Absolutely Comfortable Dentistry- Is it Possible?

My 35 year career in dentistry has constantly been a search for the MOST comfortable ways to have dental procedures.

Here are some of the MOST important:

    1. First of all, prepare yourself, as the patient, to be as relaxed as possible. Do the following:
      • A. Wear comfortable clothing
      • No caffeine intake 6 hours prior the appointment. This helps tremendously with the efficiency of any numbing medications you may need.
      • Bring an iPod or personal music player with relaxing music with headphones for use during your appointment.
    2. Be aware of the various ways you can have your dentistry done to be the most comfortable. It is important that the dentist be trained, experienced and most of all qualified by the dental board to administer the various ways to be comfortable.
      • Use of the local numbing agent only
      • Use of the local numbing agent and the relaxation gas, called nitrous oxide/oxygen
      • Use of the local numbing agent, relaxation gas and sedation medications. The sedation medications are given at lowest, most efficient dose to give a comfortable effect. Many patients describe it as a “great nap during my dental appointment”

Even though it has been years since you have seen a dentist, even 15 to 20 years or more, I know you want to regain your healthy smile. Yes, I know you want to put it off – you will use any excuse you can think of! You may even hang up the phone before you finish dialing the numbers and try to forget about it.

What if there were a way to have a caring dentist and team help you decide if your hopes of having health and happiness with your mouth and smile could be comfortable accomplished? A relaxed conversation about your concerns would be in order to give you the hope you have been looking for.

Concerned about comfort? Concerned about costs? Other concerns? All of these areas can be addressed. Imagine a peaceful, comfortable visit that answers your many questions. It’s what you have been looking for! For years!

Ask for Lindsay or Marilyn when you call. The number is 214-771-3130. We look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lepard

P.S. Embarassed? Don’t be! Everyone has a story! We have seen and heard it before. You are NOT alone! We want to help – plain and simple.

With the election results in I am getting questions from my patients on how the new healthcare plan will affect your dental care. My frank answer is I do not know at this time- and that is problematic for all of us.

That being said, my best recommendation is according to your current status. If you have dental benefits remaining and it is important to you to use them be sure you do so before December 31, 2012. There is no indication from what I have researched that benefits for 2013 and beyond will be better, but could certainly be worse. If you do not have benefits then staying healthy will be doubly important. Access to care could be filled with red tape especially if you used specialty treatment. In dentistry we have already seen this with Medicaid.