We are STOKED to announce that we’ve gotten in on the ground floor of a new technology using our Solea dental laser - Solea Sleep! Finally there may be a remedy to the snoring that plagues many of us. Let’s run down some common questions:
What is snoring?
Simply, loose tissue that vibrates while air flows through the mouth or nose causes the noise we call snoring.
What are common causes of snoring?
*This accounts for up to 80% of all snoring!!
What does Solea Sleep do to treat snoring?
Solea Sleep targets palatal fluttering by delivering laser energy to tighten collagen in the soft palate. This tightens the tissue and reduces the vibration that causes snoring.
Expect this treatment to reduce snoring, not eliminate it. You’ll start seeing results in as little as 1-3 days and they’ll last approximately 1 year. It is important to note that this treatment will not treat sleep apnea, so if you’ve been diagnosed with OSA please touch base with us for alternate treatment options.
Is snoring a big issue for you? This might be exactly what you need! Contact our office today to learn more or schedule an appointment.
It's getting to that time of year again, which means if you have an active dental insurance plan, you may have benefits that are about to expire! We know how stressful everything about this year is, and we want to help your dental care be one thing you don't have to worry about.
October and November are THE time to book, since December is already almost fully scheduled! Given the link between oral health and general health, it's more important than ever to stay on track.
Speaking of links!
As a thank you to our patients for making the trek to our office during this crazy time, we're also running three promotions between now and November 30:
- $100 off in-office whitening with a routine cleaning
- Free Invisalign simulation with a cleaning; see exactly what clear aligners could do for you!
- 20% off all night guards in conjunction with your cleaning
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, want our admin team to check your benefits, or would like to get something scheduled. We hope everyone is staying safe and to see you all soon!
As you all know, we take the current pandemic and all matters that affect public health very seriously. The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, and as such we have been following all governmental and industry guidelines very closely.
The American Dental Association's response to the WHO's recent global recommendations on dental care underscores the importance of making sure your dental practice is utilizing the best protocols and technology available to protect themselves and their patients. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of all the precautions we've put in place since March:
We know you face dozens of tough choices daily when deciding where to go and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. It's important to us that you know you can be confident that every precaution has been taken to help you stay safe. The team at Strobel is so grateful for the chance to serve their community in this unprecedented crisis, and we're honored that you've chosen us to be part of your oral health. If you have any questions on our pandemic response or anything else, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Just like everything else in the world, your dental visit is bound to look a little different in the post-pandemic climate! Our team is proud of the measures we’ve implemented to keep our staff and patients safe. You might be wondering - what exactly can I expect from my visit now? Let’s walk through some common questions about our typical hygiene appointment!
If you have any questions prior to your visit, please don’t hesitate to call us. We look forward to seeing everyone back in soon!
Last week we released a video message by Dr. Dan, to check in on everyone (we miss our patients!!) and provide an update on how we’re using this time to create the safest dental experience in the area. Here’s the video link in case you missed it:
In it we mention a possible re-open date of May 26 - Governor Pritzker has since extended the stay at home order, so we are now planning on June 1st. While we wait and work toward this re-imagined space, we wanted to give you more insight into exactly what we’re implementing!
We are continuing to stay abreast of all governmental and industry guidance in regards to protecting ourselves and our patients from COVID-19 and other viruses. As we continue to refine our safety protocols, we’ll post updates here. We hope this finds you all healthy and safe!
Though we have closed our office to regular business in accordance with state, federal, and CDC guidelines, we are still your healthcare providers and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Our admin team is monitoring email, messages, and texts round the clock, and you can also reach either doctor on their cell in the event of a dental emergency. Please call us before going to the emergency room for dental pain of any kind.
We can help assess the issue, see you in our office if warranted, or refer you to the best source of care. Both Dr. Isabella and Dr. Dan are available to address concerns via teleconferencing as well.
In this uncertain and frightening time, please know that we are here to help you if you need us. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy!
The Staff at Strobel Dentistry
It’s been a long time coming, so we are EXTRA stoked to finally announce that Strobel Dentistry will be expanding into the suite next door! Since this is brand new, we don’t have all the details yet, but here’s a rough timeline:
We’ll keep you all posted as our plans progress! Thank you as always for being a part of our journey and growth!
It’s time for our yearly reflection, and here at Strobel Dentistry our hearts could not be more full with all we’ve experienced this year and everything we have to look forward to in the decade to come! A few highlights:
Dr. Isabella got engaged! We could not be more thrilled for her and her fiance Tony to take this next step (and keep needling her for invites to the stunning wedding she’s planning in Colombia ;)).
Bridget, our newest hygienist, tied the knot in October in a beautiful ceremony that they followed up with a 2 week European honeymoon.
Our hygienist Aer is expecting her second baby in May! The team is really going to miss her when she’s on leave May through August, but we expect to make up for it with adorable baby snuggles.
New tech! Could we let a year go by without celebrating this?? Of course not! Our latest addition - the 3D printer - is fitting in nicely, and our rockstar assistant Mika is working hard to integrate it seamlessly into our daily services.
2019 also saw the expansion of our in-house services: on-site night guards, complex extractions courtesy of the itinerant specialist Dr. Sam, and expanded hours for our periodontist, to name a few. 2020 promises more enhancements and improvements to keep our patients’ experience with us phenomenal!
Thank you to all our patients, friends, family, colleagues - everyone who has touched our lives and allowed us to help improve the oral health of our community members. We wish everyone a happy, healthy new year and great things in this new decade!
Very simply, a printer puts out layer after layer of thin material to build up a three dimensional object. This is often called additive manufacturing, in contrast to the “subtractive” manufacturing or milling done for our same day crowns. Instead of removing material to create an object (i.e. crown or onlay), the appropriate type of liquid resin is applied in thin layers and then cured to create the appliance or restoration needed.
3D printing has been around since the 80s and 90s, but the term and its use has recently seen a big upswing. The machines themselves are quite simple, and wouldn’t be much without the sophisticated design software that allows our dentists to design restorations, appliances and guides from start to finish in a virtual environment. At Strobel, we use iTero, Dentsply Sirona, and SureSmile software, among others!
As the technology continues to develop, the possibilities are pretty much endless! Right now, considering what will maximize resources, time, and benefit to the patient, we will be printing:
When evaluating any product, the most common considerations are quality, time, and cost. Bringing the manufacturing of these appliances gives us heightened control over the output, allowing us to better meet individual needs. Longer term, as we continue to integrate the technology into our practice, it will result in a considerable time and cost savings that we can pass on to our patients.
Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard, soft and osseous tissue procedures. It allows the vast majority of procedures to be done in less time without pain (and thus without needles and anesthesia!).
This is the really cool part. The specialized wavelength of light energy supplied by the CO2 Solea Laser vaporizes four different “photoreceptors:” hydroxyapatite, water, collagen, and plastic. It basically makes the tissue disappear! Meanwhile it overwhelms our nerves’ ability to sense pain, allowing decay and unwanted tissue to be removed quickly and without anesthesia. This energy is “pulsed” and expertly controlled by our dentists via foot pedal, guaranteeing precision and predictable results.
You’ll feel none of the lingering numbness that you would after a traditional procedure, but just like a normal dental restoration there may be some residual soreness. During treatment you should feel no pain; our patients have reported cold sensitivity and mild pressure during use, but an overwhelming majority felt nothing else!
There are many procedures that can benefit from the use of this laser, from dental fillings to oral surgery. Some examples:
Solea is not currently indicated for use in endodontic procedures and amalgam removals. The procedures we’ll use the laser for in our office will vary from case to case, but we expect to use it more and more as the technology continues to grow.
There are only 600 of these in the world as of January 2018, and only 2 in Chicago!! We’re so stoked to be in on the ground floor of this exciting advance in dentistry. Call us today to see if this treatment is right for you!
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