Lighthouse Dental Faqs

IS A HOME SLEEP STUDY RIGHT FOR ME?

lf you or your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea, an overnight sleep study is the best way to confirm it. But what if your nearest sleep center is hours away or booked up for months? Or what if a disability, or dependents, or safety concerns, or a job makes a night in a lab too difficult? In such cases, your sleep doctor would prescribe a home testing kit.

Even though they do not record as much data as a in-lab sleep study, home testing kits are effective in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea. The information they collect include:

  • – airflow
  • – breathing effort
  • – blood oxygen level
  • – snoring
  • – body position
  • – heart rate

Some insurance plans may cover home testing for patients. Our office can check your eligibility status for you. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) now endorses the use of Home sleep testing if you meet the following criteria:

  • – You are between 18 and 65 years of age
  • – You have a high risk of moderate to severe sleep apnea
  • – You have no other major medical problems. This includes lung disease, Neuromuscular disease, and congestive heart failure
  • – You have no other sleep disorders. This includes central sleep apnea, lnsomnia, parasomnias, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, periodic limb movement disorders, and narcolepsy

lf you have any of the aforementioned disorders, we recommend visiting Your physician or specialist to treat those and perform an in-lab sleep study.


FAQ ORAL SEDATION

What is Oral Sedation?

For some anxious patients who want more than just nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to relax, taking an oral sedative before your visit can help. One of the more effective medications is Triazolam.

You should NOT use Triazolam:

  • If you are known to be hypersensitive to Triazolam or other benzodiazepines (e.g., Valium, Versed)
  • If you have myasthenia gravis or acute narrow angle glaucoma
  • If you are pregnant or a nursing mother
  • If you are taking any of the following medications: other depressants, erthromycin, clairithromycin (Zithrimax), protease inhibitors, cyclosporins, or systemic antifungals
  • If you have mental psychosis

Important points to remember:

  • You need to avoid alcohol or other sedatives for 24 hours before the appointment
  • You need to avoid taking St. John’s Wort for one week before your appointment
  • Avoid drinking grapefruit juice for just one day before your appointment
  • Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours before your appointment
  • You need to have an adult accompany you to the office while you are on Triazolam and take you home after the appointment. They should stay with you for at least four hours following your appointment.
  • As with all sedatives, you cannot drive, operate machinery or undertake any activity that could be hazardous. This includes activities such as walking unaided, climbing stairs, ect.
  • You should not make important decisions (e.g., monetary, legal) for the rest of the day
  • You should not undertake positions of responsibility such as care of children
  • You should not have alcohol or other sedatives for 24 hours after the appointment

*If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call our office at 360-576-3570


FAQ TEN REASONS

Is this the right place for you?

Here’s ten reasons why it is:

  1. Through comfortable anesthesia and a variety of options such as nitrous oxide gas, sedative medications, massage pads, stereo headphones, blankets and dark glasses.
  2. You can relax and leave your kids with us! We offer a clean, friendly, family-oriented atmosphere with an exclusive children’s playroom!
  3. You are guaranteed only the best materials and technology available. For example, we use laser cavity detection, ZOOM whitening and CEREC, a computerized lab that can process porcelain fillings and crowns for completion in a single visit.
  4. We have your personal needs and concerns met as our top priority, by striving to always present treatment options for you that fit within your budget needs.
  5. You will receive the latest information in dental care, because our team keeps up-to-date with continuing education.
  6. You will save time, because we strive to serve you efficiently.
  7. For your entertainment, we offer videos, X-Box games, current magazines, prize drawings and just plain fun!
  8. You can save money with our no-interest eighteen month financing plan and other special offers! We also accept most insurance plans, and strive to maximize their benefits for you to get the best value for your treatment!
  9. We give to the community, and eventually the community gives back to you. We donate our time regularly with homeless shelters and churches, and go on volunteer mission trips to other countries, such as Mexico and the Philippines.
  10. You, your friends, and family deserve only the best dental care!

FAQ DENTAL WARRANTY

Is there a Dental Warranty?

Our practice is proud of the dentistry that we provide for you and your family. Our goal is to not just correct any dental problems you may have, but to show you how to prevent dental disease in the future to save you time and unnecessary expense. The long term success of the dental treatment we provide for you depends upon your continuing home care of your teeth and gums, regular professional exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments. The products recommended by us for you and the frequency of those professional recare visits depends on your individual condition. Those visits may be every 3, 4 or even 6 months apart depending on your oral health. You must keep your prescribed regular recare appointments or the following warranties will be null and void. With that in mind, we offer the following limited dental warranties:

Dental Sealants

Sealants are plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay in the pits and grooves of the teeth. These are the most common areas to get cavities. Floss and the use of fluoride will help prevent decay between the teeth. We will repair or replace sealants for a period of 3 years after placement.

Amalgam (silver) and Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings

If either an amalgam or composite restoration is the recommended treatment of choice, we will replace or repair it in the event of failure for a period of 3 years. If the tooth breaks and requires a crown or onlay, we will credit the cost of the filling towards the crown or onlay.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is about 95% successful. They do occasionally fail. If you lose your tooth within 3 years due to failure of the root canal, we will refund your portion of the root canal free, or apply it as credit towards a replacement tooth.

Crowns, Bridges, Inlays, Onlays, and Porcelain Facings

We will warranty these procedures for a full 5 years. We will replace or repair them at no charge during this period if they break, are lost, or decay with normal use (This does not include accidents that could also break normal healthy teeth)

Dentures and Partial Dentures

We will warranty dentures and partials for a period of 3 years if a tooth chips or breaks under normal use. This warranty does not cover accidents that cause damage to the teeth or dental prosthesis, such as dropping your denture. Full upper and lower denture patients should be seen once every 12 to 24 months.


DO YOU TAKE MY DENTAL INSURANCE?

We accept most major insurance carriers. Please contact our office for more information.

(360) 576-3570

To Our Patients With Dental Insurance:

During recent years, dental benefit plans have become an integral part of planning for many families. They are made available to employees or members through companies, unions and associations, and may vary considerably from one plan to the next.

The range of benefits depends on what the purchaser wishes to offer employees or members. Some plans may cover as little as 30%, or as much as 100% of dental services, with most falling in the 50% to 80% range.  Some plans exclude certain types of services, such as orthodontics, while other plans cover a full range of dental services.

Some plans base the amount of benefit on a chart or schedule of fees arbitrarily developed by insurance companies. For this reason, you may receive a lower percentage of reimbursement level indicated in your dental plan. For example, if your plan states that it will pay  of the cost of treatment, it means 80% of the fee arbitrarily determined by the insurance company, and not the actual fee charged by our office/

The type of treatment you need and receive from me is based upon professional judgment, and not on your coverage by a dental benefit plan. I do not believe it is in either of our best interests for me to compromise my recommended treatment in order to accommodate an insurance program’s maximum benefits that may be considerably less than optimal. I am more than happy to discuss a treatment plan’s advantages and disadvantages with you, thereby involving you, rather than your insurance company, in the decision making process.

As a courtesy to you, my staff will complete the dental portion of the claim form. To expedite processing, please complete your part of the form accurately. Please remember that the financial obligation for dental treatment is between you and our office. The insurance company is responsible to you and not to us.

We will help you in every way in filing your claims, handling insurance queries, processing follow-ups or locating lost claims. No question is too small for you to ask, whether it is about your treatment, benefit plan or statement. We are here to help you!


WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND WHEN USING ORAL SEDATION?

Instructions for the use of oral triazolam (Halcion)

You should not use triazolam:

  • If you are known to be hypersensitive to triazolam or other benzodiazepines (e.g., Valium, Versed)
  • If you have myasthenia gravis or acute narrow angle glaucoma
  • If you are pregnant or a nursing mother
  • If you are taking any of the following medications: other depressants, erythromycin, clairithromycin (Zithromax), protese inhibitors, cyclosporins, or systemic antifungals
  • If you have mental psychosis

Important points to remember:

  • You need to avoid alcohol or other sedatives for 24 hours before the appointment.
  • You need to avoid taking St. John’s Wort for one week before your appointment.
  • Avoid drinking grape juice for one day before your appointment
  • Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours before your appointment.
  • You need to have an adult accompany you to the office while you are on triazolam and take you home after the appointment. They should stay with you for at least four hours following your appointment.
  • As with all sedatives, you cannot drive, operate machinery or undertake any activity that could be hazardous. This includes walking unaided, climbing stairs, etc.
  • You should not make important decisions (e.g., monetary, legal) for the rest of the day.
  • You should not undertake positions of responsibility such as care of children.
  • You should not have alcohol or other sedatives for 24 hours after the appointment.

*If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call our office*


PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

  • For pain or discomfort you may take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).
  • It is advisable to eat only soft food for the first 24 hours, and avoid any hard or spicy foods which could cause irritation. Allow any anesthetic effect to wear off before eating any hot foods.
  • Drink plenty of water during the first 24 hours – at least 8 glasses are recommended.
  • To relieve any soreness, place cold towels or an ice bag to the outside of your face in the treated area. Apply for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes during the first 4-6 hours. If swelling around the teeth occurs, contact our office immediately.
  • On the morning after the treatment, rinse mouth with warm salt water (one-half teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times daily.
  • Brush teeth gently to help remove plaque that has started to form. We suggest using fluoridated, tarter control toothpaste.
  • Don’t use floor or other home tooth care products, such as toothpicks or electric brushes, until the day after your treatment. Then begin gently at first.
  • Because it is very common for periodontal disease to recur, patients should have regular checkups to monitor progress and prevent recurrence.
  • Increased sensitivity to temperatures, especially cold, may be observed for several days. If it persists, begin using sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne. After 30 days of use, if no improvement occurs, please contact our office.
  • Following treatment, you may notice changes in your tooth position. Minor adjustments to the bite may be needed in rare instances.

PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPORARY CROWNS OR BRIDGES

A temporary crown is only meant to serve your needs while a Porcelain, Gold or Base Metal crown is being made for you.

Color: The color of the plastic or aluminum temporary does not resemble the final crown in any way.

Shape and Size: Temporary crowns are custom-made for each patient, but they will not in any way resemble the final crown, which is being made especially for you from a custom cast of your teeth.

Tooth Sensitivity: Your temporary crown will help protect from sensitivity and structure of the prepared tooth. However, it does not fit your mouth like the final crown will, so you may notice some sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets that you wont feel when your final crown is in place.

Here are some other things you need to know about your temporary crown:

  • The temporary cement requires about 30 min to set. Please do not chew during that period of time.
  • Certain foods will stick to the temporary crown. So please refrain from chewing gum or other candies or food that might stick to the crown– or even pull it out.
  • Temporary crowns are not strong. They may occasionally break or come off. If this should happen to you, please contact our office immediately, bring your crown with you and we will replace it. Should you be unable to contact us, simply go to a pharmacy and get some Fixodent or another gel-type denture adhesive. replace the temporary crown on your tooth using the Fixodent to hold it in place until you can contact us.
  • Please do not leave the temporary crown off your prepared tooth. Without the temporary crown, your teeth may move and then the permanent crown may not fit!
  • Please remember that it is still important to keep this area clean. However, brushing and flossing too vigorously around your temporary crown can cause it to come off, so please use caution.

FAQ TOOTH ACHES CAUSED BY DECAY

What are some ways to relieve discomfort caused by decay?

Avoid hot or cold beverages- extreme temperatures may cause great pain due to the tooth being invaded by decay.

Avoid high in sugar and highly acidic foods or beverages.

Use over-the-counter paid relief- Always follow the directions and never exceed the recommended dose.

Floss in between the teeth that cause discomfort- Removing particles of food and plaque may reduce pain and discomfort.

Don’t delay- Call your dentist and make an appointment right away. Waiting may cause the decay to become worse.

Our Location

3205 NE 78th St # 11 Vancouver, WA 98665

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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