Gentle Dental Hygiene: How We Make Your Visit Less Stressful!

Here at Longleaf Dental, we aim to provide patients with a great experience. Visits to the dentist shouldn’t be stressful; they should be easy and comfortable.

Despite this, we encounter many new patients who fear going to the dentist and have avoided it for years. We love the opportunity to change their perspective. We believe our approach to gentle dental hygiene is perfect for easing fears and stress for patients.

In this article, we’ll explain a few ways we make your visit less stressful. You don’t have to be afraid of visiting the dentist!


Our Welcoming Staff

We believe we have an amazing team here at Longleaf Dental. Every dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, and member of our front desk team is kind and cheerful. We’re built on southern hospitality, and you can trust that you’ll always feel welcomed when you walk inside our office.

You can learn more about our dentists and the rest of our staff in the about section of our website. The best way to get to know them, however, is to come visit us! We love meeting new patients and would be honored if you stopped by.


Our Technology

It’s no secret that technology has changed the way we live. Cars are faster, safer, and more fuel efficient. Phones can do more than computers could 10 years ago. And of course, dental technology has made huge leaps over the last few decades as well.

Here at Longleaf Dental, we strive to stay at the cutting edge of technology. We’re always looking for ways to improve our patient’s experience.

For instance, our CEREC technology allows us to create and apply dental restorations in a single day, which means you no longer have to wait a few weeks for the dental lab to do the work.

Laser cavity detection allows us to identify cavities earlier and faster than ever, ensuring treatment is simpler and less painful.

We select every type of technology we use with our patients in mind. We want to give you a quick, painless, and stress-free experience, and our technology is a major part of this.


Our Sedation and Anesthetic Techniques

Here at Longleaf, we offer a variety of sedation and anesthetic techniques to give you a pain-free experience. Even extractions can be pain-free!

When required, we administer a safe, gentle anesthetic that will ensure you remain as comfortable as possible during your procedure. You may feel some pressure and recognize that we’re doing work, but pain will be minimal.

If sedation is required, we can offer IV sedation, oral sedation, and most commonly, nitrous oxide (more commonly referred to as laughing gas). Depending on your procedure and comfort levels, your dentist may recommend some form of sedation. Talk to us here at Longleaf for more information.


Our Professional Cleanings

Your first visit to the dentist will typically involve a professional cleaning. Performed by a certified dental hygienist, our cleanings are the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

During a professional cleaning at Longleaf Dental, our hygienist will:

  • Remove plaque from the teeth to prevent decay
  • Remove calculus (also known as tartar) above the gum line, which can only be done by a dentist/hygienist
  • Polish and remove stains from teeth
  • Apply sealants (if needed) to prevent tooth decay and cavities
  • Provide nutritional counseling and guidance for proper oral hygiene techniques
  • Administer fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and prevent decay

As you can probably tell, professional cleanings are all about prevention. Our hygienists will always take a gentle approach to cleaning your teeth. Our goal is to prevent any serious oral health issues from occurring, saving you from more invasive procedures in the future.


Our Gentle Approach

Most importantly, we take a gentle approach to everything we do. From cleanings to extractions and cosmetic fixes to root canals, we always keep the patient’s comfort as a priority.

The best way to overcome your fears of the dentist is to come visit us here at Longleaf Dental. We’ll ensure you have a great experience, and help make future visits to the dentist far less stressful.

If you’d like to experience the Longleaf Dental difference for yourself, then contact us today.