When it comes to your comfort,
expressions of care alone are not enough.
In addition to his empathy for others, Dr. Landers wants you to know, that he is attentive and employs many techniques, technologies, and training in order to assure your comfort.
Gentle, Empathetic Doctor Read More…..
- The Wow Experience (5-Steps For a Painless Dental injection) Read More…..
- Pain Management Techniques for Genetic Conditions Read More…..
- Pain Management Techniques for Unique Clinical Conditions Read More…..
- Modern Treatments & Technologies Read More…..
- Pampering Our Guests: Our office is designed with your comfort in mind Read More…..
- Forward Thinking Pain Management Via Effective Patient Doctor Communication Read More…..
- Sedation Dentistry Read More…..
# 1. Gentle, Empathetic Doctor
Dr. Landers is committed to your comfort! His awareness of your wellbeing is the #1 reason his patients experience very little to no discomfort.
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#2. The Wow Experience (6-Steps For a Painless Dental injection)
1. We Use the Best Most Effective Topical Anesthetic (BTT 12.5)
The best topical for dentists is the “Baddest” Topical in Town™ (BTT 12.5). This gel is an effective combination of three anesthetic ingredients and a vasoconstrictor. It is often used as a pre-injection topical anesthetic for soft tissue and palatal procedures.
Dry the Gums, use a cotton it applicator to rub on the topical jelly, let the topical sit for 30-60 seconds. It’s that simple, the jelly soaks in and ensures that the following steps will be comfortable.
2. Jiggle The Cheek
A little jiggle of cheek or lips when during the numbing process distracts the patient and helps stimulate the nerves.
- Some Nerves just send a signal for pain
- Some Nerves just send signal for motion
- Most Nerves send signals for both pain & motion
- When a nerve fires for motion, it needs time to reset before it can send a pain signal
- Pain signal is not sent when combined with motion. End result… you are comfortable
This is why Dr Landers gently shakes your cheeks or lips. It’s a gentle coordinated movement and our patients routinely are amazed at how comfortable this process can be.
3. Use Of Multiple Specialized Superfine Needles
Dr. Landers will use needles that are very fine (similar to acupuncture) to gently and superficially introduce the anesthetic, and then wait a few minutes for the anesthetic to spread and numb adjacent areas. After the initial placement, the area is now numb. At this point, Dr. Landers will return to finish and deliver more volume of anesthetic necessary to ensure your comfort.
4. Introduce only a small amount of Juice at one time
Typically Dr Landers gives a little juice and gives it 3-5 minutes to spread. After 3-5 minutes Dr Landers introduces more to assure your comfort. If the anesthetic is introduced all at once it’s uncomfortable. It’s easier for a doctor to more accurately numb a patient who does not feel anything in the area being numbed because: patients are likely to open wider, patient is not moving or tensing up, and the doctor who is not as worried about hurting the patient.
5. Taking the Time Needed to Assure Your Numb
Each patient requires a distinctive amount of time to become numb for a dental procedure begins. Dr. Landers gives you the time you needed. And to be sure he will test various areas and ask you if specific landmarks are numb. Again this is all done before beginning treatments. Once he does start, initially he goes very slow and using brush like strokes until its obvious that the patient is comfortable.
#6 After Treatment – Numbing
If you are having a more involved surgical procedure (i.e. wisdom tooth removal) there is an increased likelihood that you will experience discomfort after leaving our office. Depending on your weight and amount of dental anesthetic you already received, Dr. Landers may offer another injection before sending you home.
Pain is Subjective So: Written” Patient /Doctor Communication is essential
Many of our patients experience very little or no pain at all. As a result some prefer a little to no anesthetic. A vastly different group of patients have very sensitive teeth, anatomical variations, or dental fears and prefer more anesthetic. Considering the latter, your help is essential. We encourage you to share personal preferences with Dr. Landers or our team in person before treatments by filling out:
Your Preferences for Exceptional Care Patient Communication E-Form
Pain Management Patient Communication E-Form
#3. Pain Management for Genetic Conditions
Dr. Landers is trained in multiple pain management techniques, and takes the time to assure your comfort before he begins treatment.
Some People Have a Unique Anatomy
We all know that anatomically people are inherently different. Its Common and you may simply need additional volumes of anesthetic in various locations
We all know that anatomically everyone is different. If you have unique dental anatomy, the location of your nerve may be distant from the typical target location for the dental anesthetic. As a result, finding the ideal location may be difficult and additional anesthetic may be needed. Did you know anatomical variations are very common? As an example, some people have such unique anatomy that the “typical” dental block used by 99% of dentists simply does not work. This is exactly why Dr. Landers is trained in different techniques, and takes the time to assure your comfort before he begins treatment.
In addition to anatomical variations in nerve position and location, you may have extra nerves branches. Again this will require additional volumes of anesthetic in various locations.
Did You Know People With Red Hair Are Hard to Numb?
There is some evidence, which suggests that people who have naturally red hair may not be as easy to numb as others.
There is some evidence which suggests that people who have naturally red hair may not be as easy to numb as others. The culprit appears to be a mutation in the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (or MC1R for short). Mutations in the MC1R gene lead to fair skin and red hair in humans. Unfortunately, they can also make local anesthetics less effective (the same also appears to be true for midazolam, which is used for IV sedation, and for general anesthetic). Our patients with red hair are comfortable because Dr. Landers is well trained in this regard.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of rare genetic disorders, which affect the connective tissues
Some people with EDS don’t feel an effect until after they have left the office. Others can react one way on one visit and another way on another visit depending on the treatment.
Signs of EDS
- Living with joint hypermobility (or loose joints)
- Super soft hyper-elastic skin
- Weak and easily bruised skin
#4. Pain Management Care for Unique Clinical Conditions
Dr. Landers and his team are highly trained in caring for unique clinical conditions and how these conditions may hinder the effectiveness of administered anesthetics.
Chemistry of a Local infection
Tooth, gum, and bone infections are acidic and dental anesthetics are very PH sensitive. In other words, dental anesthetics do not work well in the presence of a dental infection.
Stress and Anxiety Can Change Body Chemistry
Physiologically, patients who experience stress and anxiety will release a hormone known as adrenaline (epinephrine). This change in body chemistry may cause the dental anesthetic to be delayed, decrease its effectiveness, or cause the anesthetic to wear off quickly.
Dr Landers Is Well Trained with 25+Years Experience.
You Will Be Numb For Your Dental Procedure.
Advanced Nerve Block Techniques
Fact: Even when administered properly, 15% of normal lower jaw injections do not work. Usually this is a result of a variation of the normal anatomy.
Trained in advanced techniques, Dr. Landers offers multiple comfortable and effective techniques in order to assure your well-being. These techniques include traditional nerve blocks, Gow-Gates nerve block, and Akinosi nerve block.
In addition to the above techniques, Dr. Landers is trained in the use of multiple types of local anesthetics. The brand and type of local anesthesia used for your pain control is the foundation for pain management. In order to achieve highest level of anesthetic potency with the lowest systemic toxicity, Dr. Landers specifically chooses the best type for each patient’s individual preferences, anatomical location, and clinical conditions.
With over 25+ years of experience and training, Dr. Landers is able to effectively anticipate and treat unique clinical conditions with specific nerve block techniques in order to assure his patients comfort.
#5. Modern Treatments & Technologies to Prevent or Reduce Dental Pain
Read about patient safety and how we have made the smart choices to protect you by investing in our advanced care center where your procedure will be performed. Read More…..
10 Dental Treatments that Greatly Reduce Your Chances Pain During & After Treatment
- Minimally invasive Oral Plastic Surgery (Micro Surgical Procedures)
- No Needle Drill-less Fillings
- Laser Gum Treatments
- Atraumatic Extractions & Bone Grafts
- Computer Guided 3-D Dental Implant Surgery (Flapless Implant Placement)
- Computer Aided Root Canal Therapy
- Sedation Dentistry -Nitrous Laughing Gas
- Touchless Digital Dental X-Rays
- Technology that Can Save Your Tooth From A Root Canal = Top 7 Patient Benefits -Advanced Dental Handpiece Technology
- Laser & Computer Aided Cavity Detection: If you don’t have a cavity there is no need to drill Read More…..
The above 10 “treatments list” is great but at our office we use numerous technologies, techniques, and materials that make our patient treatments easier, more accurate, and more comfortable. Offering a multitude of modern treatments and advanced technologies to our patients means:
- Modern treatments will last longer resulting in fewer trips back to the dental office. Less time at the office means less chance for dental problems.
- Modern treatments are more comfortable and heal faster. Less pain and discomfort.
- Modern treatments and technologies lower the percentage of surgical side effects that may be associated with pain, additional cost, and need for additional treatment.
- Predictably healthier and consistent esthetic treatment results.
#6. Our Office Is Designed With Your Comfort In Mind –Pampering Our Guests
We believe in pampering our guests. In addition to being a sterilization certified office,
Our advanced care center is comfortable, modern, inviting, and decorated in warm, soothing colors.
During treatment relax in a dental chair while listening to your favorite music.
While sitting up you are entertained by an amazing view of Millennium Park and while relaxing back you have a view of the sky. Dental chairs with pressure mapping provide a comfortable cushioning. Neck, back, and leg pillows aid further in your total comfort.
We know that if you feel comfortable, you will have a more relaxing experience.
Aromatherapy diffusers diffuse lavender essential oil with the ability to ease nervous tension, help relieve pain, and enhance blood circulation. During your appointment, our friendly staff will offer you a warm blanket to complete your feeling of well-being. After treatment, warm lemon or lavender scented towels are offered to freshen your hands and face.
#7. 7-Step Process Proven to Help Reduce Dental Pain, Fear, & Anxiety.
Effective patient/doctor communication during treatment is an essential part of clinical pain management.
Identify & Manage The Cause Of The Dental Stress
Before Being Confronted With It At Your Dental Visit.
Worrying about your fears causes anxiety. A degree of anxiety as it relates to an event or situation is normal. If you worry or dwell too much, it can cause disruptive problems in you life.
Recognize the healthy positive energy created by fears. Use this energy to contemplate in pursuit of solutions. Take responsibility now and review the 7-steps below.
This should all be done before you are confronted with fears at a dental visit. It’s impossible to think clearly when you’re thoughts are flooded with fear or anxiety. Your participation is essential to our success.
7-Step Process Proven to Reduce Dental Pain, Fear, & Anxiety.
#8. Sedation Dentistry
In addition to our scientific approach and our attention to gentle clinical care, we offer other time proven and safe pain control technologies. These all will help make your dental experience more pleasant. The following is a list of options available to our patients. Please remind our team before your appointment if you would like to combine any of the following with your treatment.
Nitrous gas is a time tested sedative agent that will help you feel more relaxed. read more
Nitrous gas is a wonderfully safe, time tested sedative agent which will help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous gas will also anesthetize the gum tissues.
- This is a great option for patients who have very sensitive gum tissues. If your routine cleanings are generally uncomfortable consider the option of using nitrous gas.
- Nitrous gas is also a good option when a patient has not had regular dental cleanings and has deep tartar build up. The use of nitrous will allow the hygienist to be more aggressive and comfortably remove long standing tartar.
- Nitrous alone or in combination with other techniques is a great way to make the numbing process easier.
Prescription Strength Pain Reliever
Pain relievers are a great option and come in various strengths. Since every person has a different preference regarding the use of pre or post treatment use of pain relievers, please share with our team which option best describes your preference.
The use of valium before your appointment will help to relax you for your treatment. Valium has no anesthetic properties.
Decrease risk of post treatment infections.
Patients who want to decrease the risk of post treatment swelling and bruising can request a pre-treatment steroid therapy.
You can choose any one or all of the above techniques to make your dental experience more pleasant. Since we plan ahead for your specific needs, please inform the staff before your reserved appointment time.