Sedation Dentistry

October 19th, 2020











We understand that going to the dentist may be stressful for some of our patients. If you're nervous about your dental visit, let us know! We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your dental treatment and are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • Apprehension about certain dental procedures

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits of sedation dentistry, including:

  • Less fear or anxiety during treatment
  • More comfort during dental procedures
  • A more relaxing dental experience

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it's a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

Oral Sedation

Anxiolysis is a light form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety or those with longer procedures or more complex situations. Mild sedation is administered orally with a small pill. You will remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.  All patients who receive oral sedation are required to have someone drive them home after their appointment.  Anxiolysis also has limitations on eating or drinking before your visit.

Inhaled Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Administered through a small mask that fits over your nose, it is an effective way to calm anxiety, raise your pain threshold, and even make time seem like it's passing quicker than usual. At the end of your appointment, you'll resume breathing regular oxygen, and all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear, so you can resume your normal activities immediately. Nitrous oxide sedation allows patients to drive home after their appointments and does not require any restrictions on diet prior to the visit.

Understanding the range of choices that are available to relieve anxiety and discomfort can be very useful. Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method is right for you.

Tooth Grinding & ‘TMJ’

October 6th, 2020

Tooth Grinding & ‘TMJ’


Many of us are unaware of the research that has been done, in the past 15 years, to determine the actual reason our patients grind their teeth. Most assume it is ‘stress’ related and, while that can be one factor, it is often not the main reason. The 5 Reasons people grind their teeth are as follows:

  1. Unstable Bite
  2. Orthopedic damage and deterioration of the TMJ
  3. Stress ( physical and emotional)
  4. Poor Airway during sleep ( snoring and OSA)
  5. Pharmacology ( medication induced grinding)

Here at Yellow Springs Dental, Dr. Rogers has focused his career to advanced training in the diagnosis, causes and treatments for tooth grinding. Please contact us if you have concerns about unnecessary tooth loss from grinding and/or pain associated with ‘TMJ’.

Guided Dental Implant Placement

September 16th, 2020

Guided Dental Implant Placement

At Yellow Springs Dental, we are excited to announce the implementation of the latest technology in the placement of Dental Implants. Utilizing state-of-the-art dental imaging with Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), and partnering with a top-notch dental laboratory, Dental Implant placement has become incredibly precise.

CBCT allows the reconstruction of the patient’s anatomy in 3D. All surgical sites are carefully evaluated for adequate bone supply and also to avoid certain structures (nerve canals sinuses, etc.) that can lead to challenges prior to this technology. This image is then shared with the dental laboratory that has software to virtually place the Dental Implant for optimal position for the future dental restoration. Implant manufacturer types, sizes and positions can all be decided prior to the placement now and then a Surgical Guide Stent is fabricated to duplicate this position exactly during the procedure.The end result of Guided Dental Implant Placement is shortened surgical times, quicker healing and the implant is placed in the ideal location for the future dental restoration. Yellow Springs Dental is happy to share this as a Win-Win-Win for all of our patients!

Cosmetic Dentistry

March 10th, 2020

Your smile is one of your most important features. Dentistry is continually evolving, and with a variety of advanced treatment options, achieving a beautiful, healthy, aesthetic smile is made easy for patients of all ages.


If you're considering cosmetic dental treatment, ask yourself a few simple questions:

  • Do you hesitate when you smile?
  • Would you like to increase your self-confidence?
  • Do you want to look your best in social or professional situations?
  • Are you ready to reverse any dental imperfections you may have?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer you've been looking for!


Let us help you achieve your smile goals! Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dental care; it is both an art and science. By providing cosmetic dental care, your dentist is able to offer smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance treatments for optimal dental health. Using cutting-edge techniques and advanced materials, our office proudly offers you a beautiful, natural smile and all the benefits that come with it.

Some of the treatment options could include but not limited to:

  1. Teeth Whitening
  2. Cosmetic Bonding
  3. Veneers
  4. Crowns
  5. Dental Implants
  6. Orthodontic treatment

Professional Teeth Whitening:

Molds of your teeth are taken to make custom trays that fit your teeth optimally. Then a whitening agent is dispensed into the reservoirs and tray is seated in your mouth. This is usually worn for a few minutes for about 3-4 weeks until desired result is achieved.

Cosmetic Bonding:

The material of choice is resin composite. It usually requires abrading of tooth to allow for the bonding of the resin. Bonding is one of the most conservative and cost-effective way to treat decay, chip or discoloration. Usually done in a single visit.


Most common material of choice is usually porcelain veneers. It requires minimal removal of enamel to allow for seating of the veneers.  Veneers are sometimes used to close spaces or fix crowding or mis-shaped teeth. They also help in enhancing smiles by correcting discoloration and chips


Most common material of choice is usually Porcelain. It encompasses and protects the entire tooth so more preparation of the tooth is necessary. This is a great option for teeth are compromised due to large decay, fracture, or discoloration.

Dental Implants:

Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.


There’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth with the most advanced clear aligner in the world. Our office is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign clear aligners, which give you a clear, convenient, and comfortable option to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Feel more confident about your appearance with a new smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. You no longer have to suffer from missing, chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. Contact our practice today and schedule your smile makeover!

No Dental Benefits? No Problem. We Have you Covered!!!

January 27th, 2020

No Dental Benefits? No Problem.

We Have You Covered!!

Introducing YSD Perks. Yellow Springs is excited to announce just launched or Membership Plan in late 2019. YSD Perks provides the professional oral care you want and deserve at an affordable price. Many of our patients, who have joined the plan, ask “How can we do this?”. It’s simple really. By offering the plan directly to you, we remove the cost and hassle of the middleman. We keep it simple, pass the savings to you, and thus we can focus on our core mission which is your dental health.

Here are some fantastic ‘perks’ to consider:

  • Benefits start immediately. Join today, save today!
  • Includes cleanings, exams and routine x-rays at no additional costs.
  • One Emergency Exam per year at no additional cost.
  • Provides exclusive discounts off other procedures, like fillings.
  • Includes 100% cost transparency.
  • There are no deductibles, annual maximums, or pre-approvals.
  • Membership runs for 12 months from the date you join.

We offer 3 customized plans for YOU and each includes preventive care at no additional cost. ADULT COMPLETE, CHILD COMPLETE, AND PERIODONTAL. Our patients find on average the savings to be well over $200 per year just for preventive care visits alone. Plus, each care plan includes Treatment Discounts. These discounts range from 5% to 20% depending upon the procedures and necessary lab expenses.

What else should you know?:

  • Our plan is NOT insurance, or a qualified plan under the Affordable Care Act. It CAN NOT be used in conjunction with any other dental benefit (insurance) plan.
  • Our plan includes a 30-day money back guarantee. You can cancel and receive a full refund up to 30 days after purchase IF no benefits have been used. Refunds and cancellations after 30 days will be based upon individual circumstances.
  • Payments for treatments, not included in the plan, is due at the time of service unless payment arrangements have been made in advance.
  • Our membership plan DOES NOT cover procedures completed by specialists, or other dental practices, outside of our location.

To learn more about YSD Perks, please visit www.kleer.com and enter office code KA6A. Please give us a call if you have any questions or if you wish to discuss in more detail. If you’re ready to take a more proactive approach to ensuring your dental health, it’s easy to enroll. Sign up directly in our office, by entering the code above, or via the Kleer mobile app.

Dental Implant Conference

December 7th, 2017



Dr. Rogers enjoyed time in Chicago this past weekend attending The Dental Implant Conference. He was joined by several local doctors, including Dr. Michael Will. Always growing and learning for you.

Sherman Ceramics Winter Open House

November 30th, 2017


Lindsey will be assisting her brother with his pottery sale after his 10th firing. All handmade functional pottery made by Tim Sherman. If you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift or something for yourself...stop by! Lindsey will personally hand wrap your selection.
Sherman Ceramics Winter Open House
December 2nd and 9th 2017
9am - 3pm
3710 Garfield Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783

Thanksgiving Favorites!

November 21st, 2017

Everyone has their favorites when it comes to the Thanksgiving Feast. Chris wanted to share one of her favorite recipes with you. 

Gourmet Sweet Potato Souffle
3 ½ pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon of white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup white sugar
1 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes, cover and cook until soft about 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside. 
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 2 quart soufflé dish. Sprinkle dish with 1 tablespoon of white sugar, shaking dish to evenly coat bottom and sides. 
3. Place the sweet potatoes into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter, ¾ cup sugar, heavy cream, eggs, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Process until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared soufflé dish. 
4. Bake the sweet potato mixture in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
5. Bake the sweet potato mixture until edges are slightly browned, about 40 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Helping people with Damaged Teeth, Snoring and Daytime Sleepiness

December 7th, 2016

Our office has recently began using a new home sleep-monitor on selected patients, called the DDME Bruxism Monitor, to determine the best treatment options for people at risk for extensive tooth damage. New research indicates that people grind their teeth (bruxism) for specific reasons. While most patients attribute the habit to stress; that is often unrelated to a habit that leads to significant damage to the teeth and subsequent excessive dental expenses.

More often people clench and grind their teeth due either to bite (occlusion) issues OR an obstructed airway that occurs during sleep. Determining the underlying cause of tooth grinding/clenching will lead to dramatic differences in the recommended treatment to decrease the habit and protect the teeth. Prior to this research; all bruxism/clenching habits were treated the same. Selecting the wrong treatment can lead to an increase in the habit, and symptoms, while also leaving a dangerous condition untreated.

People that grind/clench their teeth due to bite or stress problems often need a more traditional (but well adjusted) ‘night guard’.  Those who show signs of tooth damage from clenching/grinding, and who also report snoring or other indicators of poor sleep patterns, need a very different type of appliance. These type of appliances often improve or correct the airway problem, thus eliminating snoring and providing a more sound and restful sleep, while also protecting the teeth from bruxism. This can be a life-saver as those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are prone to cardiac and stroke events.

We also now utilize a new in-office, inexpensive, bruxism/airway appliance that can be used to verify the effectiveness of this treatment. This appliance is called the BRX-PRO and is designed to be worn to prevent bruxism and also measure its impact on airway improvement (utilizing the DDME Bruxism Monitor). This is a very nice benefit to our patients as we can now measure the effectiveness of the appliance before they invest more time and money into the more permanent appliance.

Yellow Springs Dental strives to stay educated and ‘cutting-edge’ in order to continue to provide the best dental care possible for our family of patients. On your next visit; let us know if you want us to look further into helping you or your family members prevent damage to their teeth and eliminate an annoying snoring habit.

Snoring, mouth-breathing tots more likely to develop behavioral problems

July 6th, 2016

(CBS News) Snoring has been tied to many health problems in adults, including obesity, sleep apnea, and a higher risk for heart disease. But according to a new study, snoring may also be problematic for kids' mental health.

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The study found toddlers who snore are more likely to develop behavioral problems like hyperactivity once they reach school-age.
For the study, published in the March 5 issue of Pediatrics, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York City, examined the impact of "sleep-disordered breathing" on kids' behavior by looking at survey results from parents of more than 11,000 children over a six-year-period. Sleep-disordered breathing includes snoring, mouth breathing, and sleep apnea.
Parents were asked to fill out sleep surveys at various intervals when their kids were 6 months to 7 years old, and when their kids were approximately 4 or 7-year-olds, the parents filled out a behavioral assessment.
By study's end, the researchers found children whose sleep-disordered breathing peaked at 6 or 18 months old were between 40 and 100 percent more likely to develop behavioral problems by age 7, compared with kids who breathe normally during sleep. What's more, kids who had the worst behavioral problems had breathing problems throughout their infancy, which peaked when the child was 30 months old.
"This is the strongest evidence to date that snoring, mouth breathing, and apnea [abnormally long pauses in breathing during sleep] can have serious behavioral and social-emotional consequences for children," study author Dr. Karen Bonuck, professor of family and social medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein, said in written statement. "Parents and pediatricians alike should be paying closer attention to sleep-disordered breathing in young children, perhaps as early as the first year of life."
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Health and Neck Surgery, nearly one in 10 children snore regularly and 2 to 4 percent have sleep apnea. Common causes of sleep-disorder breathing are enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
What does snoring have to do with bad behavior? The researchers think these breathing troubles are affecting oxygen flow to the brain and disrupting the restorative processes of sleep, which results in problems related to areas of the brain that control for the abilities to pay attention, suppress behavior, and regulate emotions.
"We are sleeping to restore our brains, and sleep-disordered breathing interferes with that process," Bonuck told HealthDay. "For kids, these are critical periods in brain development."
Can anything be done to prevent future behavioral problems in snoring tots? Bonuck says parents should be paying close attention to how their kids sleep, and if they notice signs of sleep-disordered breathing, should talk to their pediatrician or take their child to an ear nose and throat doctor or a sleep specialist.

Dr. Jennifer John to join Yellow Springs Dental

June 21st, 2016

To our wonderful patients and friends:
At Yellow Springs Dental, we focus everyday on making sure that we treat our patients and their families the same way we’d treat our own families. That is who we are and is at the core of our vision and practice philosophy. We are always looking for new ways to live our vision and provide the best care for our patients. To that end, I am excited to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer John to our professional and caring team. This decision was made to help our practice to continue to grow, provide better access to our family of patients, and expand some of the cutting edge services we offer. Dr. John brings with her an exceptional education, experience, ethics and high standards and will be a wonderful addition to our practice.
So you can get to know her, here is her impressive background! Dr. John is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2014. She moved to Pennsylvania to complete her General Practice Dentistry at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has gained experience in the dental management of medically compromised and geriatric patients alike. Dr. John is passionate about preventive dentistry and patient education. She enjoys working with kids and instilling good dental habits at an early age. Dr. John is exceptionally talented in all aspects of general family dentistry. She enjoys attending continuing education courses in order to stay current with research, techniques and medical updates. She is an active member of American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Society and Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. John holds a dental license for both Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Dr. John and I will be teaming up to continue to provide the best dental care available today in our comprehensive family dental practice. I will be mentoring her in all aspects of our relationship-based private dental practice, which includes discussing individually tailored treatment plans and learning advanced techniques. It is through our close working relationship that I am excited and very certain this will serve to benefit all of our patients and local dental specialists.
And to even better serve our community with new solutions for care, Dr. John is also ‘in-network’ with select insurance carriers in order to provide better access for dental care for those with dental benefit restrictions. We will now be open extended hours to help accommodate busy schedules and emergency visits. Please call our office at 301-663-1700 if you have any questions and please make sure to welcome her when you have a chance to meet in person.
Thank you for your continued loyalty over the past 25 years. The confidence you have placed in me, and my incredible team of professionals in our office, is something I truly cherish and we will continue to provide new ways to make sure that each of you get the dental care and results you deserve and desire!