To ease the fear and anxiety often associated with dental visits, dentists across the country have created welcoming and relaxing environments for their patients by adopting the pampering amenities and services of day spas. These emerging dental practices often are termed “dental spas” or “dental day spas".
Spa services that may be offered in dental spas are as wide-ranging as those offered in any other type of day spa. However, not all dental spas offer all spa services and amenities. Dental practices are independent businesses, so the dentist owner determines what, if any, spa-like services are offered.
Typical “spa-like” services and amenities offered at dental spas include:
- Relaxation and massage therapies
- Paraffin wax hand treatments
- Neck pillows, fleece blankets, heated hand mitts, etc.
- Complimentary beverages and snacks
- Music headphones
- Entertainment (movie/video goggles, virtual reality glasses, flat screen TVs, overhead chair side TVs with remote control, etc.)
Other perks include “spa-like” décor and lighting, pre-treatment meditation and breath work, special sound-wave massage chairs before and after treatment, and facials. At some dental spas, patients are treated to hotel-style concierge services (dental staff making your dinner reservations, taking your cell-phone calls, babysitting or dog sitting and ordering in food for you); complimentary limo service to and from the practice; and “parting gifts” such as a bouquet of roses, specialty wines and customized CDs burnt with your favorite tunes. If taking care of business will reduce your stress level, some practices will let you access your e-mails or surf the Internet while getting dental treatment, or take advantage of their office fax and courier service.