Invisalign Scottsdale

In the past if you had teeth that weren't straight you had to wear metal braces that were not only unsightly but caused mouth pain and discomfort. However, technology brought about positive changes and now there's an alternative to braces - Invisalign Scottsdale helps you achieve that perfect smile without the discomfort or impact on what you eat.

How Invisalign Scottsdale works is by using 3-D computer technology to make custom created aligners that are virtually invisible. You wear Invisalign over your teeth and can remove them when eating, which makes it easier to brush and floss your teeth. You wear each Invisalign Scottsdale aligner for a couple of weeks then move on to another so no tightening has to be done in the office. It takes anywhere from 12-48 months for Invisalign realign your teeth into that perfect look you were meant to have.

There are no metal brackets or wires that can irritate your mouth with Invisalign. Most importantly to some, since Invisalign Scottsdale is virtually invisible you don't have to worry about your appearance. No one will notice you're wearing Invisalign which means that you can continue to have confidence in how you look all while your teeth are being straightened into that perfect smile. If you have children or teens Invisalign Scottsdale is a perfect solution to instill confidence in having their teeth fixed since they're not noticeable like braces.

Both Dr. Steven Poulos and Dr. Sid Stevens at My Scottsdale Dentist are highly experienced in not only perfecting your smile with Invisalign but working with all kinds of patients, even those who typically fear the dentist.

To learn more about how we can perfect your smile, Contact Us.

Post Date: February 26, 2014

Snoring Issues and Dental Care

Sawing wood, breaking the sound barrier and waking the dead. They are all phrases that people commonly use to describe nighttime snoring issues. If you are one of the countless Americans faced with having to deal with the nightly bane, take note. Scheduling family dental care in Scottsdale may provide some well deserved relief. Dr. Steven Poulos and Dr. Sid Stevens have been providing family dental care in Scottsdale for many years. In the process, they have helped solve countless Arizona residents snoring problems. So why not let them do the same for you and your loved ones? According to dental care experts, Dr. Sid Stevens and Dr. Steven Poulos, snoring issues are actually caused by a restricted airway. Once the airway is restricted, the surrounding tissues start to vibrate with every breath. The vibrations, in turn, make the annoying noises that we all know and despise. Therefore, to make the noises stop, the airway must be cleared. Based on the My Scottsdale Dental experts experiences, one of the best ways to clear a person's airway is to order a Silent Nite® device. The device is designed to comfortably adjust a person's jaw, which helps to keep his or her airway open during the nighttime hours. Each device is custom made with a BPA-free material that is safe for oral use. Obtaining a Silent Nite device from My Scottsdale Dentist is a rather straightforward affair. It all starts with an appointment to see either Dr. Poulos or Dr. Stevens, our family dental care experts. During the appointment, one of them will take an impression of your teeth. That impression will then be used to create a custom made Silent Nite® device just for you. Once the device is in place, you and your family should experience relief right away. To learn more about the device and family dental care in Scottsdale, pleasecontact usat (480) 614-1122. When you do, be sure to ask about our new patient offers too.

Post Date: February 23, 2014

Afraid of the Dentist? Let Sedation Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ qualm your fears

Sedation Dentistry, Scottsdale, AZ

For those with a fear of dental work,sedation dentistry is the ideal solution. If you live in Scottsdale, AZ and find yourself with a fear of the dentist, we might be able to help. Dental phobias are one of the most common phobias out there, and you're not alone. Millions of people suffer when they see a needle or hear the whine of the dental drill. For some, the fear is overpowering, and the result might be years between dental visits. If this is you, don't worry. There are several methods of sedation dentistry available to help qualm your dental fears, and you might not even remember the procedure when all is said and done! Whether it's oral anti-anxiety meds, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation, there is a level of sedation dentistry in Scottsdale that fits everyone's comfort level.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, can be used for sedation dentistry for patients who don't require much sedation, don't tolerate benzodiazepenes well, or are getting a simple procedure such as a cleaning or a filling. Nitrous oxide causes a feeling of well-being and relaxation. Nitrous oxide also makes time seem like it's going by faster, so the dental visit appears to take less time. Once the nitrous oxide is taken away, it usually wears off within ten to fifteen minutes, which means that patients spend less time recovering after the procedure.

If nitrous oxide doesn't relax you during a simple procedure or need a more in-depth procedure such as a crown, you may be given a pill called triazolam. Triazolam is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepenes. These types of drugs are used to relax patients and put them in a state of ease, so the dentist can do their dental work. For many patients, this is all that is required, and the dental visit can be performed in comfort.

For more in-depth procedures, IV sedation might be used. For IV sedation, a catheter is placed into a vein in your arm or hand and a dental anesthesiologist will inject you with a drug that causes you to feel sleepy. Although you may still be awake, you won't be conscious and won't remember anything after the drug wears off.

If you experience dental phobia, the best thing to do is to talk to Dr. Steve Poulos. Sedation dentistry can make you more comfortable with the procedure, and the dentists at My Scottsdale Dentist can work with you to find the level of sedation most comfortable for you and your needs. Don't be afraid to talk to the dentists at My Scottsdale Dentist, because comfort might be just a conversation away.

For more information about sedation dentistry in Scottsdale,  contact us  today.

Post Date: February 14, 2014

24/7 Emergency Dental in North Scottsdale

24/7 Emergency Dental in North Scottsdale

In an Emergency

Stay calm. Focus on stopping the bleeding and protecting the injured tooth or area by following the appropriate instructions in this section. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants which can cause excessive bleeding. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label. Injuries to your teeth and gums can result in infection or other complications -- so make sure you seek 24/7 Emergency Dental in North Scottsdale. If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services or go immediately to a hospital emergency room.

Severe Pain

The most common causes are debris lodged under the gum line, a lost filling or crown, a cracked or broken tooth, or an infection. Only a thorough examination by My Scottsdale Dentist can determine the underlying cause of severe pain. Until you see Dr. Poulos at My Scottsdale Dentist, apply ice to the painful area for 10-20 minutes of every hour. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.

Possible Broken Jaw

Do not move your jaw. Secure your jaw in place with a handkerchief, necktie, or towel tied around the jaw and over the top of the head. Use cold compresses to reduce swelling. Go to the emergency room immediately.



Carefully insert a piece of dental floss (never a sharp or pointed object) between your teeth. Be gentle so you do not cut the gum tissue. If you are unable to remove the object, see your  24/7 Emergency Dental in North Scottsdale provider Dentist right away.


Whether removable or fixed, a bridge is attached to abutments that provide an anchor of support.


It may be possible to reattach the pieces to your tooth - only Dr. Poulos at My Scottsdale Dentist can tell you for sure. Take the following steps and see your Scottsdale Dentist right away. Remember to take the pieces with you.

For the injured person:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply gauze to the area and use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the chipped or broken tooth pieces right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.

For the chipped or broken tooth

  • Save the tooth's pieces and rinse the pieces and your mouth with warm water.
  • If the tooth's pieces are dirty, place a towel or dishcloth in a sink (so the pieces cannot fall into the drain), and gently rinse them.
  • Place the pieces in a small container and cover them with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.


A Child's Baby Tooth

Call your Scottsdale dentist right away. If the child's baby tooth is completely knocked out, chances are it cannot be re-implanted. If this happens, the missing tooth will be replaced naturally when the child's permanent (adult) tooth grows in.

A Permanent (Adult) Tooth

You have a 1-2 hour window in which your tooth has a chance for re-implantation - only your Scottsdale Dentist can tell you for sure. Take the following steps and see Dr. Poulos your North Scottsdale Dentist right away. Remember to take your protected tooth with you.

For the Injured Person:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply gauze to the area and use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the missing tooth right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your Scottsdale dentist or go to the emergency room.
  • Place the tooth in a small container and cover it with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.

For the broken tooth:

  • Hold the tooth only by its crown (the enamel, visible portion). If the tooth or root is dirty, place a towel or dishcloth in a sink (so the tooth cannot fall into the drain), and gently rinse the tooth and root but DO NOT SCRUB it or remove any gum tissue that may still be attached to the root.
  • If possible, gently place the tooth back into its gum socket facing the correct direction (making sure that you do not force the tooth back in place). If this is not possible, place the tooth in a small container and cover the tooth in milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.


Schedule an appointment with My Scottsdale Dentist at (480) 614-1122. You can relieve pain caused by air in contact with the exposed part of your tooth by using clove oil (available over-the-counter in pharmacies and supermarkets). Just dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of your tooth. Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain.


  • If you found the filling, put it in a safe place and take it with you when you see your North Scottsdale dentist.
  • To make your tooth more comfortable, fill the hole in your tooth with tooth wax or cement (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy). Do not use any household adhesives in your mouth.


  • If you found the crown, you may temporarily replace it yourself until you see your Scottsdale dentist.
  • Gently clean any debris from the inside of your crown.
  • To the inside of your crown, apply denture adhesive, dental cement or toothpaste before slipping the crown back in place to protect your tooth.


Clean your mouth out by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be trapped between your teeth or just under your gum line. If your tooth continues to hurt, see your North Scottsdale dentist as soon as possible.

Gums and Soft Tissues


  • A small cut (less than 1/4 inch) is likely to heal itself.
  • Carefully wipe the area clean with gauze or a cloth. Apply a cold compress, ice pack, or small bag of frozen fruit or vegetables to the area to minimize swelling.
  • If the cut is larger than 1/4 inch, or if bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of cold treatment, go to the emergency room.


  • Eating very hot food (like pizza) can burn the roof of your mouth. These painful sores and blisters typically heal on their own. If they have not healed after 10 days, see your Scottsdale dentist.
  • In the meantime, use warm salt water rinses (1/8 of a teaspoon in 8 ounces of water) after meals to keep the area clean. If pain relief is needed use a topical oral anesthetic (found over-the-counter at your pharmacy). You can also take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.


If your mouth sores are caused by having new braces, apply a topical anesthetic (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy). To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.


See your Scottsdale dentist right away because gum pain or swelling can be the symptoms of an abscess (infection) that forms in gum tissue or in a tooth's root and the area that surrounds it. There are many reasons why gums can swell, become painful, or abscess. Only a thorough exam by your North Scottsdale Dentist can identify the underlying cause. If the abscess ruptures, you may experience a sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting fluid from the swollen or painful area. Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately.

Post Date: February 12, 2014

Cosmetic Dentistry Scottsdale, AZ

Are you looking for Cosmetic Dentistry services for you and your family? The team at My Scottsdale Dentist would like to invite you see why we've become one of the best teams doing Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ. The team of Dr. Poulos and Dr. Stevens has been creating beautiful smiles for 20 years. Our office is known as being fun, friendly, and a full service office. 

We know that nothing beats a great team. The team of Dr. Poulos and Dr. Stevens, along with their friendly staff enjoys working together and they strive to make your visit a comfortable one.

Some people are born with beautiful smiles, others need some help, Dr. Poulos and Dr. Stevens are recognized leaders in Cosmetic Dentistry, which includes:

  • Lumineers & Porcelain Veneers-which are porcelain veneers or thin layers of porcelain that fits over your prepared front teeth.
  • Dental Implants- are permanent crowns that can be worn with confidence. Your teeth will appear more natural than with dentures or partial dentures.
  • Invisalign and Orthodontics- for patients that who could use some straightening of their teeth. Invisalign is a great option for your active teens.
  • Teeth Whitening- for special events or for patients that want a professional longer lasting result from a dental professional.
  • Dentures- full and partial dentures, repairs and relines.

Cosmetic dentistry involves several approaches to making you look your best. We can combine several options to improve your smile while keeping it within your budget. If you would like to discuss some of our options, we would love to meet with you!

We offer free dental consultations for any dental questions and please ask about it.

New patient offer, free exam and X-rays for a limited time for new patients only. Refer a friend and get a free gift card!

So what are you waiting for? Our friendly staff is waiting for your call! (480) 614-1122. My Scottsdale Dentist. You cancontact us  follow us onTwitter and like us onFacebook. Check out of daily specials on our Facebook page.

Post Date: February 6, 2014