It’s normal to be nervous about the dentist. Very few people relax at the idea of sitting in the dentist’s chair. Sometimes we have a previous bad experience – other times we anticipate problems based on stereotypes. The days of white-knuckled painful dentistry are over. And there are so many ways to manage patients who are apprehensive about sitting in the chair. A dental office can be a relaxing place. Picture a clean, quiet office where the people are very nice, the chairs are comfortable and the dentist cares about your well being. Not just your teeth, but your time, your comfort-level and your mentality. Come in, sit, charge your phone. Have a cool drink of water. Need a pillow? Great, doesn’t that feel better? As we word, if you need to stop for any reason, raise your left hand. Anytime. It won’t be so bad. Dental visit really can be a good experience 🙂
Will it Hurt?
We don’t thing so but you be the judge. Dr Oh and Dr Estafan pride themselves on keeping patients comfortable. If this is the one thing that has been keeping you away, we think you may be pleasantly surprised. While not all procedures require a local anesthetic (like Novocain) it is standard now, but first, some numbing gel to take the edge off. Speaking of numbing gel, certain procedures can be done with just that (no needles). If and when the time comes for a needle, be sure that you won’t see it. We prefer not even saying the word ;D
Will they be able to fix my tooth?
We can fix almost any tooth. It all depends on the prognosis. Prognosis in dentistry is the likelihood that the restoration will last and perform. Dr Oh and Dr Estafan agree that the worst part of dentistry is extracting a tooth. Similarly, the best part is restoring a teeth which were once lost or broken down. We don’t rush to take teeth out, but in some instances there are better alternatives than keeping a diseased tooth. Sometimes a tooth needs a filling to get fixed up, or a porcelain veneer or onlay; sometimes it needs a root canal, post and crown. As long as the prognosis is good, we depend on those procedures every day to fix teeth. Occasionally a tooth is so badly broken down that even a root canal post and crown can only get us to a guarded or poor prognosis. It’s hard to justify doing all that work if the tooth is not likely to last 5-10 years. If however extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant and crown gives us a dramatically higher likelihood of reaching 20 years or more – then implant becomes a more logical choice. Couple that with the fact that implants will never decay; for the patient who gets cavities frequently, the implant is the clear choice. Not in every case – but for those cases of badly diseased teeth – it’s nice to have the implant option. How can we determine prognosis? This is where the extra three years of formal education as Prosthodontists sets Dr Oh and Dr Estafan apart from general dentists. Whenever possible, recommendations and advice is given based on credible clinical research. Do you want your dentist practicing new procedures and materials on you? Or would you prefer he/she perform the latest procedures that have been proven better? The same goes for treatment options. Our education and training makes us better at selecting and performing the best treatment for you.
Will my questions be answered?
Yes. Absolutely. Not only will your questions be answered, Dr Oh and Dr Estafan know the kinds of questions patients have for all the procedures they do. If there is something you should know – but you have yet to ask the question – they will advise you. It became clear to them early in practice that when patients know what to expect, and when patients receive updates throughout the procedure, it makes it all that much less nerve-racking and more tolerable. Most questions are answered on the day you meet Dr Oh or Dr Estafan. The staff are also quite knowledgeable having been involved in so many treatments with the patients over the years. They are happy to answer questions or alert Dr Oh or Dr Estafan to the issue.
Will I be able to smile more?
If you are not smiling more by the time you leave here, we have not done our job. It’s true, we are cosmetic dentists – for many patients we are improving their smile either with veneers, bonding, invisalign or even with a simple dental hygiene visit. But in a more global sense, we are taking care of you and your mouth. Many people traditionally avoid and dislike dental visits. Dr Oh and Dr Estafan are here to change that. Along with their caring staff, they have a goal of taking care of your mouths and doing so in the most pleasant manner possible. Our best indicator that we have all done our job is when a patient is smiling on their way out the door.