Maybe it’s the intimidating whir of the dental drill. Maybe it’s the aggressive air conditioning. Or maybe it’s a previous experience at the dentist that was less than stellar.
Whatever the reason, a visit to the dentist spells fear and anxiety for lots of folks. Believe it or not, somewhere between 9 and 20 percent of people avoid regular dental checkups and important procedures because of it! But it doesn’t have to be that way.
At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, located in Quakertown, PA, our team is always looking for new ways to increase your comfort and decrease your stress and anxiety.
So, take a look at some of the things we’re doing, and if you like what you see, give us a call at (215) 804-4777. Let’s work together to calm your fears and get your oral health back on track.
1. We’ll let you peruse our “comfort menu.”
We love to make our patients happy. Need a blanket to shield yourself from the office air conditioning? You got it. Want to catch up on the latest episode of “Scandal” while in the dental chair? Sure!
At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we’re so committed to your comfort that our team meets every week to discuss ways to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. We’ve also compiled a list of patient requests into something we call the “comfort menu.” The list is ever-changing, but here’s a sample of what you can “order.”
- Post-surgical procedure milkshake in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry
- Sunglasses to keep bright lights out of your eyes
- Coffee and tea
- A warm neck wrap to support your head and neck during your visit
- Lip balm
- Warm facial wipes
- Netflix entertainment
If you don’t see something you’d like, just ask! The list will likely keep growing because we want you to feel at home.
2. We go the extra mile to minimize pain.
It’s hard to relax when you’re anticipating an unpleasant needle prick or a procedure that involves extensive work. That’s why Dr. Roeder does things differently. Here at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we want to make you as comfortable as possible without compromising the quality of care you receive.
To numb an area of your mouth before a procedure, we offer a special local anesthesia formula. No need to fear the needle, and the formula is sting-free. Plus, during your procedure, we ask that you raise your left hand if you feel any discomfort at all. We’ll stop right away.
Dr. Roeder also offers a minimally invasive alternative to the way receding gumlines are traditionally repaired. Gumline recession is often treated through use of a gum graft, where a dentist removes tissue from another part of the patient’s mouth and secures it over the gumline using sutures.
Instead, you can experience minimal pain and recovery time with the Chao PinholeⓇ Surgical Technique. Dr. Roeder was among the first dentists in the state of Pennsylvania to offer this treatment.
3. We offer sedation dentistry.
There are different kinds of dental sedation, and each type has a distinct effect on how you experience your procedure — be it a routine cleaning, a root canal or other treatment, depending on the severity of your fear. Sedation dentistry could be a good option for you if your stress and anxiety have been preventing you from visiting the dentist. It could also be a solution if you have a low pain threshold, have very sensitive teeth, or require a large amount of dental work in one sitting.
Though sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” the name is a bit misleading, since patients are awake during treatment. Still, sedation can help you relax during a procedure and make you less likely to feel anxious about future dental visits.
Here’s what we offer:
- Nitrous oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide will help you feel a sensation of joy during your appointment. It’s fast-acting, and its effects also wear off quickly following the procedure.
- Oral sedation. You’ll take a pill before your appointment, which will help you feel relaxed by the time you arrive.
- IV sedation. This type of sedation works quickly, placing you in a dreamlike state for the duration of your procedure. You likely won’t remember much about it afterward.
After oral or IV sedation, you’ll probably feel groggy or fuzzy, so it’s important to have a ride home from the office. If that’s not possible, don’t worry. We’d be happy to have someone from our office drop you off at home.