Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are now open and operating under our full schedule.

COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care, and we deeply appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we opened with carefully planned and revised office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members. Our own families are also patients here, so you can be assured that we’ll be taking care of you just as well as we’ll be taking care of them.

For your peace of mind, the measures we are taking to provide a safe dental treatment experience include, but are not limited to, the following:

Upon Your Arrival at the Office

●     Patients will be screened BEFORE treatment and temperatures will be checked. Any patients showing signs of a fever or other symptoms of illness will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

●     ONLY patients will be allowed entry into the office. Parents and other family members will be asked to wait outside whenever possible.

●     Patients are asked to wait in their cars or outside the office until their scheduled appointment time.

●     The waiting area chairs will be spaced apart to allow for 6 feet of distancing.

●     We will ask that you continue to practice social distancing measures in common areas of the office, including the front desk.

●     The front door and the door between the waiting area and operatories will be propped open all day.

●     There will be no physical contact with patients with the exception of treatment.

During Treatment

●     All rooms will be COMPLETELY sterilized before each patient is seated, and public areas, including restrooms, will be cleaned and sterilized frequently throughout the day.

●     All operatories have high-volume air filtration and we have installed a whole office purification system. This system will kill the Covid virus along with other contaminates

●     Our team will STRICTLY follow guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and ADA in regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and office sterilization.

●     During patient care, goggles or face shields will be worn by everyone and changed between patients.

●     All surfaces that came in contact with the patient will be wiped with disinfectant including the patient chair.

Checking Out After Your Appointment

●    We will be requesting prepayments when we know the amount of payment which will expidite your visit 

●     All efforts will be made to complete scheduling in the back of the office so you can leave without stopping at the front desk

We are proceeding with an abundance of caution, but we want you to feel as confident as we do that any visit you make to our office will be a safe one.

We also realize that many of you have been impacted financially during this outbreak, and we have solutions to keep dental care affordable for you and your family.

To discuss these payment options, schedule an appointment, or ask us any questions you may have about your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 757-473-8482

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Parr, Dr. Frey and the Smile Center Team

Diode laser

Diode Laser

Conventional dental or gum surgery is often painful and requires a long recovery.

Diode lasers can be used in many procedures to reduce treatment times, improve precision, and lessen discomfort during recovery.

So what makes treatment with a diode laser such a good choice?

Diode laser

Laser Dentistry Offers a Wide Range of Benefits

Versatile Use

Diode lasers have many uses in dentistry. Your doctor can use this device to treat everything from canker sores and gum disease to stained or discolored teeth.

Highly Precise Treatment

Using a diode laser, your dentist can precisely target a problem area and vaporize it without affecting nearby tissue.

Fewer Side Effects

The heat produced by the laser during treatment simultaneously sterilizes and cauterizes the treatment area, minimizing bleeding and lowering the risk of infection.

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What Is a Diode Laser?

Also known as an injection laser, this device is a semiconductor which produces a controlled burst of energy. Diode lasers are small and operate at a much lower intensity than conventional lasers, making them easy to adapt to dentistry. This type of laser is used in a range of technologies, including fiber optic systems, CD and DVD players, laser printers, remote-control devices, and barcode readers. 

Diode laser

The Details of Your Procedure Will Depend on the Condition Being Treated

Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.
Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.

Sedation

Your doctor will provide local anesthesia to help you stay comfortable. While most patients do not need sedation for laser procedures, you can discuss your options with your doctor.

Treatment

Procedures performed with dental lasers are very similar to traditional treatments. However, you won't experience the vibrations or discomfort associated with conventional tools.

Post-Op

Dental lasers cause much fewer post-operative symptoms. Bleeding and discomfort are significantly reduced making your recovery process easier.

When Performed by a Skilled Professional, Laser Dentistry Has High Success Rates

The Cost of Laser Dentistry Depends on the Type of Procedure

In many cases, treatment with a laser is more cost-effective because the procedures are more precise and can yield better results. However, some insurance plans do not cover the use of a diode laser for certain procedures. In addition, if you receive a cosmetic treatment with a laser, the cost will be greater.

When deciding whether to choose to use a diode laser during treatment, it is important to weigh the increased comfort and decreased complication risk with the cost. For example, using a laser may reduce the amount of sedation you need, saving you money on anesthesia fees. 

Anesthesia Fees Retreatment Insurance
Dental Laser Typically only local anesthesia Lower risk of complication Not always covered
Conventional Treatment May require additional sedation May require follow-up for complications Covered for medically necessary treatments

Contact a Doctor

Diode lasers offer a range of benefits over conventional surgical methods. To find out whether a laser can be used to improve your treatment experience, contact a doctor today.

The Smile Center

The Smile Center

The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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