Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Katie Orr has made it her mission to promote dental health and wellness in her community. That includes maintaining the highest quality standards with her patients, as well as being a personable and caring holistic dentist.
If you are looking for holistic dentistry in Indianapolis, learn more about how our team can provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience that will be sure to leave a smile on your face.
What Holistic Dentistry Means to Dr. Katie
Holistic dentistry can be defined in many ways. For Dr. Katie, it is conducting individually appropriate, high-quality, biologically compatible, safe, and life-energy-enhancing natural dentistry. A holistic dentist needs to know the impact of her dentistry on the biology and the energy system of her patient. Wherever possible, noninvasive or minimally invasive treatments are used and recommended.
Also, Dr. Katie’s desire is for every appointment to be emotionally and spiritually harmonious for each patient. We strive to perform dental procedures in the gentlest and kindest way possible and with a little humor and friendliness. Always with a big smile on our faces, our goal is to maintain a calm and friendly office environment. We have many comfort mechanisms and alternative techniques to help our patients reduce and eliminate fears and phobias so that they can be in a low-stress state of mind.
The Products and Services We Offer as Your Indianapolis Holistic Dentist
Our holistic dentistry menu includes some of the following products and services for you to choose from:
- Safe, mercury-free fillings
- Safe mercury removal
- Fluoride-free cleaning, if needed
- Low-radiation, digital X-rays
- Organic products
- Calming and comfort techniques
- Sedation dentistry
- TMD/TMJ therapy
- Sleep apnea and snoring treatments
- Trigeminal nerve therapies
5 Alternative Dentistry Options That We Offer
1. Safe Amalgam Fillings Removal
As a part of her commitment to natural dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Katie Orr removes mercury amalgams in a safe manner, ensuring the least amount of mercury re-enters your body during the mercury removal process.
Dr. Orr follows the strictest IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) protocol (SMART) for the reduction of mercury exposure, and has additional options that include:
- Nutritional regimen to support the heavy metal detoxification from your body
- Pre-rinse of cholera and activated charcoal to bind to metals
- Supplemental oxygen during alloy removal
- Supplements for antioxidant support
- Air/vapor suction through high vacuum
- A latex-free rubber dam to isolate your teeth and lessen mercury exposure
- Cold water coolant spray while the fillings are removed
- Safety goggles to cover your eyes and face shields and hair/head coverings
The office also has state-of-the-art amalgam separators. These are devices designed to capture amalgam particles from dental office wastewater through sedimentation, filtration, centrifugation, or a combination of these mechanisms.
2. Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays use less radiation and are utilized utilized as part of a thorough examination.
During your evaluation appointment, radiographs (X-rays) are taken, which are provided as digital X-rays. Dr. Katie Orr is equipped with state-of-the-art digital radiographs for single-tooth viewing and diagnosis, full-mouth panoramic radiographs, and panoramic X-rays. All operatories (treatment rooms) have large computer monitors that allow enlargement of these radiographs so Dr. Orr and the patient (and parents if present) can review the findings and recommendations.
Why You Can Benefit from Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays, or digital radiographs, are electronic images taken using less radiation than conventional radiography. Digital radiography uses a digital image capture device that allows us to immediately view the image. The advantages of digital radiographs include:
- Significantly reducing amounts of radiation required from normal film x-rays
- Instantaneous viewing and assessment
- Ability to enlarge, define, and refine images
- No additional or higher fee for this service
3. Oral Cancer Screenings
While you are at Dr. Katie Orr’s office for a dental cleaning, you will have the opportunity to be screened for oral cancer. This important process can help prevent the escalation of cancer by detecting any indications early on in their progression. Even if you have no pain or discomfort, you could still have oral cancer, which can be detected using a special instrument (VELscope) Dr. Katie Orr has as your biological dentist in Indianapolis.
4. Sleep Apnea Devices
Restful sleep is a health issue. It is vital to your well-being to have a restful night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation (starving your body of oxygen and rest) results in irritability, memory loss, poor cognition, decreased immune function (increased colds), higher risk and exacerbation of diabetes, higher heart rate variability, and risk of heart problems, obesity, tremors, and body aches.
Snoring appliance therapy is one treatment for a better night’s sleep for the bed partner and physiologic sleep for the sufferer. Oral appliances for sleep apnea promote a slight repositioning of the mouth and neck in order to maintain normal breath. They resemble sports mouth guards, are made of soft but resilient thermoplastics, and are custom fitted to the person wearing them.
There are a number of oral appliance designs now approved for the treatment of sleep apnea. They hold the lower jaw slightly forward, which helps keep the tongue from blocking the throat, and prevents soft tissues from collapsing into the airway.
More than 90% of oral appliance wearers report satisfaction with their treatment and tend to stick with it far longer.
5. Silver Diamine Fluoride
We are one of the first and few dental offices in Indiana to offer this revolutionary treatment option for the management of tooth decay. Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an antimicrobial liquid that is able to treat cavities in a non-invasive, fast, affordable, and painless manner.
Some patients who have active tooth decay may be eligible for an alternative treatment that uses Silver Diamine Fluoride. FDA-cleared in August of 2014, SDF became commercially available to dental professionals in April of 2015 as Advantage Arrest by Elevate Oral Care.
Compared to a traditional filling that requires shots of local anesthetic and drilling of tooth structure, this treatment is non-invasive and more comfortable for the patient. It is a liquid that is simply brushed on to the cavity that can stop current decay and also prevent new decay in the future. This treatment is advantageous for children and elderly.
Some pros of SDF are that it has very low toxicity, it is quick, painless, non-invasive, affordable, and can stop tooth decay, as well as prevent recurrent decay. On the other hand, SDF permanently stains cavities black. SDF also does not restore tooth form or function, so large holes that trap food may still eventually require a traditional restoration. SDF requires repeat application for maximum efficacy and cannot be used in the presence of infection or decay in the nerve.
Benefits of Choosing Us as Your Biological Dentist in Indianapolis
Along with our vast array of services, Indianapolis, Indiana natural dentistry from Dr. Katie Orr strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for each patient who walks through the door.
When visiting our office, you can enjoy some of the following amenities:
- Stylish reception area – Relax in our modern and stylist atmosphere and enjoy a complimentary beverage
- Entertainment center – Netflix and Pandora are provided for your enjoyment. Watch a show or listen to your favorite artist so you are feeling like you are in your own relaxing space
- Support pillows – We offer both head and neck pillows for support and comfort
- The powder room – Our bathrooms are well stocked for post-treatment touchups as well as freshening up before your appointment. Complementary toothbrushes, mouthwash, and floss available, of course
- Aromatherapy – Relax your mind and indulge your senses
- Private transportation – This is arranged for you following extensive and involved treatments
- Blankets – Envelop yourself in the warmth with our cozy blankets
Lastly, Dr. Katie cares about the environment, so at our office we make a huge effort to recycle all paper products used in sterilizing our instruments. Every little bit makes a difference!
Looking for Natural Dentistry in Indianapolis? Contact Our Team Today!
If you are looking for a holistic, biological dentist in Indianapolis, let our team go above and beyond to ensure that your smile stays bright. Contact us today to begin your journey with our alternative dentistry practice!