HEATH – Crooked teeth? Broken teeth?
Who do you know who really needs some dental work but can’t afford it?
Dr. Robyn Abramczyk at Smile Ranch Family Dentistry in Heath is now offering $5,000 worth of dental services for no charge to one lucky Rockwall County resident.
All you have to do to nominate someone is to email a photo and story explaining why they need the dental services to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. On Feb. 4, Facebook users are invited to visit the Smile Ranch Facebook page to vote for their favorite story.
Dr. Abramczyk, who opened Smile Ranch at 6700 Horizon Rd. in July, 2011, will review the nominations with her staff and select the lucky winner shortly after.
Last year’s winner was Suzan Ribaudo-Olson, who was nominated by members of her family. Her dental work was completed in April, 2012, according to this YouTube video entitled “Suzan’s New Smile,” produced by her family.
Smile Ranch is a new kind of dental office, according to Dr. Abramczyk and her staff.
In its spa-like environment, featuring heated massage dental chairs, they use the latest state-of-the-art technology and tools to provide frequently pain-free dentistry and achieve highly reliable results in far less time than in the offices of traditional dentists.
“We call it Zen Dentistry,” said Dr. Abramczyk. “Everything we do is meant to put our patients completely at ease.”
“At Smile Ranch we take advantage of the latest advances in dental technology – such as water laser dentistry to replace painful drilling – which often means anesthesia-free procedures and no pain.”
For those who prefer anesthesia, Dr. Abramczyk offers nitrous oxide, conscious sedation and IV sedation for a soothing experience.
Dental fear is common, she said. Studies estimate that 50% of Americans avoid regular dental visits because of anxiety.
Dr. Abramczyk said her fear of the dentist as a child fueled her desire to give her patients a decidedly different experience.
“Before I became a dentist, I was ‘dental phobic.’ I just hated to go to the dentist.”
Rather than to give in to that fear, she decided to do something about it – for herself and others
“Many people avoid going to the dentist simply out of fear. The first thing that comes to mind are sharp objects, the high whine of the drill and the pain of a needle. It doesn’t have to be like that, though,” she explained.
“Whether your anxiety stems from a past negative dental visit, fear of discomfort, or embarrassment about the condition of your smile, sedation will allow you to face dental visits with confidence and achieve the strong, healthy smile you deserve.”
One of the most exciting new advancements in dentistry is the use of lasers.
Dr. Abramczyk said she uses hard and soft-tissue lasers to perform a variety of procedures that once required invasive, fear-inducing tools. Dentistry performed with a laser is said to deliver a more comfortable experience. Most patients don’t require anesthesia during laser surgery, making laser dentistry ideal for children and adults.
Lasers work is performed by emitting a high-frequency stream of focused light energy. Using a laser, Dr. Abramczyk said she can treat a precise area without affecting surrounding tissue. The laser seals and sterilizes tissues as it goes, so bleeding is minimal and there’s no need for stitches. Lasers speed up treatment and recovery time, too. You’ll spend less time in their office.
Some examples of laser dentistry include:
Smile Ranch also offers cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign clear braces, Lumineers veneers, Snap On Smile, Lumibrite whitening, EZLaze laser whitening and oral cancer detection.
Dr. Abramczyk graduated from Rockwall High School and graduated in 2006 as a doctor of dental surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry. She is a member of the North Texas Dental Society, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Prior to becoming a dentist, she completed two years of clinical research at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest in Dallas, Texas where she studied retinal diseases in the retinal degeneration laboratory. She then earned a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences in the Human and Molecular Genetics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She has co-authored many publications during her research experiences.
Many insurance programs are accepted, plus flexible financing options are also available through Chase Health Advance.
For info, call Smile Ranch at 972-772-SMILE (7645).
By J.J. Smith