Joseph May DDS
Root Canal Specialist
1115 Southwest Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Jefferson City Root Canal Specialist
- Laser Disinfected Root Canals -

​Office Hours
Monday - Thurs  8AM to 4:30 PM
Friday                   8AM to 1:00 PM
Saturdays by appointments only

Root Canal Specialist
We use state of the art equipment to achieve successful treatment of your tooth. Some of our specialized "dental equipment" are listed as follows:

Schick Digital Radiograph using state of the art Schick 33 sensors: With 33 line pairs per millimeter theoretical resolution, Schick 33 provides industry-leading image quality. That kind of superior image quality alone can make substantial improvements to diagnosis and treatment of teeth. This technology reduces radiation exposure by 90%.
Global Dental Microscopes
Enhanced Precision Through Magnification: Dentists worldwide have come to recognize Global Surgical Corporation as a leader in dental microscopy. A microscope benefits every procedure by helping the dentist to see better diagnose and predictably treat your patients. If the doctor cannot see the disease, then he cannot treat the condition. Without a microscope, the dentist attempting root canal therapy is probing in the dark. The clear magnified images that are possible with a dental microscope provide details that are difficult to see even with magnification glasses/loupes.

Three D/ Cone beam computer generated radiographs have been the big buzz word to promote revenue in dental practices for the last ten years. These types of radiograph were advanced for placement of computer guided implants and these techniques were breath taking, to say the least. In Endodontics, Cone Beam computer generated radiography are for complicated surgeries, re-treatment cases, diagnosis and traumatic dental injuries. Dr. May is the most experienced in re-treatments and complex surgeries in central Missouri. Re-treatments are common, but most patients had root canal treatments by a general dentist who lacked proper training, skills, and technology. Dental traumatic injuries are rare. Our office has access to three D technology without the added expense of owning such equipment. The cost of three D cone Beam systems ranges up to $180,000 depending on brand, software, dimensions of scans, etc. For a dentist or dental specialist to own such advanced technology, the office has to be doing some dental implants or using the machine for diagnosis. For Root Canal Specialist, their root canal fees will have to be significantly increased to cover the overhead cost to have the 3D technology. The added insult to the patient and provider has been the dental insurance does not pay for 3D radiographs. The normal cost ranges between $250 to $300: Dr. May has an arranged discounts with some offices with this type of 3d technology equipment. In conclusion, the best technology does not create superior Root Canal Treatment. Superior dental treatment comes from technical skill, education, and ultrasonic lasers.
Night Walker Laser in Root Canal Treatment
The Night Walker Laser in Endodontics uses the Erbium: YAG laser system as photo acoustic shock waves to clean and disinfect the walls inside the roots of teeth. The Night Walker incorporated the Pips Laser technology. Pips lasers use the sonic stimulation to remove debris better than just using soaking solutions. Most dentists do not want to spend the funds for such equipment. See results of the Pips laser at http:/ Lowest cost for a Pips type laser is around $50,000 to $80,000. Unfortunately, patients do not have a clue on the cost of dental equipment and the cost to achieve excellence in dentistry. 
NightLase® for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Fotona’s NightLase® therapy is a non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring using a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue.
Simple, Safe and Effective.

Fotona’s patented Er: YAG laser modality optimizes the length of laser pulses, allowing for the safe penetration of heat into the oral mucosa tissue. It is gentle enough to be used on the sensitive tissue inside the mouth but enough to provide clinically efficacious heating. NightLase is easy for any doctor or dentist to perform and has a high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.

A Patient Friendly Solution
NightLase consists of three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. The final results of the treatment have been shown to last up to two-three years, and the therapy can be repeated every two to three years with no ill effects on a patient. Patients find NightLase to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution. NightLase requires no device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment. It’s a gentle and easy way for your patients to regain a good night's rest.

NightLase®: Results from using the NightLase 
(left side before/ right side after laser treatment)

Notice the shrinkage of the solf palate which facilitates the ability to obtain a good night sleep  without the need of anesthetic.

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