How dentists ensure patient's comfort during a clinical procedure
Posted on 7/18/2022 by Rho Family Dentistry
Whether for a simple checkup or a scheduled [procedure, we have all had to visit the dentist, and they are not the most pleasant procedures to undergo. Hence, many people feel anxious about visiting the dentist for a procedure. Dentists are, however, professionals at their jobs and aim to make the patient feel comfortable, calm, and happy meet to ensure a smooth operation. It is important to engage the patient from the moment you see them by introducing yourself and providing a welcoming environment from the start ensuring your patient is at ease as they await treatment.
Steps to ensure patient's ease
The dentist needs to explain the specs of the procedure to the patient. Most patients anxious about a procedure usually want to know if it will hurt and are afraid of the unknown. Explaining the procedure helps put them at ease. A dentist may also give some communication cues to the patient to help them communicate better. Talking may be difficult during a procedure, so the patient may fail to communicate their experience through the process, for example, if they feel some sensation or pain. Reassuring the patient all through the procedure also ensures they are not anxious.
Some dental procedures may require sedation to put the patient to sleep or prevent them from feeling pain. Discussing their sedation options with them also goes a long way in ensuring patients' trust and calm. Patients also feel safe and calm when their dentist uses well-maintained and modern dental tools. Well-maintained tools are a way to ensure safety during the procedure. Maintaining a clean work environment also helps reassure the patient of safety and helps put them at ease. The dental office should be squeaky clean, and the dentist should use safety precautions during procedures; for example, when taking digital images, the dentist should observe radiation safety practices.