At Blissful Dental Spa, your comfort and overall wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us! While we pamper you with personal touches delivered in a spa-like setting, we also value the role that state-of-the-art technology plays in providing high-quality dental care and advanced treatments.
Dr. Chinara Garraway has invested in equipment that improves your comfort and allows us to deliver favorable long-term outcomes for you and your family. Please take a moment to browse through some of the technology we currently offer at our Tallahassee dental office, then give us a call to schedule your next dental appointment.
Visual dental exams at Blissful Dental Spa are an essential part of helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile, but they only show us part of the picture. Problems like decay and periodontal disease often start inside the tooth or under the gums, which we can only detect with dental x-rays.
Digital x-rays used at our Tallahassee dental office are a diagnostic tool that we use to identify minor problems before they cause painful or more complex conditions. Dr. Garraway chooses modern digital x-rays because they emit 80 to 90 percent less radiation than older, film-based x-rays.
We also use digital x-rays because they are an excellent educational tool to keep you informed about your oral health. We believe in complete transparency when it comes to your dental needs, so moments after we take the x-ray, we can display it on your chairside monitor. Dr. Garraway can share the results with you, and you can see for yourself what the problem is and how treating it will benefit you.
Digital x-rays are also comfortable because we take them using flat digital sensors instead of bulky clips of x-ray film. We can store the images in your computerized patient history so we can easily refer to them and send them to specialists and insurance companies as needed. And since there are no harsh chemicals to dispose of, digital x-rays are also better for our environment.
CariVu Cavity Detection System
We understand the concern that many of our patients have about getting dental x-rays. While x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool in many cases, at Blissful Dental Spa, we offer our patients the option to detect cavities without x-rays.
CariVu is a cavity detection system that uses LED illumination that helps us find cavities and cracks in your teeth. We can view the image of the tooth together to help you understand what’s happening and why you need treatment.
Since it uses non-ionizing radiation, CariVu is ideal for children, pregnant women, and patients who can’t tolerate x-rays.
Digital x-rays are invaluable, but sometimes we need to see all your teeth in a single x-ray. In this case, we offer panoramic digital x-rays that work similarly to the panoramic photos you take on your phone.
A single x-ray of your mouth gives us a detailed view of your sinuses, the position of your teeth, and bone abnormalities. We also use panoramic x-rays to plan treatment orthodontic treatment, tooth extractions, and root canals. The images obtained can also reveal dental and medical problems such as:
- Advanced gum disease
- Jaw tumors and oral cancer
- Jaw disorders like TMJ
- Impacted teeth including wisdom teeth
Panoramic x-rays are taken outside of the mouth (extra-oral), and you simply stand in place in front of the machine as it rotates around your head in a semi-circle. Extra-oral x-rays are perfect for children and adults who can’t tolerate x-rays taken inside the mouth.
For decades, laser technology has been used to improve the efficiency and outcomes of medical procedures. At Blissful Dental Spa, we are pleased to offer our patients the benefits of dental laser technology for soft tissue treatments.
Since laser dentistry at our Tallahassee dental office is not invasive, Dr. Garraway can perform more efficient procedures, produce minimal bleeding, and result in faster recovery times. Some of the laser dental procedures we offer are:
- Periodontal disease treatment – Eliminates the need for painful “cut and stitch” gum surgery and long recovery times.
- Gum contouring – Reshapes and recontours your gums to eliminate a “gummy smile.”
- Crown lengthening - Reshapes both the gum and bone to promote healthier tooth structure and aid in the placement of dental restorations.
- Remove oral growths – Comfortably treats cold sores, canker sores, and fever blisters, minimizing the risk of future outbreaks.
- Frenectomy – Painlessly eliminates a “tongue-tie” in infants and adults
Does fear prevent you from making or keeping dental appointments? This is a much more common problem than you might think and millions of people worldwide struggle with dental anxiety.
That is why we are pleased to offer the calming effects of nitrous oxide at our Tallahassee dental office. When combined with our comforting spa amenities, nitrous oxide will take the edge off of your anxiety so you can relax and get the necessary dental care you need.
Nitrous oxide is also referred to as inhalation sedation because you breathe it in through a small nasal mask. In just a few moments, you’ll feel the tension drain away as the soothing effects of the nitrous oxide take hold. You’ll feel dreamy, but you will be fully conscious, and the activity around you will seem very far away.
As soon as we finish your treatment, we stop the flow of nitrous gas and allow you to breathe pure oxygen for a few minutes. Since nitrous leaves your body quickly, you will be able to return to your usual daily activities feeling relaxed and refreshed.
An intraoral camera is a small handheld digital device that looks like a large pen. As Dr. Garraway directs it over your teeth, it captures real-time images that we share with you on your chairside monitor. It’s like taking a tour of the inside of your mouth, and when Dr. Garraway recommends treatment, she can point out precisely what the problem is. Knowledge is power, especially when making decisions that impact your oral health and smile.
Informed patients tend to enjoy better oral health, and intraoral cameras are just one way we keep you informed about your dental needs.
TVs in Treatment Rooms
At Blissful Dental Spa, your comfort is very important to us. For this reason, we are pleased to offer 32-inch TVs in all our treatment rooms to help you relax and make your experience at our dental office even more enjoyable.