A More Relaxed Dental Visit

If you get nervous about having dental treatment, your’re not alone. an estimated 35million adults experience anxiety at the thought of a dental visit. but you can be an active participant in making your dental care pleasant and pain-free.

  • Share your feelings with us. By bringing your fears out in the open, you will gain control of them. this should help you relax.
  • Set aside a stress-free time for your dental visit, when you won’t be rushed or troubled by concerns. An early morning appointment may be less stressful than hurrying to see the dentist on your lunch hour or after work.
  • Try to identify specific fears. Uncomfortable childhood experiences or the fear of pain are understandable, yet they are often unrealistic given the modern techniques now used in dentistry.
  • During the dental visit, practice relaxation techniques to take your mind off th treatment and to reduce tension. Focus on pleasant distractoins such as soft music, a colorful poster, or practice deep slow breathing.
  • Ask us to explain each step of the dental exam or procedure. the more you know about the reasons for a certain procedure adn what will be done, the more relaxed you will be. If the dentist explains what he is doing as he goes along you won’t anticipate any discomfort.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a light breakfast the day of you appointment. To allow easier body movement, wear loose, comfortable clothes.
  • Schedule short appointments by having different procedures done on different days, if possible. Also, arrange a break from lengthy procedures now and then.. If you are feeling any discomfort, you can signal the dentist to stop with a prearranged signal.
  • Once the dental visit is over, praise yourself for a job well done, and treat yourself to a special reward.

Smile, You’re on Intraoral Camera

A tiny new intraoral camera allows patients to see the insides of their mouth by projecting the image on a TV monitor. For many patients, this is the first time they’ve had a clear view inside their mouth. And what they’re seeing is not always a pretty picture. Many patients are shocked by their oral condition.

An image can be worth a thousand words when motivating patients to improve their oral health. Once an image is projected on the monitor, the dentist can easily discuss any problems with the patient and explain the diagnosis.

Because oral conditions can be magnified, this method provides better visibility than direct vision. Once on the screen the image can also be frozen, rotated, saved in the computer, printed, or sent electronically for billing purposes.

Another common use of the camera is helping patients make cosmetic decisions about their teeth. The image of a patient’s teeth can be projected onto the screen and manipulated to show how the person’s smile might look after treatment. Patients can get a good idea of what the recommended procedure will look like before it’s done.