Dental Care That Puts You, The Patient, First
When you step inside the friendly office of Salmon Creek WA dentist Dale Nelson, DMD, we’ll always have time for you. Time to offer you refreshments. Time to bring you a warm blanket and pillow. Time to explain everything we do.
Here we provide a unique blend of state-of-the-art dentistry with gentle, personalized care. If you need a general dentist in Vancouver, Washington or the Salmon Creek or Hazel Dell areas, contact us today.
We’ll Treat You Like Family
At our office, you will be surrounded by true professionals who will cater to your every need. Dr. Nelson and his caring, helpful staff work in unison to provide you with a thorough, comfortable dental experience.
Dr. Nelson will spend as much time as needed with you. Talking with you. Listening to you. Answering all your questions and addressing your concerns in plain English. Afterward, he will create a customized treatment plan for you. His goal is to create healthy, beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.
For Your Comfort and Safety
At Salmon Creek Family Dental, we understand that coming to the dentist can involve an increase in anxiety. There are many ways that we can help you relax while trusting us with your care. Amenities we provide for your comfort include:
- Music – Feel at ease with a variety of music choices.
- Neck Pillows – Decrease tension in your neck and shoulders with a supportive neck pillow.
- Blankets – Relax and snuggle up under one of our fleece blankets.
- Light Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide – Pre-operative prescriptions for oral medications that cause light sedation are provided as needed. These medications allow patients to remain fully awake for the procedures, but the oral sedation medication provides increased comfort and reduces anxiety.
- Infection Control – The infection controls that we use at Salmon Creek Family Dental protect both staff and patients.
Dr. Nelson and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Latex-free gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
Payment, Insurance, Billing and Financing Options
We work with most dental insurance plans and we’re a Preferred Provider for major insurance providers, including:
- Washington Dental Service
- Oregon Dental Service
- Delta Dental
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Cigna, Aetna, Guardian
We accept major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We also happily offer Senior Discounts.
Facilities and Equipment
Salmon Creek Family Dental staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Digital imaging allows Dr. Nelson to see beyond what can be detected during a visual exam, providing information to diagnose cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of your teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, and assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dr. Nelson chooses carefully when it comes to the timing of x-rays. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50% less when compared to traditional methods. Digital imaging also provides patient images that can be quickly and easily transferred to specialists or insurance companies.
Intraoral Camera Technology
Our intraoral camera technology enhances your understanding of your dental needs. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long – that enables Dr. Nelson to view exact images of your mouth, teeth and gums.
With these accurate, enlarged images, Dr. Nelson can see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. The images captured by intraoral cameras can also be saved in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments, be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
A build-up of tartar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. A piezo scaler helps to efficiently and comfortably remove tartar that has built up on your teeth. It works by using ultrasonic vibrations along with a water stream that washes debris away from the tooth. Part of a regular teeth cleaning, the piezo scaler provides a more convenient and quicker way to remove harmful tartar from your smile.