Most people think of pain and discomfort when they think of the dentist’s office. It’s estimated that about 60% of people have anxiety regarding the dentist. In most instances, this comes from bad experiences during previous dental visits. How can you avoid these bad experiences in the future? Find yourself a gentle dentist.
What is a Gentle Dentist?
As increasing numbers of dentists recognize how they treat their patients is just as important as their technical ability, the term gentle dentist has become more common. The term gentle dentistry refers to a caring and compassionate type of approach to dentistry. A dentist who practices gentle dentistry has generally built their approach around four important areas:
- Dental skill
- Investment in new technologies
- Overall customer experience
- The techniques used
In addition, a gentle dentist has more training and knowledge of how to help patients who have anxiety or phobia about seeing the dentist. They can employ certain management techniques to help their patients relax. The dentist can go over every step of the procedure to let you know what is going to happen. Typical methods can include distractions, such as wearing headphones to listen to a movie or music, stop-signaling, or safe medications to help reduce the stress and anxiety during your dental visit.
Check Out the Patient Reviews
The best way to find a dentist who uses a gentle approach is to read their patient reviews or testimonials. This will allow you to get an idea of how well they work with their patients before your first visit. Check out our patient reviews here!
How Can Litchfield Dental Associates Help You?
At Litchfield Dental Associates we are committed to not only providing you with the highest quality of treatment but also a comfortable and relaxing experience. We are devoted to earning the trust and respect of our patients and we achieve this by listening. We strive to provide you with a pain-free appointment, so you can maintain your healthy smile stress-free! Schedule an appointment today!