The CalmistrySM Dental Patient Program

Find the comfort and confidence you need before and during your dental procedure

The CalmistrySM Dental Patient Program

Don’t let dental anxiety and discomfort prevent you from getting the regular dental work you need for overall good health. Find comfort and confidence before and during your dental procedure with the revolutionary new CalmistrySM instructional program.

Imagine finally overcoming your fear of dental work …

The Calmistry program – presented on CD with an accompanying booklet – provides medically-proven tools and techniques you can learn and use forever to overcome the anxiety you currently associate with dental treatment.

Using guided relaxation, visualization, and gentle but powerful affirmations, Calmistry helps create a peaceful, resourceful internal state that you can access anytime – even at the dentist’s office! Follow the program at your own pace; listen at home or at the office. It’s completely safe, and absolutely drug-free (a great alternative or accompaniment to sedation dentistry).

Testimonials

"My experience at the dentist was altered completely after listening to the cd a few times. I was able to breathe deeply while the dentist worked on me whereas I usually hold my breath until I have to signal him for a break. I am sure my being so much more relaxed helped my dentist finish more quickly without my “breathing breaks”. I also find the cd helps me to generally relax whenever I listen to it."

—Mary A., Staten Island, NY

"The office and the staff are designed to make you feel very comfortable. They're very caring and reassuring. The tape is a wonderful aid in calming me. Dr. Korwin's manner and caring and gentleness is a comfort. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to talk and smile without feeling embarrassed. I look forward to listening to the tape. It not only works for dentistry, but has a calming effect in everyday life. I have confidence that I picked the best dentist and staff. Thank you."

—CB, Freehold, NJ

"Caitlin, my nine-year-old daughter, had to undergo a brain MRI last September. Although she is quite pragmatic and mature for a nine-year-old, an MRI experience is difficult even for an adult. It was serendipitous when her swimming coach offered both the relaxation "shell" and Calmistry CD. We used them on a daily basis one week before the MRI. I was quite relieved (an understatement) when Caitlin endured the twenty-minute test calmly. I really feel that both the shell and the CD contributed to the successful outcome."

—Liza, NJ

 

Dental fear and anxiety patient program Calmistry

Schedule your next dental visit with complete peace of mind.

You can feel good about going to the dentist! In just 25 minutes a day, our Calmistry CD will give you the confidence you need to receive quality dental care and move toward a happier, healthier life.

Leave dental anxiety behind—get your copy of Calmistry today!

Calmistry™ for Dental Anxiety: Patient Program

$24.99

Don’t let dental anxiety and discomfort prevent you from getting the regular dental work you need for overall good health. Find comfort and confidence before and during your dental procedure with the revolutionary new CalmistrySM instructional program.

Imagine finally overcoming your fear of dental work …

The Calmistry program – presented on CD with an accompanying booklet – provides medically-proven tools and techniques you can learn and use forever to overcome the anxiety you currently associate with dental treatment.

Using guided relaxation, visualization, and gentle but powerful affirmations, Calmistry helps create a peaceful, resourceful internal state that you can access anytime – even at the dentist’s office! Follow the program at your own pace; listen at home or at the office. It’s completely safe, and absolutely drug-free (a great alternative or accompaniment to sedation dentistry).

 

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Calmistry is a safe, effective solution from renowned experts in dentistry and wellness!

The Calmistry program was developed by Kerry P. Gillespie, MS, and Robert Korwin DMD MAGD, who originally used the same techniques on a patient of Dr. Korwin’s who suffered from dental anxiety but for whom sedation dentistry was not an option.

Mr. Gillespie, author of the Calmistry program, is director of the Center for Complementary Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). He has worked extensively with the Center for Complementary Medicine’s Smoking Cessation Program, as well as SIUH’s Nalitt Institute for Cancer. Mr. Gillespie is the creator/author of The Relax Line, (718) 226-CALM (2256), and inventor of “A Calm Shell,” a relaxation aid.

Dr. Korwin, co-developer of the Calmistry program, is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) with more than two decades of experience as a reconstructive general dentist. He holds three dental patents and is an accomplished inventor, published author, instructor for several dentistry schools, and a member of numerous professional dental associations.

 

Welcome to the Calmistry Patient Program!

We’re proud of you for taking this important first step in reducing the anxiety you feel when you think about or experience dental procedures. The Calmistry program will give you the comfort and confidence you need to complete your dental treatment and move toward better health. You can do this, and we will guide you every step of the way.

Our program will be most effective if you read this material carefully and then listen to the CD as often as you can between now and your appointment.

As with any worthwhile venture, a little effort on your part is required. However, you stand to reap significant health rewards and improved well-being. And you can achieve both without fear. So let’s get started!

 How this program will help you.

People who prepare ahead of time for medical or dental procedures experience less anxiety, less pain and fewer complications, and recover more quickly. The techniques covered in this CD and booklet will help you:

  • Feel more relaxed before and during your dental procedure
  • Have less pain and discomfort during and after your procedure
  • Rely less on pain medication
  • Heal significantly faster
  • Develop a positive, new approach to future dental procedures

Improving dental health improves your general health!

The primary goal of this program is to empower you to receive professional dental care with a minimum of anxiety. However, you’re likely to gain much more than improved dental health. Recent studies have shown that oral infections may create a higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm births and respiratory disease! Therefore, prevention of tooth and gum problems is a critical step in maintaining your overall health. Give yourself every opportunity to maintain good dental health through daily brushing and flossing and regular professional check-ups and cleanings.

Listening to the CD

Use of a relaxation program is the best way to deal with the stressors in your life. The Calmistry CD will help you reach a relaxed, peaceful state again and again.

Find or create a quiet environment.

  • Get into a comfortable position, ideally sitting upright in a chair.
  • Adopt a passive mental attitude.
  • Turn down your land and cell phones. Ask family or coworkers not to disturb you.
  • If you’re uncomfortable in any way, make adjustments until you are comfortable!

Listen to the CD with a completely open mind.

  • Schedule time to listen daily to the relaxation program, and as frequently as you can to the affirmations.
  • Create your own private, relaxing environment by using headphones.
  • Construct in your mind your special relaxing place. If you feel most relaxed at a beach, feel the warm sun on your skin, see the clear blue sky, smell the fresh salt air and hear the sounds of the birds and the waves breaking on the beautiful white sand.
  • If you become drowsy during the relaxation, bring your attention back to following the guided imagery, to receive the most benefit from the program.
  • As the relaxation program ends, you may remain in your relaxed state, go to sleep or move back into your active life. Whatever you choose, maintain your relaxed peace of mind.

Other helpful tips.

  • Listen to your CD in the same place every day, first thing in the morning if possible.
  • Don't listen right after a large meal.
  • Avoid the use of an alarm or any device that would create a loud sound or arouse you quickly at the end of your sessions. If you must set time limits, have a watch or clock in front of you and view it occasionally.

Relaxation and Other Benefits of the CD

Most health problems are complicated by stress, which diminishes the functioning of your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to illness. Practicing relaxation gives you the opportunity to avoid the kind of constant stress (such as anxiety) that compromises your health. It relaxes your body, boosts your immune system and improves mental focus and self-image.

Release physical tension. Let go of tension in the jaw, neck, shoulders, back and chest. Notice the immediate relief you feel.

Free troubling emotions. As the mind begins to relax, thoughts and emotions will arise. Releasing them will be easier if you do not resist them.

Dissolve other stress-related symptoms. The more you listen to this CD, the sooner your other stress-related symptoms – such as tension headaches, stomach and digestive problems, and minor aches and pains – will diminish and your mental clarity improve.

Outwit insomnia. This CD can be used to put you in a relaxed state conducive to falling asleep, or to getting back to sleep should you awaken during the night.

Before Your Dental Procedure

Visualize successfully completing your dental procedure. What will that look like? Who will be there with you? Before, during and after your dental procedure, visualize in your mind, body and spirit your ideal outcome, using all of your senses.

Change the channel. When you begin to worry about your dental procedure, grab your mental remote control and change the channel in your mind. Switch to the program where you star as the person who has a happily completed result. By always visualizing a positive outcome, there will soon come a time when that will be your mind’s favorite “show.”

Dream in small bites. It will be more effective if you visualize your successful dental procedure for five minutes, five times a day, rather than 25 minutes once a day.

Be choosy with your thoughts. You use visualizations and repeat affirmations every day of your life – but for most of us, they are more often about what you can’t do, think or have, rather than about what you can do, think or have. If you allow negative thinking to creep back in, you will undo all the good work you are accomplishing with this CD program.

Do a little homework. Prior to meeting with your dentist, write down a list of questions and/or concerns. Take a notepad to meetings with your dental professionals to jot down important directions, so you’ll have them for future reference.

Make your comfort top priority. If you feel the need for support, ask a friend or family member to be with you during your dental consultation. Tell your professional – before you discuss your options – just how much you need to know to be comfortable. Make sure the date of the procedure is convenient for you.

The Day of Your Dental Procedure

If you’ve done all the other steps leading up to this day, you’re ready. You’re going to have a successful treatment today and move toward excellent dental health!

Safeguard your mind. As much as possible, avoid the people who drain you physically and psychologically before, during and after your procedure.

Concentrate on the present. Choose not to think about what you have heard, seen or experienced about dental work in the past. Always focus on what you want, not what you don’t!

Above all, relax, breathe and stay positive. Approach the day and your dental procedure with a positive attitude. You can do it!

Dental Meditation Introduction

The following program has been designed to allow you to relax prior to or during your dental procedure. For this reason it is not recommended that you listen to this program while driving or operating any type of equipment.

Set aside the next 30 minutes for this experience. The words and music in this program work with the power of your imagination to quiet the mind and relax the body. Research on the use of imagery has been shown to decrease pain and anxiety as well as, putting the mind, body and spirit in the best state to heal.

This program is not meant to replace psychological therapy, if your situation warrants.

Meditation

As we begin, I would suggest that you adjust the volume of this recording to a level that you find pleasant to your ear. Then you would want to find a comfortable position-preferably sitting. Lying down may allow you to fall asleep and the relax will be more effective if you stay awake. You will find that your breathing will be enhanced if your spine, along with your head and neck are in alignment, without creating any stiffness.

As you become more comfortable with you meditation posture, begin to focus on your breathing. Allow you breathing to develop a nice slow, easy rhythm.

When the mind begins to quiet, you may find it beginning to wander. Allow these thoughts to past quietly through the mind without you focusing on them. As this natural process occurs, bring your focus of attention back to your breathing or the sound of my voice.

As this gentle breathing pattern begins to feel natural to you, let your body begin to soften. Let any tension that has been created by the day, or your thoughts or concerns begin to melt away.

We can begin by softening the forehead just letting go of any tension that my exist there. Let that feeling extend down over the eyelids allowing the eyelids to relax. As the forehead and eyelids begin to relax, you can allow that feeling to extend down into the cheeks and jaw, an area that you maybe focusing a great deal of your attention on. This focus may be due to pain or the anticipation of pain. These thoughts will not benefit you now or in the future. Do your best to return your focus to your breathing. With your forehead, eyelids, cheeks and jaw beginning to relax more fully, you can begin to allow that feeling of deep relaxation to extend down into the neck, so that the neck is exerting just enough force to support the head.

As the head and neck begin to relax more deeply, that feeling can extend down into the shoulders, upper back and chest. As the shoulders, upper back and chest become more deeply relaxed, you can begin to allow that feeling to extend down into the arms, relaxing

the upper arms, moving through the elbows into the forearms and into the wrist, hand and all the way out to the tips of the fingers. As the entire length of the arm becomes more deeply relaxed you can turn you attention to the midsection of your body and allow your abdomen and lower abdomen to relax. This will further decrease any remaining resistance to completely relaxed breathing.

As your abdomen and lower abdomen begin to relax more deeply, you can extend that feeling to every muscle, connected to every bone in your spine, from the base of your head to the tip of your pelvis, with the knowledge that your back is being well supported by the surface behind you, so you can completely relax and release any tension located there.

As the entire upper body takes on a more relaxed feeling, that feeling can extend down into the hips and pelvic area. Relaxing the hips and pelvis, again with the understanding that the structure beneath you is fully supportive.

As the hips and pelvis becomes more deeply relaxed, that feeling can diverge into each of your thighs, relaxing the thighs, creating within the thighs a relaxed heaviness, as they become more and more deeply relaxed.

As the thighs become more deeply relaxed that feeling can extend through the knees into the calf muscles. With the calves relaxing more fully, this feeling can extend down into the ankles, feet and always out to the tips of the toes. So that every muscle, every bone, every joint and every cell in your body are comfortably relaxed.

With your body in this comfortably relaxed state, you can allow a window in your mind to open and let you view a special place that you can picture in your minds eye, where you feel safe and relaxed. It can be somewhere you've been, some where you liked to go, it can be a place purely of your imagination, or it can be someplace as simple as your back yard.

If your mind wanders, or if you are moving from place to place-try to focus on one place for now. Allow this place to become real to the creative extend of your mind. Let all the sights, the vivid colors, all the sounds, the gentle surf, the soft sound of birds, and all the smells, the fresh salt air, the scent of pine or the sweet fragrance of flowers that will let this calming place come alive for you.

This special place is not an escape, but your unique safe haven, which is available to you as away to create the perfect combination of a focused relaxed mind and a calm peaceful body. This wonderfully relaxed environment within you makes it easier for you to imagine a positive, effortless outcome for your dental procedure.

Your awareness that the competent caring professionals on your dental care team will do everything in their power to make their part of the process, gentle and timely. For your part, remaining calm, relaxed and confident will serve you best.

As the procedure moves towards completion, focus on that you are not just improving your dental health, and minimizing the concern of future dental work, but you are benefiting your overall health by maintaining a healthy oral environment. Keep in mind that if there is discomfort after your procedure that pain medication and continued use of relaxation techniques can be very beneficial in making you more comfortable.

With the procedure successfully completed you begin to realize the important part that your new positive attitude plays in your ability to calmly and comfortably go through your dental procedure.

Now you may want to return to your special place to extend your peaceful relaxation, or you may want to take a nap, or fall asleep for the night, depending on when your are listening to this program, or you may choose to return to your present surroundings. If you choose to return to your present environment, gave your body a brief period of time to adjust before standing and resuming your day.

Be assured that this time spent was for your greatest good!

Dental Affirmations

Introduction

The affirmations in this program are designed to get you to focus on your well-being and ease the anxiety you may feel about your up coming dental procedure.

This program can be listened to at any time, while relaxing or going about your day. Your mind will listen to the words and begin to use this to form new more positive and relaxed thoughts about your dental procedure.

You will find this program more helpful if you do not judge each statement on the basis of what you think is true for you at this time, but simply listen to the statements and realize the possibilities of these statements becoming true for you.

If you remain conscious of your breathing during this program it will enhance your ability to relax.

Affirmations

1.    I greet each new day, recognizing it's beauty, power and possibilities.

2.    Each day brings me a renewed source of energy.

3.    1 am creating a wonderful day.

4.    I have all the energy I need for my tasks at hand.

5.    I am open to new facts and ideas.

6.    I always deal with dental issues in a timely fashion.

7.    I am forgiving of myself and others, of events of the past.

8.    I am able to enter a relaxed state easily.

9.    I am committed to the healthy journey of my life.

10.  1 am always willing to let others help me, because I am willing to help others.

11.  I am always using my fears as energy.

12.  I have complete faith in my dental team.

13.  I am always moving forward to continually enlarge my zone of comfort.

14.  I am strong and vital.

15.  1 know I can only change myself, but in doing so I will affect everyone around me.

16.  My breath is my signal to relax.

17.  I can let go of problems & focus on opportunities.

18.  My dental team is there to help me.

19.  I choose to let go of worry & live a life of serenity, with no regrets.

20.  By being relaxed, I can reduce my pain and discomfort.

21.  I am easily able to feel love and joy.

22.  I acknowledge my feelings, I let go of anger, loss and blame. 23.1 am aware of my needs and I ask for what I need.

24.   I realize the importance of my dental health as it relates to my general health.

25.   I am keeping a positive mental outlook.

26.   My will and my determination are always greater then the problems 1 face.

27.1 begin each day with a clear mind and a specific plan.

28. I am improving my self-image daily.

29.  I have regular dental exams.

30.  I am open-minded to new facts and ideas.

31.  I realize that my positive attitude going into a situation will improve the outcome of that situation.

32.  I am in control of my thoughts and those thoughts bring out the best in me.

33.  I seek the best in myself, and I find the best in everything and everybody around me.

34.1 accept the things over which I have no control.

35. I have my teeth cleaned on a regular schedule.

36.1 choose to except or reject the opinions of others, about me.

37.1 accept full responsibility for every choice and decision I make.

38. 1 choose to leave nothing to chance.

39.1 accept the responsibility for living my life in a way, winch creates my health and happiness.

40.  I appreciate all of my blessings.

41.  I like challenges and I am good at solving problems.

42.  I choose to find solutions for situations in my life.

43.  My dental procedures always proceeds smoothly.

44.  I am prepared, confident and successful.

45.  I am a happy, healthy and energetic person.

46.  I set goals in every area of my life.

47.  I take the time to do it right the first time.

48.  1 am able to deal with minor discomforts.

49.  I move beyond my fears by changing my thoughts.

50.  1 know my dental team is always has my best interest at  heart.

Pre-Dental Procedure Outline

  1. General Welcome to the program
  2. Brief description of the program
  3. Review handout and CD
  4. The Relaxation Response with relaxation exercise
  5. Questions and Answers

The written and the audio material in this program are not designed to replace prescribed medical or psychological treatment for a medical or psychological disorder.

Why this program can help me

Medical literature documents that people who prepare for medical or dental procedures, suffer less anxiety, have less pain, fewer complications and recover more quickly.

Using these techniques can help you to:

  • Feel more relaxed before the procedure

Have less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure

  • Use less pain medication
  • Recover faster

Strengthen your immune system

  • Develop a new approach to future dental procedures

Practical Information about dental procedures

Before meeting your dentist or oral surgeon, write down a list of questions. Take notepaper to the meetings with your dental professionals.

If you feel that emotional support is necessary, ask a friend or family member to be with you during the meetings with your dental professional.

Decide before you discuss your options, just how much information you will need to be comfortable.

Be comfortable with your date of the dental procedure.

This program will have the maximum amount of effectiveness if you read this material carefully and then listen to the CD program as often as you can between now and your appointment.

Dental health affects your general health

One of the primary reasons this program was developed is to allow you to maintain good dental health with a minimum of anxiety. It is important to understand the relationship your dental health has with your overall wellness.

Indeed, there is a growing body of evidence that associates oral and overall health. Recent studies have said that infections in the mouth may create a higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, preterm births and respiratory disease.

With this link between gum and tooth health and overall health problems, prevention of tooth and gum problems may turn out to be an important step in maintaining health. In many cases, good oral health can be maintained with good daily oral hygiene (brushing, flossing), regular professional cleanings and dental care.

Step 1

Re-establish a peaceful perspective

Knowing how to relax is one of the best ways to cope with the stress of a dental procedure.

Most health problems are complicated by stress. When you are anxious, you produce excess levels of stress hormones, such as cortisone and the catecholamines, which diminish the functioning of your immune system..

Your immune system is your body's natural defense system against infection. It is coordinated and controlled by T-cells which are produced in your thymus gland. While stress reduces T-cell counts, medical research shows that relaxation increases them, strengthening your immune system.

When you are afraid, your body shifts into a "fight-or- flight" response. This is a natural response, but living in a state of alarm for days or weeks before procedure will exhaust you, suppress your immune system and could lead to illness.

Learning how to relax gives you a way to stop the fight-or-flight response. Feeling calm also creates the complex biochemistry that relaxes your muscles, enhances your immune system and helps you feel peaceful.

The first level of relaxation is letting go of physical tension, such as the tension of a clenched jaw, tight shoulder muscles or an overall sense of stress. The second level helps you let go of emotions that are stressful.

As you listen to the relaxation CD, stress can be released physically or emotionally. You may also experience a wave of emotion as it arises and releases. Welcome it instead of resisting it.

The more often you use the relaxation CD each day, the sooner your stress-related symptoms will diminish or disappear. These may include tension headaches, migraines and anxiety.

All it takes is practice. Choose one or two times of the day to use the CD. Schedule the times in your calendar.

Use headphones to give you your own private relaxing atmosphere at home and in the office.

If you get sleepy listening to the CD, bring your mind back to consciousness so you can follow the directed relaxation.

Imagine yourself in your ideal place rather than looking at a picture of yourself there. If your ideal place is a favorite beach - feel the warmth of the sun, smell the sea air and hear the waves breaking on the sand now.

At the end of the tape, linger as long as you like in the tranquility, knowing that it is healing both physically and emotionally. If you want to cook dinner or write a report, do it remaining connected to the peace in your heart.

If you have insomnia, there is a different way to use the relaxation process to go to sleep. Stay awake as you listen to the CD. But when you come to the end, let yourself become drowsy. Turn off the CD player and fall asleep.

If you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble going back to sleep, use the CD in the same way.

Step 2

Visualize Successfully Completing your dental procedure

Before and after your dental procedure, visualize and feel in your heart,mind and being your ideal outcome. Make your imagery come alive, using all of your senses - seeing, feeling, smelling and touching. This is very different from having a two-dimensional picture in your mind.

When worries about your dental procedure pop into your mind, switch them to pictures of your completed result, as if you were changing the channel on a TV. By repeatedly visualizing the positive, healed image, there will soon come a time when you will believe it. It is a kind of gentle surrender that allows healing rather than commanding it.

It's better to visualize your successful dental procedure for five minutes, four times a day, rather than 20 minutes once a day.

Every image, thought and feeling is visualization. If you imagine a positive outcome for 20 minutes and then worry about your procedure the rest of the day, your worry will obviously cancel out your positive imagery.

Step 3

Put your mental house in order

Before, during and after your procedure, avoid the people who drain you psychologically or emotionally.

Don't entertain thoughts about what you have heard, seen or experienced about dental work in the past. As William James said, …Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of our venture..."

Step 4

Positive Approach

Approach your dental procedure with a positive attitude. If you have done all the other steps leading up to this day, now is the time to carry it though.

Anticipating problems will not benefit your situation in anyway. THE RELAXATION RESPONSE

THE BASICS:

Quiet environment

Comfortable position.

Passive mental attitude

Repetition of a simple mental stimulus

GENERAL PRESCRIPTION:

Once a day for 20 minutes or twice a day for 10 minutes

Do it in the same place every day

Do it first thing in the morning

Take the phone off the hook

Tell the family, secretary, etc... not to bother you

Don't use an alarm clock; set a watch or clock in front of you; alternatively put a pillow over an alarm clock so it rings softly

Don't do it right after a large meal

If you are uncomfortable, make yourself comfortable

References

  1. Benson, H., and Stuart, E., The Wellness Book. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1992.
  2. Huddleston, P., Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster. Angel River Press, Massachusetts, 1996.
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Robert Korwin DMD MAGD MICOIA message from Robert Korwin DMD MAGD MICOI

CalmistrySM and Patients with Anxiety Who Want to Avoid Drugs

Before I obtained my dental degree, I received a college degree in psychology. During my dental career, I attended courses in hypnosis and in biofeedback while looking for methods to reduce stress and anxiety in patients in a manner that is medication-free. With this background, I understand the psychological trauma that patients undergo when they cope with stressful medical and dental situations. About 40 percent of the US population avoids the dentist because of dental anxiety. This anxiety is partially due to a lack of trust in the procedure or in the practitioner because of previous negative experiences that are generalized to the present.

Sedation dentistry is a blessing to those people because they can obtain the care they have long avoided. My dental practice with sedation medications showed me that anxious patients were helped by drug use, but there were some major unavoidable side effects, including

  • The major patient time commitment required to use the drug protocol.
  • Prolonged drowsiness and impaired judgment, sometimes consuming a patient’s entire day and making normal activities very risky.
  • Restricted availability of care, since very few dentists are qualified to provide all levels of sedation dental care.
  • Increased expense for provider and staff training, medication and monitoring.

I realized that many patients were even fearful of medications, and there was a need for a better route to anxiety control during dental care.

After helping many sedation patients, it became clear that most patients do not need medications for repeat visits after a single treatment visit with me, since they develop trust in the practice and in my care. Astoundingly, they cheerfully say they are happy to return without any medications at all.

This revised trust relationship derives from their feeling that we can and will help them by delivering pain-free and anxiety-free visits that do not surprise them in any way. This is done by discussing plans to improve their health in all aspects before treatment. We then decide on the best options in advance, obtaining agreement before treatment is started.

We engender trust by anticipating patient discomfort and proactively responding. My staff and I carefully observe eyelid blink rates, hand tightening and position, facial, arm and leg movements, breathing rate, and speech patterns in non-sedated patients to make sure that we are constantly in touch with their feelings non-verbally. We use a distinct vocabulary and a verbal cadence and tone to eliminate threatening verbal unconscious fear associations. We make sure that they are the focus of our attention in every way during their visit, so they feel they will be well cared for and pain-free. We monitor their reactions non-verbally and respond with chair adjustments, changes in treatment and/or changes in local anesthetic, before the patient realizes he or she is nearing any level of discomfort. We even communicate with each other non-verbally so there is a coordinated series of treatment activity that is “invisible” to the patient, thereby avoiding any anxiety-provoking distractions.

I was introduced to the beginning techniques of CalmistrySM by Kerry Gillespie, MS, when a family member who was a patient in my office developed dental anxiety. Kerry and I began the first stages of dental anxiety reduction without drugs while helping that patient. We both realized that this technique could help many people who are fearful of both dental treatment and medications. We began to develop the program that is available today through Calmistry.

By removing the distractions of prior experience and negative associations, Calmistry provides a feeling of safety and relaxation during the dental visit by drawing on emotional resources that are developed outside the office in a safe environment. When practicing the self-relaxation techniques of Calmistry, a patient can have the benefit of quickly and easily developing a trust relationship with his/her health practitioner.

While we are prepared to help reduce anxiety with our specialized psychological approach, a dental visit with the aid of Calmistry can bridge the medication gap by helping patients develop a calm, secure emotional state before their visit. A relaxed and calm patient is our goal. They can have access to that same internal resource within the office or whenever they are feeling stressed and anxious in any situation.

We are fortunate that with Calmistry we can practically eliminate the need for anxiety medication in most fearful dental patients.

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Robert Korwin D.M.D., M.A.G.D.

Education

  • B.A. — SUNY Binghamton
  • DMD — University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Certificate in General Practice Division of Advanced Education — University of Pennsylvania
  • IV Sedation Permit State of New Jersey

Awards

  • ADA Certificate of Recognition, Annual Session
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award
  • Drabkin Memorial Prize for Research in Biochemistry
  • US Patent 4470505 Amalgam Dispenser
  • US Patent 4424034 Amalgam Capsule
  • US Patent 4449645 Impression Band for Crowns
  • Fellowship Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Proficiency Certification
  • Bioresearch Assoc.,TM Joint Vibration Analysis Certification
  • Invisalign Certification
  • “Industry Icon” Straine Consulting
  • Mastership Academy of General Dentistry

Television

  • Mercury Hazards in Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Source for ABC News “20/20” Toothpaste - Arnold Diaz
  • Collagenex Periostat Patient Information Video

Teaching

  • University of Pennsylvania Department of Restorative Dentistry, and Department of Dental Hygiene
  • OSHA In Office Practicum
  • Monmouth Medical Center Dental Attending
  • Dental Inventions and Patents Lecture MMC

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • Monmouth Ocean County Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • International Association of Orthodontics
  • ASAAD Member
  • Clinical Attending Instructor St Josephs Hospital Paterson IV Sedation
  • American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry
  • Former Clinical Instructor Monmouth Medical Center Dental Department
  • Former Chairman Continuing Education NJ AGD
  • Former Provider Program Approval Chairman NJ AGD
  • Former Co Chairman for Master Track Program NJ AGD

Kerry P. Gillespie

Synopsis

  • Twenty-seven years experience in Cardiac Rehab and Adult Fitness
  • Twenty-one years experience in Sales and Marketing of Healthcare Products and Services
  • Clinically trained in the Relaxation Response and other Mind Body Medical techniques by Herbert Benson, MD, at the Mind Body Medical Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Clinical training in the MBMI, Cancer program
  • Developed and facilitate the Pre-Operative Relaxation Program
  • Trained in Critical Incident Stress Counseling at the South Beach Psychiatric Hospital, Staten Island, New York
  • and worked with evacuees of the World Trade Center through ‘Project Liberty’

  • Instructor training for the ‘Fresh Start Program’ in smoking cessation by the American Cancer Society and the New York City Dept of Health
  • Responsible for program development, and staff training

Education

  • M.S., Physical Education, East Stroudsburg State College, Major in Exercise Physiology
  • B.S., Health & Phys. Ed., East Stroudsburg State College

Professional Certifications

  • American Heart Association: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Professional Organizations

  • The Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Past-President
  • Shore Athletic Club-Treasurer

Business Experience

  • Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, NY, Director, Center for Complementary Medicine
    Responsible for program and curriculum development
    Designed and conduct the ‘Healthy Heart’ Cardiac Wellness Program and General Stress Management Seminars for both employees and the community
    Provider for the Mind Body Cancer Program
    Designed and facilitate the Pre-Operative Relaxation Program
    Chairman of the Smoking Cessation Initiative committee
    Facilitator in Critical Incident Stress Management to a group of WTC evacuees for ‘Project Liberty’
    Responsible for the development and administration of the Quality Improvement Plan
    Grant writer for the Center
  • Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Adjunct Professor, Health Education and Personal Fitness
    Lecture presentations on areas of health and fitness
    Topics ranging from anatomy & Physiology to nutrition and wellness
  • Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold, NJ, Adjunct Professor, Health Education and Physical Training
    Lecture presentations on a variety of health topics
    Presentations geared to special concerns of police officers
  • Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers of New York, St. Vincent’s Campus, Staten Island, NY
    Coordinator-Community Training Center
    Co-Coordinator-Mind Body Medical Institute
    Liaison to the American Heart Association
    Organizing and scheduling of all basic and advanced life support courses for professional and lay participates
    Preparation of budget and operating expenses for the CTC
    Publicity and marketing of the program
  • Clinically trained in Mind Body Medicine at the Mind Body Medical Institute, Boston, Mass., under the direction of Herbert Benson, MD
    Leader for clinical and non-clinical programs for MBMI
  • Cardiopulmonary Fitness, Belle Mead, NJ
    Consulting and Sales
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • Optifast-Medical Center at Princeton, NJ
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • New Beginnings Spa and Wellness Center, Newark, NJ
    Director of the Wellness Center
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • CardioRobics, Inc., Springfield, NJ
    Program Director
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • Prudential Insurance Co., Newark, NJ
    Executive Fitness Program
    Part-time Exercise Physiologist

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Robert Korwin
Advanced Dentistry with a Gentle Touch
500 State Route 35 Union Square Shopping Center,
Suite 562, Second Floor
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Business hours:

Monday 7:00 – 16:00
Tuesday 7:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 18:00
Thursday 10:00 – 20:00
Friday 9:00 – 12:00
Saturday 9:00 – 12:00 *once a month

Phone number:

+732-219-8900

About Dr.
Robert Korwin, DMD MAGD MICOI

Dentist, Teacher and Innovator

Dr. Korwin promotes excellence in preventing orally linked disease and provides highly cosmetic dental repair and reconstruction utilizing orthodontics, implants, surgery, prosthetics and sedation, with laser, digital and computer assisted diagnostics.


Biography

Dr. Korwin is part of the one percent of dentists worldwide who have achieved dual Mastership Awards from The International College of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of General Dentistry. Additionally, he is a board member of the American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry, and has received special training to ensure that his patients receive pain-free care at his dental practice.

“With these new procedures, we're able to help patients realize that they don’t have to live with a toothless smile or cumbersome dentures for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Robert Korwin. “But best of all, we can ease their worry about any pain involved with the implant procedure because there is virtually none.

We love to see our patients not only completely satisfied with their new smile, but pleasantly surprised at the lack of pain and anxiety involved in the process.”

Additional information

Dr. Korwin began his dental career with a degree and residency at the world’s most prestigious dental institution, the University of Pennsylvania. After patenting new dental products, he has amassed over 2600 hours of postgraduate education. 

Dr. Korwin completed his dental education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and has been treating patients in the Red Bank, New Jersey area since 1983. In addition to dental implants, Dr. Korwin and his staff provide a variety of other cosmetic dental services including crowns, bridges, veneers, denture, and more. He is known for using the most advanced dental technology, including air-abrasion decay removal, laser gum treatment, intra-oral cameras, and more. He is heavily involved in the advancement of dental technology and holds three dental patents. His work has been published in the Journal of Dental Research, the Journal of Continuing Dental Education, and the Penn Dental Journal.

With the latest in dental technology, your dental care by Dr. Robert Korwin can be given in customized, comfortable, time-efficient visits with a gentle touch.

Years in practice
36 years
Education
University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry
Awards and recognition
Mastership Award: The International College of Oral Implantologists
Mastership Award: Academy of General Dentistry
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Advanced Dentistry with a Gentle Touch

Advanced Dentistry with a Gentle Touch has been providing quality dental care to New Jersey patients for 35 years.

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