Patient-centric dentistry practices are the key to your best dental experiences yet.

No one should dread dental appointments because they feel disrespected, uncomfortable, or ignored by their dentist. If you’ve ever felt this way, it’s time to find a dentist that is focused on patient-centric care.

There has been a significant shift in dentistry towards patient-centric practices. Patient-centric care focuses on treating patients as people rather than customers who are buying a dental service. Patient-centric care drastically improves the patient experience as well as giving dentists and dental teams far more fulfillment on a personal and professional level.

Here are 8 reasons why Dr. Harrison and the Millennium Dental team practice patient-centric care.

1. Patients should feel equal to their dentist and never feel spoken down to.

Confidence to have open conversations and speak on the same level is an important factor for patients. No one appreciates the feeling of being spoken down to, especially when it comes to something private like oral health. The Millennium Dental office is a judgment-free zone for our patients and we strive to communicate in a manner that empowers patients to take control of their oral health.

2. We recognize that many patients today have already researched treatment options before their appointment.

The internet has made it possible for many patients to have a firm grasp on a treatment option before they even come in for their dental appointment. We love it when patients take an interest in their oral health and we encourage this as much as we can by recommending websites with accurate information. The more prepared you feel when it comes to your oral care, the better.

3. Patients should always have a say in their dental treatment plan and be able to express their ideas.

Dr. Harrison may be the dentist, but that doesn’t mean your ideas as a patient are in any way invalid. Going back to the ideas of open conversation and personal research, we want patients to express their ideas and thoughts when it comes to their oral care. Our goal is for every patient to feel confident with their treatment plan before treatment even begins.

4. The stronger our relationship with our patient is, the more their oral health will benefit.

Avoiding or forgetting routine dental appointments makes it difficult for patients to truly achieve their best oral health. We want our patients to have the best smiles possible so we make a strong effort to develop lasting relationships with them. By cultivating this type of relationship patients are less likely to skip appointments and even grow to look forward to seeing us as much as we do them.

5. Knowing our patients trust us with their oral health is the most rewarding aspect of our job.

Structuring our dental office to patient-centric practices makes our jobs much more fulfilling and rewarding. Dr. Harrison and the team feel free to spend more one-on-one time with patients to really get to know them and their oral health. When we feel proud of our dental care services this positivity is transferred right to the patients by making them feel welcomed and appreciated by us.

6. Doing what we can to help patients afford dental care means swifter treatment time for problem teeth.

Dental care has become more affordable over time, but financial stress is still a significant factor in patients avoiding dental visits or feeling as though they must seek the least expensive treatment option. To ease this stress and help patients feel comfortable getting the procedure they truly want, we accept financing through CareCredit and payment through cash, checks, and debit or credit cards. We warmly welcome you to speak with our office staff about any concerns you have over finances.

7. Focusing on patient comfort eases feelings of stress or fear in patients with dental anxiety.

“For someone who was once terrified of the dentist and just… didn’t go… I actually ENJOY my appointments with Stephanie and Dr. Harrison at Millennium Dental! Cannot recommend them enough.” — Joanne S.

Dental anxiety is very common and we do everything we can to make patients with anxiety or fear feel as comfortable as possible. We appreciate it when an anxious patient shares their feelings with us as it allows our team to tailor their care to ease these uncomfortable feelings as much as possible. Over time many patients with strong dental anxiety are able to achieve a level of relaxation and trust thanks to patient-centric care.

8. Happy patients help us provide dental care to others in the area through word-of-mouth recommendations.

“Millennium Dental’s hygienists and Dr. Harrison are always so nice and truly care about your dental needs. I have been going to Dr. Harrison for over 10 years and she is always friendly and discusses your treatment plan with you. I recommend Millennium to all my friends and people who are looking for a new dentist.” — Sandy M.

Happy patients are much more likely to leave a review for us and recommend us to friends, family, and acquaintances. The more recommendations we get, the more people in the Plano area we can provide patient-centric services to.

Come see patient-centric care in action by scheduling an appointment at Millennium Dental.

If you’re searching for a new patient-centric dentist in the Plano, Texas area, look no further than Millennium Dental. Dr. Harrison and her team offer gentle, compassionate dental care and a full menu of services, including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.

When you’re ready to experience the difference of patient-centric dentistry, give our office a call or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.