Callister Dental
Braden Callister DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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For your convenience, we've collected a few of the questions we hear most often from patients. These questions cover everything from cosmetic dentistry to dental anxiety--with some of our philosophies thrown in for good measure. 

If you have a question not covered here, or if you would like more information, give us a call today.


Most procedures, including root canals, can be completed with nothing more than mild discomfort, which is not the same as pain. Most of us, after all, don’t feel comfortable when someone is working in our mouths.

Our dentists make sure the areas they’re working in are thoroughly numb, which means you may feel pressure but not a sting. If you do notice any pain, simply raise your hand, but pain is unlikely.

At Callister Dental, we also rely on technologies that allow for easier and sometimes faster procedures.

Aside from anesthesia, our dentists can administer nitrous oxide, a safe gas that produces feelings of ease and relaxation. Often patients who are concerned about pain spend their time in the dental chair anxious and anticipating pain that does not come. It is rare when a patient is in pain at Callister Dental.

Our team is very experienced when it comes to patient comfort. The most likely scenario is you relaxing with one of our neck pillows and surprised that it is going so well.

If you’re looking for a gentle dentist in Fresno, we invite you to contact our dental office today. We look forward to showing you how easy dental procedures can be when compassionate dentists are by your side.

If you’re currently seeing a dentist who is always finding new ways to spend your money or pushing expensive procedures without showing you evidence of a specific dental issue, it is best to move on to an honest and transparent dental team. 

At Callister Dental, we never over-treat or attempt to sell services to our patients. Our Fresno, CA dentists are always transparent and share their findings with you immediately, layout treatment options, and allow you to decide the course of your therapies.

We even utilize intraoral cameras—small cameras that take quality pictures of your teeth and gums. Our dentists will share these pictures with you if they discover an oral health issue that requires a specialized treatment. And they always make sure you understand their findings and all your treatment options.

Dr. Braden Callister and Dr. Don Christensen believe in taking a conservative and preventive approach to dentistry—in some cases, adopting a wait-and-see philosophy when appropriate.

Our goal is healthy teeth and smiles for our patients, and that is reflected in everything we do.

If you’re looking for an honest and friendly team, quality dentistry, and no pressure, we invite you to contact us to schedule your next dental exam.

At Callister Dental, our team strives to help each patient feel at ease and comfortable during dental appointments. This usually means relaxing with one of our neck pillows and a cozy blanket as our Fresno, CA dentists gently administer care, but it can also mean nitrous oxide (laughing gas) if you need a little extra reassurance.

Nitrous oxide is a safe gas delivered through a small nasal mask. It produces feelings of ease and euphoria. The good news is that nitrous oxide wears off immediately following mask removal. You are in good shape to drive yourself home, and nitrous oxide is even safe for children.

At Callister Dental, our dentists never begin an invasive procedure unless you are thoroughly numb. Most patients who come to our dental office suffering from dental anxiety are surprised by the easy and painless care our team delivers.

For those who suffer from severe anxiety, our dentists can partner with a specialist and refer you for full sedation.

Our goal is always to keep you relaxed, comfortable, and smiling.

If you’re looking for a gentle dentist in Fresno, CA, contact Callister Dental today. If you have any questions about nitrous oxide or the services we offer, we are always available to answer your questions.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Callister Dental offers individualized treatment plans that can improve your smile based on your goals and budget. We provide several cosmetic dentistry options in Fresno, CA to help patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

If your teeth are yellow or discolored, we offer professional teeth whitening treatments that you can do at home on your own time! These treatments are far superior to drugstore whitening kits, and your teeth will be several shades whiter by the time you’ve finished treatment.

We also offer veneers and crowns to effectively conceal tooth flaws—everything from gummy smiles to a misshapen tooth, from misalignment to cracks.

At Callister Dental, we can also straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign or ClearCorrect in Fresno, CA. These treatments rely on clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth.

Our Fresno, CA dentists can provide multiple treatments and procedures on a timeline and according to your lifestyle and budget. It all starts with a consultation in our dental office. During this initial exam, your dentist will make sure you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry, and then it is time to plan your smile!

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry in Fresno, CA, contact our team today to schedule your initial exam.

General Dentistry

At Callister Dental, we believe in preventive dentistry to help lower your risk for cavities. This includes a partnership between you and your Fresno, CA dentist. In other words, we recommend a solid oral hygiene routine at home—brushing and flossing at least twice per day, avoiding sugary foods and beverages, rinsing your mouth with water after eating, and regular exams and cleanings in our dental office.

Cavity formation is complex, and genetics may also play a role, making you more susceptible. However, good preventive dentistry is your best course for lowering cavity risk. In our dental office, we offer dental sealants to strengthen your teeth and fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities.

If you grind or clench your teeth, we also recommend a custom nightguard to reduce erosion. When enamel erodes due to grinding and clenching, your teeth are vulnerable to cavities and even breakage.

In our Fresno, CA dental office, we may recommend specific oral hygiene measures to use at home or an additional teeth cleaning each year if you’re prone to cavities.

Contact our team today to schedule your next exam with one of our top Fresno, CA dentists. 

We look forward to seeing to your dental needs and helping you prevent the next cavity.

Tooth or teeth sensitivity is a common problem in dentistry and often treatable with products recommended by one of our Fresno, CA dentists. In some situations, treatment may be required. 

Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Brushing too aggressively–erodes enamel
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)—erodes enamel
  • Cracked tooth—allows bacteria to enter the tooth 
  • Gum recession—exposes too much tooth
  • Gingivitis—inflammation of the gums
  • Periodontal disease—a serious infection of the gums and ligaments
  • Plaque—a buildup of bacteria and tartar 
  • Prolonged use of whitening agents or mouthwash
  • Root infection—requires root canal therapy

While mild tooth sensitivity may not be serious, it is still important to schedule a dental exam to make sure there is no underlying condition causing the issue. This problem could indicate a gum infection or other dental diseases that require immediate treatment. 
One of our dentists will perform a thorough exam, order x-rays if no recent films are on file, and take the necessary steps to eliminate or reduce your sensitivity. 

If you’re experiencing ongoing tooth sensitivity, it’s important to determine the underlying cause. Get in touch with a member of our team to schedule a dental exam with one of our Fresno, CA dentists as soon as possible.

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