An estimated 35 million Americans are so fearful of the dentist that they avoid or delay their six-month checkups, but Dr. Christine Tenaglia, a cosmetic and general dentist in Okemos hopes to change the way people feel about their checkups by offering ways for her clients to relax.
Dental Day Spas have opened in major cities like New York and Los Angeles, but now mid-Michigan residents can surf the Internet, get a manicure, pedicure or massage before or after their dental appointment. It's a way for patients to relax at a place known to make them tense.
The office also offers patients the chance to view their favorite DVD or watch cable television as their hygienist or dentist works on their teeth. They also offer the latest in cosmetic dentistry. One procedure called zoom whitening whitens the teeth in two to three 20-minute sessions.
Dr. Tenaglia's office is open in Okemos. It is at 3985 Okemos Road.