Here at Sensational Smiles, we understand patients may avoid visiting the dentist due to a fear of pain. Avoiding the dentist often results in poor dental health and the development of complex dental problems. Plano dentist, Dr. Sowell is committed to helping patients feel at ease throughout their dental visit to restore a healthy smile and prevent future dental concerns. We work with patients on an individual basis to provide the right solution to your dental anxiety so that you can regain a healthy smile.
Sedation dentistry is an important part of modern dentistry, allowing patients with dental anxiety to maintain their oral health and overall quality of life. Dr. Sowell may recommend sedation to ensure your comfort during your dental treatments. In many situations, patients can receive multiple procedures during one visit while being sedated.
Sedation dentistry enables a patient to undergo a dental treatment, or more than one treatment, while in a euphoric state even though they are alert and responsive.
Common forms of sedation dentistry
- Nitrous Oxide: or commonly known as laughing gas, Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and allows you to be relaxed while remaining awake during the dental treatment. This form of sedation is extremely effective and safe. Many patients prefer this treatment because once the masked is removed, all effects disappear and you are able to return to your normal activity.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: this form is administered in a pill and allows you to feel awake during dental procedures. Oral sedation does not require needles and is less expensive than IV sedation. For minimal sedation, a patient will take a pill about an hour before treatment and will become drowsy.
- IV Sedation: administered through an IV, this type of sedation eliminates pain and anxiety during dental treatments. The benefit of IV sedation is that the chosen medication is administered into the bloodstream for an almost immediate effect and can be continually adjusted.
Dr. Sowell serves as a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist to the Plano community. Avoiding the dentist because of a fear of pain can compromise your smile, self-esteem, comfort and overall health.
If you have been avoiding the dentist, fear painful visits, or would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule your appointment today with the caring and experienced staff at Sensational Smiles.
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Dallas area dentist Dr. Mark Sowell is nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge when it comes to occlusion- the relationship between the upper and lower jaw. For many patients, an imbalance or problem with their occlusion causes a wide range of dental problems which can result in symptoms such as teeth grinding, worn teeth, headaches, jaw pain and difficulty chewing to name a few. Undiagnosed or untreated, poor occlusion can even lead to tooth loss.
At SPEAR Education in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Sowell recently taught a 3 day hands on workshop titled Occlusion in Clinical Practice. Teaching practicing dentists how to improve their technique as well as patient outcomes, Dr. Sowell discussed the benefits of a comprehensive approach to dentistry that evaluates the teeth, gums AND function of the jaw joints. Participating students are taught how to apply the principles of occlusion to record taking and diagnostic modeling when treating patients for better results.
As a Visiting Faculty Member of SPEAR Education, Dr. Sowell remains at the forefront of emerging techniques and technology in all aspects of dentistry.
Dental Educator, Experienced Practitioner
Dr. Sowell dedicates many hours each year to educating colleagues through SPEAR and to participating in workshops that enhance his own knowledge. He strives to offer his patients dentistry that not only meets their needs and goals, but also supports a functional smile that will last. Occlusion is the foundation of a truly healthy smile, allowing the bite to function comfortably and harmoniously without unnecessary wear on the teeth and gums.
Providing a better patient experience in the dentist chair along with improved results is the goal of Dr. Sowell as both an educator and practitioner. He strives to develop a lasting relationship with patients as a partner in their overall health care, taking the time to understand the occlusion of each patient and educate them on the benefits of addressing any diagnosed bite problems.
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Located in Plano, Texas, Dr. Mark Sowell provides patients state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable, spa-like setting.
Dr. Mark Sowell is a highly skilled Dallas dentist that is able to meet all of your dental health needs, from the routine to the complex. After graduating cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Sowell attended the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery. After dental school, Dr. Sowell attended a one-year general practice residency and rotated through many areas of dentistry for advanced training. Dr. Sowell is also an alumnus of other institutes and went on to complete three additional residencies, becoming a nationally recognized leader in the fields of cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry. His dedication to his personal education has also led him to help instruct others.
Dr. Sowell is one of the most credentialed dentists in the Dallas area. After finishing an additional 600 hours of continuing education, Dr. Sowell has been awarded the Master of the Academy of General Dentistry: fewer than one percent of general dentists hold this recognition. Additionally, Dr. Sowell has also received accreditation status through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) after completing extra courses, rigorous testing and submitting case studies.
Commitment to Advanced Dentistry
Dr. Sowell remains committed to providing patients with a natural looking, healthy smile through advanced dentistry, quality materials and the incorporation of technology into his Plano dentist office. He uses an intraoral camera for dental x-rays that allow him to have a clear understanding of your complete oral health. Additionally, 3D x-rays are used for surgical planning, allowing for safe and precise smile design.
Dental lasers are an important technology that can gently and effectively treat gum disease as well as a range of other concerns- both health and cosmetic related. Laser dentistry provides accurate treatment with far fewer side effects and less pain.
At Sensational Smiles, Dr. Sowell and his staff aim to turn a routine visit into a pampering delight. Our treatment rooms are equipped with massage chairs, heated neck pillows, satellite TV and music, DVD library, and a refreshment bar to comfort you during your visit. After your treatment, you will be given a warm cotton face cloth to freshen up with. We welcome and treat our patients as guests and aim to provide concierge style, five-star service.
Schedule Your Appointment
To schedule a consultation or appointment with Dr. Sowell, contact our office or use our online request form. If you are visiting from out of town, we can arrange a limousine service for you from the airport to your hotel as well as accommodations to our dental office.
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Are you embarrassed to smile? Are you afraid to show your teeth?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, then cosmetic dentistry can help you gain the confidence to share your natural smile once again while improving your dental health.
Plano, TX cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has gone through advanced training to be able to help meet your unique cosmetic needs and goals. Cosmetic dentistry enhances the appearance of your smile and there are many options to fix unwanted gaps, discoloration and even damaged or missing teeth. Looking for inspiration or want to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and treatment options? Visit yoursmilebecomesyou.com before visiting our Plano, TX office for your consultation.
The most common cosmetic dentistry procedure requested today is professional teeth whitening, where the dentist uses a bleaching agent to restore a brighter, whiter smile. Discoloration of teeth is a frequent concern and Dr. Sowell offers services that are far superior to those that are available over-the-counter for a long-lasting white smile.
For chipped, damaged or worn teeth, Dr. Sowell offers tooth bonding and dental crowns that look and feel natural. A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance. This type of treatment places a “cap” over the tooth to protect and reinforce it, preventing further deterioration.
Another common cosmetic treatment option is invisible braces. This treatment is an alternative to metal braces used to align the teeth and correct mild to moderate bite concerns. Invisalign uses clear, removable retainers to address crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic option that can close gaps, repair teeth, cover stained teeth, and improve the overall appearance of your smile. With today’s technology, porcelain veneers cover the teeth with an ultra thin porcelain shell that looks and feels like your natural teeth.
There is no reason to be embarrassed by your teeth when there are a variety of options that can enhance your smile. Let Dr. Sowell in Plano, TX help decide which cosmetic treatment is best for you. After discussing your concerns, goals, and budget, Dr. Sowell will recommend a viable solution. Improving your smile will boost your confidence and your overall quality of life.
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Choosing the right dentist to take care of maintain, restore or enhance your smile is an important decision and one that can impact your overall quality of life long term. The health, comfort and function of your smile plays a big role in your ability to enjoy a healthy diet, social life and even career success.
Dallas dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers the range of dentistry you need to meet all of your dental health needs, provided in a concierge style practice where patients can receive personalized care tailored to their unique needs and goals.
Dr. Sowell is committed to education as a dentist, spending many hours annually both attending and teaching at some of the most prestigious institutions for higher learning in the field of dentistry. These include SPEAR, the Dawson Academy and the Misch Institute, all of which focus on a comprehensive approach to dentistry for a better patient experience. Patients benefit from his use of advanced techniques, quality materials and technology, enjoying results that support long term dental health.
Patient education is also an important part of our preventive care protocol and our staff provides individualized hygiene services and advice for your unique smile- there is no “one size fits all” approach in our Plano dentist office. Helping patients understand the “how” and “why” of maintaining optimal oral health is important to us and often leads to better oral habits and disease prevention.
Dr. Sowell welcomes new patients and offers sedation dentistry for those who suffer from dental anxiety and desire to restore their smile. If you have been avoiding the dentist, we can help you to get back the smile you desire with the dentistry you need- provided while you relax comfortably and enjoy your own personal media selections.
To make an appointment, contact our office at 972-382-6855 or use our online request form.
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Diabetes is quickly becoming one of the most frequently diagnosed systemic diseases for both children and adults. There are a wide range of factors affecting the surge in diabetes, including increased added sugar in the modern American diet, the prevalence of obesity and a more sedentary lifestyle.
Although you may not think of your dental health when considering the affects of diabetes, Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell sees the affects that diabetes can have on the teeth and gums and works with diabetic patients to improve both oral and overall health through better oral hygiene.
How Does Diabetes Affect Dental Health?
When someone is diabetic, the body is either unable to produce insulin or is struggling to use insulin properly in order to remain healthy. In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, patients need to monitor blood sugar daily and alter their lifestyle habits to avoid serious health complications.
What does this mean for your dental health?
Fluctuations in blood sugar affect the health of the teeth and gums, but this can also be a two way street!
Patients with diabetes who do not have their blood sugar in control are more likely to develop periodontal disease. But advanced gum disease can also adversely affect the progression of diabetes. Either way- maintaining good oral health is important for diabetic patients to both control disease and avoid complex dental concerns. Diabetic patients experience tooth loss at a higher rate than the rest of the adult population.
Diabetes affects the integrity of the immune system and put patients at a higher risk for bacterial infections such as advanced gum disease. Routine dental care provides Dr. Sowell the opportunity to closely monitor the gum health of diabetic patients and offer individualized oral hygiene advice to help maintain oral health between visits.
In addition to regular dental care, keeping blood sugar stable through diet, exercise and proper medication will provide the best possible quality of life and reduce the risk of stroke, vision problems and other health issues commonly associated with diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and have oral health concerns or have been away from the dentist for some time, contact our Plano, TX dentist office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sowell. We accept new patients and can help you to restore a healthy smile .
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Missing teeth and poor fitting dentures are common dental problems that we see in our Dallas dentist office. Patients come to us looking to improve the aesthetics and the function of their smile for a better quality of life.
Dr. Mark Sowell is a leading Dallas area dentist for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry who has helped many patients achieve a smile that they not only feel good about, but that provides them lasting dental health. Being able to eat and speak normally has a great affect on your daily quality of life and is something that dental implants can offer when replacing missing teeth or securing a full or partial denture.
Dental implants provide several key benefits for your overall dental health:
- Bone retention: the post acts much like a tooth root, promoting health bone growth in the jaw
- Secure, permanent fit: screwed in place, your new prosthetic tooth will not slip or fall out
- No daily maintenance: there is no need for daily cleanings or the use of adhesives
- No dietary restrictions: patients can maintain better overall health with a varied, healthy diet.
Dr. Sowell offers several types of dental implants, depending on your particular needs and goals when it comes to your dental health. In most cases, all phases of your procedure are performed in the comfort of our Plano, TX dentist office where we offer concierge style dentistry for all of your oral health needs. Our goal is to help you restore a functional, natural looking smile with dental implants that will last for years to come.
- Single tooth dental implants: we can replace your missing tooth with a natural looking implant that will blend with your natural smile without compromising adjacent teeth to support an appliance
- Teeth In A Day: also know as “all-on-four”, Dr. Sowell can place several strategic mini or traditional implants to secure a hybrid denture for restoring lost teeth or replacing a poor fitting denture
- Multiple implants: Dr. Sowell can offer a secure and permanent option to the dental bridge for patients missing several consecutive teeth.
To learn more about the dental implant procedures and how dental implants can be the solution for your dental problems, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Sowell in his Plano dentist office. Dr. Sowell offers complimentary consultations for patients seeking dental implants and will take time with you to discuss your options. Contact our office at 972-382-6855 or request an appointment online today.
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April of each year marks Oral Cancer Awareness month as sponsored by various health organizations and the American Dental Association (ADA) in an effort to shed a brighter light on this often deadly disease affecting thousands each year.
Oral Cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers statistically because it is frequently diagnosed in the late stages of development. At this point, many patients are faced with less than a 50% survival rate.
Dr. Mark Sowell provides an oral cancer screening during your routine visits to our Plano, TX dentist office. This quick, painless exam lasts about two minutes, but could add years to your life if an oral cancer is spotted in the early stage when treatment is often successful. Many patients do not even realize that they are being screened for the signs of oral cancer as Dr. Sowell performs a routine examination of the teeth, gums and neck area during their hygiene visits.
Common Signs of Oral Cancer
Although many signs of oral cancer easily go unnoticed, understanding what Dr. Sowell is looking for during your screening can help you to monitor your own oral health between visits, especially if you are a smoker or use tobacco products which places you in the high risk category.
- Sore throat or feeling of something caught in the throat
- Thickening of soft oral tissues
- Noticeable red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness of the tongue
- Swelling in the jaw area
- Change in the fit of dentures
- Difficulty swallowing
Although some of these signs or symptoms can be an indication of a wide range of dental health concerns, it is important to come in for a visit if you notice any of these changes. Early treatment can often avoid more complex problems down the road and in the case of oral cancer, it could be lifesaving.
Oral cancer screening provides another good reason to visit with Dr. Sowell in Plano, TX twice a year. Routine dental care not only keeps your smile healthy but can also provide the opportunity to spot early signs of larger health concerns such as oral cancer. As your dentist, we consider ourselves a partner in your overall health care, helping you to enjoy the best quality of life every day.
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Modern dentistry recommends that we strive to keep our natural teeth healthy for as long as possible for the best quality of life. With the advent of new technology in the dental field and improved standards of oral health in recent years, we are retaining our natural teeth longer than ever before.
This means that we must maintain consistent oral hygiene and schedule regular dental check ups throughout our lifetime. Dr. Mark Sowell understands that our oral health needs change as we age and would like to discuss some special concerns for adult and senior patients.
Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain antibiotics can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.
For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to ensure that root cavities do not occur. For elderly patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure a properly fitting denture and can also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, with of which are highly treatable when caught early.
Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile
We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and we would like to address certain cosmetic procedures that may benefit us as we age.
Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to parafunctional habits. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both options for older patients who desire to improve the look of their smiles!
In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet and exercise is important for older adults in maintaining the healthiest mouth possible. Certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are connected to oral health; living a healthier lifestyle can lessen our risks for these diseases.
If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns for older patients, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Sowell during your next visit!
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Though it may feel like your child is too young for the dentist, experts agree that the earlier children begin a healthy relationship with oral hygiene and the dentist, the better. To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell reminds parents and caregivers that your child’s oral health is an important part to their overall health and well-being.
One of the most common chronic childhood disease is tooth decay. It affects approximately 50% of first graders and 80% of 17 year olds. Children should begin seeing a dentist by the age of 3 or when the all primary teeth have erupted- earlier if there are other concerns. Not only will this first visit help children get acclimated to the idea of the dentist, it will also help them and their parents learn how to maintain good oral health for the long run. At our Plano, TX family dentist office, Dr. Sowell and his staff take the time to teach children to learn how to properly brush and floss- and have fun taking care of their smile.
Dentists can help parents learn:
• How to care for an infant’s teeth
• If their child is getting enough fluoride
• If and when to wean children off thumb sucking
• Safety measures to prevent face and teeth damage
• What to expect when a child starts teething and losing baby teeth
• The relationship between a baby’s diet and oral health
• What to do and what to not to do surrounding sippy cups
• How babies can “catch” bacteria from utensils, fingers, and caregivers
Many people are under the impression that baby teeth don’t need to be cared for like adult teeth, but early preventive dental care serves several important purposes, including laying the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. Children with cavities in their baby teeth are at a much higher risk for cavities later in life. Additionally, baby teeth form a path that permanent teeth will follow when they erupt. Untreated tooth decay can cause speech impediments, pain, and oral infections. Early detection of oral problems allows for conservative and inexpensive treatments.
Habits are formed when children are young. A healthy oral routine, including brushing and flossing, and twice a year visits to the dentist are extremely important to instill in a child. Professional cleanings are just as important in a 2 year old as they are in a 22 year old.
Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Call our Plano, TX dentist office today to schedule an appointment for your child!
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