Our Patients Deserve The Why & How

Posted on Nov 08, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

During initial conversations with new patients, some share concerns of feeling vulnerable in the dental chair.

It’s natural to have a sense of vulnerability when someone with sharp instruments is doing things in your mouth (a highly sensitive area) that you can’t see, and as you’re on your back in a narrow treatment chair. While my patients praise me for a gentle hand and creating a comfortable experience at all times, we feel they have an added reason to relax.

When treatment is recommended, I make sure patients understand their options. As a dental specialist, part of my role (and commitment) is to diagnose and explain the various procedures needed to restore oral health. An important part of this is in the explanation of the treatment, helping each to understand why they need the treatment and what is entailed BEFORE we begin.

Over the years, I’ve invested in intra-oral cameras, digital imaging (replacing grainy x-ray film) and large screen, color monitors. While these aid in precision diagnosis and optimal treatment planning, the ability to visually show patients their problem helps them to understand the “why.” The “how” is up to me to relay before and even during the procedure.

An informed patient is more involved in their oral health and more relaxed in the treatment chair. Plus, we feel our patients deserve the respect of information that makes them fully confident in their decisions for treatment.

To begin with a Consultation, call (828) 274-9440 to schedule.

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