Serenity Smiles

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We appreciate oral health questions from our patients because it shows us that they are engaged and interested in maintaining a healthy smile. Our dental team is very experienced and always more than happy to share their knowledge with you! 

Several of the questions we hear most often are listed below, but if there's something else on your mind, please don't hesitate to contact us by email or call (480) 400-5000. 

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When you have a teeth-grinding habit—also called bruxism—your teeth are regularly subjected to significant biting force. Common symptoms that you grind your teeth during sleep are headaches, neck, jaw, and shoulder pain, and excessive tooth wear or breakage. 

Teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep and can also be related to sleep apnea or OSA. Fortunately, once your dentist accurately diagnoses teeth grinding, the solution is often as simple as a protective night guard. 

How a Custom Night Guard Works

A night guard is a custom-made appliance worn over your teeth as a protective barrier. With a night guard in place, your upper and lower jaw can’t come into direct contact, which minimizes the stress and damage to your teeth. A nightguard also gives your jaw joint (TMJ) some time to rest and recover during sleep, which can relieve painful daytime symptoms. 

At Serenity Smiles, we take digital impressions of the teeth to customize nightguards that fit comfortably and protect your teeth against teeth-grinding damage. 

Do You Need a Night Guard for Teeth Grinding?

If you experience symptoms like a sore jaw, headaches, or neck and shoulder pain when you wake up, a custom night guard at our Scottsdale, AZ dental office can help. Call Serenity Smiles to schedule an appointment so we can help relieve your discomfort and protect your smile.

At Serenity Smiles, we accept most PPO insurances, and you'll find many of them listed here. If you don't see yours included, you are welcome to call our office to verify that we accept it.

Our financial coordinator is well-versed in dental insurance and how your benefits apply to your treatment. They will be happy to help you check your benefits and coverage and file your claim for reimbursement if you are free to choose your own dentist. 

If you have questions about your eligibility or coverage or concerns about your first visit, please call our Scottsdale, AZ office.

Aetna

Ameritas

Anthem BCBS

BCBS FEP

Cigna

GEHA

Guardian

Humana

Level

MetLife

Primera

Principal

Regence

Tricare

United Concordia

United Health Care

We Accept CareCredit

We also accept CareCredit, which is third-party financing that works like a credit card for healthcare needs. It's easy to apply for CareCredit, and once you are approved, you can continue to use it for health and wellness needs like dental, dermatology, vision, hearing, and veterinary expenses.

You can apply for CareCredit here or call us, and a member of our team will be happy to walk you through the process.

Please Call Us with Your Insurance Questions

At Serenity Smiles, our primary concern is your dental health, but we are sensitive to our patients' unique financial circumstances. If you have any questions about the cost of treatment or insurance coverage, our knowledgeable financial coordinator has the answers you need.

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Even though your teeth are extremely strong, if they are worn and brittle, they are more prone to chipping and cracking. There are several factors that contribute to the breakdown of a tooth’s structure:

Poor Oral Care

Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria, some good and some bad. You can get rid of many harmful bacteria by brushing and flossing diligently and visiting your dentist for teeth cleanings every six months. 

Poor oral hygiene creates conditions in your mouth that expose your teeth to acid attacks that gradually dissolve tooth enamel. This ultimately leads to tooth decay, and both can weaken your teeth over time.

Teeth Grinding and Bruxism

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a common problem directly linked to weak and broken teeth. Whether you grind your teeth at night or throughout the day, the consistent excessive force takes a toll on your tooth’s structure. Over time, your teeth weaken and become more prone to breakage. 

The Aging Process

It’s understandable that teeth can weaken with age, considering the years of wear and tear they are exposed to. Often, other factors contribute to breaking teeth, such as decay and repeated dental procedures. 

We Customize Solutions for Broken Teeth

If you have broken or cracked teeth or teeth that are worn and weakened from teeth grinding and TMJ problems, dental crowns may be the solution. A crown covers the entire tooth to protect it and creates a new chewing surface to restore function.

At Serenity Smiles, we can determine the underlying cause for teeth that break and customize a solution. We are pleased to serve patients in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area and would be happy to help you. Please call us to schedule an appointment to get started.

General Dentistry

We perform a few types of teeth cleanings at Serenity Smiles; dental prophylaxis (prophy), deep cleaning, and periodontal maintenance.

Prophylaxis Dental Cleaning

Our dentist and hygienists recommend prophy (preventive) cleanings every six months for patients who don’t have gum disease. With a prophy cleaning, your hygienist uses a specialized instrument to remove plaque and tartar from the fronts, backs, and sides of your teeth.

Deep Cleaning: Scaling and Root Planing

Also called deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, is recommended for patients who have gum disease. It involves cleaning plaque and tartar from tooth and root surfaces to remove bacteria and reduce gum inflammation. Root planing smoothes tooth roots to help gums reattach more easily to the teeth.

Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

If you have gum disease treatment, your hygienist will recommend ongoing periodontal maintenance cleanings. Periodontal maintenance is performed more frequently than other cleanings to prevent the progression of gum disease. Patients with gum disease typically have four periodontal maintenance cleanings four times a year.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning

If it has been a while since your last teeth cleaning, and you’re unsure which type is right for you, please call our Scottsdale dental office. Our hygienist will be happy to evaluate your gum health and see how we can help you preserve it.

Root Canal Treatment

We want you to feel comfortable seeking dental treatment, so we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry at our Scottsdale, AZ dental office. Our options are nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Nitrous Oxide for Short-Term Relaxation

Also called laughing gas or inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide ensures that you have a comfortable, pain-free procedure. Nitrous oxide is a gas that has been used safely in dentistry for over 100 years. Its mild effects are safe enough for children yet powerful enough to put you in an extremely relaxed and drowsy state.

Oral Sedation for Deeper Anxiety

Oral conscious sedation is a prescription medication that provides deeper relaxation than nitrous oxide, and the effects last for hours. Our dentist prescribes a calming sedative to take an hour before your appointment, and by the time you arrive, you’ll feel very relaxed and drowsy. You will remain in this state throughout your procedure and for several hours afterward, so you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Safe IV Sedation for the Ultimate Relaxation 

IV or intravenous sedation is also referred to as twilight sleep. This sedation method induces a semi-conscious state, but you will be alert enough to respond to your dental team. Most patients remember little if anything of what happened during their procedure.

By combining these sedation methods with strong anesthetics that numb the tooth we’re treating, we can provide a comfortable, anxiety-free experience.

Would you like to learn how sedation dentistry can benefit you at your next dental appointment? Please call Serenity Smiles for more information. We are pleased to serve patients in Scottdale and the greater Phoenix area.

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

When you have a teeth-grinding habit—also called bruxism—your teeth are regularly subjected to significant biting force. Common symptoms that you grind your teeth during sleep are headaches, neck, jaw, and shoulder pain, and excessive tooth wear or breakage. 

Teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep and can also be related to sleep apnea or OSA. Fortunately, once your dentist accurately diagnoses teeth grinding, the solution is often as simple as a protective night guard. 

How a Custom Night Guard Works

A night guard is a custom-made appliance worn over your teeth as a protective barrier. With a night guard in place, your upper and lower jaw can’t come into direct contact, which minimizes the stress and damage to your teeth. A nightguard also gives your jaw joint (TMJ) some time to rest and recover during sleep, which can relieve painful daytime symptoms. 

At Serenity Smiles, we take digital impressions of the teeth to customize nightguards that fit comfortably and protect your teeth against teeth-grinding damage. 

Do You Need a Night Guard for Teeth Grinding?

If you experience symptoms like a sore jaw, headaches, or neck and shoulder pain when you wake up, a custom night guard at our Scottsdale, AZ dental office can help. Call Serenity Smiles to schedule an appointment so we can help relieve your discomfort and protect your smile.

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