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How to Dispel Dental Anxiety

Of course, we do what we can to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible. But there are also ways to help yourself deal with any anxiety you may have while anticipating treatment. Positive self-talk. Tell yourself, "I can handle this well." Make other positive self-statements, especially about tense situations similar to this with which you coped well. Make positive statements about the dental personnel. You're in good hands. Remind yourself that the doctors and staff are highly qualified, well-trained, and "know what they are doing." Deep muscle relaxation. Relax your muscles by starting to focus on your forehead. Then picture relaxation flowing down and through your face and downward through the rest of the body. Breathe from [...]

By |2022-01-27T19:23:51+00:00June 7th, 2022|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on How to Dispel Dental Anxiety

Dealing with a Dental Phobia

The bad thing about dental phobia is that it prevents people from seeking the care they need—when they need it. The good thing about it is that, today, we can treat fear as successfully as we treat tooth decay or crooked teeth. Over six million people experience some degree of anxiety when they visit the dentist. Two million dental patients are just plain scared, so scared that they suffer shaking, confusion, heart palpitations and changes in speech and blood pressure just thinking about dental treatment. Thanks to many dedicated researchers, we've learned a lot about what causes fear. And we've got the antidotes. Do you have a Dental Phobia? If you, or someone you care about, needs help in coping [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:25:56+00:00December 7th, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Dealing with a Dental Phobia

Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Fear is a learned response, and what can be learned can also be unlearned. We still have a lot to learn about fear, but certain things we do know. Dental fear, for example, is often the result of vicarious learning. Take you, for instance. Even though you've never had a tooth removed, you've maybe heard some pretty scary stuff about extractions, and the result is that the whole idea makes you nervous. That's vicarious learning. Vicarious wrong learning, too, since having a tooth out these days is virtually painless. Negative experiences also have a lot to do with fear. A really bad experience in an airplane can make you anxious about flying. More than two terrible trips in the scary [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:47:38+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Fear…It’s All in Your Head

A Cure for Dental Embarrassment

Are you avoiding the dentist because you're afraid of the scolding you're going to get for neglecting your teeth? Unfortunately, too many people feel this way. At our office, we don't play guilt games. We're more concerned with treating your needs, regardless of how long it's been since you've seen a dentist. We understand how fear and embarrassment can create a cycle of procrastination. You might just be amazed at how quick, simple and, yes, pain-free 21st Century dentistry has become! We have all kinds of ways of keeping you relaxed and comfortable. We even feature sedation dentistry, which lets us compress procedures into just a few visits, and sometimes only one. You're awake but relaxed—and before you know it [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:34:51+00:00June 8th, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on A Cure for Dental Embarrassment

Dental Anxiety: No Laughing Matter

We'd like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today's dentistry: it's virtually painless. Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to anesthesia have all contributed to painless treatment, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canals. But what if you didn't grow up with modem dentistry, and remember it differently? If you have had difficult dental experiences, you may be among the 150 million Americans who white-knuckle their way through treatment or avoid the dentist altogether. The fact is, about 80% of the fearful can overcome this kind of anxiety, with a little help from an empathetic dentist. Everyone in our practice understands dental fear and where it comes from. We are trained in forming good working [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:18:00+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Dental Anxiety: No Laughing Matter