Integrative Dental Arts | Cosmetic Dentistry | Dr. Kathleen Carson

Alternative / Holistic Treatments

Tongue Ties can be a problem for infants, children, and adults

When tongue-ties are present, an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth, so it may interfere with breast-feeding in infants. Someone who has tongue-tie might have difficulty sticking out his or her tongue. Tongue-ties can also affect the way a child eats, speaks and swallows.

Conditions that can develop as a result of a tongue tie include:

  • Breast feeding problems
  • Speech difficulties
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Challenges with other oral activities
  • Poor facial development
  • Restricted/underdeveloped airway
  • TMJ pain & disfunction

Safe Amalgam Removal

According to the National Institute of Health, heavy metals are a growing concern in medicine. It is often necessary or desired to remove amalgam (silver mercury) restorations (fillings). It is important that this procedure is done safely.

A safe protocol to replace the silver mercury fillings ensure that there is minimal if any absorption of materials while being removed. In other words, we don’t want any mercury entering your bloodstream when the fillings are removed.

Dr. Carson is SMART certified by the IAOMT.

SMART stands for safe mercury amalgam removal technique.

The IAOMT created the SMART standards with your health in mind and Dr Carson adheres strictly to their guidelines.

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The ozone molecule is the most powerful agent that we can use on microorganisms. It is deadly to bacteria, viruses and fungi, yet the more highly evolved human cells are not damaged by ozone in lower concentrations. It is also naturally occurring which makes it safe and effective to use.

Ozone can be used to treat…

  • Minor to moderate cavities
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum disease
  • Sterilization for root canal therapy
  • Pain & Inflammation
  • Sinus issues


Dr. Carson actively searches out new technologies that give her patients more ease and comfort while they are having having procedures.

The Nightlase by Fotona is a precision tool that creates impressive results in minimal time with little or no discomfort for you.

To make you more comfortable we use laser dentistry for a wide range of problems including

  • Snoring treatments
  • Periodontic (gum) treatment
  • Frenectomies
  • Preparing cavities for filling
  • Desenstitizing teeth.


Why Materials Testing?

From dental restoratives to surgical implants and prosthetics, “biomaterials” are used to restore, repair or maintain structure or function in the body.

Different people react to different bio-materials in different ways. Reactions to materials in the body can be mild or, in rare cases, severe.

We offer materials testing for patients who need or want this level of evaluation.

Materials sensitivity testing, salivary testing & spectra cell analysis allow us to make extra customized decisions about the treatments we suggest for you. 

NightLase® Snoring and Apnea Treatment

  • Non-invasive
  • Increases the quality of a patient’s sleep
  • Extremely easy for any doctor or dentist to perform
  • Lessen the effects of snoring and sleep apnea
  • Safe and patient-friendly treatment



Frequently Asked Questions

NightLase® Treatment is a patented, fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase® lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring through the use of gentle, superficial oven laser light. No anesthesia is used in this treatment.

During NightLase® treatment laser light heats the tissue, causing tightening of the tissue which leads to an attenuation of the sound of the patients snoring and a lessening of the effects of sleep apnea.

The procedure is performed in two simple steps:

Step 1: PRECONDITIONING The laser light preheats the tissue.

Step 2: TISSUE STRENGTHENING Laser light strengthens the issue.

A full course of NightLase treatment is comprised of three separate treatment sessions over a sixweek period. The final result of the treatment has been shown to last up to a year. When the patients or their loved ones notice the effects erroding, another round of treatment can be performed.

Fotona systems, like the LightWalker and Dynamis, enabledstrong yet gentle ErNAG modality which optimizes the length of every pulse. This mode allows

for the superficial penetration of heat into fissue, without damage or adverse effects. It is gentle enough to be used an the sensitive tissue inside the mouth, but strong enough to provide clinically efficacious heating.

NightLases® Treatment parameters can be preprogrammed into the Dynamis or LightWalker, making treatments easy to perform.

NightLast® is easy for any doctor or dentist to perform and has an extremely high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLasee reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.

NightLase® requires no device to be worn during sleep, involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. It is a gentle and easy way for the patient and their loved ones to regain a good night’s rest.

Training in the NightLase Anti-Apnea Techniques is offered stand-alone, or as part of one of the many training workshops provided by the Laser and Health Academy (Learn More) in partnership with Fotona. Hands-on sessions under the guidance of experts in laser treatments will provide you with a sense of confidence and understanding that will translate directly into efficacious treatments and satisfied patients. Contact us to see how we can help you provide high quality care for your patients.


A tongue tie release or frenectomy can resolve symptoms very quickly

Tie revisions (called frenectomies) remove the tissue or tight frenulum under the tongue or upper lip.

Dr. Carson prefers a state of the art laser for frenectomies. It’s a safe and quick procedure that allows for greater tongue and lip mobility.

There a many advantages of revising ties with a laser. Some of them include:

  • Shorter procedure time
  • Less post op discomfort
  • Minimal bleeding during and after the procedure – the laser aids in hemostasis
  • Faster healing
  • Increased precision and complete removal of a tie

Tooth Desensitization

Abed, A. M., Mahdlian, M., Seifi, M., Ziaei, S. A., & Shamsaei, M.(2011). comparative assessment of the sealing ability of Nd:YAG laser versus a new desensitizing agent in human dentinal tubules; a pilot study. Odontology,99(1),45-48.

Dentin Hypersensitivity Affects a Patient's Quality of Life

Dentine hypersensitivity (OHS) or cervkal dentinal sensitivity is one of the most commonly encountered dental problems. It is charactedzed by short, sharp pain to stimuli, typical Porn xposelYd dentine in response thermal, evaporafive, tactile, osmofic Of chemical and which cannot be ascdbed to any other dental defects or pathology. Hypersensifivity may present on several teeth, in one area of the mouth, or on one specific tooth. lt cansignificantlyaffect an individual% quality of life, impede effective oral hygiene, and subsequently affect, aesthetics.
As dental professi you CM be at the forefront of patient education and management of dentin hypersensitivity, and make positive changes to the tives of your patients.

What are the Main Causes for DHS?

Dentin is covered by enamel in the crown region and by cernentum in the radicular iregionremoved, neh e nendmeg dentinwume exposed along with the dentine tubules, producing denfin hypersensitivity. thiS occurs by loss of protective covering over the denfin, leading to the exposure and opening of dentinal tubules.
Themain cause offlffSis gingivalrecession with the exposure of root surfaces, loss of the cernentum layer and smear layet and tooth weat Receding gums can be a sign of longderm trauma from excessive or forceful toodthrushing, brushing with an abrasive toothpaste or a sign of chronic periodonfifis. other less common causes are acid erosion and pedodontal root planing.

Short & Sharp Pain

The most widely accepted model of dentin hypersensitivdity istermedthehydrodynamk theory, which proposes that movement of fluid within these tubules (due to stimuli such as hot, cold, sweet, Vent/M. ek.) can stimulate pulp( nerves at the pulp-dentin border Of within dentin tubules, giving dsetothe shorts harp pain’ of dentin hypersensitivity.

Laser Can Help You Fight Dentin Hypersensitivity

Laser treatment archieves recrystallization of denfin, producing nonporous surface that partially or totally oblivates dentinal tubules and affects the neural transmission through coagulation of proteins in the dentinal fluid and hence reduces permeabilityand blocks fluid movement.
The laser-assisted treatment of denfine hypersensitivity ‘ good thod to I immediate and longderm pain. compared to conventional desensitizing topkal agents, laser treatment leads to rapid results with shorter treatment fime and increased comfort for the pafient. fluoride gel or desensitizing substances used in combination with laser light can enhance the effects.

Overall prevailance of MIS 22.3%

Cunha-Cruz. Joana, el al. [2013], The prevelence Of dentin hypersensitivity, in general dental practices in the northwest United States, J Am Dent Assoc;Mar144[3]:288-296

DHS after traditional periodontal treatment 84.5%

Cunha-Cruz. Joana, el al. [2013], The prevelence Of dentin hypersensitivity, in general dental practices in the northwest United States, J Am Dent Assoc;Mar144[3]:288-296