It's a great time to be a dental patient.
Treatments such as a tooth filling, teeth cleaning and dental crown are now more comfortable and less time-consuming thanks to modern dental technologies such as CEREC®, DIAGNOdent®, air abrasion and laser dentistry.
But when it comes to reinventing how you feel about going to the dentist, it's spa dentistry, or dental spas, that can take your experience to a whole new level.
Dental Needs Become Dental Wants
Many patients of dental spas view regular dental visits as something they want to do, not just have to do.
"I feel like I'm doing something pleasurable for myself when I go," said a patient of a Minnesota dental spa. "It's really exhilarating to walk into a high-end dental spa."
Some dental spas focus primarily on creating a soothing environment -- replete with calming waterfalls, New Age music and scents of lavender. If you have little to no dental anxiety, but would prefer a warm, relaxing atmosphere, this type of dental spa may be right for you.
If you need a little extra TLC, you may want to consider a dental spa that goes the extra mile. These dental spas may offer a wide range of complimentary services such as paraffin hand treatments, blankets and personal DVD players to help you take your mind off of dental treatment and onto relaxation.
Deluxe dental spas are like one-stop health shops. As a patient, you may have access to an on-staff masseuse, aesthetician and acupuncturist in addition to your dentist and dental hygienist. This means that you can get a fee-based massage, facial or pain treatment before or after your dental treatment -- perfect if you're a busy professional or just love the convenience!
The Price of Comfort
It's understandable that you may be concerned about the added cost of becoming a dental spa patient. But if service and comfort matter to you, making the switch just might be worth it.
Choosing a dental spa over a traditional dental office is not unlike buying a car that's loaded with leather seats, air conditioning and seat warmers rather than a standard model. You may pay for those extras, but your comfort justifies the expenditure. And after all is said and done, you may not even think twice about price.
Like fully loaded cars, dental spas are generally equipped with the latest dental technology -- all of which are designed to improve your comfort and reduce treatment time. While it's no surprise that these comforts may result in higher treatment fees, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much you don't wind up paying for certain dental treatments!
Many dental spas offer specials on cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening -- at a traditional dental office, you may be more likely to pay full price. You may also find better discounts on facials, massages and other treatments than you would at a traditional spa. Purchasing a package deal that combines dental treatments with spa treatments is another way to save big bucks.
If you have dental insurance, even better. Many dental spas accept dental plans and also offer patient financing through companies such as CareCredit®. You can easily avoid confusion about payment by first calling your dental insurance provider to get clear on the rules of your plan, and then calling the dental spa you're interested in to find out whether they accept your insurance.
If you're not already starting to think of a dentist as your Dr. Feelgood, spending a day at a dental spa might change your tune.
Even though the idea of comfort dentistry seems like a relatively new thing, dentists have actually been shifting their focus to patients' needs more and more over the last 20 years, according to Dr. Kimberly Harms of the ADA.
Feeling like your dentist cares can actually be good for your dental health. When you're comfortable with your dentist, you may be more likely to stick to regular dental visits and accept treatments -- the best ways to ensure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
And even if you feel fine without the added comforts of a dental spa, if your dentist offers amenities that qualify as spa dentistry, consider it a plus. The right setting and amenities can help make regular dental visits feel like a pleasurable, worthwhile experience that you'll want to have again and again. In fact, you may find yourself enjoying your dental spa visits so much that you decide you want to take your smile to the next level with veneers or teeth whitening!
Staying on top of your dental health can help you look great and feel great. If the soothing atmosphere of a dental spa helps keep you on the right track, why not treat yourself?
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