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What if I am afraid of the Dentist?

  • We understand! Many people have had experiences where they have been hurt or mistreated, setting up a lifetime of anxiety. We'll do our best to make you comfortable. It is important for us to find out why you are afraid so we can work together to deal with the issue
  • New advances in dentistry means better comfort levels: topical anesthetic, reliable freezing techniques, a relaxing environment, comfortable dental chairs, and an assistant who is with you at all times
  • Rest assured that our team is not only experienced, but warm and caring. Many of our formerly nervous patients have said they now actually look forward to their visits. Honest!

I am embarrassed to call for an appointment because it's been so long since my last dental visit. Are you going to lecture me?

We will never judge you or embarrass you. Our goal is to help you advance from your current state, whatever that is, to a new level of health and comfort. Believe me, nothing will shock us. We are coaches and councilors, not judge and jury. You should never feel like you are on trial, and you will never be scolded or made to feel guilty. You will be informed of your status, and you'll be free to make your choices from there. Don't let fear be your guide. We don't bite.

Are you expensive?

Most of our fees for checkups are at or slightly below the standard fee guide for Quebec while some treatments may be slightly higher. In the long run, our excellent preventive services will maintain your health and reduce the need for future dental work. Saving through prevention can be substantial. Relative to the quality of our services, the fee structure is very competitive and reasonable. You will always be provided with an estimate with your treatment plan, and payment plans are available.

Where can I park?

Underground parking is available in Westmount Square with the entrance off St. Catherine Street (between Wood and Greene). The parking is not paid by our office but Valet service is free and you can get 3 hour validation of your stub with a modest purchase in one of the mall stores, including the SAQ.

Additional pay parking can be found on Tupper Street and in Plaza Alexis-Nihon (entrance on Ste-Catherine between Atwater and Wood). From Plaza Alexis-Nihon, follow the signs in the metro to Westmount Square.

There is also meter parking on all the surrounding streets.

I am told that I have bad breath. Is this a problem and can you help?

Well it can be a problem. Most cases of bad breath are due to gum disease or the harboring of bacteria on the top of the tongue. Some cases are due to sinus infections. Only a very small percentage of bad breath is as a result of what we eat. And yes we can help!

What causes tooth decay?

The simple answer is sugar and plaque (bacteria in the mouth). If we don't feed sugar to the bacteria, or if we remove all the bacteria, we won't get decay. The solution is prevention through good home care and good hygiene care, as well as quality restorations. Fluoride treatments can be very effective in controlling decay in young people and seniors.

My mouth is dry. Is this a problem?

It can be. Dry mouth can be uncomfortable, lead to more tooth decay and gum disease. If your mouth is dry, you should tell Dr. Hamilton or your hygienist, so they can help you.

Can you help me avoid unnecessary dental work?

You bet we can. Preventive dentistry is one of the things we do very well. We will show you how you can prevent 90% of dental problems by simple, inexpensive home care. We will coach you so you are an expert in maintaining your dental work and in keeping your mouth disease free. Regular, thorough hygiene support with fluoride treatments complement what you do at home. Our goal is to keep your teeth healthy for your lifetime.

My spouse snores. Can you help us?

Snoring is troublesome for the sleep partner, who is kept awake. But for the snorer, it can lead to sleep apnea, which can be a debilitating and lethal condition. If you witness problems breathing at night and your spouse has abnormal daytime sleepiness, he or she may have sleep apnea and need the help of a sleep doctor. Call our office for a consultation or referral.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease or periodontitis, is an inflammatory disease caused by the presence of bacteria on the teeth. The body's inflammatory response to the bacteria results in loss of the supporting bone around the teeth. Eventually the teeth become loose and are lost. Inflammatory proteins in the blood can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pregnancy complications. Regular checkups and good homecare keep gum disease at bay.

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