Today, dental professionals hear the term “dental spa” frequently. But for Debra Grant, RDH, CA, that term has come to mean an enhancement of professional beliefs and ideals that has reinvigorated many hygienists’ lives and patients’ comfort while embarking on improved oral and systemic health. Deb’s programs - “Enhancing Clinical Care Through Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice” and “Perioromatherapy™” - discuss the “original dental spa” concept and how dental spa products can highlight comfort for the dental patient.
During the “Enhancing Clinical Care” program, participants get a taste of the all-day spa-oriented program that the “Perioromatherapy” program offers. This all-day spa event allows participants to implement Oraspa’s certification for proper relaxation and education in the dental and dental hygiene practices. Oraspa is the only science-based, holistic, therapeutic technique using alternative methods to relax the patient during dental prophylaxis.
The Perioromatherapy certification program is designed exclusively for hygienists, since the procedure is performed during maintenance appointments only and incorporates assessments of the patient’s medical history.
These unique programs pamper participants, who learn how to soothe and relax patients. Hygienists wear comfortable clothing for the presentation, such as yoga pants and roomy shirts, and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of hygienists from around the country.
Since her father was a chiropractic physician, Deb learned at an early age the value of holistic medicine. After she graduated from the dental hygiene program at Parkland College, Ill., Deb married and lived a comfortable lifestyle in Boca Raton, Fla., full of pampering and massages. She didn’t really “need” to practice dental hygiene.
However, things changed dramatically when she was suddenly left with two daughters to raise alone and only the clothes on her back. Her dental hygiene career was her saving grace, but she was forced into the day-to-day practice of hygiene. She soon experienced career boredom and burnout, and the stresses of single motherhood intensified her situation.
She remembered the days of luxury and relaxation and began to think that everyone - no matter where he/she is in life - should be able to enjoy some opulence of comfort. She surrounded herself with professionals in alternative medicine who focused on antianxiety and decompression. Music therapists, paramedical aestheticians, chiropractic physicians, massage therapists, psychologists, and feng shui apprentices are some of the professionals who helped Deb develop her Perioromatherapy technique.
She educated herself about the proper use of essential oils and was fascinated by the healing art of aromatherapy. Deb was fortunate enough to work with a dentist who saw the benefits of her services and allowed her to research and test her theories in his office and on patients. Many of their patients now say they would never have their teeth cleaned in any other way!
Course goals and objectives of the Perioromatherapy certification program include: