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Top 5 Advancements in Dental Patient Comfort

In Dental Anxiety on January 19, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Do you HATE going to the dentist?

The anxiety some people feel from just thinking about going to the dentist can have a serious impact on their oral health.

We’re fearful of pain and discomfort, we delay care, our teeth and gums suffer, and we wind up paying through the nose for treatment that is above and beyond our insurance coverage.

It’s a vicious cycle…This is our fault, not our dentists fault.

Sure dental healthcare costs are not cheap – but only relatively speaking.

But they certainly can be more manageable if we adhere to maintaining our oral health and keeping up with regular dental appointments.

Simple, we ignore our teeth and gums and it will cost us more money than simply showing up to the dentist every 6 months.
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Pain and discomfort are figments of dentistry past; here are a couple quick examples of not so recent advancements in dental patient comfort.

Fear often comes from the unknown, the more we familiarize ourselves with something that evokes fear the more manageable that fear becomes.

Our trusted dentists are merging no fear dentistry with all the comforts of a spa treatment.

We no longer need to fear going to the dentist!

CAD/CAM Dentistry

This not-reserved-to-dentistry acronym stands for; Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing.

What this means to us as dental patients is time-saving convenience, without being a cost prohibitive procedure.

Instead of having multiple office visits, and multiple anxiety discomfort opportunities, we can now have that dental crown manufactured, shaped, contoured, and fit correctly in as little as one office visit.

The dental lab has been brought to the dentist’s office.

Sedation Dentistry

Aside from the obvious benefits of reducing anxiety, fear, and pain, the use of sedation in dentistry can also allow us as patients to reduce costs of dental care.

Some people need dental work that has been neglected for years; whether we choose to go the IV route or drop the Conscious Sedation regime, sedation dentistry allows us the opportunity to take care of all that neglected dental work in fewer appointments.

…all while comfortably ensconced in a painless semi sleepy state…replete with comfy fuzzy blankets, warm soothing teas, and pleasant whiffs of aromatic aromatherapy.

Are we talking dentistry or spa treatments here…the line is getting more blurry every day, but dental patients receive all the benefits!

Tune in next week for the second installment of our Top 5 Advancements in Dental Patient Comfort.

Maybe you have some suggestions to add to the list, what are some recent patient comfort advancements you’ve noticed at the dentists’ office?

Can Music Take Away Dental Pain?

In Dental Anxiety on January 3, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Forget Novocain, Lidocain HCl, nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia…all we need is some good tunes to wash away the pain we sometimes feel while sitting in the dental chaise.

Even just the fear of pain keeps too many people away from the dentist.

So if you haven’t got time for the pain, or is the anticipayayshun is killing you…all you need to do is lose yourself in the music to cure your dental anxiety!
 

Says Who?

Don’t just take our word for it; ask your dentist if they offer headphones, DVDs, Wi-Fi, iPads, Xooms, PlayBooks, Kindles, or some type of tunes.

And yes, this music to your dental pain ears comes from a very credible source.

This recent scientific dental specific news highlighting the benefits of music as an anxiety reducer comes directly from the Journal of Pain.

Crazy as the name sounds; the Journal of Pain is published by a legit medical consortium – The American Pain Society.

You can click over to an abstract of the published article here to read how music engagement reduces pain responses, but how personality factors like anxiety and absorption modulate the magnitude of effect.
 
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Maybe your dentist is still in the Sony Walkman or Muzak ages when it comes to enhancing your dental experience, and that’s OK – just as long as the procedures and medical technology is up to snuff.

If not, run away.

Dental practices these days are decked out with all kinds of creature comfort accoutrements, but if your dentist is still using chloroform and kicking the pedal on the dental drill press, give them some constructive criticism.

Technology is merging with advancements in dental patient care, not just clinically but with practice communications as well.

Odds are if your dentist is on Facebook, your dental patient experience is already sublime!

Now go find your dentist on Facebook – and give them a ‘Like’ if you feel like going to the dentist is no skin off your teeth!
 

 
Happy New Year!

 

How Dogs Help Dental Patients Cope with Dental Anxiety

In Dental Anxiety on September 29, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Dental appointments are often put off, rescheduled, or dismissed altogether – much to the detriment of not only our optimal oral health, but also to our dentists’ self-confidence.

Picture how it would affect you to realize that people only come to see you when they need something.

We don’t think that’s fair, or even nice.

Never mind the disservice you’re doing to yourself by neglecting proper dental care, you’re only hurting yourself there.

But please don’t contribute to the anti-dentite sentiments still systemic throughout society!

Change starts at home…and in the doghouse. how_dogs_help_dental_patients_cope_with_dental_anxiety

Whether it’s fear of pain that keeps you away from the dental office, finances, social anxiety disorder, or simply just a rampant dislike for your teeth and gums, one fact remains undeniable; skipping dental appointments will only cost you more pain and financial discomfort in the future – when something unavoidable arises in your mouth.

Would the company of a trusted pet calm your nerves in the dental office?

Sure, aromatherapy combined with relaxation therapy certainly helps calm the nerves, and sedation dentistry can allow anxious patients the luxury of undergoing years of neglected dental work in a single twilight induced appointment.

And I.V. sedation helps those extreme cases of dental anxiety, or assists with special needs cases a great deal.

But there has to be other options out there…but where?

One interesting way a Palo Alto dentist offers relief for anxious dental patients is gaining lots of attention lately.

how_dogs_help_dental_patients_cope_with_dental_anxietyAs it turns out, more dental practices around the country are following suit.

They’re actually employing the family canine as a type of relaxation therapy for anxious patients during their office visit.

Yes, there is actually a dog in the dental office, even right there in the chair with patients!

Buster is there to comfort people who may experience anxiety before and during their dental appointments.

We love it!

Check out ‘Bay Area Buster’ and go ahead and give his Facebook page a ‘Like’ while you’re at it

Basically, some people feel as if the dentist appointment will surely involve pain, or at least discomfort.

It’s OK to feel that way, we understand.

But, things have changed a great deal, and patient comfort and experience in particular have really changed since the times of the kick drill and the spit sink.

Our comfort is among one of our dentists’ primary concerns. We think doggie dental concierge is a great idea to help reduce patient anxiety – share yours!

How can your dental office visit be more enjoyable, less stressful, or more convenient?

Would having the loving, calming presence of the family canine calm your anxious dental nerves?

The first person to share their thoughts on our Facebook page gets a free lolly…or pig’s ear! J

(BTW – Pain is virtually a thing of the past, if you don’t believe us, just ask your dentist!)