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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year, Cary Magazine recognizes some of the top businesses in the Triangle area with the prestigious Maggy Awards. The awards honor all kinds of businesses and business owners with categories like “Best Real-Estate Agent,” “Best Bakery,” and, of course, “Best Dentist.” Dr. Bobbi Stanley has won Best Dentist numerous years in a row and we hope to grab that esteemed title again in 2021! To do so, we need your help.
To vote for Dr. Bobbi Stanley, just click on this link, go to the third page of nominations, and go down to “Best Dentist.” It’s that simple! Make sure to write in nominations for some of your other favorite Triangle businesses. Voting for awards and writing Google reviews are great and easy ways to help small businesses. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but a few awards and five-star reviews can make a huge difference for an office like ours.
At Stanley Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being one of the oldest family-owned dental offices in the Triangle. Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened the practice back in 1995 so we’ve been operating for twenty-five years. During those twenty-five years, Dr. Bobbi’s husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, decided to go to dental school as well and joined the practice as our surgeon and dental implantologist. Today, we also have Dr. David Baronowski along with two hygienists, a talented lineup of dental assistants, front desk staff, and a marketing team.
We’ve overcome everything from the 2008 recession to this year’s catastrophic COVID-19 shutdown and we always come back stronger than before. How do we do that? It’s all about our team and our patients. Everyone who works in our office, from the assistants to the doctors, is incredibly passionate about helping as many people as possible obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. We truly love helping people find their “smile confidence”. When you have that sort of pure passion, people tend to notice, which is how we’ve managed to create such an amazing patient base. Many of our patients have been with us since 1995 because they know the care we provide is unparalleled.
A lot of businesses use the saying “When you’re here, you’re family,” but at Stanley Dentistry, it’s more than just a saying. Our office is a solidified part of a Cary community. For us, this is home and the patients who come into our office every six months are our family. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay here and serve the Triangle for over two decades and we hope to continue to serve for as long as our team is able. Help our small business stick around by voting for Dr. Bobbi Stanley in the Maggy Awards! Just one vote goes a long way.
Lauren always struggled with her wisdom teeth and was too afraid to remove them. After visiting Stanley Dentistry, Lauren was able to finally live pain-free.
“I’ve had problems with my wisdom teeth since I was about nineteen years old. I was supposed to get them out [back then], but when I went in to get them out, I had chest congestion. The doctor couldn’t do it at that time. And after that, I’d always heard all kinds of horror stories, so I never rescheduled. So, for the last umpteen years, I’ve been having problems with them and finally, it got to the point where I was having pain in the area. I [also] had a funny little lump on the roof of my mouth and [my hygienist] Jennifer looked at it and said, ‘uh-oh, I think you have an abscess.’ Sure enough, that’s what it turned out to be.
The bad thing was [my husband and I] were getting ready to leave the country like three weeks later. She said she had a lot of concerns about me flying in the pressurized cabin with an abscess. It could [also] really be a problem being overseas in Europe, so everybody worked amazingly to rush me to get this scheduled. I didn’t have enough time to think about it or to be worried about it. I’d been putting it off and putting it off but everybody could not have been more accommodating to get this scheduled so that it fit my schedule. And then it was done and over with before I had to leave [for my trip] so it was great.
I left the country days afterward and it was no problem. [For the procedure] we came into the office — and my husband brought me. They told him he could go home — and he had taken the day off of work — so he went back home, and he only got the dishwasher unloaded before they called him and said, ‘she’s done, come back and get her.’ I have no recollection of anything other than, ‘okay, we’re gonna put you to sleep now,’ and ‘wake up!’ It was so smooth and so fast and so painless. When I went home, I was a little bit groggy, and there was minor bleeding, but I never took one of the painkillers. I never had any problems. I followed the instructions religiously for what to eat and how to take care of them, but we literally left the country within days of me having it done and I had no problems. I never had one problem. It felt like something had happened in my mouth that day, but after that, nothing.
I’m pretty sure it was Dr. Rob who actually did the surgery because I don’t really remember that much of it. The nurse anesthetist was just amazing. I mean he helped me so much talking to me ahead of time, preparing me for what to expect. He was the person I interacted with when we got here. But really, just everybody could not have been kinder, more helpful and more pleasant to deal with! I felt like they called afterward too when I was at home and followed up to make sure everything was going great. It was terrific!
Absolutely, I would recommend this practice. I can’t imagine going any place else myself. As I said, we trusted our teenage daughter to come here as well after she finished with pediatric dentistry. Anyone who needs their wisdom teeth out, do it. I have had no problems since I had them out. It has made dental care so much easier. I wish I had done it many, many years before.”
Have some questions about the wisdom teeth removal procedure? We’ve got you covered! Click here to read our wisdom teeth FAQs.
If you’ve been living with wisdom teeth related pain for years, now’s the time to turn things around. There’s no reason anyone should be living with infected, impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extractions are routine procedures that are quick and minimally invasive. You’ll be in and out of the office in no time! Call (919) 460-9665 to set up a complimentary consultation. We’ll see you soon!
“Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
“How did I end up at Stanley Dentistry? Well, Dr. Rob and Dr. Bobbi — before Dr. Rob was a dentist — lived up the street from me and that’s how I came to be a patient here.
It’s been really nice. Being a patient here, I feel like part of a — this is so corny — but I feel like part of a family because everyone is so friendly and professional. I get really good, quality care. It never hurts — NEVER — and I can’t say I look forward to dental visits, but I look forward to seeing everyone here. They are just so…it’s great.
Well, the implant came after I had a tooth extracted. And, first of all, the extraction was really simple. I was amazed. Then we went ahead and did the implant and that took a little while, but I didn’t feel anything. I felt nothing and then the recovery from it was easy. Do you know what the hardest part was? When they put the crown on, it just pinched the gums. But, compared to everything involved in putting an implant in, it was easy — it was great! I don’t have any regrets.
I feel like I’m really taken care of when I come here. I started out with Dr. Bobbi, and then Dr. Rob went to dental school, and he jumped in! And he’s awesome. They are both so professional, so friendly, so engaging and they know what they are doing. They are up on everything. And I have seen the procedures grow as far as what’s available here at Stanley Dentistry. They used to refer me out for a root canal, but now it’s just a one-stop dental visit. It’s awesome. They take care of all my needs here. I always recommend this practice for dental care. I can’t think of anything, I can’t think of a better place to come!”
Interested in learning more about dental implants? If you’re on the fence about getting dental implants, read about our unique dental implant system Omega Teeth here. Dental implants, as opposed to bridges, partials, or dentures, allow you to eat, talk, and live life without having to worry about your teeth. They’re long-lasting and require very little maintenance. The majority of patients who get dental implants never have to think about them again after they’re healed.
If you’re ready to get started on your dental implant treatment, you can set up a complimentary consultation with our implantologist, Dr. Robert Stanley. He’ll take a look at your teeth and let you know if you’d be a good dental implant candidate. Our team will then draw up a treatment plan for you, outlining costs and appointments. Just call (919) 899-4062 to get started! We’ll see you soon!
“Pregnancy gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that comes from a surge in hormones. It can be many different hormones but progesterone is the number one cause of it. It [progesterone] causes red, swollen, irritated gums. That’s called pregnancy gingivitis. It can turn into something even more serious called periodontal disease. That’s not just from pregnancy. Periodontal disease is a more serious condition where bacteria actually creep below the gum line and causes an infection in the bone. It can end up causing you to lose your teeth down the road if you were not to treat it along with other health issues. Pregnancy gingivitis can be the precursor to periodontal issues so you want to make sure it doesn’t cross into that dangerous stage.
Periodontal disease can complicate the immune system and it can hurt your overall health. That’s true for men and women — but with women, it can cause preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Preterm birth can cause all types of issues for kids. They can have learning disabilities down the road, hearing and vision loss, and/or chronic health problems like asthma infections. You really want to do everything you can to make sure that the baby goes full-term.
Believe it or not, 40% of pregnant women have some form of periodontal disease. Come in and see your hygienist and your dentist and let them do an overall exam check of your periodontal health. They’ll make sure you’re healthy and that way, if you do have any issues going on, they can either give you some home care instructions or possibly treat any periodontal issues you might have. For gingivitis, that just means a really food cleaning and follow-up home care. Sometimes you’ll need some medicines and mouthwashes — things like that could help you get through it.
And then, if you have periodontal disease, there is treatment. We do periodontal therapy where we clean below the gemlike to clean some things out. You’d want to make sure that you schedule regular visits. Here at Stanley Dentistry, we like to see our pregnant patients at least every three to four months to make sure that, if there are any bacterial infections going on, you can get those taken care of before they become an issue.
I make sure I floss every day once, if not twice. Before, I was just a once-a-day flosser. I brush two to three times a day and I do get my cleanings more often while I’m pregnant.”
“My name is Taylor Fisher and I grew up in South Florida. Essentially, when I was in nursing school in college, I was on the equestrian team and I had a really traumatic accident riding a horse. I shattered the whole left side of my jaw. I originally had four surgeries to reconstruct everything that first year when I was in nursing school — which was rough, really rough. When I graduated and moved to North Carolina, that’s when I started to try and get everything in place — fix everything other than the actual jaw area, which was fixed. But now, it was more dental and orthodontic.
I got four different answers from four different people telling me what to do. One endodontist was like ‘We could do a root canal but we’d have to slice open the entire gum line.” It was all this crazy stuff. I felt very confused because I didn’t know who to believe — some people were saying just take it out…So, it was scary. I didn’t know who to really trust. The people who took care of me for the original surgeries — one was in Miami and then my other doctors were in Boston. So, I was in a hard place because I didn’t feel like I trusted anyone here.
I had a patient in the ICU and his daughter was an oral maxillofacial surgeon. So, somehow, we got to talking and she also happened to live in Boston. We were talking about that and eventually it came up that she was an oral maxillofacial surgeon. We had that kind of report where I was like, ‘Can I ask you a question off the cuff? Because I really don’t know what to do in this situation and I’m getting so many different answers.’ So, I told her what was going on, with what had happened to me, and that I didn’t know where to proceed with getting implants and should this tooth stay or should it go — and on this side, what should I do? She basically looked at me and said ‘Well, you need to go to Stanley Dentistry.’
I asked her why and she said, ‘I trained under Dr. Rob and I know Bobbi really well. And [Dr. Rob] is very good with trauma and they have a great office, they do everything together in the same office. They can do the crowns, the orthodontics, everything — all in the same office.’ For me, that was like, ding ding ding! Finally! As someone who’s already been through a lot of trauma, already been through a lot of healthcare expenses and everything…knowing that I can have everything done at the same place was huge. And on top of that, she was vouching for their ability and their character. She was like ‘I trust them. My parents are going there.’
It was great and when I made an appointment here, I felt completely at home. It was just a great experience. I still had a lot to do in order to fix everything but I knew I was in good hands and I trusted what they said. Everything they explained to me was very logical, ‘this is how it’s going to be.’ I never felt uncomfortable or doubted their advice on what to do.
Really, all in all, it’s been a long journey and finally, I’m on the other end and I can’t thank them enough for finishing everything in my mouth but also for everything that they’ve done here. I really do think that, in the dental system, this is what you really want as a patient. To be able to go to people who have everything all together in the same place… because I can tell you, it’s really hard when you have a different oral maxillofacial surgeon, an endodontist, an orthodontist, a dentist. You have to go to multiple different places just to get the resources that you need. And then everyone disagrees with how they think things should be done. It makes you stressed out because you don’t know who to trust.
Unfortunately, coming from a medical background, I know how it goes — different people have different experiences and doctors are the same. Everyone has a different idea of what to do. I think at Stanley, they really take pride in working together, really exploring all options, and deciding that this is the best course of action. I think that’s really special.
I would want people to know that they [Dr. Rob and Dr. Bobbi] take a very systematic approach to what your major problems are. They work really hard to address that from all angles and to make sure it is being addressed. They really want you to have a better quality of life. I never once felt like just a patient — just someone who’s coming in and coming out. I’ve felt like family when coming in here.
They take everything in stride. All my dental visits…they know I have anxiety! So they always make sure they have this numbing medication ready — and this is just for dental cleanings — because I have a lot of sensitivity on my bottom teeth and I get very scared because I don’t know what to expect. This is something they do every time. They always have it ready. To me, that’s really, really thoughtful care. Knowing that these are the things that I need to feel comfortable — and I know it’s a pain in the butt and I know it’s a lot to ask for — but they have never made me feel bad for needing those things.
As a patient, you could never ask for anything more. For the people who’re taking care of you to take care of you like one of their own. That’s what it feels like when I’m here.
Dr. Robert and Bobbi Stanley are the leading dental trauma experts in the Cary-Raleigh area. They’ve dealt with countless trauma patients and have never failed to give them the quality of care they deserve. If you’ve suffered some kind of dental trauma that has left you in physical pain or has rendered you afraid to show your smile, our doctors have the answers you’ve been looking for. Schedule a free consultation today to see how a few dental appointments can change your life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The internet has made us reliant on price-tags. Brick-and-mortar stores have obviously utilized the price-tag for a while now. However, the internet makes it that much easier to quickly and easily look up the exact price of everything from a gallon of milk to a luxury sports car. You can see the price, check your bank account, and buy the good all while sitting on the couch.
Thanks to this ease of access to prices, we expect to know exactly how much we’re going to pay the second we begin to consider the idea of purchasing an item/service. In some ways, that’s a completely valid thing to want. Money doesn’t grow on trees — people have to budget. But, what if what you’re buying isn’t as cut-and-dry as a gallon of milk or a sweatshirt? What if you’re buying a service? And what if you can’t really anticipate exactly what that service will entail until you talk to a specialist?
If you Google the price of implants or veneers or bonding, you will not get a single flat rate. You won’t even get a reasonable range of prices. That’s because, in the medical world, very few procedures have flat fees. We’re here to explain why that is and why (most likely) your dentist or doctor isn’t trying to screw you over financially. Not handing out flat-prices to potential patients is how they protect you from hidden fees.
A big rule in our office is to never entertain price-shoppers. It’s not that we want to be mean or make them feel like we don’t have time to talk. That’s actually the last thing we want to do. We just want them to realize that, there is no way for us to give an accurate estimate to the price of most dental procedures before we see the state of the patient’s mouth. Why is this? Because every person who comes into our office has a unique case. No two mouths are the same which means no two procedures are truly the same.
There are a lot of people who call our office asking us what the flat price is for a single dental implant. We could give them the price of the physical implant but without taking 3D scans of their mouth, we wouldn’t know if they need a bone graft in order to make the implant successful. The patient might also think they just need one dental implant when in reality, after an exam, the doctor recommends three or four implants instead. Once again, thanks to the internet, a lot of people self-diagnose their dental problems. Someone may think they need a cavity filled when in reality they need a root canal — or extraction and an implant.
If we said on the phone that the implant would cost X amount, then it looks like we’re essentially lying if we have to add on the cost of a bone graft, or a deep-cleaning, or an additional implant. We’re not lying. We’re just giving the patient the care they need. But because we gave them this flat-price during their first phone call, they may expect that initial amount to cover any additional services.
As an office, we have to make a choice of whether we want to tell price-shoppers on the phone a number that most likely won’t be true or if we want to refrain from talking cost over the phone. We’ve decided to take the second approach. We always want to be as transparent with our patients as possible. When we say we don’t know exactly what the price will be, we’re telling the truth. Until we look at a case, there is no way to know for certain what procedures are needed. Because of this, Drs. Stanley decided to offer completely complimentary consultations. During a free consultation, the doctor will talk to you, take a look at your case, and map out what treatment you need and how much it costs.
Want to know how much a dental implant would cost at Stanley Dentistry? Schedule a free consultation! You will be able to speak with one of our doctors about your specific case and your treatment options. You’ll be much happier at the end of your consultation since you’ll know exactly what your treatment costs instead of hearing an inaccurate estimate over the phone.