5 Ways We Help Put Patients at Ease

Dentist in Edwardsville IL

Never fear, your dentist is here!

Those aren’t exactly words that go through your mind when you think of your dentist, are they? Don’t worry, that’s not uncommon. That gives us all the more reason to do everything we can to put our patients at ease during their visits, whether they are in for a routine cleaning or for a more in-depth dental procedure.

We understand that finding the perfect dental home can be difficult, especially if you are one of the many people with dental anxiety. We want you to know that you are not alone, and that we are here for you. Dr. Hite and each of his staff members want each and every one of his patients to feel safe and secure. We want you to feel comfortable when going to the dentist. We have many different ways to help put you at ease while you are in our care, ranging from the atmosphere we create in our office to sedation methods.

1. Anxiety? No problem!

We have multiple options to help with dental anxiety. Studies suggest that roughly 60% of people suffer from dental anxiety. You’re not alone—not by a long shot. Because of this, we have different comfort accommodations to help you feel at ease, one of which is access to different sedation techniques. We have access to conscious sedation and IV sedation.

Sometimes, knowing that there will be no pain or discomfort will help you relax during a dental procedure. Though, anxiety isn’t the only reason for dental sedation. It is often used if the patient has a severe gag reflex, a complex procedure, or even if they have certain medical conditions. No matter the reason, we strive to work with your specific concerns to come up with the perfect solution to help you.

2. Newest Technology

We strive to have the latest technology on hand to help each individual patient. We are fully equipped to assist with both IV and conscious sedation if needed, as well as the ability to do same-day crowns using CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics).

We have even updated how we do fillings. Gone are the days of silver fillings! We now have the ability to fill your teeth with composite resin, ensuring your filling blends perfectly with your natural smile. This kind of filling is good for up to 10 years with proper care.

We also utilize 3AD printing and computer-aided design and manufacturing, or CAD/CAM which is used to construct restorations such as crows, inlays, and even bridges.

3. Friends, Not Strangers

Our team takes the time to get to know our patients. We want to ensure that you don’t feel like a stranger when you step through our doors. We want you to feel like you’ve found your dental home, filled with friends who truly care about you, your family, and of course, your dental health.

4. Listening and Caring

By getting to know you and your family, we are able to easily identify any changes in your dental health. We understand that life happens, and things can change in the blink of an eye. That goes for your oral health as well. When we truly are able to get to know you, we are able to open up that communication and answer any questions or concerns you might have.

It doesn’t matter how small or how large these concerns are. We are here to listen. It’s not just our job, it’s our passion. You are important, and we want you to feel that way.

5. Family-Like Atmosphere

Did you get to enjoy a little break while your kids went to camp over the summer? How is the new job going? Did you finish the courses you were working on last time we saw you?

We make sure you are scheduled to see the same provider at each appointment, ensuring that you get to know each other. It makes a difference when your dental hygienist knows you and your family well enough to ask the important questions. We want you to feel heard and important. We want you to feel like family. But it’s not just the dental hygienists that get to know you—the entire staff strives to make you and your family feel at home. 

Every patient is different, and so are their needs. We strive to make our patients feel special, important, and a part of our family. We work hard to create an individualized plan for you and your family. Whether you are dealing with dental anxiety or just a busy schedule, we want you to know that we are here for you.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to contact us. We don’t just want to be a dentist, we want to be your dentist.