Dr. Catherine Wilder and Dr. Lauren Shepard treat patients with comprehensive and personalized care in our Katy, TX dentist office. They want their practice, Katy Smile Design, to be a space where patients can feel free to discuss their concerns with compassionate dental professionals. Patients can feel comfortable and welcomed when visiting Katy Smile Design, knowing they are in a judgment-free dental care office.
Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard have also continued their dental education to learn the best modern treatment methods for their patients. As active members in multiple dental organizations, Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard have in-depth knowledge and experience to serve patients with a wide range of needs and concerns using high-quality treatments and technologies. But what are the other reasons why patients should choose Katy Smile Design?
Patient Safety and Comfort
Our dental office uses advanced sterilization technology for the ongoing safety of our patients and staff. In fact, we exceed the cleanliness and safety standards required by OSHA and the ADA. We clean every surface and room in our office to ensure a healthy office environment. In our waiting room, we have complimentary water, coffee, and tea for all of our patients. Patients can also relax and watch our flatscreen TVs while they receive their dental treatment.
We take time to get to know our patients as individuals so we can better treat their dental concerns. Our gentle and friendly dental care team ensures your comfort, whether you require extensive reconstruction or routine dental care. For patients with dental fear or anxiety, we offer dental sedation. Dental sedation can be used to calm and relax patients for their dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and proven treatment for most patients and can provide the solution for anxious patients, enabling them to receive the dental care they need or desire.
Our modern dental technology is used to easily diagnose and treat patients more precisely and efficiently:
Intraoral cameras are small cameras that take digital images of the teeth and gums. With these cameras, we can show patients areas of their mouth in real-time on a screen. Intraoral cameras are an educational tool for patients to learn more about their oral health. They can also view more angles of the mouth that we cannot usually see with the human eye.
The iTero intraoral scanner is a tool we use to plan restorations and orthodontic treatments. We will fully scan the mouth with the handheld scanner connected to a computer that generates a 3-D image of the teeth and gums. Using this 3-D image, we can help patients visualize their treatment and plan it.
Our dentists use modern digital X-rays to view clear images of the patient’s mouth. Using these images, we can accurately diagnose patients. X-rays capture images instantly for a quick and comfortable process. Traditional X-rays exposed dentists and patients to high levels of radiation. Our modern digital X-rays give off 80% less radiation. We can also quickly save, access, and send X-ray images.
Dental lasers use light and heat to easily cut through soft tissues in the mouth to remove gum infection as well as an excess of gum tissue. Laser therapy may also be used to treat temporomandibular joint disorders. Dental lasers offer a pain-free treatment without the use of loud and uncomfortable surgical tools.
OralID™ Cancer Screening
During regular oral screenings, we look for red and white spots, sores, lumps, and other rough spots in the oral cavity. We also screen for oral cancer using fluorescence technology. OralID is a handheld tool that uses a blue light to easily identify abnormal, cancerous, and precancerous lesions in the mouth. This tool allows us to efficiently and more thoroughly screen for oral cancer, so we can catch signs early on.
Frequently Asked Dental Questions
Read answers to common questions patients may have about dentistry and dental care in general:
Is dental care covered by insurance?
Dental treatments that are necessary for your health are more likely to be covered by insurance. Because of this, routine and restorative dental treatments are usually partially covered by dental insurance. However, most cosmetic treatments are not covered because they are not medically essential.
What is preventative dentistry?
Preventative dentistry stops problems like cavities or gum disease from affecting the teeth and gums. Routine dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatment, and dental sealants fall under preventative dentistry. We recommend that our patients receive preventative care in our office every six months so we can help them keep track of their dental health.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Are you looking for a friendly dental office? Call Katy Smile Design for comprehensive treatment today at 281.843.9814. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard online. We welcome patients from Katy, Fulshear, Richmond and other local communities.