|[September 05, 2013]
Dr. Keith Kelley of A Center for Family Dentistry in Troy, Michigan Explains the Important Role a Dentist's Personality Plays in Patient Care
TROY, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
The smell of fresh-baked cookies greets patients when they enter Dr.
Keith Kelley's dentist
office in Troy, Michigan. It's a comforting smell that signals to
patients that they can release their anxieties and prepare themselves
for a visit to the dentist. After their appointment, Dr. Kelley's
friendly staff makes sure they don't forget to take a few cookies and
other treats with them as they leave.
"Every dentist's practice takes on the personality of the dentist,"
explains Dr. Kelley. "Patients can sense the personality of the dentist
in the way the office feels when they walk in the door. Some practices
feel clinical and efficient. Others, like mine, feel comfortable and
The University of Washington's Dental Fears Research Clinic reports that
as many as 8% of Americans avoid visits to their dentist due to fear.
They also estimate that as many as 20% experience enough anxiety that
they will only visit their dentist when it is absolutely necessary.
According to Dr. Kelley, a dentist's personality not only determines the
"feel" of the practice, it also guides their treatment preferences.
"Differences between the treatment suggested by one dentist and that of
another reflect that dentist's preferences based on his or her skill
level, training, experience, and personality," says Dr. Kelley.
"I love what I do," Dr. Kelley says with a huge smile. "Dentistry is
very personal. To provide the best care for my patients, I present them
with a complete, customized treatment plan. I also educate them about
their options so that they can make their own decisions about their
dental care. I've found that folks usually make the best choices for
themselves once they understand what is occurring, why it is occurring,
and understand the ramifications. I see myself more as a dental
treatment coach rather than a treatment dictator."
In addition to offering fresh-baked cookies and creating a comforting
environment for his patients, Dr. Kelley provides general, family, and
cosmetic dentistry. Services include dental implants, dentures,
Invisalign® teeth straightening, same-day teeth whitening, veneers, TMJ
treatment, and sleep apnea treatment.
To learn more about A Center for Family Dentistry and to schedule an
appointment, visit DrKeithKelley.com.
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