Why It’s Crucial You Find a Dentist You Love This Year
February 15, 2018

Dentist speaking with happy patient in dental chair

Working with a dentist you are comfortable with makes every trip to the office much more enjoyable.

Finding the right dentist for you and your family is a vital part of ensuring great oral care for your loved ones. Chances are, if you don’t like or trust your dentist, you aren’t going to be scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams so that you can avoid going to their office.

If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time for you to find a great dentist you love so every office visit can be a positive experience.

It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Dental Anxiety

Of course, that’s not as simple as deciding not to be nervous about the dentist anymore. A fear of dental care can be deep-seated and stem from your childhood – that will require more than a resolute decision to fade. But taking steps toward a more positive dental experience will gradually make a difference.

Having positive dental experiences overtake the bad ones from the past will help you to feel more trusting and relaxed in the dental chair.

Having a Great Dentist Will Also Improve Your Oral Health

When you enjoy visiting your dentist, you’re much more likely to schedule (and keep) routine exams. No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, there will always be plaque buildup that you’re simply unable to reach and clean. Having regular cleanings twice a year keeps your teeth in a healthy state and reduces dental anxiety over having issues with your teeth.

How to Find Your Perfect Dentist

When searching for a dentist, you want to find a skilled dentist with positive reviews and positive relationships with their current patients. An experienced dentist will be someone who can recognize potential problems and inform you of the best treatment options before little issues get bigger and become more serious.

Here are a few tips for finding a dentist who is a great fit for you:

  • If you have kids, look for a family dentist who has experience in working with adults and children so your child can grow with the same office and is able to create a healthy relationship with the dentist and staff.
  • Ask friends and family for referrals on who they use and why.
  • Read reviews and research potential dentist offices online in your community.
  • Look for a dentist that’s close to home so if a dental emergency strikes, you’re not far away.
  • Find an office that offers financing and flexible payment options for issues that aren’t covered under dental insurance.

Look for Patient-Oriented Technology like Dental Lasers

At Premier Dental, we offer LANAP, a form of laser periodontal treatment. This technology not only improves the patient experience, but may also boost the effectiveness of treatment. There’s plenty to love about LANAP with benefits like:

  • Lower pain level – Standard scaling and root planing needs to delve below the gum line in order to remove plaque from tooth roots. This requires local anesthesia, as the tools don’t fit easily into the small spaces between roots and gums. With LANAP, many patients don’t require anesthesia, and are able to recover without the aid of pain medication.
  • Faster healing times – The periodontal laser used during LANAP kills bacteria and reduces inflammation without bothering the healthy tissue surrounding it. Fewer side effects lead to faster healing times.
  • Reduced inflammation and bleeding – Less abrasive treatments lead to quicker healing times and also means less swelling and bleeding.
  • Preserving your teeth – Some research suggests that LANAP can actually help save your natural teeth that have been affected by gum disease.
  • Minimal gum recession – One of the negative side effects of periodontal disease is the visual change that takes hold of the gum line and how it changes your smile. LANAP doesn’t require cutting the gum tissue and the gum line, helping to minimize damage.

Try Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation has helped even the most fearful of patients take charge of their oral health and experiences with the dental chair. Sedation slows your central nervous system to prevent your heart from racing, as well as other anxious responses. It also encourages a hazy memory of the dental procedure, which enables patients to create positive associations with the dentist.

If there is a painful or nerve-wracking procedure lurking in your memories. Dr. Zymantas will help you to form new, positive dental experiences and present treatment options that are more soothing. Don’t spend one more cleaning or exam with anxiety and find the dentist that’s perfect for you!