November 9, 2016
Let’s face it: the people who dread going to the dentist think that the people who enjoy going to the dentist are weird. At Thomas J. Feder, DDS in Belleville, IL, we get it but we just don’t like it. That’s why we’re working to help more and more people realize that seeing the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread.
Memories of Dental Appointments Past
There was time, not all that long ago, when dentist visits were pretty uncomfortable. A lot of dentists’ offices weren’t very inviting. The waiting room furniture was old and lumpy, and if there was background music, it was horrible by anybody’s standards. The treatment chairs were stiff and uncomfortable. Your pain relief options were Novocaine or Novocaine, and quite often the numbing injection hurt more than anything. It seemed like you could spend a really long time in that stiff, uncomfortable chair, which certainly didn’t help.
If those are your memories of going to the dentist, take heart! Dentistry has moved on and up from those “bad” old days. Seeing the dentist today isn’t, and shouldn’t be, anything like what you remember or what you’ve had described to you.
At the Office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS
Our Belleville, IL dental office is dedicated to providing superior dental outcomes in an atmosphere that’s devoted to your comfort. In fact, we make your comfort our number one priority.
You’ll find our waiting room to be modern, spotlessly clean, and very comfortable. Our staff is friendly, personable, and above all concerned that you have the best possible experience while you’re visiting us.
Our treatment rooms feature the latest in dental technology, which allows us to achieve better results in a fraction of the time. We offer a number of amenities for your comfort – flat-screen TVs above the exam chairs, headphones, warm blankets, and even soft pillows.
Pain? What Pain?
One of the biggest objections to seeing the dentist is the prospect of pain. We understand that everyone experiences pain differently and to different degrees. We don’t judge. Instead, we take steps to minimize and even eliminate any pain you might feel.
If the idea of having a numbing injection makes you nervous, you’re in good company. By some estimates, over 140 million people in the United States have some form of dental anxiety.
Dr. Feder has invested in technology that makes injections absolutely painless: Vibraject. Vibraject is a compact, battery-operated piece of equipment that completely eliminates the sensations associated with injections. That’s right: your numbing injection is now completely painless!
And your procedure won’t begin until you tell us that you can’t feel a thing.
Anxiety? What Anxiety?
For those people who need some help with relaxation during their procedures, we offer nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a gas, and you breathe a mixture of the gas and air through a small mask.
You might know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” It got that name because it makes some people feel giddy. Can you imagine giggling during a dental procedure? Believe it or not, it happens. Most people, though, just feel relaxed and comfortable. We’re willing to bet that once you’re tuned in to your favorite TV show, resting your head on a comfortable pillow, and wrapped in a warm blanket, you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable, too.
The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, so you’ll be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
And just so you know, our staff take care to proceed at your pace during your appointment. If you need to pause, or even take a short break, just tell us. We see ourselves as partners in your dental care, which means your voice is just as important as ours.
We Want You to Get the Dental Care You Need
Dental anxiety keeps people from getting the care they need. We think that’s a shame, and that it’s unnecessary. We’ll do everything we can to encourage you to get proper dental care.
This may sound strange coming from a dentist’s office, but we’d rather help people prevent dental problems than solve those problems after they’ve impacted lives.
We’re committed to helping you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, and to helping you enjoy a smile you’re proud of. Don’t put off dental care a minute longer. Arrange your appointment with our Belleville, IL office today by calling 618-219-1412.