No Strain, No Pain

Sitting here in Chicago at the world famous Chicago Midwinter Meeting, helping plan the future of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I feel very inspired that when we plan new vistas of learning and helping our members serve their patients even better.

Just read an interesting article on pain management that explains why a relaxing environment can make dental visits more pleasant.

Thank heaven for satellite radio!

It sure makes everyone happier when we give our Flax Dental patients their Bose surround sound noise elimination headphones and let them chill. Even better, when you know you have science recommending that we allow people to choose their own personalized music channel. We usually try to note which one(s) they pick–saves time in letting people relax. Some people are “surfers” ( like me) but most settle into their comfort zone.

Of course I miss the days when we were playing endless streams of comedy like Seinfeld. But when I know that we are giving our patients a more valuable ( and perhaps more entertaining ) dental visit, we are helping in ways that dentistry never dreamed possible.

It’s truly a blessing that I get to help dreams come true on a daily basis–as well as in the future.

Until next time, keep smiling right,


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  1. I am very thankful about the steps the field of dentistry are taking to soothe anxious dental patients. I have been contemplating cosmetic dentistry for years. However, because of the cost and the “pain” associated with cosmetic dental procedures, I have never been able to make an appointment. It is nice to know that if I ever do take that step in making an appointment, my comfort during the process will be as important as the the final results.

    Comment by Elaina on March 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  2. I know I speak for all patients when I say that the extra efforts on behalf of making us comfortable are much appreciated!

    I haven’t needed to sit in the chair for a long period of time since the Bose/Dish TV change has taken place.
    Nonetheless, I’m pretty certain that I will miss the endless Seinfeld videos. I loved the comic relief, the way Jerry would become part of my dental experience, and the way that Doc could share a chuckle with me.

    Comment by sherry on March 5, 2009 at 5:33 am

  3. Sherry

    Thank you for the nice comments. Although I miss playing ‘video deejay” by showing fun movies and/or comedies, creating a personal experience is even more fun for our patients.

    Just another way to make going to the dentist memorable—for all the right reasons.


    Comment by Hugh Flax on March 6, 2009 at 1:34 am

  4. Elaina

    Since my mom had always been anxious about going to the dentist ( eventually she found a great one who inspired me to become one), I have felt a bond with patience who are stressed about their dental visits. It really comes down to being respectful and engaging with human beings. Fortunately, I have a staff that shares that spirit.
    Thankfully, technology has evolved so that sedation and lasers, give me other ways to better serve people.

    Thanks for visiting our Blog. Looking forward to discussing more with you in the future.

    Until next time…..Keep smiling right,


    Comment by Hugh Flax on March 6, 2009 at 1:45 am

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