Sherwood Dental....

We are open for business! Welcome Back!!!

We have missed seeing the smiling faces of our patients for what has felt like forever. The decision back in March to close Sherwood Dental due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as unprecedented as it was, was not taken lightly and was absolutely necessary for the safety of our team, our patients, and the community around us.

Our doctors, hygienists, assistants and administration team are very proud of how Sherwood Dental's preventative and minimally invasive philosophies of dental treatment and oral healthcare have kept so many of you free from emergency or urgent need while we have been unable to see patients in person.

Having gone above and beyond the most current guidelines for dental offices in Ontario (RCDSO) by implementing extra enhanced measures and aerosol management equipment, Sherwood Dental is open and ready to provide the complete level of care that our patients have been accustomed to for so many years.

Our focus at Sherwood Dental has always been one of striving to exceed our patients' expectations. As such, we have gone to great lengths and meticulous planning to assure that our patients and our team are in an environment that keeps everyone safe and healthy at all times. From the moment that you enter our office, during the time of your treatment, and until the moment that you leave, our enhanced protocols and specialized equipment will be in place for your added protection.

We are happy and excited again to be doing what we love to do...help everyone with their oral healthcare needs and enjoy the time that we get to spend with all of our wonderful patients.

Looking forward to seeing your smiles really soon.

Stay well and healthy,
Dr. Gaines and your Sherwood Dental Team

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No drill? No problem! Enjoy gentle dental treatment with laser technology in Oakville ON

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Drs. Gaines and Patel and the entire Sherwood Dental team encourage you to get to know modern dentistry.
Sherwood Dental is dentistry for people who love to smile, and not only do we create smiles patients are proud to show off, but our patients’ experiences at our office are also worth smiling about. Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel and the friendly team offer advanced technologies and techniques that promote comfort. Laser Dental Treatment in Oakville ON is a perfect complement for this approach, because lasers eliminate many of the concerns that patients have traditionally had about dentistry.

Farewell, dental fear!

Studies have shown that the biggest sources of dental fear and phobia are:

  • The sound and sensation of the dental drill
  • Clinical smells
  • Shots to numb the mouth (and the sight of the needle!)
  • Lingering numbness; puffy face
  • Loss of control when under sedation
  • Potential discomfort during treatment

Laser technology eliminates the need for the drill, needle, numbing medications, and sedation. It provides a gentle treatment that patients tolerate very well, but without the need for pain control or other medications.

How do they do it?

Lasers represent a category of medicine and applications ranging from cancer diagnostics to cardiovascular surgery to corrective ophthalmological treatments like Lasik. There are many types of laser devices that generally involve the direction of an intense, narrow beam of light to the treatment site. As energy from the light is precisely applied to the target area, tissues may be:

  • Removed
  • Shaped
  • Manipulated in other ways, depending on patient need
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Dentistry, the laser way

These instruments have been used in the dental world since the 1990s. They are considered to be a minimally invasive alternative to conventional instruments, such as dental drills, scalpels, and needles. Less invasive procedures are often associated with fewer side effects, such as less bleeding, swelling, and sensitivity. When there is less to recover from, downtime and demands on your body for healing are also reduced. In addition, lasers promote the body’s own healthy healing and tissue regeneration. Since the laser beam is pinpointed exactly to trouble areas, healthy tissues remain intact, and natural structure is preserved.

As with applications in other branches of medicine, laser dentistry is largely divided into two categories: diagnostic and treatment. A small sample of tissue may be gently and safely removed for biopsy to check for the presence of cancer cells. Laser devices help to aid in the accurate identification of hardened plaque or tartar on the tooth surfaces above and below gum tissues. The technology treats a number of diagnosed conditions and even addresses cosmetic needs. In-office tooth bleaching is so fast because the whitening ingredients are light-activated by the laser. The pain of canker and cold sores may be relieved with laser instruments, and gums may be reshaped and bacteria removed to treat gum disease. This approach is considered to be less invasive and better-tolerated that traditional incisional surgery and may be recommended if traditional scaling and root planing hasn’t achieved good results.

Lasers can also treat damaged hard tissues. For example, a tooth that is decayed can be repaired with devices that remove the bacteria and debris responsible for the decay. The technology is also used to prepare teeth for treatment, such as teeth with cavities for fillings and infected pulp tissue for root canal therapy. There are more ways to use lasers in dentistry than ever before for the comfortable and precise treatment of both hard and soft tissues.

The Waterlase difference

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Sherwood Dental is pleased to offer the Waterlase system. The phrase “natural water-powered dentistry” sums up this therapy, which combines the laser with water via a continuous spray. Since teeth are partially made up of water, when Waterlase comes into contact with the tooth, those water molecules get excited and cut through the tooth – no drill or scalpel required. Water also helps to keep the treatment area hydrated, so patients don’t feel the laser at all! Even our youngest patients love it. As the tooth is hydrated throughout, Waterlase safely controls the heat that is produced during treatment for utmost comfort and a low-risk procedure.

Drs. Gaines and Patel and the entire Sherwood Dental team encourage you to get to know modern dentistry. Contact us to schedule an appointment and to benefit from lasers and our other advanced and gentle tools and techniques, available at our convenient office on South Sheridan Way in Oakville.
Dr. Stephen Gaines

Sherwood Dental

Dr. Stephen Gaines

Lead dentist Dr. Stephen Gaines is an authority on restorative, cosmetic, rehabilitative, and laser dentistry. Having graduated from the University of Toronto, he earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (1997). He follows continuing education courses to keep up with dentistry developments. He’s a lecturer, trainer and Fellow and Founding Member of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.

Dr. Arti Patel has extensive clinical experience in cosmetic/restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry.

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The staff at Sherwood Dental have always been awesome. I never have to wait more than a few minutes for my appt, they are very prompt and efficient. They also always try to resolve my issues the first time I mention them. I feel that Dr. Gaines does not perform procedures that are not necessary, just to make money, as he has honestly told me before that I do not need certain things, when my previous dentist told me that I did (and Dr. Gaines told me why my other dentist may have suggested it, and why he did not necessary agree). Love these guys!

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Fabulous Dental Practice - First off they value your time as much as you do. The entire team is happy to work there, which shows in the way they treat the clients. The equipment is top notch. I'm very happy even if they find a cavity.

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About as much fun you can have with going to the dentist. The professional and caring attitude of the dentists, hygienists, and office staff make you feel like part of their family. And if you and the Argonauts are lucky, you might get to see the Grey Cup along with a few players they look after.

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