Exquisite cosmetic dentistry

The esthetic and cosmetic dentistry we provide meets the concerns of real people, not just the wealthy and famous. Dr. Ogden has maintained a membership and meeting attendance in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry since 1998, the longest period of any Columbia area dental professional.

Stains from years of drinking coffee, tea, or soda?.. Chipped or worn edges from decades of wear and tear?.. Crowding or gaps between teeth?.. What happened to the smile you had when you were younger? With modern technology, we can enhance almost any aspect of your smile, whether it's a single tooth or major smile design and reconstruction. Bleaching, reshaping, veneers, crowns, or tooth-colored fillings may provide the answer you're looking for.

All of us want to be the best we can be. Eating right, exercising, and choosing a flattering hairstyle or wardrobe are important, but nothing impacts your confidence and self-esteem like an attractive smile. A great resource for learning what modern cosmetic dentistry offers can be found at  We maintain an extensive photo collection of our work in the office, like the images to the left.

Disclaimer: Cosmetic dentistry is not recognized as a specialty by the American Dental Association and requires no formal training to advertise this service.

Your time is valuable

For many of us, life is busy and it's hard to find the time to visit your dentist. You may be concerned about how long your treatment may take or how long you'll have to wait when you arrive. We recognize how important your time is. We provide well-planned personalized care developed from a complete examination so that your treatment can be accomplished efficiently. The doctor or hygienist are scheduled with you and you alone so that you receive the individualized attention that you deserve.

Your Comfort is our Concern
We take your comfort during dental treatment seriously. Because we never work in a rushed environment, we take the time to attend to your every need. Because the treatment area is relatively cool, we have a blanket just for you if you need it. If you need additional back or neck support, we will provide rolled towels or even a small pillow under those areas. If you arrive early for an appointment, we provide bottled water or juice for you in the reception area.

Many of our patients have had poor prior experiences with the administration of local anesthetics (injections). We always use a topical anesthetic gel on the surface tissue long enough for it to be extremely effective (about two minutes). Then, we administer the "real" anesthetic so slowly that most patients don't even feel it. Almost all of our patients comment that it is the best anesthetic experience they have ever had.

Still can't overcome the anxiety? We provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for those patients who don't want to care what is happening. Alternatively, we can prescribe a mild anti-anxiety pill, such as alprazolam (Xanax), which is very effective without affecting your alertness or ability to drive yourself in most cases. If you want more than that, we can use different medications to make you drowsy (not asleep) and remember very little about your dental visit, but you will need to have a driver to bring you to the office and take you home afterward. In fact, we recommend this for almost everyone who has an appointment lasting over four hours.

Can't stand the sound of dentistry? You are welcome to bring an iPod or similar device to use during treatment. We can also provide you with noise-cancelling headphones to wear.

Our goal is to give you the most comfortable dentistry possible in a caring environment.

A healthy environment

All instruments and surfaces are sterilized and disinfected according to ADA and CDC guidelines. However, there's another potential problem in dental offices for which there is no legal requirement for compliance. That is the quality of the water used to cool high-speed instruments and to rinse your mouth.

You probably don't know that the small-diameter tubing within dental units when not specially treated develops something called a "biofilm". A biofilm is a sticky mass full of bacteria, very much like the plaque that forms on your teeth. Each of our dental units contains an independent water supply bottle for two purposes. First, it allows us to use a known clean water supply. Second, it allows us to treat the waterlines.

We periodically test the quality of our treatment water by collecting samples and culturing them. In that way, you (and we) can be assured that you are not breathing or swallowing contaminated mist or water.

Lifesaving technology

Our office is equipped with an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest or ventricular fibrillation can occur anywhere, at any time. It is acknowledged that CPR alone is ineffective for these conditions, and every second counts. AED technology can literally save your life when CPR can't.