This morning when I went in for my semi-annual cleaning I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist who was surrounded by scented candles and loud (but mellow) music. Then they offered me a drink (I took water, but they have all kinds of options) and took me back to the waiting room. In the waiting room you wait by relaxing in a massage chair. It's fantastic. Almost makes you wish there was a long wait, but I've never sat there for more than 5 or 10 minutes. Then a guy named Sam came in and put my hands in paraffin wax treatment gloves and took me back to the actual cleaning room. While it does still look like a dentist's office since they have the big chairs, lights and scary instruments, it's way less clinical than most offices. The staff wear jeans and t-shirts and are all very laid back. Anyway, Sam proceeded by giving me an aromatherapy "balancing treatment" which consisted of a massage of some peppermint stuff into my temples and putting a cool eye mask on my eyes. That part of the visit was new this time and I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The hygienist came in next. Her name is Becky and even though she only sees me twice a year she remembers me and asks me about my kids. She remembers that I have wimpy jaw and is great about letting me relax it when necessary. She did an awesome job cleaning my teeth and was so quick I couldn't even complain.
Dr. Graham is ridiculously cool and is also a great dentist. I've gone to dentists in the past and felt like I was probably be paying for their boat. Dr. Graham just checks everything out, makes sure I'm feeling OK and sends me on my way.
I should probably interject here that I've never actually had a cavity. I go to the dentist 2 times per year to have my teeth cleaned and examined, however I'm pretty sure if I had to have anything else done I would mind a whole lot less when the visit started in a massage chair. Thanks Dad for the good genes.
Anyway, to finish off the whole visit Sam came back and gave me a face and neck massage. It was fabulous. I think Sam is new, because this was the first time I've met him. He's a keeper.
So, I know what you're thinking...how much extra does this all cost? Nothing. For all financial intents and purposes they are a regular dentist's office. Your dental insurance will never know about the cushy treatment you got. And why should they? It's your mouth.
Sorry if this sounds like a commercial. It's really not. I just can't figure out why you wouldn't go there if you could.