First, patients need to think in terms of a gentle dental practice rather than a gentle dentist. It doesn’t matter how gentle the dentist is if your mouth hurts from the hygienist. Customer service and attitude are big keys to the dental experience you will have. Take notice of whether or not you are listened to. Dental professionals will, of course, know more about what needs to happen with problem teeth. However, if they don’t listen to you as you are making appointments and arriving at the office, how likely are they to listen when you are trying to tell them that something is painful or fear-inducing?
Another consideration in a gentle dental practice that caters to those who suffer from dental phobias is the environment. Is the dental office decorated in a calming, peaceful, and attractive way? Pay attention to whether or not you can hear dental instruments and patients while in the waiting room. Also, in the dental rooms are there things that can help take your mind off of the dental procedures that are being taken care of? Putting the patient at ease is of utmost importance. Even providing sunglasses to protect against the harsh overhead light will help you relax while in the dental chair.
In the event that you should need to have dental procedures to correct flaws or health issues, check what kinds of anesthesia a dentist uses. Some gentle dental practices offer full anesthesia so that patients are less aware of the procedure and experience far less pain. Other great dentists use laser technology that is quick, less painful, and does not have the disturbing sounds associated with fear of some dental procedures, such as drilling.
Dr. Hazim can answer any questions that you may have. We cater to cowards and have a gentle dentistry office that offers great professionalism, environment, customer service, and dental work.
Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.