Covid-19 Update

August 31, 2020

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and while many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety! Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and this is one area where we are continually making improvements.  Besides our standard infection control procedures, we have made several other office changes to keep you safe. We understand that some of you may want to delay or reschedule your appointments and we are happy to do this for you. Please give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient. With our additional safety procedures in place and your cooperation we feel that we can provide great care in a safe environment.

 Some of our new procedures:

We complete a pre-screening questionnaire the day before all appointments. We ask our patients to wait in their car until the time of their appointment so that we limit the number of people in the office at any given time. We take temperatures as soon as patients arrive in the office and require all patients to wear masks while not in a treatment room. The clinical team wears two masks as well as a face shield to protect our patients. And, we have reconfigured the front desk to include plexiglass barriers and “stand stations” to show where patients should stand to follow social distancing requirements. In between appointments we are using hospital grade disinfectant to clean all surfaces in both our treatment rooms as well as in the front office, bathrooms and reception area, and these areas are being disinfected on the hour. Finally, Dr. Andy regularly reviews the latest updates on how to best manage patient safety as we learn more about the virus.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with great care in the safest way possible during these unique times!

Conservative Care with Laser Dentistry

Laser technology has been used in the medical field for decades. Now, these tools are routinely used in dentistry to provide more accurate, less invasive care. At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Dr. Andy Maples uses laser dentistry to offer more conservative care with less discomfort.

With a commitment to providing the highest quality care possible, Dr. Maples routinely attends continuing education courses to stay up to date on the latest technologies. In just one year, he completed 150 hours of continuing education.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry offers a number of advantages. This type of treatment:

  • Is far less invasive compared to conventional methods
  • Requires no incisions and no sutures
  • May not require anesthesia
  • Causes less damage to the oral soft tissues
  • Reduces bleeding during and after the procedure
  • Minimizes the risk of infection and other post-operative complications

In addition to these benefits, laser dentistry is often recommended to patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist. In comparison to traditional tools, which often make a considerable amount of noise, lasers are almost completely silent. This lack of noise can make a huge difference for patients are stressed by the sound of certain dental tools. 

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With laser dentistry, Dr. Maples can remove tissue without significantly less pain. 

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

Lasers harness the power and energy of light. When calibrated specifically for dental procedures, lasers can create incisions in both a tooth and gum tissue with unparalleled precision. Each type of laser operates on a different wavelength, which is set to target a specific type of tissue. These devices also cauterize as they cut, sealing the tissue and reducing the risk of bacterial contamination.

Explore the Treatments We Offer with Lasers

At West Lake Dental, Dr. Maples most often uses this technology for cosmetic procedures such as:

  • Gum contouring: When excess gum tissue is present, it can make the teeth appear small or irregular. Laser gum contouring can bring symmetry and balance to a gummy or uneven smile. With laser dentistry, invasive tools such as a scalpel and sutures are no longer necessary.
  • Frenectomy: The small web of tissue that connects the lip to the gums and the tongue to the floor of the mouth is called a frenum. While it normally helps hold soft tissue together, it can sometimes do its job too well. A frenum that is too high, too low, or too thick can lead to spacing and gaps between the teeth as well as speech problems. Dr. Maples can use a dental laser to adjust the tissue and correct the problem.

While laser dentistry is a much more comfortable and conservative approach to treatment, some patients may still feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist. That is why we offer oral conscious sedation at West Lake Dental. This treatment option induces relaxation so patients can enjoy a comfortable dental experience.

Contact West Lake Dental Today

To learn more about laser dentistry or the other conservative treatments offered at our practice, schedule a visit with Dr. Maples. Contact us online or give us a call at (970) 669-1444.

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At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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