When representatives from Dental Health and Wellness Boston attended the Linedata company health fair in early June, we received great feedback and fantastic questions from Linedata employees. In our first blog post installment, Making Boston Healthier One Tooth at a Time, I shared some of their health and dental care concerns and today, I’m bringing you even more of their most pressing inquiries!
1 – I’ve had several difficult experiences with dentists in the past and the thought of visiting the dentist make me extremely anxious. Is there any way I can get the dental cleanings and dental work I need without anxiety?
You are not alone in your dental fear. It is estimated that between 9% and 15% of all Americans avoid seeing the dentist because they have concerns about pain, are uncomfortable with the close proximity to the dentist, are self-conscious about their teeth or, like you, have dealt with bad experiences with dentists in the past. At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we focus on making your dental experiences comfortable and free of anxiety. My team members are gentle and compassionate. We offer amenities such as blankets, pillows, DVD’s and iPods and headphones to relax and distract you. For those who have dental fears and phobias we also offer sedation dentistry though oral conscious sedation, relaxation techniques and nitrous oxide to ease your anxiety. Oral medications are administered in pill form prior to your appointment, leaving you alert and able to respond to questions during your visit while feeling calm with the emotional anxiety and stress caused by your dental phobia greatly reduced. My background in psychology has helped me build trusting relationships with patients and nothing is more important to me than creating a comfortable, relaxing dental experience. Book your appointment today to include sedation dentistry and we will discuss, in detail, our plans for your dental care so you can be confident in the treatment procedure.
2 – I have silver fillings – should I be worried about them negatively affecting my health and what are my options for replacing them?
Traditional metal fillings contain mercury and some studies have found toxicity problems associated with mercury and low levels of mercury vapor released over time in patients. Dental Health and Wellness Boston has not placed traditional/amalgam fillings in our practice for over ten years because we feel that mercury/amalgam is not only bad for your teeth but also for the human body in general. We offer a healthier, more natural looking option known as composite resin fillings or tooth-colored fillings. If you already have silver fillings, book an appointment now so we can safely remove the old fillings and replace them with our tooth-colored alternative to give you a more attractive smile.
3 – I am unhappy with dental work I’ve had in the past. Do you ever work with patients to correct old dental procedures?
It’s very common for patients to come to us to help fix previous procedures they’ve undergone. For example, Dana had actually had his teeth cosmetically bonded twice before coming to us, where he finally got the smile he’d been hoping for. Another patient, B., felt that work she had a different office made her teeth look unnatural and had begun to get discolored over time. In just a few short visits with Britesmile whitening and veneers, we updated her dental work for a more glamorous smile. If past visits to your dentist left you unhappy with your smile, request an appointment today at Dental Health and Wellness Boston and join our countless satisfied patients.
If you have your own questions, I invite you to make a comment here on the Wellness Blog or contact the office directly. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have!