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Why Do Dentists Need Your Health History?

We know no one enjoys filling out paperwork, but in any medical environment, all those questions about your medications and medical history are incredibly important. Most people acknowledge that they need to fill out paperwork at places like their GP or orthopedic, but at dental offices, paperwork is often left ignored and unfinished. Because people typically come to the dentist twice a year, it can feel more routine than going to other medical offices. This translates to people not feeling the need to mention things like new medications or recent surgeries. Your teeth don’t have much to do with the rest of your body, right? In reality, your overall health has a strong impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Even small changes to your medical history can impact how we approach your dental treatment options.

List all of your medications

Almost all medications — even over-the-counter drugs — come with long lists of side effects. Most decongestants and many antihistamines can severely reduce saliva production. Saliva helps keep your teeth “clean” in-between brushing by washing away harmful bacteria. If we know that you’re on a medication that affects saliva production, we can take some proactive measures to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible.

Some other medications that may affect your saliva production include painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any kind of medication regularly, make sure your dentist knows — even if you don’t think it’s affecting your teeth or mouth directly. With anything medical, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

List all illnesses and conditions

Your mouth is a gateway for harmful bacteria, allowing them to easily move from your teeth and gums to affect the rest of your body. Poor oral health can exacerbate, and even cause, certain conditions, including endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. Letting your dentist know about your health conditions — including your family’s health history — is vital. If endocarditis runs in your family, your dentist may recommend coming in for three or four cleanings a year instead of two, just to make sure there are no bacteria that can wind up near your heart.

Your oral health can also impact pregnancy. Recent studies link periodontal disease to low birth weights and premature births. We typically recommend that pregnant women come in for cleanings every three months instead of every six months if they’re struggling with their gum health.

Other conditions that relate to your oral health include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis. These illnesses can make the mouth more susceptible to gum disease, mucosal lesions, and tooth loss respectively. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to tell your dentist exactly what sort of conditions you have so they can create a treatment plan that works for you.

Recent surgery or injury? Let us know

Surgeries and injuries — on any part of the body — can affect oral surgeries and treatments. At our office, we approach every case with individual, personalized care. If we don’t know your medical history, we could make a mistake. Keep us in the loop on any and all changes by filling out all requested paperwork and talking to your dentist while you’re in the office. We want every visit to our office to be beneficial and worthwhile to you but for that to be possible, we need your help.

We’ll keep showing up for you

“We know that these past few weeks have been the most challenging that many of us have seen in our lifetime. In our twenty-five year history, we’ve seen a lot of changes but the uncertainty and complexity facing us now seem bigger than ever. But even during these challenging times, we never lost sight of what was most important: our patients.

Now more than ever, we want to say thank you. Thank you for letting Stanley Dentistry be a part of your healthcare team and a part of your lives. Thank you for continuing to show up for us even in the midst of these trials. Thank you for being a part of our family. And a part of being family means no matter how difficult this is, we will continue showing up for you and that’s our promise. To protect you, to care for you, and to keep you healthy. We’ll show up for you and we won’t stop. While you’ve been away, we’ve been implementing new and innovative ways to keep you and your loved ones safe. We’re eager to serve you and your family. We’re here and we’re ready to help you find your smile.”

Your health and wellness come first

Making sure you and your family feel safe when coming into Stanley Dentistry is our team’s number one concern. We know these are scary, uncertain times which is why we’re going the extra mile to create a safe space where you can get the dental treatment you need. A few of our new COVID-19 prevention methods include:

Missed an appointment?

Have you missed an appointment or are you looking for a dentist in the Cary-Raleigh area? You can sign up for a virtual exam here or you can call (919) 460-9665. We’ll see you soon!

What is pill sedation dentistry?

Hi, Dr. Robert Stanley, Smile Engineer. Today, I’d like to talk to you about sedation dentistry. So, there are a lot of different levels to sedation dentistry in terms of what we can offer people who are anxious or just need to be relaxed a little bit when they come into the dental office. 

The first one we can do is pill sedation. We can give you something to relax you before you come and a couple of pills when you’re in the office. Now, I always like to warn people with this pill sedation, that it’s important to understand that this is like having a glass of wine or something. It just takes the edge off most of the time. If you think that you are going to need a little bit more than that, then that’s where IV sedation comes into play.

What is IV sedation?

When we do IV sedation, we place an IV, usually in the arm somewhere or the hand, and the IV allows us to administer medication very rapidly. Now, the nice thing about this is that we can control the situation much more quickly and efficiently by using IV sedation. If we want to give you just a little bit more to make you a little bit more relaxed, we can do that. And we can stop it and as soon as we stop, the medicine wears off very, very quickly.

So, IV sedation is excellent for people that have not been to the dentist in a long time because of fear. We have a lot of those patients come in and they’ve had a bad experience when they were younger. They say: “Hey, I’m just really having a hard time just sitting across from you and talking to you.” Those kinds of people? Those are the most excellent patients for IV sedation because you come in, we wrap you in a warm blanket, you go off to la-la land, and when you wake up, your restorations are all done. 

One of the nice things about doing IV sedation in an office like ours is that we have the ability to do a multitude of procedures all at the same time. So, say, for instance, you need a filling, and a crown, and a root canal, and an extraction — a variety of different things. You can get them all done in one short appointment. So, it’s a very efficient use of your time. 

Want to learn more about how we do sedation dentistry in our office?

Sedation dentistry is the best and safest way to overcome dental anxiety. Set up a free consultation with Dr. Robert Stanley to learn more about which dental sedation option is right for you. Feel free to request an appointment here or call (919) 460-9665.

we are open

We are reopening our office for elective procedures (including cleanings) on May 11th! While we’re very excited to see and help our patients again, we first wanted to quickly go over the precautions that we will be taking to keep you and your family as safe and healthy as possible.

At Stanley Dentistry, our responsibility to our patients is to provide the highest standards of dental office infection control. We consider protecting the health of our patients and our team our top priority.

It is important to us that our patients feel safe and well-cared for during their appointments. We have always maintained a high standard of cleanliness but we are now taking it a step further to curb the spread of COVID-19. In order to follow the infection control guidelines recommended by the ADA & NCDS, we are implementing some new protocols. When you come in for your appointment post-May 11th, you can rest assured that your overall health and well-being is our major concern. Below are our new sanitation guidelines.

COVID-19 Prevention Protocols

We are open for emergencies and virtual consults

In response to the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, our office has decided to postpone all elective treatment until May 11th. Your health and wellness is always our number one priority. Elective treatment includes cleanings and new patient consultations. As always, we will still be open for emergencies and for major procedures that could not be rescheduled. We will also be conducting virtual consultations for people who would like to start their dental treatment while in the safety and comfort of their homes. Simply go to our Make an Appointment page and let us know that you’re interested in setting up virtual consultation. We will call you shortly to schedule.

Like our in-person consultations, our virtual consultations are 100% free. They offer patients some time with the doctors to ask questions about different procedures. The doctor may ask you to take some pictures of your smile so they can start putting together a customized treatment plan. Once our office opens back up, you can come in and immediately get started with whatever procedures the doctor has recommended.

Who should ask for a virtual consultation?

Unless you are experiencing an emergency, we recommend scheduling a virtual consultation at this time. We may not be able to give a diagnosis, but we will be able to answer some of your questions and begin your journey to a healthier, brighter smile. So many of our patients go into their first consultation thinking they need one thing and, after talking to the doctor, leave knowing they need something completely different. This virtual consultation is a time to clear the air and get both the patient and the doctor on the same page.

What platform are your virtual consultations on?

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. We’re more than willing to work with you when it comes to choosing a good platform for your virtual consultation. If you have an iPhone, we recommend using FaceTime. If that doesn’t work, we are open to using other platforms including Zoom and Skype.

We are also offering virtual consults that do not need to be scheduled. For these, you can simply send in a description of your smile along with a few pictures. One of our doctors will create a short video for you explaining a good course of treatment. If this style of consult interests you, please click here.

How do I schedule a virtual consultation?

This is the easy part! To schedule a virtual consultation with one of our doctors, you can either call 919-371-4454 or you can go to our Make an Appointment page and request one. We’ll handle it from there!

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25 years ago, Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened a dental practice in Cary, North Carolina. Twenty-five years later, that small office has expanded to include four doctors, a trained team of dental assistants, and three hygienists. Although a lot of things have changed in the past twenty-five years, our team’s dedication to serving the community hasn’t. Helping the people of Cary, Raleigh, and Durham find their smile is, and always has been our mission.

To celebrate all the smiles we’ve transformed in over two decades, we’re putting on events, specials, and giveaways every month of 2020! Come to this page regularly to check out what’s coming up.

Whitening Sale

January 2nd – February 14th

The smile you’ve been waiting for just got a lot more affordable! Get $250 off Kor whitening and $100 off Zoom whitening for a limited time. Make 2020 the year you stop hiding your smile.

Smile Train Fundraiser

Feb. 27th – April 15th

Help us reach our goal of $500 by donating to the amazing charity Smile Train. Your donation will help correct cleft lips and palates in children across the globe. You can donate here or in our office.

Smile Makeover Giveaway

June 15th – 30th

Have you been dreaming of getting a smile makeover but can’t work it into your finances? We’ve got you covered! We’re giving away $25,000 worth of porcelain veneers to one lucky winner. To enter for a chance to win this incredible prize, simply go to Dr. Bobbi’s personal Instagram page, @drbobbistanley, and follow the instructions. Best of luck!

Dr. Bobbi Stanley went into dentistry for one single reason: because she loved it. From a young age, she knew that dentistry was the only thing she could do for the rest of her life that would make her truly happy. Stanley Dentistry is the result of her and Dr. Rob Stanley‘s unparalleled passion for the dental field and, more importantly, their patients. Why does Dr. Bobbi Stanley love dentistry so much? Because she loves seeing patients leave the office with beautiful, pain-free smiles. For us, dentistry isn’t so much about teeth as it is about making people feel healthy, happy, and confident.

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What makes Stanley Dentistry different?

For the Stanley Dentistry team, we have a motto that we all live by: never compromise. When it comes to our patients, every Stanley Dentistry team member is focused on finding the best possible treatment plan for each unique individual. What works for one patient may not work for another which is why we give individualized attention. We believe that every trip to Stanley Dentistry should be stress-free, comfortable, and beneficial to the patient.

Our team is honest with their patients about every step of their treatment, including finances. If a patient cannot afford a certain service, we are always willing to find alternative solutions or set up a financing plan. Our slogan, Find Your Smile, is a constant goal at Stanley Dentistry. No matter what your circumstances, we want you to have the amazing smile you deserve.

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Our values

Going to the dentist isn’t exactly a fun experience. Lots of people dread going because they think it entails pain, anxiety, that gross “clinical” smell, and a lot of money. For a lot of dental offices, those fears are warranted. Luckily for our patients, we aren’t most dental offices.

Dr. Bobbi Stanley and Dr. Rob Stanley set out to make Stanley Dentistry a place where patients could feel comfortable, relaxed and well taken care of. We offer bluetooth headphones, warm blankets, and sessions in our in-office massage chair to make our patients feel like they’re at a five-star spa instead of a dental office. For patients with high anxiety, we have an array of sedation options to make each visit quick and painless.

Our team builds relationships with everyone who walks through the door not because they have to but because they want to. The Stanley Dentistry team believes that no one should have to ever “endure” a dental visit. Everyone deserves to come into a dental office that has a friendly, anxiety-free environment. We take the time to get to know you and what you value. After your first appointment, we make a point of taking those values into consideration during your following appointments.

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Changing lives one smile at a time

At the end of the day, Stanley Dentistry isn’t about fixing teeth. It’s about giving people back their self-confidence. It’s about taking the anxiety and pain out of going to the dentist. It’s about forming relationships with the people who care about your health.

If Stanley Dentistry feels like a good fit for you, set up an appointment today!

Dr. Robert Stanley traveled to Memphis TN to attend an IV Sedation recertification course August 21-23. 

Dental Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS) partnered with Oregon College of Health and Science to present the continuing education course.

The program focused on updating dentists offering sedation on the latest changes in healthcare and pharmacology as it relates to dental sedation. IV sedation is a proven and safe method to help patients who have anxiety, high gag reflex, difficulty getting numb or are medically compromised, receive quality dental care as needed.

The weekend’s programming included reviews of standard procedures and a look at new protocols. Topics ranged from respiratory and cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, airway management and emergency procedures. Coursework included classroom instruction as well as hands-on patient simulations.

One of the speakers was Dr. Leslie S.T. Fang of Massachusetts General Hospital. His lively presentation covered pharmacology of sedation, analgesia, antibiotics, cardiac heart rhythms and patient assessment.

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Dr. Anthony Feck, DOCS cofounder, spoke on pharmacology. His passion for dentistry and keeping patients comfortable during dental work was evident in his presentation and inspiring to all who attended. 

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Stanley Dentistry has been using IV sedation as a controlled method to keep patients comfortable during complex procedures and to ease anxiety since 2008. Additionally, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation options. Dr. Stanley works with each patient to determine the best medication for their specific case.

If you have been avoiding dental procedures due to high fear or issues with local anesthetic, contact Stanley Dentistry for a complimentary consultation. We are also pleased to offer second opinion consultations at no charge.

On November 21, 2014 Dr. Robert Stanley attended a closed Sedation Committee Meeting in Greensboro NC. The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners called the meeting for the purpose of reviewing and improving the existing sedation requirements for North Carolina dentists and oral surgeons. In an effort to continue ensuring public safety and widespread availability for this valuable service, the committee debated current protocols and discussed possible improvements. The meeting included dental professors from North Carolina dental schools, dentists and oral surgeons from across the state.

Dr. Stanley is IV and Oral Sedation certified through the DOCS organization. He regularly performs complex, dental procedures including dental implants, full mouth reconstruction with dental implant supported dentures and oral surgery such as aesthetic crown lengthening and wisdom teeth extraction. His position as a currently practicing family dentist with experience in all the disciplines of dentistry uniquely qualified him to provide useful feedback.

Dr. Stanley said, “I am pleased to see such a dedicated and diverse group of professionals working together to improve the safety and availability of sedation dentistry in NC.” The committee will continue to review the proposed refinements and reconvene in the first quarter of 2015.

Stanley Dentistry is conveniently located in the heart of the Triangle area and offers several types of sedation, as well as, a complimentary sedation consultation with one of our Cary NC dentists. Sedation can vary in intensity. Whether you are a fearful patient or have a medical condition that makes sedation the best option for necessary dental work, Stanley Dentistry has a solution for you.  Based on your dental treatment needs, you and your doctor can decide if inhaled sedation, oral sedation or IV sedation might be most appropriate for you.

For more information on sedation dentistry or to schedule your appointment, give us a call or email our office. You may learn more about our sedation dentistry services here.

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