James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
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Laser Dentistry in San Luis Obispo

Coastal Pediatric Dentistry is proud to provide the most advanced technology available in dentistry today. It’s with that commitment to innovation in mind that we offer our patients restorative care using Solea, a powerful dental laser. Solea replaces the drill in the majority of restorative procedures in our practice.

What is Solea?

Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard- and soft-tissue procedures. It offers a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures for both teeth and gums, from simple cavities to more complex surgeries. Aside from causing virtually no pain, Solea isn’t associated with noise or vibration, either. Thanks to Solea, the majority of kids who come in for fillings and other restorative care do not need local anesthesia or sedation at all.

How will a laser benefit my child?

With Solea, we no longer need to numb our patients for routine restorative work, such as fillings. Under traditional methods of dentistry, children must be numbed using local anesthesia for these procedures. We have found that many children do not react well to having numbness, which can last for hours after the procedure. Even though they often do well for the procedure and the actually numbing, the lingering numbness and return of sensation can be quite uncomfortable.  Furthermore, no kid likes the idea of getting a shot regardless of if it may be minimally sensitive. By using Solea, most children don’t feel like they’ve had dental treatment at all.

Does it cost more to use the laser?

We implemented the laser into our practice in 2015 for a simple reason -- because we believe our patients deserve the very best treatment available. As such, we do not charge an additional fee for using this technology. Our goal is to ensure that we are providing the most comfortable and highest level of care possible to help children develop a lifelong commitment to regular dental care. Laser dentistry helps!

Numerous benefits of laser dentistry

The benefits associated with Solea are many. Some of the most significant advantages of laser dentistry include...

  • The majority of hard- and soft-tissue procedures are completed without local anesthesia (numbing), and soft-tissue procedures occur with virtually no bleeding.
  • Laser dentistry is incredibly precise and often is able to achieve a more conservative restoration.
  • Using the Solea laser is far less invasive than any cutting instrument, which makes healing time following a procedure much shorter.
  • When patients have local anesthesia they typically leave the office still feeling that numb sensation. With Solea, your little one will be able to go right to lunch or back to school without that numbness associated dental work.

Virtually pain-free dentistry is possible with the super-concentrated power of the laser. Solea is truly changing what it means to go to the dentist!

Laser frenectomy

A frenectomy is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that is present in the upper lip or underneath the tongue. When a frenulum is too tight, we call it tongue tie or lip tie. Tongue and lip tie can cause issues breastfeeding in babies, encourage decay, cause growth and development or orthodontic problems, and more as time goes on. Tongue and lip tie occasionally occur together and make it difficult for the baby to latch on during feeding.

The Solea laser has made it possible for Dr. Forester to quickly, painlessly, and effectively complete the frenectomy under the tongue or upper lip to allow for better range of motion -- for healthier babies and happier parents. After a frenectomy, an infant is fully able to latch and feed in the most efficient manner.

Contact us to learn more about laser dentistry!

If you are intrigued by the possibilities of laser dentistry with Solea, please don’t wait to get in touch with our office. The team at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer this service at no extra charge for all of our patients -- like your child!

Kids and PArents Love us

Our 5-year old had a great experience, despite needing a cavity filled. Dr. Forester spent a lot of time with us explaining everything and totally put our son at ease. We're glad we found you! ~ Destini C., Facebook Review
My 3 1/2 & 2 year old LOVE this dental office & Dr Forrester! Everybody in the office is friendly & make the visit fun for kids. Highly recommended! ~ Jen B., Facebook Review