Growing up in Edgewood, Texas, I learned early the importance of family and developing relationships within the community. Edgewood was, and still is, a small and tight knit community – in many ways, just like Mabank, but, on a smaller scale. I was fortunate to be raised by two loving parents that blessed me with an environment of love and nurture. My upbringing instilled in me the value and power of serving other people in our lives in all manners. One of the reasons I chose general dentistry, commonly called family dentistry, is that you are given the opportunity to develop life-long relationships with families. It gives me an opportunity to not only change the lives of mom and dad, but, also their children, and, if we are really lucky, their children’s children.
There are so many facets of family dentistry to consider, but, I wanted to review of few of the parts that are most important to me and what we do at Magnolia Dental. The definition of a family has certainly changed a lot over the years, but, there are certain parts that will always hold true. First off, a family is built on love – a love of each and for possibly raising children. With this in mind, I developed a love of treating children in dental school – even to go so far as to receive the pediactric dentistry outstanding clinician award in my dental school class! Children can be a real blast to work with, and a real challenge at the same time!
I was taught in dental school that when treating kiddos, the key is to tell, show and do. Often times, we as dentists get so caught up in the logistics of the treatment and lose sight of the child sitting in our chair and the fear and/or anxiety they are dealing with. By taking the time to slow down, develop a relationship, share with them what we are going to do, show them what we are going to do and then treat them, we can lower their anxiety level and make the experience more enjoyable. In addition, a big step is to use words they understand, such as the following:
- We blow bubbles and use sleepy juice – we don’t do shots
- We love to clean out sugar bugs and place white polka dots
- We use power ranger and cinderalla crowns
- We help your teeth take a nap and hopefully they don’t snore too loud!
Kids often times benefit the most from nitrous oxide – or, as I like to call it, laughing gas. Nitrous oxide helps to lower their anxiety level, gives them something else to focus on (brightly colored and scented nose masks) besides what we are doing, and blocks their view of what we are doing. Sometimes, kids may need a stronger form of sedation beyond nitrous oxide. This could be due to the level of work they need or their anxiety level. In those cases, I personally prefer to schedule them with a few of my friends that focus on treating kids solely. They are set up to provide sedation in higher doses of nitrous oxide or sleepy juice to help them relax.
When you walk by our treatment room, you may very well think I have lost my mind, but, in reality we are working to make it as fun as we can for the kids! Working with kids takes a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but, it can be so rewarding at the same time.
After working with kids, treating the rest of the family can often times be a cake walk. I think I do the same thing with my kiddos, but, once you as a parent know that your kids were treated with love and compassion, your guard is lowered. You realize we are here to serve you and your family, and we want to do it in a way that will send you home with a huge smile. My ultimate goal is to provide the level of care that you are looking for in a fashion that meets the needs of your whole family.
Family dentistry as we mature can include tooth colored fillings, orthodontics, oral surgery, removal of wisdom teeth, dental implants, crowns and permanent bridges. As you can see, family dentistry can be varied in the services we offer. What this means for me is the service I provide each family member can vary widely, and, the service I offer room to room will vary widely. This is exciting to me, and it is one of the main reasons that I love family dentistry. It challenges me to study all facets of dentistry, so, that I can provide the highest level of care for each family member in a fashion that leaves them smiling. Family dentistry is the backbone of Magnolia Dental, and it is the foundation on what I built the office onto.
I love families and I love to see families grow and mature – give us a call today at (903) 603-4406 or email us here to give us an opportunity to see how we can serve your whole family.