Gibson Dental

Technology

Here at Gibson Dental, we're committed to providing our patients with the best and latest that modern dentistry has to offer. As a team, we love learning through continuing education, and our dentists stay current with the latest trends and technology that are on the leading edge of dental care.

When we invest in technology, it is because it will streamline your treatment, improve your comfort, or educate you about your oral health. We hope you'll spend a moment to check out some of the state-of-the-art technology Gibson Dental currently offers, and don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions.

Digital X-Rays

At Gibson Dental, your safety, comfort, and well-being are our priorities. While current x-rays of your teeth are essential, we also understand that our families have concerns about unnecessary radiation exposure.

Dr. McKenna and Dr. Matt only take x-rays as needed to treat you and monitor your oral health, and they will always explain why and what they hope to learn. For your peace of mind, we have invested in leading-edge digital x-rays that are safer than film x-rays because they reduce your radiation exposure by about 80 percent.

Digital x-rays allow us to see deep inside your teeth and under your gums to discover cavities, infections, or bone loss that we can’t see during a visual exam. The goal is to identify and plan treatment for these conditions long before they cause a toothache or long-term oral problems.

Using digital x-rays also allows you to participate in treatment planning because we can share the images with you on your chairside monitor. You’ll see what our dentist sees and understand exactly what the problem is and why we recommend treatment.

We store your digital x-rays in your patient record on our secure in-house system, so we have easy access to them as needed for monitoring ongoing conditions or sharing with specialists or your insurance company. And since the x-ray images are digital and require no hazardous chemicals to produce, digital x-rays are safe for the environment.

Intraoral Cameras

Patient education is an integral part of the dental services we provide for our Madison, AL patients. We don’t dictate what treatment you need; we include you in the decision-making process by using technology like intraoral cameras that help you visualize a particular condition and understand how the proposed treatment will benefit you.

An intraoral camera is a handheld device that we use to give you a tour of your teeth and gums. As we direct the small digital camera over your teeth, you’ll see the real-time images appear on your chairside monitor.

If we detect a problem like a cavity or gum disease, we’ll point it out to you so you can see it and understand how it’s impacting your oral health. We use intraoral cameras in conjunction with digital x-rays to give you the most comprehensive picture of your oral health possible.

Since we can also capture them as still images, we can save them to your patient record and refer to them as needed for treatment planning and monitoring.

Nitrous Oxide

Do you have dental anxiety that causes you to skip dental appointments and put your oral health at risk? At Gibson Dental, we understand how ingrained these fears can be, but our goal is to know where they come from and how we can help you overcome them.

A kind and gentle team of professionals who empathizes with your concerns is the first step. We also offer nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” to help smooth the stressful bumps for you and help you relax.

Nitrous oxide is a slightly sweet-smelling gas that you inhale through a small nasal mask. As you breathe normally, you’ll be flooded with a warm sense of well-being, and you’ll feel very calm and relaxed. With nitrous, you will remain fully conscious and able to communicate with us, but the activity around you will seem distant and far away.

After treatment is completed, we’ll turn off the nitrous oxide and have you breathe pure oxygen for several minutes. You’ll feel refreshed and alert with no drowsy side effects, and you can safely drive yourself home from your appointment.

Please let us know at your next appointment if you think nitrous oxide would benefit you.

TVs in Treatment Rooms

At Gibson Dental, our caring dental team does everything possible to help you have a pleasant and stress-free experience with us. We know that everyone can benefit from a little pleasant distraction during their appointments, so you'll appreciate that we have TVs in every treatment room. Catch up on the news or watch your favorite TV show while we provide the treatment you need.

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