We’ve all been here, it’s true. Sometimes it is way easier to crawl under the covers and sleep instead of trudge alllll the way to the bathroom just for an elbow work out. Believe us, we are well aware. It takes effort to do, especially in a half-conscious state. Still, it is just as essential as those ten extra minutes you would have had sleeping!
How many times have you heard,
“I freak out when I go to the dentist”
“I’ve had a bad experience”
Have you ever heard of teeth grinding? It’s more common than you think. Bruxism is the more technical term, referring to the habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. Surprisingly enough, bruxism affects millions of Americans, both adults and children, whether they know it or not. Many people with this condition do not find out they have it until the dental damage is already done, since they are usually grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw as they sleep. Thus, bruxism is often an act that is entirely subconscious.
We have all been faced with emergency situations that leave us stumped, with the familiar question of “what do I do?” often coming to mind. When these situations arise, there are always solutions available depending on the issue at hand. The following are need-to-know first-aids to help ease a dental dilemma:
At Wynnewood Dental Arts, our goal is to provide the best dental care for you and your family. We offer skilled dental services and specialize in sedation dentistry.
Dr. Thomas DeFinnis and his staff of hygienists, assistants and front office personnel work to build a comfortable environment. If you are looking for a new dentist, here is a snapshot of the quality dental options we offer.
Anxiety. Dread. Apprehension.
Chances are you have felt one of these crippling emotions at one point in your life. Maybe you’ve been the anxious bride who got cold feet moments before her wedding. Or perhaps you’ve dreaded giving a presentation at work in front of your peers or at school to your classmates. Better yet, you might be apprehensive about visiting your dentist.
For many people, the dentist and the tooth fairy pose real threats. They are more scared of the dentist than at the threats posed by neglecting their own health. This common condition can be remedied with a procedure such as sedation dentistry.
This type of pain free dentistry offered by Wynnewood Dental Arts in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Before undergoing this procedure, there are some things you should know and do.
The fear of dentistry is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Much of the reason behind the irrational anxiety associated with routine checkups was due to their portrayal by mass media.
The fear of dentists is similar to the fear of clowns. Similar to clowns, a dentist’s goal is to help make people feel better. We strive to bring out the best smile at every opportunity. Yes, sometimes that means we have to fill a cavity or take an X-ray, but all-in-all dentists have the best intentions for all patients.
Waking up without a tooth can be scary, until you notice the five dollar bill under your pillow. (Thanks, Tooth Fairy!)
If incentivizing a child’s dental care can drastically improve their experience, why do we only do it to baby teeth? Although implementing a pay-per-brush structure in your home is highly impractical, there are ways to encourage better oral hygiene. Rewards are not always monetary; they can be emotional too. This is why Wynnewood Dental Arts has revolutionized the stigma attached to visiting a dentist. Improving a patient’s experience leads to less resistance well scheduling future appointments.
Let’s all take a deep breath and acknowledge one thing: It’s okay to be afraid of going to the dentist. It’s not against the law, and it’s certainly no reason to feel ashamed. A large part of our job at Wynnewood Dental Arts is to help patients identify what is that makes them feel afraid and then subsequently guide them through it using gentle medication and expert treatments. We understand that dental anxieties are a very real and common occurrence in America, so we wanted to take some time to talk about the benefits of sedation dentistry.