The massage therapists at Horizon Massage and Wellness have noticed something over their more than 18 years in business: an increase in stress among their patients. They do their best to counteract this rising tension with soothing handiwork in styles that range from gently relaxing Swedish massage to prenatal massage to the intense strokes of deep-tissue massage. Not only working out of their Dallas-area locations, staffers occasionally travel to local businesses to perform 15-minute massages on especially rigid office chairs.
If there's one thing the team at Mansfield Dental Center knows for sure, it's that patients love to be comfortable. They've designed nearly every facet of the office to make patients feel like they're in a spa instead of a dental office. It starts in the lobby, where the staff serves lattes and hot chocolate, guests surf the web, and kids play in the video-game room. Then, in the treatment rooms, heated pillows and blankets assuage patients while they watch satellite TV. When it's time for treatment, the staff uses a combination of numbing gel and a DentalVibe tool, which is designed to reduce injection pain by gently vibrating the gums.
A comprehensive and modern dentistry office, Benbrook Dental treats kids and adults with the latest techniques and technology. Putting patient comfort first, the staff uses equipment such as the Isolite, an ergonomic bite block that allows patients to comfortably keep mouths open during procedures, as well as digital x-rays that expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-rays. The office keeps kids entertained with video games, DVDs, and a play area. To ensure efficient visits, the staff also employs intra-oral cameras to get panoramic views of the whole mouth, and offers nitrous oxide and sedatives to ease nerves and foster deep relaxation during procedures.
Floss Dental's dentists and surgeons, many of whom are often featured on local TV stations, may specialize in preventative care, but they also beautify mouths with cosmetic- and reconstructive-surgery services, such as veneers, Invisalign, and dental implants. They harness panoramic x-rays to get a complete view of the teeth, and they broadcast these pictures on a TV, which helps them explain which treatments are necessary and to point out which tooth would look best with an inlaid diamond chip.
Floss Dental encourages patients to keep coming back by offering free Invisalign consultations and free Boost whitening once a year to those who maintain their regular cleanings. Flat-screen TVs and satellite radio entertain patients during their procedures, and sedation dentistry keeps them free from anxiety in a dream-like state.
Dr. John Rubin, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry, strives to make trips to the dentist as stress-free as possible, whether performing general checkups or dental-emergency care. To limit pain during procedures, he can administer oral and audio sedation, and also alleviates fears as a certified practitioner of sedation-sleep dentistry. His trained staff further comforts patients with amenities such as heated massage chairs, CDs and video, and long-lost teddy bears.
Dr. John E. Holmes and his skilled smile staff at Colonial Dental eschew the unsightly wires of traditional braces in favor of clear Invisalign technology to straighten out misguided mouth bones. For an average treatment time of 9–15 months, Invisalign wearers rotate through a series of clear aligner trays that, like a milk moustache on a ghost, remain virtually invisible. Dr. John first examines mouth bones during a consultation and takes x-rays to ensure overall chomper health and that patients are candidates for Invisalign. He then takes impressions to use in tandem with 3-D computer imaging technology and forges a set of aligners that slowly nudge teeth into more harmonious positions. Patients don each set of fang fixers for two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, and whistle. Every six weeks, patients return for a check-up to ensure everything is progressing as planned.