How Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?

A woman who is having sedation to help ease her nervousness at the dentist
Everyone gets nervous when going to the dentist office. Sometimes we remember a traumatic experience we had when we were kids, other times we fear the procedure that we may have. Sometimes the thought of stepping foot in to the dentist office is worse than the tooth pain itself. At time maybe the anxiety is too much that it makes our whole body tense up. Whatever the reason we may be having dental anxiety is very real and can be hard to overcome alone. Sedation dentistry at our Boston dental practice can be the solution you have been looking for and can help you to keep calm during your dental visit. Sedation dentistry uses different forms of medication to help patients relax so a dental procedure can be performed.

Levels of Sedation

There are different levels of sedation that you need to be aware of so you may understand which is best for you.

Minimal Sedation– you are awake and aware but relaxed.

Moderate Sedation– you are conscious and may slur your words while speaking. You may or may not remember much of the procedure.

Deep Sedation– you are right on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.

General Anesthesia– you are completely unconscious.

Types of Sedation

The following types of sedation are used in dental sedation. We will sit down with you individually to see what solution works best with the fears or concerns you may have.

Inhaled minimal sedation. You will breathe in nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. This gas helps you to relax and can be controlled by your dentist and you usually can communicate with them as needed.

Oral sedation. This can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation you would take a pill, in the same drug family as Valium and would usually be take an hour before the procedure. It will make you drowsy but you will still be awake. A larger dose may be given to yield a moderate level of sedation. This is the most common form of sedation dentistry.

IV moderate sedation. In this form of sedation you would receive the sedative drug through a vein. This way it would go to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation as needed.

Deep sedation and general anesthesia. This method allows you to have medication that will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious (deeply asleep) during the procedure.

We Can Help!

Sedation Dentistry is not for everyone. Those with a real anxiety or fear that is preventing them from going to the dentist is the best suited for these types of sedation. However it may also be appropriate for individuals who:

-have a low pain threshold

-have a gag reflex

-can’t sit still in the dental chair

-have sensitive teeth

-need a large amount of dental work done

Other needs may arise where sedation is needed. We know this and are sensitive to our patients and will work with you to help you in any way we can.  

Whatever the concern or need may be we will sit down with you personally to help figure out what is the best solution for you or the loved one you care about. We care how you feel and we want you to have the best experience possible. We want you to be comfortable and your needs are important to us. Schedule an appointment today!  

Why Should I Go to a Specialist for Dental Implants?

Dental Implants can bring you a new smile. Available at Dental Partners of Boston
Patients should be cautious when considering hiring a dentist for dental implants.

At the Dental Partners of Boston, our dental implant specialists are specially trained.  After graduating as dentists, our specialists each attended an additional three to four years in a hospital-based residency program.  In other words, our Periodontist Dr. Guzman have received formal training and education – including in surgery and anesthesia – significantly greater than a general dentist.  Specialists with this type of training are the only surgical specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Many people have a problem when searching for dental implant services: it is technically legal for a dentist to perform this type of surgery.  If a patient is not careful, he or she could fall victim to an undertrained dentist who is willing to perform this service, but will often be unprepared for the risks and complications that could arise.  When hiring a general dentist instead of a dental implant specialist, patients run a real risk of having service performed below their standards.  This sometimes results in misdiagnosis, painful surgery, and surgical complications.

Often, dentists take an abbreviated surgical training course that lasts from one to three days.  If this is the case, the dentist certainly hasn’t been prepared to predict, diagnose, and treat potential complications.

On the other hand, our Boston dental implant specialists keep patients in safe hands.  During their three to four years residency training, substantial focus was placed on anticipating, diagnosing and treating complications.  During their programs, our specialists routinely treated strange and complex cases, which are often never seen in a dentist’s private practice.  This level of expertise ensures safety, and quality.

Dental Implants replacing missing teeth available at Dental Partners of Boston
When performed by the right person, dental implants are very successful, and complications are rare. However, if there is ever a surgical complication, the experience of a dental implant specialist provides a level of safety and comfort that a dentist with far less training and experience could never provide.

Often, a general dentist will recommend receiving dental implants.  If this is the case, patients should make sure they receive service from a dental implant specialist.  Here are some important questions they should ask:

  •         How many surgical training courses has the dentist taken?  How long was each course?
  •         How many courses has the dentist taken specifically on the management of complications?
  •         How long has the dentist been placing implants?
  •         How many implants does the dentist place per year?

While these are good questions for identifying a dental professional, you can know you are in safe hands with the Dental Partners of Boston.  If you are considering dental implants, schedule an Appointment with us today!

Where is Teeth Whitening Offered in Boston?

Teeth whitening systems at Dental Partners of Boston
Everyone loves having a nice smile. The brightness and radiance of that smile can diminish over time due to discoloration and staining. The cause can be due to tobacco use, eating certain foods, drinking coffee, tea, wine, sodas and even aging.  Some of that is unavoidable and just happens and worsens as time goes on. However there are solutions to bring the whiteness and brilliance back in to your smile. Dental Partners of Boston offer teeth whitening services that can fit anyone’s schedule and we want to find what works best for you. We offer our patients take-home and in-office options. Our doctors and staff will be able to find what is right for you.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Our take-home teeth whitening kit can provide a very convenient option for anyone. It allows for customization and flexibility. We provide teeth whitening trays that you are able to take home and use at your convenience. The trays are custom made by our experienced dentists with impressions of your upper and lower teeth. We will help you determined the shade you want to go and give you all the supplies you need. One of the benefits of a take home teeth whitening kit is it can work with anyone’s schedule. It is also a simple and safe way to whiten your teeth over time.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is a one time experience. The procedure takes place in our comfortable office and is usually done in under an hour. Our trained  staff will evaluate your teeth and preparations will be made for the simple procedure. We start by using a stronger teeth whitening gel than in our take-home kits. A benefit of using our in-office teeth whitening is that it is a simple procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. You will also see results quickly. The average patients says they see a few shades different after the initial visit.

Experienced Doctors

The doctors at Dental Partners of Boston have vast experience and knowledge. Their extensive backgrounds and specialties have helped thousands of dental patients in Boston. We’ve helped them find the solutions, including teeth whitening options, that works best for them. We work with you directly to find the option that best suits your life and schedule. If you have been searching for a dental team who cares about you and your teeth whitening needs Dental Partners of Boston is the place to go.  Schedule an Appointment today!


How Can You Find the Best Dental Practice in Boston?

Finding the right dentist can make a huge difference on your oral health. Some dental practices do not have the training and experience needed to handle complex dental procedures. Patients with oral health history problems need to work with the best dental practice in Boston if you want to avoid critical problems with your oral health. What may seem like a simple cavity could turn into a major abscess. Failure to visit the right dental office could leave you facing invasive dental treatments that could have been prevented with an experienced dental team at your side. If you are looking for a dental practice in the Boston area, here are five tips to help you get started.

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Tip # 1 – Research Dental Reviews

It pays to do your research when seeking out a dentist. Do other patients feel this dental office provides the best service available? If the dentist has a good reputation, it will go a long way in helping you trust this person with your oral health needs. You can review some of the current dental patient experiences online, or review their website to read testimonials and find actual before and after treatments to see the scope of work the dental office provides.

Tip # 2 – Awards and Recognition

Another way to find a quality dentist is by finding out if they have ben awarded or recognized for their work. Any time you are seeking the best dental practice in Boston, you want to keep this information in mind. Awards help to show you what the dental office can provide, and the fact that they are experts in this field.

Tip # 3 – Scope of Work

While you may not have a lot of dental problems now, you could have more in the future. Determine if you will be the only member of your family visiting the dentist, or if you plan on having several people go to the dental office for treatments. How much dental work do you need? Some people only need annual visits to the dental office while others will need extensive work to restore their smile. Look for a dental office that will be able to provide you with the best treatments for your oral health.

Tip # 4 – Schedule a Consultation

A great way to find a good dentist is by scheduling a consultation to meet with the dentist. You want to get a sense for how they interact with you and your family members, and to make sure your personalities get along. You will need to trust this person to help you with your oral health needs, so it pays to find someone you can trust.

Tip # 5 – Convenience

Location is one of the critical factors for some patients when looking for a dentist. Is the office in a convenient location? Can they provide emergency treatments for serious oral health issues?

Everyone has certain criteria they use when seeking a quality dentist. We hope these tips will help you find a dentist you can trust. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

What is a Prosthodontic Dentist?

What is a Prosthodontist? Is there one in Boston?
Because your smile is so important, when teeth need extra restorative measures, dentists usually refer patients to a Prosthodontic Dentist. We can learn what a Prosthodontic Dentist does by breaking down the name: “prosthesis” means “an addition” or “an attachment” and “odont” has to do with teeth. The suffix “-ist” is the person, so they are a dentist who specializes with putting additions onto teeth!


There are nine dental specialties that the ADA recognizes, and Prosthodontic Dentistry is one of them. They are trained dentists who have received years of extra training in order to restore and replace teeth. Basically, they can make your smile beautiful, in spite of almost any problem! Often seen as the “architects of smiles,” they restore functionality of decaying and damaged teeth and gums, giving your teeth the longevity they need. And not only do they restore damaged, broken, and decaying teeth, but they also deal with gums, lips, and other parts of the jaw. Their responsibilities range from the initial prognosis and planning to the execution and care instruction of the prosthesis.

What does it take to become a Prosthodontic Dentist?

In order to become a specialist in this field, an aspiring prosthodontic dentist must complete four years of dental school, and then an additional three years of rigorous training in an ADA-approved program. This is accompanied by many clinical hours and a prosthodontic residency.

What services do they provide?

Prosthodontic dentists provide many services, including oral cancer screenings, TMD care (temporomandibular joint disorder), and OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) solutions. They also perform the following services:

Here at Dental Partners of Boston we have your Boston Prosthodontists, that are a part of our team of doctors, making it even easier and more convenient for you to get the care you need, not to mention some of the greatest dental care available in Boston. If you or someone you know is looking for dental care, schedule an appointment. Here at Dental Partners of Boston, your smile is our first priority, schedule an appointment today!

New Year’s Resolution: Whiter Teeth!

There are many ways to whiten your teeth in Boston.
Most people admit that their smile is one of the most noticed and important social assets they have, so why not explore a few options when it comes to making that smile brighter? It’s a perfect new year’s resolution!

Teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons, like sugary foods, coffee, smoking, and wine, not to mention the simple passing of time. With so many ways for them to become less white, your Boston dentists at Dental Partners of Boston, wanted to lay out below different options that could be used to get a beautiful white smile. This includes in-office services, take-home procedures, and more.

At Home Teeth Whitening Remedies

Doing it at home can be a fun way to brighten your smile. If you are going to use these tips talk with one of our dentists first to ensure you’re able to and won’t damage your teeth. Also talk about which dentist-recommended toothpaste you should use and use all suggested ingredients in moderation.

  • A simple paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (half as much baking soda as peroxide) can stay on teeth for a minute, then rinse thoroughly! Do not let leftover ingredients stay on teeth or they will begin to break down enamel.
  • Apple cider vinegar is can also be used in place of peroxide. Use this a couple of times per week with the same instructions.
  • Coconut oil has some stain-removing properties, and combined with some mashed peppermint leaves, it can make for a fresh finish. Simply mix a small amount of coconut oil with crushed leaves and brush onto teeth daily, rinsing thoroughly.

Take-Home Teeth Whiteners

Those who want to use a product from the dentist to use at home,  Dental Partners of Boston provides solutions for teeth-whitening that are easy and convenient. We work with you to determine how white you want your teeth to be and then we’ll make a custom tray for your teeth from a dental impressions. We give you the whitening gel to put in the trays each day that you can use in the comfort of your home.

In-Office Service

If you’re looking for something more in-depth that has even more lasting results, an in-office whitening procedure can be done relatively quickly. A session can take usually less than an hour. One of our dentists will help you determine your goal and evaluate your teeth. We use a more potent gel in the our Boston dental office than what we give patients to take home. You’ll see the results before you leave our office. Most patients see several shades difference!

We know how important a bright smile is and we want you to know your options. Contact your Boston teeth-whitening specialists at Dental Partners of Boston today for an appointment.

Is Laser Gum Treatment For Me?

Learn about Dental Partners of Boston and the LANAP treatment used to treat gum disease

At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer many different procedures and treatments to our patients. We are committed to giving you the best dental care we possibly can, and we will work with you to ensure you’re getting individualized care and attention. We provide many different procedures to prevent the start of periodontal disease, and we also provide procedures to reduce the problems and issues associated with periodontal disease and to stop it from progressing further.

We offer LANAP treatments.

If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, you might be wondering what you need to do to save your teeth and improve your oral health. The best option is to reduce the infection before it gets worse. And, if you are dealing with a more severe level of infection, you might be eligible for a minimally invasive treatment we offer called LANAP. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and it involves using an FDA-approved laser that is safe and does not use incisions or sutures like traditional periodontal surgery does.

What is periodontal disease?

Peritodontal disease starts with inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. Gingivitis happens when plaque and tartar build up and bacteria irritates the gums. This causes red, swollen gums that easily bleed when brushed or flossed. Luckily, gingivitis can be reversed by having good oral hygiene habits. If gingivitis is not treated, it will progress to periodontitis.

Periodontitis leads to gums loosening from the teeth and leaving pockets that fill with infection. During this stage, gums and the bones around the teeth can begin to deteriorate which can cause teeth to loosen or fall out.

What is LANAP?

When periodontal disease progresses to a stage where it is threatening teeth and the supporting structures, periodontal surgery may be needed to prevent any more damage. LANAP is an alternative to traditional surgery methods. LANAP is performed using a laser that targets the infected tissue and doesn’t damage the healthy tissue. It also doesn’t involve sutures and incisions like the traditional method. That method of periodontal surgery can also do damage to healthy tissue. LANAP in comparison takes fewer sessions to complete and allows for a quicker recovery.

How do you know if LANAP is right for you?

This procedure is a safe option for most of our patients who have periodontal disease. Even if you have health issues or are pregnant, this surgery can be performed on safely.

If you have periodontal disease and are considering periodontal surgery, this option could be right for you.

Our Periodontist Dr. Guzman will be happy to discuss your individual case and talk about options with you.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule a consultation regarding LANAP  you can do so here. We will work with you and are happy to help you get started on a plan to improve your dental health.

Have a Safe Holiday This Winter!

At Dental Partners of Boston, we want to wish you Happy Holidays! We are excited for the holiday season and grateful to get to share it with family and friends. We are also grateful for our patients, and we wish a warm, safe holiday season to all of you. No matter what or how you celebrate, we hope you get to share some joy, food, and gifts with the people you care about.

During this time of year, it is important to keep up on your dental health as there are so many enticing treats around. We recommend paying close attention to your gum health during this holiday season and to be sure and maintain regular, routine brushing and flossing habits.

This time of year is particularly busy with all the hustle and bustle of the season. Many people are travelling to visit family and friends. Also, the roads in the winter can get dark and icy. We care about our patients and want them to stay safe beyond just their dental health.

We have compiled a few tips on how to stay safe while travelling during the holidays.

1: Make sure and check your flight for bad weather.

No matter where you’re travelling to, it is always a good idea to check in and see if bad weather is impacting flights. This will help you plan ahead before you get to the airport.

2: Don’t drive into a storm and heed travel warnings.

Even if you are anxious to get started or have somewhere to be, always err on the side of caution. Check local weather warnings and regional forecasts. If there is a safety advisory, it might be best to stay off the roads.

3: Keep your electronic devices charged before you travel.

Before you leave on a trip, make sure you phone and other devices are fully charged. If you are travelling at an airport, you might have to deal with crowds and it might be hard to charge your phone there. If you can, bring a portable charger with you.

4: Bring snacks with you, too.

If you are driving, make sure and keep nonperishable snacks and drinks in your car, including water. For the airport, bring snacks and be sure to fill up your water bottle after you go through security.

Stay safe this holiday season!

At Dental Partners of Boston, we hope you have a great holiday season and stay safe! Remember to take care of your teeth, too!

Adult Braces Are A Thing of the Past

At Dental Partners of Boston, we are always looking to provide high-quality, modern procedures to our clients. We know that each one of our patients is an individual with different needs and concerns related to their oral hygiene.

Many adults are not happy with the appearance of their teeth. Some adults didn’t get the chance to have braces when they were teenagers, and now they are looking for ways to straighten their teeth and attain a straight, even smile. But, many adults do not want to wear clunky, metal braces that can be uncomfortable and also be extremely noticeable.

Luckily, there is a solution to this problem. Getting the straight smile you’ve always wanted is attainable, and you can get it without the time and issues that come along with metal braces. This procedure is known as Invisalign, and we offer this option at our office. This method will straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time than traditional braces, and it is also much less noticeable.  We are proud to be able to offer Invisalign in Boston.

Invisalign Logo

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

These are transparent braces that are used to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign usually straightens teeth in a short amount of time, in many cases as little as six months. This process is done using a series of clear plastic aligners. The aligners are custom-made and can be removed at your convenience. Over half a million people have used Invisalign.

The benefits include:

  • The clear aligners are much less noticeable than traditional braces
  • The aligners don’t have metal wires which can be irritating and uncomfortable.
  • It is easy to brush and floss with Invisalign because they are removable.
  • Invisalign can often straighten teeth in less than a year.

Invisalign is a great option for adults who want straighter teeth. There are many advantages to this option over traditional braces, and many patients have been pleased with the results.

What is the process like?

We will take a 3-D images of your mouth and use it to create custom aligners that will guide your teeth into place.

Next, custom aligners that snap-on are created. You will switch out to the next aligner every two weeks, so you don’t have to deal with tightening or adjustments. The aligners can be removed for short periods of time.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking to create a straighter smile, schedule an appointment with us to get started with Invisalign. We are happy to tell you more about the process and how it can help you

A Dentist Can Help Treat TMJ?

TMJ Treatment at Dental Partners of Boston

TMJ is a common and frustrating condition. If you’ve ever suffered from TMJ pain, you know what we’re talking about. The pain can range from aching jaw and earaches to full-blown migraines. Let’s talk about what it is, what causes it, and how we can help.

What is TMJ (or TMD)?

TMJ is the name of a joint: the temporomandibular joint. If the joint becomes injured and causes problems, then it is referred to as temporomandibular disorder, but most people, including dentists, refer to it as TMJ. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw bone to your head (near your ears). It can hinge, glide, or rotate, making it a very useful, but very complex joint. Basically, a lot can go wrong.

How do I know if I have it?

TMJ can manifest in a variety of ways, none of which specifically means you have TMJ. If you suffer from jaw tenderness, headaches, facial stiffness, popping jaw, earaches, painful chewing, or misalignment of teeth when you bite down, then TMD is a possibility.

How does one ‘get’ TMJ?

Just like its variety of manifestations, it is also caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause is whiplash (injuries to the head and neck), but can also be caused by grinding and clenching teeth, arthritis, or an uneven bite (if your teeth don’t line up properly when closing your mouth).  

What can I do about it?

Once you and your dentist have determined the cause of your pain, there are several things you can do to ease the pain. Sometimes TMJ resolves in a few weeks on its own, but often more concerted measures are needed to assuage the symptoms.

  • Use your jaw less. Let it relax.
  • Keep cold and hot packs on it like any other muscle injury.
  • Make sure you have good posture. Slouching can push your lower jaw forward
  • Use a bite guard.
  • Use anti-inflammatory medication (temporarily).

Lastly, if the cause of your TMJ is a misaligned bite, consider Invisalign. This is an easy and inconspicuous way to realign your teeth and jaw so that your bite is more comfortable. Invisalign can provide immediate relief as it prevents teeth from clenching in the wrong position.

Here at the Dental Partners of Boston, we are ready to offer the best TMJ treatment in Boston. Schedule an appointment today if you are experiencing TMJ.