For many patients, finding a dentist is more stressful than actually going to one. Here are some common questions patients ask regarding specialty services:
- Can I Find a Dentist Near Me Who Is Good With Nervous Patients?
Part of finding a good general dentist is finding a staff (including both hygienists and dentists) who make you feel relaxed. For most patients, this just means building a friendly rapport. But if you have a true phobia of dentistry (or related aspects, such as sharp tools or needles), you may want to find a local dentist who offers sedation. Inhaled (mask), oral (pill) or intravenous sedation can be used to calm patients’ nerves, whether that means just taking the edge off or creating a semi-unconscious state during a procedure.
- Can I Find a Dentist Near Me Who Can Treat the Whole Family?
Most general dentists are not specifically pediatric dentists, but there are some practices that have both kinds of dentists available. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to address the impatience and anxiety that children can feel during dental exams, and many have offices and equipment that are designed and decorated to make children feel comfortable and keep them entertained. Keep in mind, though, that most children are treated by general family dentists without any problem, so you may not need to find a pediatric dentist.
- Can I Find a Dentist Near Me Who Can Offer an Alternative to Dentures?
While removable dentures are an affordable option and meet many patients’ needs, you have another option for missing teeth: dental implants. Dental implants are pin-like devices that are actually attached to the bone (underneath the gumline). Dental prostheses, such as false teeth, can then be attached to the implants. These are secure and permanent, and can prevent bone decay in the jaw by simulating natural tooth roots. Dental implants are becoming more common, but you shouldn’t assume that all dentists will be equipped to assess your eligibility.
What other specific concerns do you have? Ask questions or share your advice in the comments.
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