When patients come in that are nervous, and it's very understandable ... I have a high population of older patients during the winter here because they come to Arizona to just have the nice environment during the winter. Traditionally those patients have had experiences earlier on in life that have caused them a lot of anxiety at the dentist.
Some of the things we do when patients come in is, the first thing they notice is the office and how comfortable and natural and organic it feels. It doesn't feel cold and sterile. When they come into and sit down in the chair, we provide blankets for them. We help them to feel comfortable. Sometimes we'll use nitrous oxide. Basically, it's laughing gas, to be able to help them relax and feel comfortable in the chair.
We have a lot of options. We can do sedation where we put a patient to sleep if they're absolutely really nervous. The other thing that we can do, too, is pre-medicate or give the patient some medication before they come in to help them relax. Typically we ask that a driver bring the patient during those kind of visits. It helps to take the edge off.
I think most importantly is just the fact that we can be efficient with the technology we have in trying to get the patient in and out of the office and do accurate and just make the experience smooth for the patient. I think that plays a big role in reducing the anxiety level.
When you come in, we have great music. There are televisions with cable. They can sit down. Our chairs in every single room have massage units in them, so you can lay down and turn on the massage units. You can turn on your favorite cable channel and have a blanket. We have water and treats for you when you come. We do everything we can to help you feel at ease when you come to see us.
Don’t let fear stand between you and a beautiful, healthy smile – contact Alluring Smiles today to learn about the options we provide for relieving your dental anxiety!
At our Mesa, AZ dentist office, Dr. Javier Portocarrero and our compassionate team will provide an array of options and amenities to make your visit as pleasant as possible!
With over 15 years of experience as a dentist, Dr. Javier Portocarrero handled a variety of dental cases. In addition to his experience, he also attended advanced training to further develop his techniques in dentistry. Dr. Javier Portocarrero graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz for his undergraduate degree then later earned his DMD at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
Offering Dental Sedation Options To Help You Relax
At Alluring Smiles, we take the dental anxiety out of the equation with our dental sedation options. We will explain the benefits of each and review your options with you thoroughly so you can achieve the level of sedation that suits you best. Here are the dental sedation services we offer:
- Nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is a gas mixed with oxygen that you inhale through a small mask to induce a mild euphoria. It’s safe enough we can administer it to even young children.
- Oral conscious sedation in pill form is a prescription you’ll take at a predetermined time before your appointment so you’ll arrive at our office completely relaxed.
- IV sedation, the most potent level of sedation we provide, takes effect immediately and produces a dream-like state.
Our Calming Team Comforts You
When you arrive at our Mesa, AZ dental office, Dr. Javier Portocarrero and our friendly team will greet you with warm smiles and listen to your particular concerns to provide the best care possible! They’ll soothe your nerves with a variety of amenities. Here are some of the items on our comfort menu that you can choose from:
- Massage chairs in every care room
- TVs with cable to entertain you
- Cozy blankets and pillows
- Aromatherapy options
- Refreshing beverages
We even have waterfalls throughout our spa-like office to calm your nerves!
Let us relieve your dental anxiety so you can experience your first stress-free dental appointment at Alluring Smiles! Call Dr. Javier Portocarrero at our Mesa, AZ dental office at 480-525-6617 or use our online form to schedule or ask questions!