I have always felt we are of better service to our patients if we can provide the information to help you make the best possible decisions for your long-term health. Along with that, the decisions you make have to be consistent with the level of quality and cost that you value. Being health-focused means that we provide you with the information and coaching to help you along the way toward whatever goal you have for your oral health. Once you and I have identified that goal, we can focus our efforts toward reaching that level of health that you have chosen for yourself.
The Dental Fitness exams provide a visual aid to show you what your current level of health is. It serves, as a guide to recommend changes to your home care as well as how we can tailor your individual treatment needs based on the exam findings. Our approach towards dental care is what makes us different from other dental practices.
Our team focuses on taking steps that improve the quality of life and reduce the number of dental visits a patient may require during his/her lifetime. We achieve this through preventive care. At our dental office, we inform patients about the importance of oral health and motivate them towards taking better care of their oral health. We educate patients about healthy diet, hygiene habits and create awareness about what practices can increase the risk of dental problems.
To your good health, James A. Hasken, DDS
Our Approach is Integrative
Integrative or functional dental medicine is about identifying how the BODY, BREATHING, BACTERIA and BITE effects total health. This puts the patient at the center with a focus on prevention, fostering the development of healthy behaviors and skills for effective self-control and care that can be used for a life time to attain optimum health. This focus is on developing health and maintaining a preventive focus rather that reacting to disease. The result can be a more predictable outcome.
Our integrative, functional approach is to look beyond the teeth and identify how your oral health can impact your total health and systemic health impact on oral health. We identify through questionnaires, health histories as well as a comprehensive oral examination process, key components and risk factors that impact systemic health. Research has taught us that inflammation is a key component in many chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. We can help provide strategies to help reduce systemic inflammation in your body through key oral hygiene techniques, diet, bacterial and salivary analysis when indicated.
The bite can be a window to specific health risks related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is a breathing disorder that can lead to increased risk of strokes, high blood pressure. OSA has some common signs such as snoring, acid reflux and teeth grinding. Not everyone has all symptoms. We partner closely with your medical doctor(s) through referral for assessment and sleep studies by the physician and we provide oral sleep appliances for those that are best suited or can’t tolerate CPAP therapy. We have seen some amazing results for our patients in the form of much better sleep, happier bed partners as the snoring stops as well as lowered blood pressure and quality of life improvements. Dentistry is more than the teeth and gums. The mouth is a reflection of total body health. We look forward to helping you attain the level of total health that is important to you.
Is to strive to establish and nourish a mutually beneficial relationship through caring professionalism and open and honest communication.
Is to stimulate a strong desire in our patients to be responsible, active participants in achieving their optimal dental health.
Is to educate each individual in our practice as to their current reality, the benefits of good health, and help them to accept responsibility for their health so they can make informed decisions, which will positively impact their level of care.
Is to help each individual of our practice define their preferred health future and help them achieve the highest level of good health that is consistent with their goals and values.
Is to provide an environment that encourages excellence, personal growth, and improved self-esteem in us as well as our patients.
Is to support one another in reaching our vision and in reaching our personal goals.
Is to add value through good health to the lives we contact.
Our Core Values
Proactively focused on helping Identify options that lead to long term, predictable outcomes integrating oral health to your total health. I am constantly seeking out new information in this evolving field of integrated functional dental medicine to help patients see how their oral health decisions have or may impact total health.
HONEST & OPEN COMMUNICATION
Having truthful conversations with my patients and willing to accept the outcome. I will not accept your disease as my burden but will help you make the best choices for you. I will not do more for you than what you are willing to do for yourself.
DENTAL HEALTH COACHING
Partnering with our patients to manage health rather than disease by giving you choices to maintain or improve health and thereby preventing the damage caused by disease progression. I will listen to what you want for yourself and why, guiding you to understand the benefits of health and support your desire for change to get the results you want consistent with your values.
I will treat you with respect and accept the decisions you make for yourself without judgment.
I consider it an honor that you put your faith and trust in myself and team. We will make every effort to earn that every day.
Contact Us Today!
If you are looking for a Health-Focused Dentist in the McHenry or Crystal Lake area, please contact our office. Dr. Hasken and our McHenry dental team is committed to providing exceptional care and empowering our patients with information about their dental health. If you have any questions about our dental services or would like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to give us a call at 815-385-0777. Advanced dental equipment, the experience of our Dentist Dr. James A. Hasken, and the skills of our staff have helped us in successfully treating oral problems in many of our patients who visit us from different parts of McHenry and Crystal Lake. We would love the opportunity to speak to you and discuss your oral health.