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Family Dentistry

Quality Dental Care for the Whole Family

When you have a family, ensuring that they are healthy and well cared for is a top priority for you, and dental care is no different.

W Dental provides top-tier dental services for families of all sorts across Fresno and the surrounding communities. Dr. Jacob Weissich and his team apply their skill and experience to deliver personalized care for every member of your family.

Ready to receive the great dental care your family deserves? Contact our office and make your appointment today!

CALL US: (559) 431-9104 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


What is Family Dentistry?

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Family dentistry is all about ensuring that every patient receives quality dental care that meets the needs and challenges of their specific age group. This means customized, age-appropriate dental care for every child, teen, adult, and senior who visits our office. Dr. Weissich has experience with patients of all ages, and is passionate about providing personalized care to each of them.

How Family Dentistry Benefits You

Having a single dentist you can rely on to care for your entire family comes with numerous benefits. Since family dentists see a broad range of patients with different needs, you can expect them to be experienced and skilled in various services.

When it comes to your children, a family dentist can continue to care for them throughout their lifetime, while a pediatric dentist works exclusively with children. Having the same dentist builds confidence and trust, and their familiarity with your child’s history makes it easier to spot changes and detect problems quickly.

Having one dentist for an entire family also presents a unique opportunity for advanced care. The dentist gets to understand the health and challenges of each member and the family as a whole, which can help to identify genetic, environmental, or lifestyle influences on oral health.

Best of all, when you have one dentist for the whole family, you can have confidence that everyone receives the same high level of care.


Helping Children Enjoy Dental Visits

A child’s early dental experiences have a huge impact on how they feel about dentistry as adults and could determine whether they seek out dental care later in life. We value this relationship and always do our best to make dental care feel safe and fun for our young patients.

Dr. Weissich and his team work to build a personal relationship with each child, fostering feelings of trust and comfort during dental visits. We use kid-friendly terms when talking with them, and always treat them with patience, kindness, and respect. We also encourage them with fun and positivity whenever possible.


What to Expect During My Child’s First Visit

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We want to do all we can to help your child have a positive first impression during their visit. We invite and encourage parents to visit us before their child’s appointment to get to know the office and address any questions or concerns you may have. When you feel comfortable, it helps your child to feel comfortable, too.

During their first visit, Dr. Weissich’s first priority is to get to know your child and establish trust. Using a positive and engaging approach, he talks to them about their teeth and helps them understand the dental office. If they are comfortable, he will perform a gentle, non-invasive exam. If your child is stressed, he treats them patiently and can schedule the exam for a later visit.

A child’s dental care focuses on preventing health problems, monitoring their growth, and addressing problems quickly and effectively. We pay close attention to common issues children face, including tooth decay, misalignment, and jaw development.

What if My Child is Nervous?

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It’s normal for children to feel nervous when visiting the dentist, especially if they’re young. If you expect that your child will be nervous, or if you are also stressed by dental visits, please discuss it with us beforehand. We’ll do all we can to help both you and your child feel safe and relaxed.

We are always patient with children and strive to be gentle and calm during exams and treatment. Working with them at their pace ensures that they never feel rushed or overwhelmed.

In cases where your child continues to feel stressed, we can provide conscious sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help your child relax and receive the dental care they need.

5 Easy and Helpful Ways to Help Kids Enjoy Healthy Smiles

Practicing good oral health and hygiene at home is just as important as regular dental visits. Here are five simple ways for you to help your child’s teeth stay healthy today and for years to come.

  1. Let your child pick their toothbrush. Making a personal choice helps them to enjoy brushing more and get excited about it!
  2. Brush your teeth together. This is great bonding time and helps you set a positive example of good hygiene habits.
  3. Download kid-friendly dental apps. There are plenty of apps your child can have fun with while also encouraging a positive attitude towards dental care.
  4. Trade sugary fruit juice for raw fruits and vegetables. Not only will they receive better nutrition, but they’ll have a much lower risk of cavities.
  5. Use songs and games to make hygiene fun. Both songs and games are important learning devices, and they can be fun for both of you!

Adult-Focused Dental Care

Just as children need devoted attention to ensure a healthy smile, adults also face unique challenges, and both need and deserve quality dental care. Dr. Weissich offers holistic dental care tailored to you and your personal needs.

What is Holistic Dentistry?

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A holistic approach to dentistry is about treating the person as a whole, not just their symptoms. We take the time to get to know each patient as an individual to better understand their oral health, overall health, and the challenges that affect both.

Many people don’t realize that dentistry isn’t simply about your teeth. Your oral health is strongly connected to the rest of your body and has a significant impact on your health overall. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Weissich takes the time to understand this connection and provide treatment that benefits your entire well-being.

Every treatment we provide is completely personalized. When planning treatments, Dr. Weissich considers your goals, concerns, situation, and lifestyle to provide treatment that uniquely caters to your needs. This often includes everything from providing consistent in-office care to helping you do your part at home with good hygiene and nutrition planning.


Sleep Apnea and Dental Care

We provide dental care and treatment for patients dealing with sleep apnea. This condition has a significant impact on a person’s health and well-being, and Dr. Weissich is committed to helping his patients enjoy better health through personalized dental treatment. Using innovative treatment, such as specialized dental appliances, we can help our patients receive the quality rest they need.

Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea

If you’ve lived with sleep apnea for some time, you’ve likely experienced its effects without actually realizing them. A good night’s rest is essential for short- and long-term health, which is why treating sleep apnea offers such great benefits for our patients.

Better Health – Sleep is essential for allowing your body to rest and replenish itself at night. Sleep apnea disrupts sleep, making it hard to rest. Effective treatment ensures you are able to reach deep sleep, improving your health across the board.

Better Focus – Complete rest leads to better alertness, concentration, and focus throughout the day. People find they’re more efficient and less distracted when completing tasks after they’ve had a good night’s rest.

Emotional Stability – Sleep is also important for your emotional and psychological well-being. People who feel rested generally have a better mood and more prolonged positivity. Treating sleep apnea may even play a role in reducing the risk of depression.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

One of the most difficult things about diagnosing sleep apnea is that the person who has it can’t be awake to witness it. Instead, we rely on various clues to determine whether someone is at risk. If sleep apnea is likely, we can refer a patient for a sleep test, which will confirm whether sleep apnea is present.

Sleep apnea is more common in men, especially if they are over 40 and tend to be overweight. However, it’s possible for women and younger people to develop sleep apnea as well, especially if they have a family history or difficulty breathing through their nose due to allergies, sinus issues, or a deviated septum.

Dentists can sometimes spot signs of sleep apnea in undiagnosed patients. Many patients with sleep apnea also experience nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism), a side effect of the body trying to reopen the airway. This leads to multiple dental symptoms, including:

  • Aching jaw muscles and joints
  • Painful chewing
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Dental Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. These machines deliver gently pressurized air to keep the airway open at night and reduce waking. However, in cases where a CPAP may not be a good fit for the patient, a personalized dental appliance provides a beneficial alternative.

There are two main types of oral appliances for sleep apnea:

Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) – This device looks similar to a mouth guard. Placed over the upper and lower jaw, it uses metal hinges to ease the lower jaw forward and hold it in place, which keeps it from sliding back and blocking the airway.

Tongue Retaining Device – Rather than moving the jaw, this device includes a splint that holds the tongue in place via suction. This keeps the tongue from sliding back and allowing the soft tissue to block the airway, thus protecting your breathing and peaceful sleep.

The dentist can discuss the benefits of each device and will work with you to find the best solution for your unique situation.


Dental Care for Seniors

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Many people assume that tooth loss is inevitable with aging. However, this is not the case. While seniors face many age-related changes that can make tooth loss more likely, it is possible with attentive dental care for seniors to enjoy healthy smiles well into their golden years.

The most important thing to pay attention to is gum health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and the risk for gum disease increases in seniors. It’s also common for seniors to face issues with side effects of medication. If they struggle with mobility or performing daily tasks, oral hygiene will naturally be impacted as well.

Dr. Weissich works with senior patients to help them identify their oral health risks and understand how to deal with them. He also provides restorations, such as dental implants, to help those dealing with tooth loss to enjoy a stable, appealing smile.


Sedation Dentistry for Anxious Patients

Dental anxiety is sadly common in patients of all ages. This could be due to a bad personal experience, learned from relatives in childhood, or general anxiety. Whatever the cause, for some, dental anxiety is so severe that it keeps them from receiving the care they need.

We feel strongly about helping patients receive essential care, and do all we can to help patients with anxiety. Our staff are compassionate and understanding, and always treat our patients with kindness and respect.

If you find dental care stressful, our office can provide sedation dentistry, which allows you to receive care comfortably and stress-free. Nitrous oxide allows you to feel relaxed, yet still be alert and able to communicate. If you need heavier sedation, we also offer IV sedation so that you can rest during your treatment and have no memory of it afterward.


Experienced, Compassionate Care

At W Dental, we believe that everyone deserves exceptional dental care, no matter their age or circumstance. For personalized, holistic dental care, contact our office and make your appointment today.

CALL US: (559) 431-9104 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


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