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September 11, 2013
Category: Dental Excuses
Tags: anxiety   expense   No pain   uncomfortable  

What's Your Excuse?

At Dr. Robert Malenius and Associates, we cannot even tell you how many times we've heard people say things like....

"I've been meaning to make an appointment but I just haven't gotten around to it."

With that in mind, here are some of the most frequent excuses people have for not visiting the dentist.

• Going to the dentist is too expensive!

Actually, the opposite is true! While quality health care certainly can be costly, the investment in preventive dental procedures such as cleanings, exams and necessary x-rays can save thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in more extensive treatment later. The sooner you go, the less it will cost!

• Dental appointments are uncomfortable!

While a dental visit may not be as much fun as a night at the movies, it's not as difficult as it was decades ago. Modern anesthetics and dental techniques have made a trip to the dentist more pleasant than ever before. Express your concerns to your dentist and chances are she or he will have a solution. If you don't think your dental team is doing all they can for your comfort, it may be time to find one who does!

• I'm not in any pain so I don't need to go!

Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth and gums, waiting until you have pain means you waited too long! Early cavities and gum disease are painless. Waiting for symptoms can lead to complicated expensive treatment and even tooth loss!

At Dr. Robert Malenius and Assoiates, we value the importance of regular dental examinations and preventive cleanings. Our goal is to make your dental treatment as comfortable and cost-efficient as possible, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at630-668-6180. We're here for you!

And if you aren't making any of these excuses, please feel free to forward this to someone who is. You'll be doing them a huge favor!!


By drmalenius
May 31, 2011
Category: Dental Anxiety

We’ve all seen Steve Martin’s crazy sadistic dental performance in the movie  Little Shop of Horrors or heard a friend’s over-inflated version of a bad office visit (usually involving a root canal), but going to the dentist these days really isn’t scary! With all the modem technology and advanced techniques available, a dental visit can be not just painless but actually relaxing! Right? Right!

Like it or not, most of us go to the dentist routinely to keep our teeth and gums healthy because it’s what we’re supposed to do, not because it’s a favorite activity. But did you know that seventy-five percent of the population experience some sort of dental fear and fifteen percent actually avoid going to the dentist altogether due to severe anxiety? Infrequent dental visits or total avoidance can cause severe health problems, even heart disease. This can be a serious problem.

Here at Dr. Malenius and Associates, we take this issue very seriously. We want to make each visit to the dentist as comfortable and stress free as possible. That’s why we do everything we can to soothe and relax you from the minute you walk in the door. We have stereo headphones that let you choose your own music and drown out the background noise. Our up-to-date anesthesia techniques make dental treatment incredibly comfortable. The high-tech laser we use for some procedures can make injections and drilling a thing of the past. And if necessary, we even offer Nitrous Oxide sedation to help you through your visit with less anxiety.

We feel your dental health is so important that we take these extra steps to help you stay as healthy as possible and to make each visit a stress free one. When you leave our office, we are committed to making you smile in every way.

Please give us a call at 630-668-6180 to schedule your next appointment. With your comfort in mind, we will make sure that every visit is a great one!