Do you feel anxious when there's an appointment on the calendar? Let's turn those nerves into something positive!

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Dental anxiety is a serious problem - 9-15% of American adults report putting off treatment out of a fear of the office, and the real number is probably far higher. The fact of the matter is, we don't like talking about our anxieties, and many of us feel uncomfortable with our dental phobias. Acknowledging the problem is the first step toward moving past it! We're ready to help you take that step.

By finding dental care that makes you feel comfortable and accounts for all your needs, you can feel better about dentistry at large. Dr. Kim and our team take every opportunity to improve patient comfort and make you feel truly at home in the office. If you're interested in moving past your dental anxiety, get in touch - and read on to learn about the biggest factors that lead to fulfilling dental treatment.

Affordable Dental Care

When you feel like your dental treatment is putting a strain on your finances, you're far less likely to keep up with regular appointments. We do everything possible to assist our patients with managing affordable treatment. Whether this means setting up a payment plan or making your budget a priority as we determine your treatment plan, we are here to help - don't hesitate to ask any questions.

Sedation Dentistry


Your dental appointments can actually be relaxing!

Dental sedation has made significant breakthroughs in the field of patient comfort. While dental anesthesia prevents patients from experiencing pain, it doesn't address the issue of anxiety. And patients who are needle-phobic or have sensitive gag reflexes aren't comfortable receiving the injections that make anesthesia possible.

Sedation dentistry offers a variety of medications that calm the nervous system and help encourage a positive outlook. Patients have the option of several types of sedation so that they can find the one that fits them best. If you think sedation could be helpful for your next procedure, just ask us about what could be right for you.

  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)

  • Increased cavities
  • Irritation of oral tissues
  • More frequent illnesses / compromised immune system
  • Poor oral hygiene and increased consumption of cavity-causing foods/drinks

Getting to Know Your Dental Team

When you're working with someone you trust, you're instantly at ease. That's why we love building long-term relationships with our patients. It makes dental care more pleasant for both patient and staff. We adore our dental community, and would love to welcome you into it! Once you're familiar with us and our office, you'll start looking forward to routine appointments.

Cavity Prevention

What's the source of most patients' dental anxiety? A fear of pain. And what's the simplest way to avoid discomfort? Preventing dental problems from arising in the first place. If you stay on the offensive, you can prevent cavities and gum disease so that you don't have to go through fillings, shots, or periodontal treatment.

Improving your oral health doesn't have to be complicated. Embrace the tenets below to see healthier teeth at your next exam:

  • strong>Eat right - Check out some of the best foods for your teeth, tooth-healthy nutrients, and the snacks that you should watch out for.

  • Brush and floss often (brush at least 2x a day, and floss at least 1x a day).
  • Pay attention to your teeth - If you think something might be wrong, it's worth getting checked out.
  • Visit the office every 6 months - While there are some problems you can spot on your own, others require professional eyes and diagnostic tools. Schedule exams every 6 months to keep your teeth on the right track!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.