The 4 cornerstones are easily identifiable and are a means to allow us to influence our own safety and well-being at the dentist. Insist on time to explain and understand, time to ensure anesthetic is effective, take note of hygiene aspects. We assume this is all happening, and in many cases, it is; however, the cornerstones of Slow Dentistry® encourage us to take some control over our appointments. Slow Dentistry GmbH wants to increase patient awareness for safety, understanding, well-being and comfort.
The Four Cornerstones of Slow Dentistry:
Fully effective anesthetic of the area of the mouth to be treated before initiating treatment (if required)
Use of rubber dam in root canal treatments and other treatments where the teeth need to be isolated to prevent cross contamination
Full and appropriate disinfection of the dental unit in accordance with universal and country specific guidelines to avoid cross-contamination (washing hands, dental chair, handles, floor, surfaces etc)
Fully informed, signed, and understood patient consent for each treatment, explaining the risks and rewards of the treatment carefully to the patient.