Ozone Therapy West Kelowna

What is ozone therapy?

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Ozone therapy is a holistic way to treat various dental conditions. 

Ozone consists of three oxygen atoms bonded together. That one extra atom creates a gas with negatively charged particles. Why is this important? It’s because viruses, bacteria, and fungi are positively charged. Therefore, the ozone cancels out (kills) the organisms that cause many health issues, including dental diseases. 

Ozone is: 

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral. 

How does ozone therapy differ from antibiotics or antifungal treatments?

The main difference is the side effects. While ozone has virtually zero, pharmaceuticals can have many adverse side effects, including: 

  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yeast infections
  • Headaches 
  • Allergic reactions (like swelling and itching)
  • Liver damage (certain antifungals). 

The great thing about ozone therapy is that it’s not just good for your dental health – it’s good for your overall health. 

Medications, particularly antibiotics (which treat both tooth and gum infections), destroy all bacteria – good and bad. When this happens, your immune response is compromised. Additionally, a lack of sufficient healthy gut bacteria is linked to mental health conditions, like depression. 

What are the benefits of ozone therapy treatment? 

Ozone treatment can be used during nearly any kind of dental procedure, including: 

  • Cleanings
  • Dental surgery 
  • Decay removal
  • Treatment of dental infections, including tooth and gum infections
  • TMJ pain and muscle pain

Ozone can also help desensitize your teeth, which is something many patients struggle with these days. If you have sensitive teeth, you know how wonderful it would be to bite into some ice cream or drink a cup of ice-cold water without feeling like your teeth are receiving an electric shock.

How is ozone administered?

Dr. Shauna Palmer has a machine that produces the ozone. Dr. Palmer loads a syringe with either ozone gas or ozonated water depending on the use. For instance, when you receive a filling, Dr. Palmer will remove the decay. Then, they’ll administer the ozone into the tooth to ensure that they destroy all the harmful bacteria. After that, your tooth is filled. 

In the past, your dentist wouldn’t know for sure if they’d been able to remove 100% of the bacteria within the tooth. They could be confident that the decay was removed – but not the bacteria that led to the decay in the first place. One of the most significant ozone therapy benefits is that the chance of recurrent decay is significantly reduced. 

We also have topical ozonated olive oil for purchase that can be used at home for cuts, burns, rashes, etc. as first-aid treatment. 

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