of the latest tools for facial rejuvenation.

If this all sounds a bit like a pitch for a med spa, rest assured, the office will make your general, restorative, sedation, or sleep apnea care that much more comfortable. Versatility means continuity of care and VIP treatment in everything from cleaning to surgery.

Dr. Reed and Dr. Stacey Smith, DDS, pledge to prioritize your needs and concerns. It’s one of the many ways Dental Designs delivers a little something extra, or lagniappe. The word is French for the concept of going the extra mile, and Dr. Reed often read it in Louisiana newspapers while growing up. Today her entire practice orients to the mission.

Taylor Swift’s Smile

Looks matter. Case in point: Veneers show up on the biggest stars around. Just look at the radiant smile on Taylor Swift. If rapt fans and influencer dentists are right, before and after photos illustrate the evolution of her veneers. Swift has not confirmed the rumors, but she does flash those pearly whites with confidence.

Swift has a lot to smile about, but Dr. Reed says cosmetic dentistry can be the event that encourages those ear-to-ear grins. Self-assurance isn’t a charge on the bill, but Dr. Smith’s patients thank her for their newfound boldness.

“It’s such a life changer for patients,” said Dr. Reed.

One such patient brought in before-and-after photos of their own. Snaps from years prior found the woman with a straight face, careful not to crack a grin. Quiet and meek was the patient’s description of herself before dental work. After photos showed her beaming, with reports of being more outgoing and spirited as well.

Dr. Smith explained that veneers have grown by bounds in the past decade, and every year offers even more options for perfect patient results. Patients get the chance to speak to the lab directly and choose from varying shades and opacity, so Dental Designs veneers can be made to look as natural or headline-worthy as desired.

Skin Rejuvenation

Cosmetic dentistry includes a range of options to improve the look of the smile. The specialty is near and dear to Dr. Reed’s heart because of the potential to boost a patient’s self-image. But today’s trip to the dentist can also include treatments for skin rejuvenation. Dr. Reed said that these treatments harness the power of lasers, have no downtime, and do not prescribe sunscreen use for aftercare. Though lasers have been used in dentistry for the past 15 years, they are now becoming more popular.

A new cosmetic treatment with LipLase could replace your fillers and deliver instant plumpness. Three treatments are often scheduled in closer succession to begin with and then scheduled once every four months for maintenance.

For wrinkles found on the face, SmoothLase works from within the mouth to help tighten up the skin. Dr. Reed explained, “We use it intraorally in a series of locations to produce collagen in the cheek area from eye to jowls to help tighten the tissue up and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.” Her office recommends one treatment per decade of the patient’s life scheduled three weeks apart, or about the same as the collagen cycle. After that, one treatment is recommended every six months or a year.

Sleep Apnea

Lasers in dentistry aren’t just helping patients look better — they’re also helping patients address critical issues like sleep apnea.

“Untreated sleep apnea will contribute to cardiovascular issues, including blood pressure. If we have a patient on more than one medication for blood pressure, we do a more intense screening for that,” said Dr. Reed. “If blood pressure is not controlled by medication there are underlying issues, and sleep apnea can contribute to that.”

She further explained the connection to fibromyalgia, citing the case of a patient who suffered from the disease for years before being treated for sleep apnea and seeing their pain disappear.

“When you have interrupted oxygen levels in the body, the buildup of lactic acid can make everything ache. Even minor interruptions of sleep . You’re not awake completely but your body makes you adjust your . That micro awakening means you’ll be more tired in the morning. Clear breathing means you’ll wake up feeling better. I’ve experienced that personally,” she said.

With painless laser applications to the back of the throat, the patient’s body can respond by building more collagen. This treatment is used in conjunction with a mandibular advancement device for clear and positive results.

“The laser doesn’t cut the tissue, it warms it,” explained Dr. Reed. Because of the laser’s affinity for certain cells, those cells go to work and can tighten the tissue in the back of the throat, opening the airway and reducing the size of the tongue as well.

Trust and Technique

By reducing bacteria and swelling at injection sites and stimulating the patient’s ability to heal, lasers are also painless ways to assist with procedures like deep cleanings, extractions, periodontal surgery, and gum contouring. They can reduce bacteria and stimulate the patient’s ability to heal, revolutionizing dentistry. For Dr. Smith, using the most careful techniques and ensuring excellent care during restorative care is closest to her heart, because it helps change someone’s experience of dentistry.

Reduced stress and caring hands are central to everything they do at Dental Designs. Consider it lagniappe from local anesthetic to lasers.

Dr Stacey Smith

 

1001 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 300
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
(281) 367-3411

4850 West Panther Creek Drive, Suite 104
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
(281) 296-2010

DentalDesignsByAlisaReed.com

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