It’s not breaking news that many people don’t look forward to their dental appointments. Dentists like Dr. Ken Collins, DDS, of Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics in Spokane, Washington are trying to change that.
“At our practice, we specialize in family and cosmetic dentistry, but we also have a licensed esthetician on staff that offers waxing, facials, eyebrow tinting and other beauty treatments,” Collins said.
This unique approach to dentistry focuses on the beauty and comfort of the whole body in unison with the teeth for an experience that may leave you surprised at how relaxing a visit to the dentist can be. Collins hopes you’ll leave the office thinking to yourself that a day at the dentist has never felt this good before.
They also offer services like Botox, dermal fillers and Ultherapy to help enhance beauty. Some of these products can actually be used as less invasive treatments to common dental concerns such as TMJ disorders and high lip lines.
According to a review on Botox therapy’s place in dentistry in the Journal of International Oral Health, Botox has been used to successfully treat conditions like TMJ disorders, bruxism, chronic migraines, mandibular spasms and trigeminal neuralgia.
“One of the biggest complaints of patients suffering from TMJ disorders is tension in the face, jaw and even down into the neck and shoulders,” Collins said. “This tension can be uncomfortable, even painful, and can often cause headaches and migraines. Many of our patients have found tremendous relief from Botox treatments that relax the muscles and ease the tension and pain.”
Besides the health benefits of cosmetic injections, Collins believes that looking and feeling attractive doesn’t always just involve your teeth.
“Once our patients have achieved that smile they’ve always dreamed of, they want their face to look as young and fresh as their teeth,” he said. “Dentists have always been thought of as a necessary obligation to one’s health, but we want to be more than that. Watching lives be completely transformed as patients walk out of the office with their heads held high makes it all worth it.”
Some people are referring to practices that offer these services as ‘dental spas’. It’s important to note that patients aren’t walking around these offices in bathrobes and slippers. You also won’t be receiving a facial by your dentist or while having your teeth cleaned. Trained and licensed estheticians provide the rejuvenating, relaxing spa experiences. Educated and experienced dentists provide the cleanings and dental treatments in their own offices of the practice. Collins feels like having the option to have a trip to the dentist turn into a spa-like afternoon comes with great advantages from a dentistry standpoint.
“Creating a relaxing environment for our patients means they come back more often and get the preventative care they need when it’s needed. It eliminates that tendency to put it off as long as possible and as a result, our patients are happier and healthier,” he said.
It seems that one of the pillars of the future of dentistry involves finding ways to constantly improve the patient experience. We all want to look and feel better so it’s hard to complain if that’s the direction dentistry as a whole decides to take.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788