Providing Ease During Tooth Extractions
Providing Ease During Tooth Extractions
Improper oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease and a variety of other issues with a patient’s mouth. When this happens, the foundation of the gums can be compromised and in turn, could result in the necessity of extracting one or multiple teeth. Finding out that they need to get a tooth extracted is not something any patient wants to hear. In fact, this procedure can cause great anxiety for patients. This is why it is vital for dentists to be able to provide each client with a relaxing and comfortable environment. Not only will it put the patient at ease, but will make for an easier dental procedure. So, here are some things that dentists should keep in mind, especially when working on dental extractions.
Inform The Patient
Coming right out and telling the patient they need a tooth extraction may not be the best way to start a conversation about treatment. The fact of the matter is, the word “extraction,” can be scary and may lead your patient to completely avoid getting the procedure done. However, taking time to explain to the patient what caused the infection and why they need a tooth extraction may be a better tact. While openly communicating these things you can gently help your patient accept this procedure as something that cannot be avoided. Furthermore, you can express the urgency of the extraction, as well as what to expect during the process. The more a dental practice does to help ease the nerves of the patient with open communication, the more likely they will feel at ease and the procedure will be a success. If all goes well, when a patient tells their family and friends about the great dental service that they received, other patients who have the need for a tooth extraction will keep your services in mind.
A Relaxing Environment
In addition to providing your patient proper information, you can further ease their nerves by giving them a relaxing atmosphere in your office. This will help them feel more calm and relaxed every time they visit. The experience of being at the dental office begins from the moment they walk in the door. As such, it is important to decorate your entryway and front office appropriately, as well as keep it clean. Furthermore, your staff should welcome patients, always treating them with care and concern, so that they won’t change their mind and walk right back out the door.
As for the treatment rooms, you can provide your patient with a relaxing chair to sit in and remain comfortable during the more invasive procedures. You might also consider keeping your operating instruments out of sight until you need them. Seeing them laid out, sparkling and sharp, might increase any anxiety your patient may already have. If you are lucky enough to have an office with a view, you should open up the windows and let your patient’s mind wander outside. In the event that you don’t have a large window, considering putting a TV in the room. That way the patient can remain distracted while you perform the extraction. The environment your dental office is something you can and should control to help keep your patient anxiety free.
After your patient has left the office, it is important to keep in contact with them about their routine care. The best thing to do 48 hours after a dental extraction is follow up with a call and ensure everything is going as planned. Your patient may assume pain or bleeding is part of the process, but a personal phone call is a thoughtful gesture and you can easily monitor their concerns. You can also make sure nothing is abnormal or in excess of the expected side-effects. The more attention you give your client during and after their tooth extraction, the better they will feel about your services. If they are impressed with your care, they will likely spread your name as a reliable and trustworthy dentist. This positive, word of mouth marketing can do wonders for your reputation and bring in new clients.
A tooth extraction can be one of the most straining dental procedures a client has to undergo. However, there are many things you can do to ease the process and calm their anxiety. The more smoothly the procedure goes the better for the patient and the practice.