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Patient Education

We feel patient education is very important. Our goal is that you are completely informed concerning your condition and any treatment that will be performed.  We encourage you to voice any questions you may have.

Patient Safety

We fully adhere to professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization and radiation control. Our staff are likewise knowledgeable on the latest techniques.


We know that preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as AIDS, herpes, hepatitis and even the cold virus is critical.

We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves and replace them with every patient. Each piece of fixed operatory equipment is wiped-down with antibacterial solution prior to every clinical procedure. Sterile water delivery systems are utilized. We use autoclave sterilization for all instruments prior to dental examination and treatment. You can be assured that our staff have been specifically trained on sterilization procedures and their importance.


Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.

Post Treatment Instructions

After treatment, home care and medication instructions will be thoroughly explained. For your convenience, you will also be given printed instructions. Of course, we are always available for questions after treatment.

Patient Comfort 

We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during dental procedures. Pillows and blankets are available upon request. In addition, we offer nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation and IV conscious sedation to relieve anxiety and enhance your comfort.

Special Equipment

We continually integrate proven technologies into our practice. Below is an introduction to some of the advanced equipment we use:

Piezosurgical Osteotome
Piezosurgery utilizes controlled three-dimensional ultrasonic vibration to precisely shape bone, but without damage to soft tissues. This technique is ideal for delicate procedures, such as sinus floor elevation and atraumatic tooth removal. It allows for more precision, faster healing and less invasion.

Magnifier Loupes
You may have seen a magnifier loupe in a jewelry store when the jeweler was closely examining a diamond. Dental magnifier loupes are made for periodontists to view your teeth and gums in minute detail during periodontal procedures. Dr. Herriges and Dr. Chirgwin use magnification in all procedures to ensure more precise treatment.

Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
Digital X-Rays are taken with very low radiation and have more flexibility in terms of rendition. They are also more convenient when planning treatment with your general dentist.

Microsurgery Technology
During microsurgical procedures, surgical microscopes are used to illuminate and magnify delicate structures. The periodontist can then operate with greater precision, using smaller instruments and sutures. Microsurgery is less invasive, causes less discomfort, and typically produces better results in less time.

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