Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma February 2020 - Page 10

Healthy Living in Edmond Taking a moment from her practice in Edmond is Dr. Kari Bender of Creative Edge Dentistry. Making an impact in patient’s overall health BY VAN MITCHELL | PHOTOS BY KAREN MOORE D r. Kari Bender says family has helped her better relate to her patients. And that, she says, helps patients have a better experience at the dentist office. Bender is married to her husband Brian, and they have two children who attend Chisholm Elementary in Edmond. “Family is number one,” said Bender, who is the owner and practices at Creative Edge Dentistry, located at 1219 E. 9th Street in Edmond. “They are my pride and joy. They are my importance. In having my kids and my family I grew into a whole new level of being able to relate to patients. “When you walk into our practice we 10 February 2020 | The Business Times immediately want you to feel that family atmosphere. We don’t want you to be afraid.” Creative Edge Dentistry offers services in cosmetic, preventive, periodontics, restorative, sleep apnea treatment, and TMJ Therapy. Bender said dentistry has been focusing more on treating the total wellness of patients which includes treatments for airway and sleep issues.  Dr. Bender said airway issues can cause several health problems, and she is growing in her knowledge in this area to be able to help her patients. She said airway issues can affect your sleep habits, and getting enough sleep each night allows the body to heal and process information that is taken in during the day. Sleep also regulates hormones, she added. “Dentistry has changed a lot with technology,” she said. “A big area over the last 10 years has been with overall health and trying to help people who have breathing/airway issues. We also have the ability to provide more aesthetic options with all the materials that are available, some allowing us to be more conservative with our treatment. If we intervene early enough and soon enough, we can prevent so many other problems.” Bender said they want each patient to feel at ease. Dr. Bender spends quality time with her patients, listening to their fears and concerns