Sedation Dentistry in Shelby Township, Michigan

Hi, this is Dr. Antolak at the TheGentleDentist.com, in Shelby Township, Michigan. Our phone number is 586-247-3500. You might be asking what the heck are you doing with a blood pressure cuff on and a piece here on my finger. And if you’ve gone into the emergency room or the doctor’s office, you notice that they obviously take your blood pressure. And what I wanted to do is just to explain some of the safety precautions that we use during our oral sedation. We are a member of the oral sedation certification for doing oral sedation in a safe and very effective manner. Our whole staff went to Chicago recently at this course and got certified for doing that. What I want to do is just to explain a little bit about what to expect during a sedation appointment in this office or somewhere else. First of all, I’d like to come down here. This is what’s called nitrous oxide, nitrous oxide has been used for many, many, many years. Nitrous oxide is a inhalant so this would go onto a patients nose and then they breathe in and out of this little nose piece here. What this nose piece does has is there’s a mixture of what’s called nitrous oxide and oxygen and we have a regulator here at the base that will allow us to move this up and down and it will mix oxygen either from one hundred percent oxygen to a maximum of thirty percent oxygen to 70% nitrous oxide. So the most you can get is 70% nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a wonderful very short term fix, it allows for a certain level of relaxation. Kind of a little buzzing feeling. And the beauty is since it’s inhaled, when you’re done with the procedure, the dental procedure we can turn it down to oxygen, and bring up, bring a 100% oxygen in and breath it. And over time, it doesn’t take but 5 minutes. Your back to normal so you can drive. The benefits of nitrous oxide once again, it’s very short-term. There really not a lot of restrictions to it. Most everybody is qualified to use the nitrous oxide. Very few people it’s contraindicated to. So it’s very beneficial, most all of you heard of the gas, or laughing gas, that’s another name for the nitrous oxide. People do very well. We use nitrous oxide sometimes on patients if they are just having something small done or if they just are a little bit nervous about a procedure. This is the oxygen, this and nitrous is supplied through this bottom tube here and so you breathe it in through the nose and then you breathe out.

And this part here on the top is part of what is called the scavenger. Scavenger is hooked up to our suction. So we have a unit that provides a vacuum all the time in the office that’s what a lot of things to be sucked out of the mouth, and for example that suction is attached to the nose here so it provides negative pressure so when somebody breathes out of it. The nitrous oxide goes into these tubes here, goes into our suction and gets ventilated outside. So what it does, it provides a safe, healthy environment for all of our staff to be in and it also provides just the fact that you can use it, just localize in someone and it goes right back out. So that’s what those 2 tubes are for. When we do sedation, not necessarily just using nitrous oxide, we do a deeper level sedation called oral conscious sedation. We will actually monitor your heart rate and blood pressure during the process. This here is called an oxycenter. What it does is, is it measures the amount. You can see in here this top number here is 56. That measures my, my pulse rate. It also measures the amount of oxygen that I have in my bloodstream. So, it’s at 92 now. I’m kind of talking like this now. Over the next fe


Hi, this is Dr. Antolak and Jessica from thegentledentist.com, we’re in Shelby Township, Michigan. And our phone number is (586) 247-3500. You’re probably wondering what I’m doing with this. This is called a pulse oximeter. We use this device when we provide oral sedation to our patients. What it does is it has the ability to detect the blood pressure, the oxygen saturation, the oxygen that’s in your blood and your, your heart rate. So what I’ll have Jessica do is first of all put on the blood pressure cuff and this is all automated and so this goes on like that and then also we have what’s called a pulse oximeter and through this device, there’s a little red light there and what that does is that red light that’s in there measures through your skin and through your nail bed.

The amount of oxygen, don’t ask me how it does it, it just does it. Through the oxygen through there. So, Justin you could go ahead and push the start button.  And what it’s going to do is it’s going to inflate the blood pressure cuff. And it does it automatically, which is very nice. And that way, we can see our patients, and treat them throughout the whole process, then we can monitor the blood pressure. We actually have probably around 6 or 8 different patients. We’ve been able to screen them and find out that they had high blood pressure that they didn’t know of. I mean serious high blood pressure. So this is 1 of the parts that we do during our initial visits to provide a screening exam for that.

What way if somebody does have high blood pressure you can send them to a physician and then they’ll know.  If they do, then we try to do some things to help calm them down. At the same time, we want to make sure that their pulse rate doesn’t slow down too much, or their blood pressure doesn’t go down too low. So we just have a good estimate.  The good thing is when they do oral sedation, it’s very safe and very effective when people, when they leave and I call them later on that evening many times they don’t even have any clue or memory of, of the procedure that was done with them. This is once again is a very.

One of the ways that we try to provide the most safety that we can for our patients, and a way that keeps us, just more in touch with modern technology. So if you’re interested in oral sedation, if you have the fear of the dentist. Well, we can help relax you with basically a couple of pills that you take.

Give us a call. And our phone number is (586) 247-3500, or visit thegentledentist.com. Thank you.

Dentist in Shelby Township, Michigan Discusses The Pulse Oximeter

There are many ways to select a dentist to select for you and your family and I would like to have you consider some of the factors I feel that are important when selecting a new dentist for yourself and family.  10 traits customers look for when choosing a new dentist and a new dental home are as follows:

  1. Personal Referrals– The most trustworthy way to find out who a dentist is they can use is to ask their friends and family. We find that many of our new dental patients come from personal referrals and reputation in the Macomb, Shelby Twp., Clinton Township community.  Facebook is a wonderful way to find out who a good dentist is by just posting the question “who is  a good dentist I can trust?”
  2. Homey atmosphere-Since dentistry is such a personal thing, selecting a new dentist for you and your family must assure that you will feel comfortable with the environment, people who serve you and total atmosphere.  Details from the reception area to the bathroom must feel like yours at home.  I is critical to be treated with respect and feel listened to during all steps of the process.  Since your time is so vital, it is important to get in when your dental appointment is and not be waiting for an extended period of time.
  3. Sterility of equipment and Cleanliness-A new dental home needs to be not only comfortable, but must conform to the strictest OSHA guidelines to make certain that you and your family are safe.   Everything must be sterilized or thrown away that was previously used in someone else’s mouth.  The sterilizer must be monitored to make certain that it is always working properly.  Treatment rooms must be wiped down all the time and be very clean.  Before choosing a new dentist home it is your right to ask for a tour and ask how things are sterilized and taken care of.  We love to show off our level of attention to detail at our dental office so please ask.
  4. Technology– Computers and high technology are a must to make sure the new dentist you choose is current. The advancements in dentistry require technology such as computers in each room, digital x-rays that reduce radiation exposure up to 75% over regular x-rays, digital photos to relate with the patient. Paperless charting and paperless forms help to speed the process of filling all necessary forms before even stepping into the dental office.  This makes the office green and is more friendly to the environment.  Lasers and sonic cleaners used to clean the teeth help improve the comfort in treating dental patients.
  5. Full spectrum of dental services including emergency care-This is important because it allows for consistency of dental treatment.   Communication can be difficult between general dentists and specialists so if  you find a new dentist who provides a complete level of dental care you can also have more dental treatment done in fewer visits and therefore it is more convenient.   For our high fear patients or those who  require that multiple procedures be done at one visit oral sedation is available.   At our dental office we perform both the surgical placement and restorative aspect of implants; complete cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, Kor whitening, white fillings, and bleaching.   Root canal, tooth extractions, dentures, crowns, bridges and other general dental treatment is performed in the office.
  6. Interest Free Payment Plans-Because dentistry can be a large financial investment finding a new dentist who has interest free plans available is important.   This gives the customer the ability to have more procedures done at one time and spreading out the payments over time.   They must also accept all of the major credit cards including Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover.
  7. Accept dental insurance plans-Each dental insurance plan is different so it is important to call the new dental office to see if they participate with your dental insurance plan.  You certainly get what you pay for especially when it comes to dental insurance.  Be aware that if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.   The expertise of the dentist and dental team are a reflection of the fees they charge.  We accept Delta Dental, Blue Cross and other dental insurance plans and or fees are in the middle of the road so we may or may not be the dentist for you, but it is worth it to see if we take your denal insurance plan.
  8. Time spent Explaining and having all of your questions answered– This is important because in this rushed world our biggest commodity is the time we have so it is important to respect the patient’s time- giving them the time they need for all of their questions to be answered.   And at the same time, not spend too much time and too much detail if the new patient doesn’t need the detail to make a decision.
  9. Community involvement-it is important to give back to the community both locally and internationally.   I believe that your new dental team should give back to those who they serve.   We do this through our Candy Buy Back program, our Good Deed contest and through Christian mission in Haiti to treat the under privileged people there.
  10. Convenient location, wheelchair access  and office hours-It is important to have easy access with ample parking, wheel chair access and convenient office hours including evenings and Saturdays.  If you choose The Gentle Dentist as your new dental office we have Saturdays and evening appointments.  Since we are in a detached medical office building located on 22 Mile Rd. just west of Hayes in Shelby Township, it is easy for us to treat “wheel chaired” patients.

Dr. Antolak treats his dental patients in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where you are treated like a guest in the home.  His motto is to “relax while we take care of your smile”.   He specializes in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry and general dentistry using sedation dentistry if necessary for his high fear patients. He has been treating patients for the past 24 years and is located in Shelby Township, Macomb County, Michigan.


Hi, my name is Dr. Robert Antolak for Gentle Dentist. When people come to us, a lot of people come in because they have a huge level of fear, at the dentist.

You know it goes back to, a lot of times, bad experiences as a child- not being listened to on something hurting them, and avoiding dentistry for a long time. That might be you. What we’ve found is by using sedation dentistry, using oral sedation, is an awesome way to help you have the dentistry that you need in a just a few visits with hardly any memory at all- if any memory at all. The procedure is very safe. Let me explain how that works.

So, the night before, normally you would not eat or drink anything for about eight hours ahead a time. And then you would take a small little pill, actually two a them, an hour before your appointment. You take the pill, you come on in and you’re feeling pretty good by this time. You’re not going to remember pretty much from this point out. And what we’ll do is we monitor your heart rate, your blood pressure, your oxygen that’s in your blood. So you’re very safe. You’re monitored. We have at our office the ability to use gas or nitrous oxide and oxygen to increase your level of sedation or decrease your level of sedation.

Many times we’ll do dentistry for 3-4 hours, at one visit, and you’re the only patient at the time. So you get a lot of treatment completed that you’ve been avoiding for years. And  the beauty is, is that when you’re done you go home, you take a little nap and then you wake up at home, then you think, wow, that was easy. This is because it went very quickly. Time will fly by for you.

So, if this sounds like something that you want, pick up to call us. You can call us at 586-247-3500 or visit our website at thegentledentist.com.

We will prove to you why we are the gentle dentist.

Sedation Dentistry in Shelby Township, Michigan

At www.TheGentleDentist.com we realize that many have had bad experiences in their past at the dental office.  Typically 5-10 years go by and the high fear patient finally gets to the point of where they can’t stand their oral pain any longer.  This is when they do research on the internet with a desire to find a dentist who specializes in treating the high fear patient who has not been into the dentist for  years.  With a search on Google for “dentists for chickens”, “dentist for the fearful patient” or “dentistry for the dental phobic” we usually come up high on the search engines especially when looking for the Shelby Twp., Macomb Township, Sterling Heights or Washington Township Michigan areas.  After reading through our web site they find it comfortable enough to get the will power to at least email us. 

After they talk to Jessica our scheduling coordinator and make their appointment they will receive electronic health history questionaires to fill our in the convenience of their own home.  The day before their appointment I will call them up to introduce myself.  Because dentistry requires a high level of trust I like to introduce myself to them and see if they have any questions or concerns.  Many times they will give me a history of their horrific experiences at the previous dentist.  These are usually experienced as a child so we try to work through the issues slowly to eventually proceed with the exam.  We will only proceed when they are willing to do so.   

The mouth is an extremely personal space.  Most people don’t want others (including the dentist) to see their embarassing smile because of darkened teeth, missing teeth, cavities or bad gums.  Up to this point it has been their little “secret” and to go beyond that “secret” it is very difficult.  Most often they will say “I’m so embarassed of my teeth” or “I should have been in here years ago”.  The good news is that there is only room for improvement and what has happened in the past has been in the past.  Our goal is to move them beyond the past and to look forward to their future healthy and good looking smile. 

Another issue that has kept them from regular dental check ups is that they fear that they will get scolded or lectured to.  I always reassure them that it is my responsibility to inform them of their situation and we will work together as a team to move.  Lecturing will never work and has never been something that I have done and will never do. 

These are some of the personal things we do at www.TheGentleDentist.com to make the visit for our high fear patient one that can be tolerated and even appreciated.  If you have questions please call our Shelby Township office at (586)247-3500.

Sleep Dentistry is considered when some dental patients can’t help but feel anxious when going to their dentist. It doesn’t matter what dental procedure is being performed, or what age or race the dental patient is.  This anxiety can be caused many things to include:

  • Their childhood dentist would continue to do a filling or pull a tooth when they could still feel it. They would protest to the dentist and they would be scolded. (They should stop when you raise your hands-IMMEDIATELY)
  • The shot hurt so much that they would not subject themselves to it again. (Should inject slowly and use topical anesthesia for 2 minutes)
  • They had their teeth pulled because their parents couldn’t afford it. (Financing)
  • They had a traumatic accident to the face and won’t allow anyone to come close to their face. (Working with a psychologist to work through the emotional pain and an empathetic dentist)
  • The dentist pulled the wrong tooth and didn’t listen to them as they protested. (Should never happen)
  • They don’t want to deal with being numb. (I will give the answer in next months column)
  • The smell of the dental office triggers the fear of childhood traumas.  (Don’t use these materials that produce those smells and use air purifiers.)
  • They hate the sound of the dentist’s drill. (use electric hand pieces and noise canceling headphones)
  • They don’t have the money or insurance for the dentist. (interest free financing)
  • They believed that the dentist just did the fillings even though they didn’t need them. (digital photography and digital x-rays to show and reason why the dental treatment is needed and justified)

Dental patients that experience anxiety are more at risk for developing periodontal disease and losing their teeth prematurely.

To combat dental anxiety, dentists commonly use a technique called Sedation Dentistry and/or Sleep Dentistry.  There are several degrees of Sedation and Sleep Dentistry depending on the level of anxiety the dental patient has.  They are:

  • Minimal Sleep Dentistry is typical used for simple dental procedures requiring very little time to complete.
  • Moderate Sleep Dentistry causes the dental patient to feel more calm and relaxed during the dental procedure.
  • Deep Sleep Dentistry is what a Michigan sleep dentist would use to make his dental patient actually fall asleep for more complicated dental procedures like root canals and dental implants.

A Michigan sleep dentist could use several techniques for sedating his dental patients:

  • oral sleep dentistry
  • inhalation sleep dentistry
  • intravenous sleep dentistry

Sleep dentistry, when done gently and correctly, can allow a high fear dental patient to experience a relaxing and stress-free visit to their dentist.  If you are looking for a Michigan Sedation Dentist in Macomb County or Oakland County, giver Dr. Robert Antolak’s dental office in Shelby Township, Michigan a call.   He is “The Gentle Dentist”.

By the nature of our dental name and web site www.TheGentleDentist.com/sedation_dentistry we attract many high fear dental clients who have avoided dental visits for many years.  I would like to address some of the most common situations that we encounter in Shelby Township, Michigan.  It is my hope that if you identify with one of these scenarios that you make a decision to take action and visit your dentist.

  1. “Personal space” is the distance in which one has a certain level of comfort with another individual.  This is defined by the fact that we are more comfortable with strangers at a distance then up close.  The more intimate we are with someone the closer they can encroach on this space.  In the health care profession and dentistry more specifically, we encroach on one’s personal space to treat them usually without permission from the patient.  I tell my dental patients that it takes time to develop rapport and trust so that we can get close enough to them physically to examine and treat them.  We in the medical and dental profession have just assumed that it was OK to jump in the personal space without investing the time necessary to develop trust. This is especially stressful for those who have been in auto accidents, been involved with facial injuries or who have been assaulted.
  2. These traumatic events have made the victim suspicious and skeptical of most anyone and these dental patients usually require a lot of time so that they can trust us.  Eventually permission is granted and we are invited to examine them and enter their personal space.  In our office if they need to stop the visit they have plenty of opportunity to do so without pressure.  Our goal is to have our high fear patients make small positive steps forward no matter how long it takes. Because dentistry deals with one of the most sensitive areas of the body (the mouth) there are many dental patients who have been hurt by the injection, have been treated in a very rough manner or the dentist did not numb them up adequately that they had pain with everything that was done to them. It was during these times that a decision was made and told themselves that they were NEVER going to put themselves in this compromising situation again and so they continue to avoid the dentist at all cost.  We find that these events usually had taken place during a childhood visit and their fear will last their entire life unless something can break the cycle and trust can be restored.   I have heard horrible stories of children getting slapped by their childhood dentist because they complained that they were being hurt.  Many bad events similar to these took place scarring these people for many, many years.
  3. Dental treatment requires a patient to lay flat on their back so we have better access to the mouth to perform dentistry.  This physical body position leaves many feeling venerable and unprotected.   Until they know they are safe, asking a dental patient to lean back may be asking too much out of them.
  4. Gagging is a real issue for those who have a difficult time breathing through their nose.  With a history of gagging there are many patients who are challenged to get back into the dentist for fear that they will be embarrassed from another episode of this.
  5. The sound of the dental drill makes many nervous and am told is like “nails on the chalk board”.
  6. When one avoids the dentist for a long period of time there is a strong tendency of self-condemnation and embarrassment.  The last thing the high fear patient needs is to be “preached at” and being told “you should have …….”.  It is important to show mercy and let them know there is a future and hope.

When we see those who avoided the dentist for many years due to dental fear, a bad experience or other reasons it is vital to not judge them but to let them know that the only thing we can do is learn from the past.  We only have control of the present moment and our reactions to the moment.  With God’s favor they will have a positive future and we at our office want to work towards their goal of this positive future.  I also tell them that it is not my position to judge them because we all have different pasts.  I also provide prayer support for those who desire it.  Many of our patients find comfort in this act of inviting God into their care.

In summary the solutions to the problem:

  • For new dental patients who make dental appointments I like to give them a personal call the day before their first visit to not only welcome them but to start and open the relationship in a non-threatening manner.
  • When one arrives to the dental office we like to give them a tour and treat them like they were visiting our own home.
  • During the interview it is very helpful to discover the source of what makes one so nervous of the dentist and acknowledge it with no judgment.
  • With respect and empathy move forward at the pace the patient feels comfortable doing so.
  • Introduce the use of conscious sedation dentistry which allows us to treat the high fear patient without much memory of the visit.  This also works well when a lot of dentistry in needed at once.
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is used to take the edge of anxiety off.  The benefit is that they can have treatment without requiring a driver to provide transportation.

Movie Glasses and Headphones attached to our i-Pod are used to block the noises that emanate from the dentistry.  The use of music in this way provides a great distraction.

  • Great techniques used to provide dental anesthesia and numbing is critical to put an end to painful shots and lack of complete numbness.

My hope for you is that your dental provider has an understanding of these principals and uses them to provide compassionate dental care.  Modern dentistry should not hurt and if your fear has kept you from getting your oral health taken care of then take action now.  2011 is here and do yourself a favor and get the New Year off on the right foot by taking the first step by calling your dentist.  If you do not have a happy dental home then call us at now (586)247-3500.  If you prefer to email me directly with questions or concerns about your fear then my email is DrAntolak@TheGentleDentist.com.

If you are looking for a Shelby Township Dental Implant Dentist who places dental implants, restores dental implants and has a broad knowledge of dental implant design then you need to look no longer.  Dr. Antolak, www.TheGentleDentist.com has the experience that you need when it comes to helping restore your mouth with crowns, bridges, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. “It is important for us in the profession to respect the time that patients must spend in getting treatment done and that is why it is better to go to a dental professional who can design, place and restore dental implants all in the same office.”   Antolak said.   This way a patient can have many different dental procedures including extractions, surgery , cosmetic and implant dentistry done at one setting under sedation.  This way it maximizes on the patient’s time.  At the Shelby Twp. general dental office located in Macomb County it is amazing what  your smile can look and feel like.

Dr. Antolak is a member of the ICOI, International Congress of Oral Implantology, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.  He can be reached at (586)247-3500 or emailed at drantolak@thegentledentist.com

Dentistry can bring on night sweats, rapid heart beat, hyperventilation and all of the symptoms of a huge anxiety rush.  This type of feeling is usually felt before a dental appointment for those who have had bad experiences.

These bad events can stay with people for decades.  The level of fear can last for many years because the fear is ingrained into that person’s memory.  Because we deal with very close spaces and are directly in one of the most sensitive and personal areas on the human body trust must be one of the most importent issues that the dental patient must have.

Modern dentistry has equipped ourselves to deal with these issues to make visits much more comfortable.  For example, we use sedation to put people in a state where they have no memory of their procedure and are very relaxed when they get to the office and during the procedures.  It also allows for them to get many services done at one visit so they don’t have to continually return to our office.  Another option is to plug in a DVD into our virtual reality glasses and watch a movie.

It is critical to have dental procedures pain free.  Anesthetics properly administered do a great job in controlling pain and therefore anxiety, and as a result trust starts to become developed.

Because fear comes from a loss of control it is very important that you are in complete control of the procedure and have a way of stopping if you need a break or are in pain and in need of additional anesthesia.

Anxiety stems from fear of the unknown and when you are not sure the anxiety increases.  It is also very helpful if all of your questions are answered when you need additional information.

Because relationships are so important and can’t be stressed enough we have personal interviews with the patient so that their needs are met and so that there are no misunderstandings.

Please don’t let your bad experiences affect your present condition. Modern dentistry emphasizes prevention over all other things so do yourself a favor and don’t delay this any longer.   Your needs will be met and you will be comfortable having treatment as this is my promise. You will be amazed at how easy and user friendly dental care can be.

It is easier said than done, but don’t be embarrassed if you haven’t been to a dentist in years and are afraid of past judgments from the dentist.   A modern dentist will help you look forward to your future care and would never lecture you.

About The Author

Dr. Robert Antolak, DDS graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality and appropriate cosmetic, sedation and general dentistry in the most comfortable and gentle way possible. Because being a dentist has been a lifelong dream, Dr. Antolak has a passion for the profession. He enjoys helping people feel better about their smiles and therefore their self-image with dental implant and cosmetic dentistry. His Dental Practice is located in Shelby Township, Michigan.  For more information visit The Gentle Dentist.

Question: I have a tremendous amount of fear when it comes to going to the dentist.    It has gotten to the point where I have to go and don’t know what to do.  Help!!!!

Answer:  You and many other patients come in to see us with this exact problem.  Past visits at the dentist have in some circumstances “paralyzed”  patients with hear and then put off appointments for years.  These bad and usually very traumatic experiences can stay with people for decades.  In fact I saw a patient the other day who was in his 80s and he could remember every detail of a visit when he was a child that kept him from visiting the dentist for over 60 years.

Modern dentistry has responded to these issues to make visits much more comfortable.  For example, we use sedation to put people in a state where they have no memory of their procedure and are very relaxed when they get to the office.  It also allows for them to get many procedures done at one visit so they don’t have to continually return to our office.  Another option is to watch a movie on our virtual reality glasses.  Dental procedures fly by while you watch your favorite movie.

It is critical to have dental procedures pain free.  Anesthetics properly administered do a wonderful job in controlling pain and therefore anxiety, which means injecting slowly with compassion using topical anesthetic before the injection eliminates the prick from an injection.

Because fear comes from a loss of control it is very important that you are in complete control of the procedure and have a way of stopping if you need a break or are in pain and in need of additional anesthesia.

Anxiety arises from fear of the unknown and when you are expecting pain the anxiety even heightens even more.  It is also very helpful if all of your questions are answered when you need additional information.

At TheGentleDentist.com we take the time to know our patients to the point where they feel comfortable because it is like seeing an old friend.  These relationships are important and can’t be stressed enough.

Please don’t let your bad experiences affect your present condition. Modern dentistry emphasizes prevention over all other things so do yourself a favor and don’t delay this any longer.   You will be amazed at how easy and user friendly dental care can be.  Also don’t be embarrassed if you haven’t been to a dentist in years and are afraid of past judgments from the dentist.   A modern dentist will help you look forward to your future care and would never lecture you.

If you are in search of an implant dentist in the Macomb County area – search no longer. 

At www.TheGentleDentist.com office located in Shelby Township. We provide a full range of comprehensive dentistry including implant placement surgery, implant grafting procedures, implant restoration for the patient who wants to have everything done in one location and possibly at one visit.  Using sedation dentistry it is possible not even remember the visit and be very relaxed before you even enter the office.  Dental implants are used for those who have:

  • Loose dentures
  • missing single teeth or
  • sections of missing teeth

It is possible to place an implant surgically and then attach a temporary crown at the same visit so you don’t have to go without a tooth for any extended period of time.   Dr. Antolak is a member of the ICOI implant Academy and has treated many satisfied patients.

Are you tired of going from one specialist to another explaining yourself over and over?  This is not only inconvenient, but it requires a lot of time, paperwork and waiting.  Your time is too important to be going back and forth so why not get all of your care with Dr. Antolak?  He has a completely digital, paperless and green dental office so that you can fill out all of your “paperwork” online.  When you arrive at the relaxing dental office you will sign off and recheck the form you filled out on a tablet computer. 

The use of digital xrays makes the examination process fast and efficient using less radiation.  With the use of digital photography you can be well prepared and informed for the entire process.

As for financing:  We can talk to you about a way to fit this into your budget.  We have several ways to pay for your needed treatment.  For example you can go to  www.carecredit.com  to apply directly. 

Give Dr. Antolak, The original The Gentle Dentist a call at (586)247-3500 or visit the website at  http://www.thegentledentist.com

I hear that comment so very much in our Shelby Township, Michigan general dental practice. Because we take pride in taking care of our dental phobic patients it is necessary to have compassion on those who utter these words out of their mouths.

Dental fear usually is the result of just one or many bad dental experiences. Whether it is:

  • from a painful injection,
  • the smell of the drill or smell of the dental office
  • the noise associated with the dental procedure
  • the odor of the dentist
  • pain during the entire dental procedure where the dentist would not stop even thought the patient made it clear that they needed to stop.
  • or even being slapped by the dentist. (Which is child abuse now).

These are only a few of the reasons why having a trip to the dentist imparts fear through the mind of many. Just the thought of the dentist raises blood pressure, pulse rates and anxiety sets in.  All of the previously mentioned responses are from a lack of control and an invasion into someones personal space.

Lack Of Control- When a patient first shows up in the office I usually hear them give a history that the dentist did horrible things to them at  a young age which made them vouch that they will never put themselves in the situation again.  They usually told their parents what happened but the parents didn’t validate their experience, which made them stuff their feelings down so no one would know.  After many years of toothaches, avoidance and pain they make an appointment, pull up into the parking lot and then just leave.  This is true fear and is so real to the wounded individual.

Invasion of one’s personal space- This is a real occurance that many encounter.  There is an invisible space around us where we feel comfortable allowing others to encroach into that space.  For example, we will allow someone we are personal with such as our children or a spouse to get much closer to us than a complete stranger.  Dentists are complete strangers to us especially when it is our first visit.  I always ask the question “Why should we as dentists assume it is ok to invade this personal space with sharp instruments that could hurt the person”?  It isn’t OK to do this until permission is granted and there is a certain level of confidence and trust.  That only takes place over time and at a slow rate.

At our office we take our time at the first visit to just talk and to work on creating a good new experience.  Even before the initial appointment I will call the patient to welcome them to discuss their fears, answer their questions and to just say “Hi”.  This helps reduce the fear of the first visit.   High anxiety patients may require that we just give them a tour of the office.  Since we are digital we don’t smell like a dental office or even look like a dental office.  During a dental visit our objective is to:

  • Provide headphones for those who don’t want to hear what is going on
  • Nitrous oxide for those who just need a little of anxiety control
  • Oral sedation for those who don’t want to remember the appointment and to enter the appointment in a total relaxed state.
  • Use extremely strong topical  anesthetic so the shot is not felt.

It takes a lot of time, patience and compassion to team up with those who have been scarred from bad dental experiences and what is necessary is a dentist and dental team who are willing to have a desire to change this person around.  It is my true belief that we are the dental office who can treat the high fear patient located in Washington Township, Sterling Heights, Macomb Township,  Clinton Township and Shelby Township, d Michigan. Call our office at 586-247-3500 or visit our website at www.TheGentleDentist.com.

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