How We Relieve Your Dental Anxiety

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If you are like many Americans, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills you with fear. That dread may even be powerful enough to prevent you from getting the care you need.
Unfortunately, you are doing yourself no favors if you put off even routine visits. Checkups enable us to catch issues while they are still tiny, even undetectable by you. And a good rule of thumb for dental problems is that the earlier they are diagnosed, the easier they are to treat.
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we understand that dental anxiety is a real problem. We do not dismiss or minimize it. We recognize it and do everything we can to make your time at our office an anxiety-free experience.
To discover how pleasant — yes, pleasant — a visit to the dentist can be, call our Spokane Valley, WA office at 509-850-3217.

A Stellar Staff

Any business’s staff can make or break your experience. The members of our team at Family Dental of Spokane Valley are exceptional. They are highly professional and knowledgeable about their jobs and dentistry in general. Just as importantly, they are skilled with people. You will feel welcomed and embraced. If you (or your child) feels nervous, our people know just what to say and do to put you at ease.

Patient-Focused Technology

We love technology at Family Dental Spokane Valley. Not just because it’s awesome (which it is), but because technological advancements have transformed the field of dentistry for the better. Procedures today are, as a rule, faster, less invasive, and less uncomfortable than in the past.

  • When we examine your mouth during your checkup, we will use an intraoral camera to take pictures. So when Dr. Ellsworth is explaining what he’s found, you will be able to see what he’s talking about with your own eyes.
  • We use cutting-edge digital X-rays. These produce high-quality images that the doctor can enlarge and clarify on his computer screen. The process is non-invasive, the images are “developed” practically instantly, and you are exposed to much less radiation than with conventional X-rays.
  • We have a cone beam CT scanner that easily creates digital 3-D images of your mouth. This allows us to plan out your full-mouth reconstruction (dental implants, mini implants, or dentures) with unmatched precision.

Conscious Sedation

Sometimes, you need something a little stronger than cool technology and a caring staff to take the edge off your nerves. So we offer oral conscious sedation. This is administered via a pill. You will generally remain awake, but completely relaxed. If you do happen to fall asleep, we will be able to awake you easily. Since the effects may not wear off immediately, you will have to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home.
If you suffer from dental anxiety — or just don’t enjoy visiting the dentist — the best thing you can do is come for regular checkups. Because this minimizes the likelihood you will need more extensive and more uncomfortable restorative procedures down the road.
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we’ve created a practice where everyone can feel at ease. Fill out our convenient online form or call our Spokane Valley, WA office at 509-850-3217 to book an appointment.

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