Just relax at the dentist#039;s office?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

PROCTORVILLE - For many people, going to the dentist is not an experience they would call entertaining.

They have never visited Legacy Dental Center in Proctorville.

At Legacy Dental Center, 148 State Route 775, patients get to watch TV while having their dental work done.

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Dr. Melanie Blevins, D.D.S. said that the office has been at this location for two years. When visitors enter the doors of the facility, it does not have the "look" of a typical dental office. They may soon realize, this is not an average trip to the dentist.

"We designed the office so patients would be comfortable," Dr. Blevins said. "Everyone's nervous when they come to the dentist, so we want them to be relaxed."

The modern dental office with state-of-the-art equipment also has a little something extra for its patients.

Flat screen TVs are on every dental chair, so patients can watch television while waiting to be treated and during treatment. If patients do not want to see what's currently playing on the tube, Dr. Blevins said they can bring in DVDs to watch. There are also Game Boys in the waiting room for youth to play while they wait.

The entire office has been designed to provide a relaxing environment, from the taupe paint and soothing d\u00E9cor to the scent of the Yankee Candles delivering aroma throughout the office.

"Our goal is to make the patient feel comfortable while getting treatment," Dr. Blevins said.

The center offers both adult and children's dental services ranging from restorative, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures, partials, cleanings, to cosmetic services including veneers and whitening.

The center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Most types of insurance are accepted, Contact Legacy Dental Center at (740) 886-7000 for more information.

Dr. Blevins is a Proctorville native, who graduated from Fairland High School, graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Chemistry and graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

She resides in Rome with her husband Aaron and her daughter Madeline.