Solea Laser Dentistry

Raising a Generation That’s Not Afraid of the Dentist1

We are now providing Solea laser dentistry for pediatrics in Flagstaff. Solea changes the way we can now perform hard and soft tissue procedures. This tool virtually eliminates the need for drills and needles and increases the comfort of our young patients.

A Zero-anxiety Experience1

  • No drill, needles, or numbness
  • Gentle and virtually pain-free treatment
  • Less life disruption: your child can go directly back to school or extra-curricular activities
  • Virtually no bleeding and no sutures
  • Rapid and predictable healing
  • Minimal post-operative discomfort
  • Reduced sedation and fewer operating room visits (Convergent Dental, 2020)

Watch Dr. Dowell Explain How the Solea Laser Works

Watch a Solea Clinical Case with Dr Fanteralla and Patient Emily

Frequently Asked Questions

The Solea laser is a CO2 laser, a type of laser that The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has approved for use in treating infants and children2. (PDF)

Our office can perform several procedures with Solea, including:

  • Restorations (fillings)
  • Gingivectomies
  • Tongue and lip ties
  • Cold and canker sore treatments

The Solea laser is an alternative to conventional drilling. Because of its precision, the laser can also be used for soft tissue procedures, such as tongue and lip ties, without the need for sutures.

Yes! With Solea, nearly every patient skips the need for local anesthesia, so fillings can be performed without numbness or pain. The laser’s pulses take away any feeling at the site of the procedure. While some patients may experience slight coldness or pressure, your child will leave our office without any discomfort or numbness.

Solea is an ideal option for children who may experience anxiety with conventional dental drilling. With Solea, patients do not experience drilling noises or discomfort related to needles.

Yes! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) approves Solea (PDF) for treating infants and children2. For extra protection, patients, parents and staff in the room wear protective eyewear. Our staff is highly trained in operating the Solea laser to ensure the safety of even our youngest patients.

Using Solea does not cost more than traditional dental methods, and Solea is covered by most dental insurance policies. Check with our front desk staff for questions about the cost of Solea to you.

References:

1 Solea. (2020). Laser dentistry for kids of all ages: raising a generation that’s not afraid of the dentist [Brochure].

2 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. (2022). Policy on the use of lasers for pediatric dental patients. In The Reference Manual of Pediatric Dentistry. Chicago, Ill. (131-4). https://www.aapd.org/media/policies_guidelines/p_lasersuse.pdf

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