Monthly Archives: September 2016

“Painless Dentistry”: Helping Patients Overcome Fear of the Dentist

We live in an exciting era to be practicing dentistry. With recent developments and enhancements in dental implants, CAD/CAM restorations, esthetic dentistry advancements, Botox and Restylane, high-tech root canal therapy, CT imaging, etc., dentists are on the cusp of meeting and surpassing our patients’ needs and expectations. However, in our zest to use the most up-to-date equipment and techniques, we can sometimes forget that patients’ dental fears and anxieties can prevent them from getting the care they need.

New dental providers may harm the poor and uninsured

Healthcare in America has changed. Even before the passage of the affordable care act (ACA), the role of medical doctors in the assessment and treatment of patients has diminished. Nurses, techs, physician’s assistants, and other“providers” render much of the care performed at the hospital and in medical offices. In recent years, politicians have been pushing this model for dentistry as well. Never mind that most direct care for dental patients is both surgical and irreversible.