Sabrina Magid-Katz, DMD
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Q: What innovative technologies do you use in your practice, and how do they improve the patient experience?
A: Our practice is called Advanced Dentistry of Westchester, because it offers patients of all ages the latest in dental care available in less than 1 percent of dental offices nationwide. What does that mean for patients? Areas of decay are diagnosed early using low radiation digital x-rays, intraoral photos, and Doppler images, which provide greater accuracy that you can clearly see and understand. Early detection means pinpointing problems at an earlier stage, so technology such as lasers and air abrasion can be used to clean out decay comfortably and painlessly without getting numb or using a drill while preserving more healthy tooth structure.
Q: Is there technology for more complex procedures?
A: Digital impressions can be taken (no mush in the back of your throat) and natural-looking, metal-free crowns created in one visit using a 3-D mill with CAD/CAM technology. For missing teeth, our Cone Beam CT machine takes 3-D x-rays, so implants can be planned safely and accurately. Multiple implants can be placed with computer-guided technology for even greater accuracy. When anesthesia is required, we can reverse the anesthetic so that you can get back to work and life more quickly.
Q: What about stopping problems before they start? Can technology be used for prevention?
A: For patients that have spent their entire lives treating cavities with fillings and crowns, a proven successful prevention program means you can finally save time, money, effort, and enjoy going to the dentist for simple cleanings. But prevention technology goes beyond the teeth. Oral cancer screening with the VELscope light, which is painless and has no side effects, enables detection of pre-cancerous cell changes, so treatment can be easier and more effective. Our home sleep test and special mouth guard for patients who snore and are at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea can decrease the chance of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, depression, and diabetes.
Q: What can be used to make people who have a phobia of the dentist more comfortable and at ease?
A: Nitrous oxide, commonly called sweet air or laughing gas, can help ease nerves for even simple cleanings. A separate consultation appointment can be made to discuss the treatment plan and explain procedures with photos and other visual technology. Many people are afraid of the needle and drill, so technology such as lasers and air abrasion can be used painlessly without anesthetic (no needle or numbness) and without the dreaded noise or vibration. Our iPods and chairs with heat and massage allow you to relax more fully, as well as virtual reality glasses to watch movies during longer procedures.
Q: How do you treat kids differently? Can technology help them have a good experience?
A: From the start, children enter a fun, non-threatening environment where they are never restrained and work with us for lifelong healthy teeth. Pictures of their teeth provide motivation to keep the “bugs” away. Patients watch our “tinkerbell” transilluminator make their teeth glow like jack-o-lanterns to see cavities inside of their teeth. Even fillings are painless and fun; kids call our laser the “popcorn machine,” since it makes popping noises without numbing or pain as it cleans the cavity. Sand and air also clean cavities comfortably without noise or worrying about needles or numb lips. It’s just a little fun at the pretend beach with the dentist.
Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz is a practicing dentist and partner at Advanced Dentistry of Westchester, which offers patients of all ages the latest in dental care available in less than 1 percent of dental offices nationwide. Dr. Magid-Katz has been selected as one of “America’s Top Dentists” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America, has been inducted into the Business Council of Westchester’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars,” and has received Westfair’s “Women Making an Impact” award. Dr. Magid-Katz has been named by Westchester Magazine as one of the “22 People to Watch” and also as one of their “Healthcare Heroes” for her leadership in treating deaf and hard-of-hearing patients, and as a lecturer to dental societies, with extensive experience identifying and treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
She is a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, which is dedicated to improving inter-disciplinary healthcare collaboration and promoting awareness of the science-driven relationships between oral health and whole body health.
Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz grew up in Westchester and graduated from Byram Hills High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science at Duke University and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During her training she did research in the durability of the dental ceramics used in CAD/CAM restorations, an externship in “eastern dentistry” as practiced in China, and a medical-dental mission to the remote villages in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Dr. Magid-Katz completed a residency in all facets of general dentistry at NewYork-Presbyterian – New York Methodist Hospital where she was named “Resident of The Year.” In addition to practicing at Advanced Dentistry of Westchester, Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz is a clinical instructor of Honors Esthetics at NYU College of Dentistry.
Advanced Dentistry of Westchester
163 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528