Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are now open and operating under our full schedule.

COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care, and we deeply appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we opened with carefully planned and revised office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members. Our own families are also patients here, so you can be assured that we’ll be taking care of you just as well as we’ll be taking care of them.

For your peace of mind, the measures we are taking to provide a safe dental treatment experience include, but are not limited to, the following:

Upon Your Arrival at the Office

●     Patients will be screened BEFORE treatment and temperatures will be checked. Any patients showing signs of a fever or other symptoms of illness will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

●     ONLY patients will be allowed entry into the office. Parents and other family members will be asked to wait outside whenever possible.

●     Patients are asked to wait in their cars or outside the office until their scheduled appointment time.

●     The waiting area chairs will be spaced apart to allow for 6 feet of distancing.

●     We will ask that you continue to practice social distancing measures in common areas of the office, including the front desk.

●     The front door and the door between the waiting area and operatories will be propped open all day.

●     There will be no physical contact with patients with the exception of treatment.

During Treatment

●     All rooms will be COMPLETELY sterilized before each patient is seated, and public areas, including restrooms, will be cleaned and sterilized frequently throughout the day.

●     All operatories have high-volume air filtration and we have installed a whole office purification system. This system will kill the Covid virus along with other contaminates

●     Our team will STRICTLY follow guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and ADA in regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and office sterilization.

●     During patient care, goggles or face shields will be worn by everyone and changed between patients.

●     All surfaces that came in contact with the patient will be wiped with disinfectant including the patient chair.

Checking Out After Your Appointment

●    We will be requesting prepayments when we know the amount of payment which will expidite your visit 

●     All efforts will be made to complete scheduling in the back of the office so you can leave without stopping at the front desk

We are proceeding with an abundance of caution, but we want you to feel as confident as we do that any visit you make to our office will be a safe one.

We also realize that many of you have been impacted financially during this outbreak, and we have solutions to keep dental care affordable for you and your family.

To discuss these payment options, schedule an appointment, or ask us any questions you may have about your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 757-473-8482

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Parr, Dr. Frey and the Smile Center Team

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry: Fighting Patient Anxiety By drparr on July 09, 2014

Undergoing a dental examThe entire team at The Smile Center in Virginia Beach wants to accommodate the needs of all patients. That means looking into dental implants to support bridges and dentures with the stability of natural tooth roots as well as various means for reducing stress and anxiety while a patient is in the practice. When it comes to the latter, there's always sedation dentistry, which allows patients to experience reduced anxiety and discomfort while undergoing dental treatment.

There are different sedation options to consider, through one effective and popular option is oral conscious sedation. Let's take a moment to consider oral conscious sedation right now.

About Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation refers to the use of pills or liquid medication in order for patients to achieve a relaxed state. This is a prescription-strength sedative that allows for the safest and most effective anxiety-free treatment possible.

Ideal Candidates for Oral Conscious Sedation

The best candidates for oral conscious sedation are people who:

  • Suffer from dental phobia or dental anxiety
  • Have a poor gag reflex
  • Experience pain from keeping their mouth open for a long time
  • Require extensive or involved dental procedures
  • Have difficulty remaining still for prolonged periods of time
  • Suffer from Parkinson's or cerebral palsy

Advantages of Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is very safe and involves no needles, meaning that there are no potential sources of anxiety leading into the dental treatment itself. Patients achieve a relaxed state before even arriving at the practice, which means no stress throughout the treatment process.

The Oral Conscious Sedation Process

Roughly an hour before the dental visit, patients will take their sedative medication as directed. A loved one will then drive them to the practice for their appointment. That's all there is to it.

Have a Loved One Present: Ensuring Safety After Oral Conscious Sedation

Obviously while under the effects of a sedative, a patient will not be able to safely operate a vehicle or get around on his or her own. This is why it's important that a loved one be present to get the patient to and from the practice. This is a common practice for various forms of sedation dentistry, actually, and is a common sense safety precaution to take.

Alternatives to Oral Conscious Sedation

While oral conscious sedation is effective and popular, it may not be ideal for you. In such cases, there is also IV sedation, in which a sedative drug is delivered intravenously while at the practice. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) may also be considered, which is an inhalant that helps patients achieve a relaxed state. All dental sedation methods can be discussed in more detail when you get in touch with us at The Smile Center.

Schedule a Dental Visit at Our Practice

Sedation dentistry may be ideal for you. To learn more about all of your options, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. We at The Smile Center look forward to your visit and helping you make the best choices when it comes to your dental health and wellness.

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The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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