female dentist showing a chairside patient the Spear video on an ipad

Clinicians are often faced with the constant challenge of communicating with patients who may not immediately see the value of recommended treatment.

Spear’s six new animated Patient Education videos are designed to help patients understand periodontal procedures and pediatric myofunctional therapy. The videos are ideal to display on a tablet during chairside case presentations so patients can clearly visualize what to except and develop the confidence to move forward with your treatment plan.

Patient Education videos provide you and your entire team with simple tools to make complex clinical issues easy to understand – which is particularly beneficial to practices that would like consistent messaging for specialist referrals or more complex procedures.

Spear Online members can find the six new Patient Education videos by visiting the Patient Education page and selecting the “Chairside” tab.

New videos include periodontics- and airway-focused content

Pediatric Myofunctional Therapy

Shows how myofunctional therapy is used to treat tongue thrust, lisp, tongue tie, snoring, sleep apnea, swallowing, chewing, open bite, mouth breathing and other issues. Present this video chairside to help patients understand the exercise-based therapy used to treat muscle disorders.

Traditional Gingivectomy (Perio)

Highlights how a gingivectomy removes diseased gum tissue and eliminates periodontal pockets. Patients get a simple and clear explanation of removing excessive gum tissue.

Laser Gingivectomy (Esthetic)

Shows how a laser is used to perform a gingivectomy to remove excess gum tissue and create an optimal esthetic appearance. This video is helpful for patients who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their “gummy” smile.

Laser Gingivectomy (Perio)

Shows how a laser is used to perform a gingivectomy to remove diseased gum tissue and eliminate periodontal pockets. For patients unaware of how a laser can treat areas of periodontal infection, this video can effectively communicate the value.

Laser Periodontal Therapy

Highlights how laser periodontal therapy eliminates gum disease and restores gum tissue to healthy function. Show this video to patients who need laser periodontal therapy to emphasize the consequences of inaction, such as tooth loss.

Periodontal Abscess

Shows the signs and symptoms of a periodontal abscess. Patients with abscesses can watch this video to understand the potential negative consequences of leaving the condition untreated.

New lobby playlist functionality

In addition to videos to augment your chairside presentations, the Patient Education platform also includes customizable videos to showcase in your lobby.

A recently added function allows dental teams to easily duplicate their custom lobby playlists, which allows you to communicate with patients before they sit down in the operatory.

By showing Patient Education videos in your lobby, patients are more likely to move forward with treatment, according to findings published in Spear’s “Perceptions of Dentistry in the Information Age” white paper.

When shown a lobby video on cracked teeth, 91% of patients said they would move forward with treatment and 86% felt repairing a cracked tooth would prevent more work in the future, indicating they understood the consequences of inaction.