Dental Tips Blog

Jan
5

How to Talk with Your Dentist About Dental Anxiety

Don’t assume that your dentist doesn’t want to hear about your concerns. A dentist who disregards how you feel during treatment is not someone you want working on your teeth!

You might be surprised to learn just how many individuals have some degree of fear regarding dental care. Dental anxiety ranges from a little nervousness to an actual phobia that prevents people from getting treatment.

You would not be the first to tell your dentist you’re a little scared!

How Your Dentist Can Help

All dentists have experience treating anxious patients. Each one has a different approach and technique for managing dental anxiety.

Methods may include:

  • Offering dental sedation options
  • Creating a relaxed, spa-like office environment
  • Talking patients through treatment with a gentle touch and soothing voice

The main key is good communication!

You can do your part by creating a list of things that you are specifically afraid of. What bothers you? Things like sound and sight of dental equipment? Have you had a bad experience in the past? Heard that root canals are most painful thing ever?

Share your concerns with the dentist. Make an appointment to meet briefly, not for any treatment, but just to talk. Getting your concerns out the open helps your dentist know how to help.

Communication during treatment is also essential. Agree on a safe system for expressing your discomfort or need for a break during the procedure like slowly raising a hand to get the dentist’s attention. You might be surprised to realize that the visit is much easier when you know you have an out!

Get started by calling your dentist to ask about anxiety management techniques available at their office.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Mar
8

Dentistry For the Anxious Child

Numby Juice. Mr. Nose and The Don’t-Worry-Be-Happy Pill. Whatever kid-friendly term your dentist uses, it’s all an important part in creating a comfortable, positive dental experience for your child. Due to advancements in dental techniques and technology, dentists are better able to provide dental treatment for children who might be too anxious otherwise.

Conscious Sedation

Use of medicine that allows your child to relax or become a bit sleepy is referred to as conscious sedation. While still allowing him to respond to voices and instructions, your child will remain relaxed and still for his dental treatment. Conscious sedation therapy is administered by taking a liquid (or pill) that your child swallows about an hour prior to their scheduled treatment.

General Anesthesia

Sometimes the nature of the dental procedure requires that your child be unconscious, to insure that the treatment can be completed safely and comfortably. Your dentist may recommend general anesthesia…

  • If your child cannot be calmed or relaxed sufficiently for the dental treatment to be performed safely
  • Due to the extensive nature or length of the dental procedure
  • For children with disabilities or special needs that limit their ability to tolerate the dental procedure safely

Pain Prevention

The first step to managing fear and anxiety is preventing discomfort or pain. In the case of some dental therapies and restorations, such as fillings or crowns, local anesthetic is delivered by injection. Often, children are unaware of their injection and enjoy a lack of discomfort as their dental procedure occurs. By creating a pleasant, painless experience for your child, existing fears may diminish and future anxieties shouldn’t develop.

If your child is anxious about dental visits, call your dentist today to discuss sedation therapy for a positive, dental experience for your child.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Jun
6

Dental Anxiety Relief

One of the most common reasons that patients avoid seeing the dentist is due to anxiety about dental treatment. Perhaps their last visit to the dentist was one that was extremely negative and resulted in frustration or discomfort. As a result, that person waits years before seeing a dentist again, and quite possibly develops serious dental problems due to putting off their routine checkups.

Today’s dentists are very focused on providing attentive care that addresses the needs of anxious dental patients. They expect their patients to identify their concerns and fears to them, so that they can provide better care throughout their time in the office. Patients should expect just as much attention directed to their comfort in the treatment chair as they do to the quality of treatment that they are receiving. In fact many offices now work so hard to create a relaxing atmosphere that you might even think that you’ve walked into a spa.

Even when a gentle touch is not enough, many dentists also provide services that help the most anxious patients manage their comfort levels more appropriately. Sleep or sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide, or prescription anti-anxiety medications allow most patients to undergo the necessary treatment that is needed to restore the health and function of their smile.

If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a dentist and the primary reason is due to anxiety, feel free to schedule a consultation visit with your new dentist. At this appointment you can expect a stress-free visit that allows the dentist to discuss your concerns, identify any areas of treatment that may be needed, and make a plan for a future visit that addresses these needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman

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Apr
22

Reducing Dental Anxiety

Sometimes going to the dentist is just plain anxiety provoking.  Your heart beats faster, your palms sweat, and you feel a little shaky.  These are all normal signs of anxiety, and this happens to many Americans every day before going to the dentist.

Many dentists recognize that dental work causes anxiety in many clients, and that is why they offer sedation dentistry.  Many patients, however, are afraid to ask about sedation, fearing that they will need a ride to and from the dentist, won’t be able to function after the procedure, or that it may be dangerous.

One form of sedation dentistry involves using nitrous oxide.  Nitrous oxide is a simple gas that you breathe in through a mask (usually over your nose) that will help relax you.  It is safe for adults and children alike.  When you breathe the gas in, you become completely relaxed.  This makes the procedure more comfortable for you.  You do not feel any pain when the local anesthetic is administered.  And, you recover quickly.  Simply removing the nose piece and breathing in regular air for a few minutes allows full recovery.

When you receive nitrous oxide, you will remain completely awake.  You may experience a feeling of warmth or tingling, or even sensations of floating.  You can still communicate if needed.  Nitrous oxide is a very safe way to help provide relaxation to you during the dental treatment.

If you are anxious about your upcoming dental procedure, talk to your dentist about the use of nitrous oxide.  Your anxiety will be relieved, and when the procedure is over, you are free to go on your way.

May
15

Pain Free Dentistry

How would you like to sleep through your next dental procedure?  Whether you need a filling, a tooth removed, a root canal or other dental treatment, dental patients no longer have to endure tense, uncomfortable dental procedures.  Sedation dentistry delivers on the promise of stress free, painless dentistry.

With sedation dentistry, the patient is given oral or intravenous sedatives that induce a comfortable, drowsy, dream-like state.  The patient is completely relaxed and when combined with local anesthetic, the patient experiences little or no pain or discomfort.

Many patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during the procedure.  However, the patient is conscious throughout the procedure and can be awoken to respond to commands and to answer questions.

In addition to relieving anxiety and pain, another advantage of sedation dentistry is that most patients have no recollection of the dental procedure.  From the patient’s perspective, the procedure seems to have only taken a few minutes when in fact it may have taken hours.

Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients and is an excellent choice for patients suffering from dental anxiety, severe gag reflex, difficulty getting numb with anesthetics, allergic to novocaine, or who need extensive dental treatment.

If you fall into any of these categories or just want to have a comfortable, stress free, painless dental experience, talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry.  No dental patient should have to suffer through an uncomfortable dental procedure or struggle to control dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry is a safe, comfortable alternative to traditional dental techniques.

May
15

Managing Dental Anxiety

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If your heart starts racing and your palms get sweaty just thinking about a visit to the dentist, you are not alone.  Millions of Americans have dental anxiety or dental phobia that is so severe that they avoid dental care completely.  Millions more are able to make themselves get regular dental care, but they suffer needlessly through every dental procedure and struggle to control their anxiousness.

Dental anxiety is a natural anxiousness or fear of dental treatment that can be due to a wide variety of sources.  Maybe it was a painful dental experience when you were younger or a fear of needles.  Whatever the reason, no one needs to suffer due to dental anxiety.

Advancements in dental care in recent years have made it possible for every person to get the dental care they need no matter how much they fear the dentist. Talking to your dentist about your fears is the first step to take toward conquering dental anxiety.  Your dentist has a variety of alternatives to help you have a stress-free, painless dental experience but your dentist cannot help you unless you make your feelings known beforehand.

For very modest anxiety, your dentist may suggest distractions such as watching television or listening to music while using visualization techniques to take your mind somewhere else during the procedure.  Moderate anxiety can be addressed with an appropriate level of conscious sedation to match the level of anxiety.

Sedation dentistry included nitrous oxide, mild oral sedatives, and stronger intravenous sedatives.  These conscious sedation techniques offer the majority of patients a comfortable, stress-free dental experience.

For the most severe dental anxiety or dental phobia, you may need to see a dentist that specializes in sleep sedation dentistry or hospital dentistry.  These dentists are specially trained to perform all types of dental procedures on patients while they are under general anesthesia.

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