We are the first dental office in Kansas to offer the Solea Laser. This revolutionary hard-tissue laser removes decay from your teeth without local anesthetic. Now, you can rest assured that your dental appointments will go by quickly and painlessly. With the Solea laser, you can feel safe and secure knowing you can undergo cavity treatment without needles.
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With VELscope®, Dr. Byron J. Nordhus can diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. VELscope®’s special light and viewing scope illuminate dark spots and irregularities that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. Men over 50 years old are usually at the highest risk for oral cancer, but everyone should undergo oral cancer screenings during dental checkups.
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To diagnose decay before it becomes a bigger problem, Dr. Nordhus uses DIAGNOdent, a sophisticated laser tool that detects caries or very small areas of decay. DIAGNOdent’s handheld device measures light and sound wavelengths as they reflect off of your teeth to find damaged areas. In addition to providing early detection, Dr. Nordhus often uses DIAGNOdent during hygiene exams to help patients understand the process of decay and improve their dental habits.
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In some cases of advanced tooth decay or trauma, there is no alternative to extracting a tooth. Dr. Nordhus uses advanced tools and techniques to make this procedure as comfortable as possible. If you choose, he can place a dental implant immediately following extraction. He does not perform wisdom tooth extractions, but can refer you to a local oral surgeon who can assist you.
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Your comfort is important to us, so we provide various sedation options. We often use just local anesthesia without sedation for less invasive treatments. However, we understand that receiving dental treatments can be stressful for some patients. If you suffer from dental anxiety or need to undergo a more complex procedure, we can provide an oral sedative, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation administered by a nurse anesthetist.
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If you suffer from chronic jaw, face, or neck pain, you may be experiencing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The TMJs connect your jawbone to your skull. When these joints become strained due to dental misalignment or other conditions, you can experience a range of symptoms, from mild pain while chewing to debilitating headaches. Dr. Nordhus provides TMJ therapy to relieve your discomfort. He attends continuing education courses in neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, otherwise known as LVI Global.
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If you play sports or grind your teeth, Dr. Nordhus can create a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage. Patients who suffer from bruxism (grinding) will wear a custom night guard to protect teeth during sleep. Dr. Nordhus also creates custom mouthguards for athletes to wear during practices and games, especially if they play a contact sport. Over-the-counter mouthguards can be uncomfortable and place strain on the jaw joints. Custom mouthguards are designed to provide comfortable protection.
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Dr. Nordhus is happy to treat children. We have a Cavity-Free Club to encourage children to practice excellent dental hygiene. Time is spent teaching good dental hygiene habits while making sure their baby and permanent teeth develop correctly. Most of our young patients get along great at their appointments. However for overly anxious children or children with special needs, we offer IV sedation to help them relax. Our nurse anesthetist will monitor sedation to keep your child safe throughout treatment.
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A good dental office becomes a great one when a dentist stays abreast of the latest developments in dentistry and makes use of amazing dental technology to care for his or her patients. We are proud to provide the latest proven technology for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental complications. Our Solea Laser, VELscope® Oral Assessment System, DIAGNOdent® caries detection pen, iCAT cone beam scanner, and Deka soft tissue laser all add to the value we provide to our patients. By utilizing the latest technology in a responsible way, we can make a huge difference in our patients' lives.
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Comprehensive examinations are an important part of great oral healthcare throughout your life. When you come to Nordhus Dentistry for your biannual examinations, our team will examine the health of your gums, jaw, and teeth. Using advanced technology and instrumentation, we are able to diagnose and treat even those conditions that may not be visible to the naked eye. When you attend your regular dental examinations, our team is able to catch complications like cavities or tooth infection early on, saving you from more complex restorative treatments in the future.
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Oral hygiene is maintained through your daily cleaning efforts at home and through your regular dental cleanings at our office during your biannual visits. Our team is happy to help you learn the proper techniques for brushing, flossing, and rinsing while you are away from our office. When you come in to our office for a professional dental cleaning, our skilled hygienists will carefully clean and polish each of your teeth. Our hygienists are able to reach into the hidden and hard-to-reach areas of your smile, helping prevent plaque build-up. We are also able to make note of any areas of your smile that might require extra care from you, so that you can improve your at-home hygiene regimen.
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Periodontal health is essential to great oral health and great overall health. If you have begun to develop periodontal disease, we use a CO2 laser in conjunction with traditional deep cleaning to remove bacteria in the biofilm. If untreated, the bacteria can cause damage to the gums and eventually the bone that supports the teeth.
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