Dental comfort that's...comfortable

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 “I’d rather get a root canal than…” This phrase is used all the time in our society. It implies that whatever follows this phrase must be truly bad indeed. How is it that common dental procedures have become the benchmark of misery? For many, the root cause is the pain they have experienced at one point or another, or even vicariously through others’ descriptions. Even a local anesthetic injection has its own level of discomfort. It’s no wonder Colgate-Palmolive (makers of Colgate toothpaste and oral care products) posted $15.5 Billion in net sales in 2016! We’d rather spend more than the economy of Jamaica than get a cavity and have to get a shot and a filling!

Luckily, Drs. Ellingsen and Henneberg have a different option (yes, you still have to brush twice a day). “I have patients tell me all the time that they are more worried about the numbing than the actual procedure. That’s why we started looking for a method that would alleviate the anxiety and discomfort associated with anesthesia,” said Jeff Henneberg, DDS.

Pain control without the pain

Kovanaze® turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. Kovanaze is a new type of anesthetic which is administered as a nasal spray, eliminating the discomfort of an injection. Since this blocks the communication between the nerves in the teeth and the brain, the numbness is more focused and localized than a standard injection.

 “Your teeth will be numb, but you will still have feeling in your lips and cheeks, which is nice because many people complain about numb or ‘puffy feeling’ lips. This is actually safer because there is less chance of self-injury from biting yourself,” noted Dr. Henneberg.

Being one of the only offices in the area to offer this form of pain control, we are excited at the idea of removing a very real obstacle many people experience, preventing them from realizing optimal oral health. We hope this opens up doors for many people who would otherwise delay or even avoid necessary treatment.

When it comes to our patients, we don’t think it’s enough to just offer top quality dental care. We understand that to truly care for our patients, we need to care for their emotional and mental well-being as well. Many people have strong thoughts and emotions associated with a trip to the dentist. Drs. Ellingsen and Henneberg, along with all our staff are dedicated to easing your concerns and making your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

We stress stress-relief

Our care includes a broad range of offerings on our comfort menu to help you relax during your visit, including warm towels, sunglasses, blankets and NuCalm®. NuCalm is a 4-part drug-free relaxation technology. It is a system, offered by Drs. Ellingsen and Henneberg, to naturally relax the mind.  

One of our patients, Roberta offered some feedback saying, “The staff is very pleasant and helpful with any questions I have. I don’t mind going to the dentist, but I must say the NuCalm they offer along with music and black out glasses has stopped me from twitching or straining my feet and clenching my hands. It has improved my comfort level! Plus, it’s offered free along with your teeth cleaning!! I highly recommend!!!”

If you are curious if Kovanaze or NuCalm is right for you, we are happy to answer your questions. Just call us at (509) 381-7906!