In the world of dentistry, creating a lasting, professional and mutually beneficial dentist-patient relationship is key to having a successful dental clinic. At Ten Dental + Facial, we make it our number one priority to providing the highest level of care and treatment available in making your visit as calm and comfortable as possible.
Over time, connections will naturally develop, especially if you use a family dentist as your lifelong partner in oral health. However, for new or nervous patients, going to the dentist can be a scary and stressful experience. That’s why in order to maintain a good dentist-patient relationship, it requires a conscious effort from you and your dental team to understand your patients and guide them into choosing the right treatment.
To help, here are some important pieces of advice to keep in mind when building a healthy dentist-patient relationship for an even healthier smile.
Friendly first impressions
As soon as they enter the dental practice, it’s crucial to make a good first impression. For example, engaging with patients on a first-name basis and simply asking how they are or feeling will make their dental appointment much more relaxed.
It is a good way to establish clinical care before any medical discussions or treatment enquiries, so that they remain satisfied with your practice and the services you provide.
Practice strong communication
Of course, great communication is one of the most important things you can do as a dentist when strengthening relationships with your patients. Dentists who take the time to listen to their individual needs, communicate clearly when explaining treatment options or after-care, as well as clarify any questions or concerns will lead to happier, loyal patients – therefore a happier clinic!
Trust the experts
Finally, like most relationships it’s all about trust, and practicing empathy can help you connect with them on a more personal level in making your patient feel understood and gain confidence when visiting the dentist.
For nervous patients or those who have a dental phobia, we take pride in delivering a stress-free experience and are committed to helping alleviate any fears you may have. By working closely with patients in speaking openly about their anxieties and ensuring client involvement at every stage of the treatment process builds mutual respect and long-lasting trust that is, in our opinion, priceless.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy, professional and caring dentist in London, then call Ten Dental at one of our clinics in Balham, Clapham and Wandsworth for an appointment or consultation today, because your smile matters to us.