A Guide to Dental Anxiety
ADVANCED DENTISTRY WITH A GENTLE TOUCH
Relief for Dental Anxiety
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.
Below you will find ways to reduce the anxiety you feel when you think about or experience dental procedures.
Dr. Korwin will 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! Give yourself every opportunity to maintain good dental health through daily brushing and flossing and regular professional check-ups and cleanings.
"I was referred by my son to this place. I had neglected my care due to bad experiences as well as my wife’s. The staff from the first phone call to the office visit were amazingly loving, professional and caring. Upon speaking to Dr Korwin I understood that it emanated from his own personal care for the well being and understanding of the patient. He and the staff made me feel that event interventions that would have cause some level of anxiety now seemed possible and put a better smile and bring longevity to my teeth. I fully recommend Dr Korwin and his staff. The travel was nothing compared to the care." ~ Noel
"I love how everything is explained so well. I’m never scared to come to the dentist when I know I’m coming here." ~ Miranda F. USCG, Highlands, NJ
"Thanks to Dr. Korwin along with your staff for making my experience as an apprehensive patient comfortable and satisfied. You did a super job, and I would strongly recommend you to anyone I’d consider a friend." ~ Richard.O. Middletown, NJ
"After my first visit to Dr Korwin’s office and after 30 years of fears, I’m not sure who I am. I am leaving this office laughing and yes, making my next appointment! To anyone who is even afraid of the novocaine needle, I felt NOTHING! Every dentist should train with Dr. Korwin and I bet the world would have beautiful smiles." ~ F.V., Atl. H., NJ
"Everyone on Dr. Korwin’s staff possesses an extraordinary combination of positivity, professionalism and most importantly, compassion. Dr. Glen Atlas, the anesthesiologist, was extremely thorough in his medical history. And Dr. Korwin’s performance did not result in an ounce of pain, nor did I remember the procedure. With the help of sedation dentistry, Dr. Korwin was able to replace two fillings, complete a root canal, and fill additional cavities that were in need of attention. His staff’s unwavering commitment to quality was evident throughout the entire treatment process, and I would highly recommend Dr. Korwin to anyone with or without dental anxiety! He is wonderful!" ~ A. H. Middletown, NJ
"I’m terrified when I hear the word dentist. Last week had an emergency, had a terrible toothache. Didn’t know where to go. Then I remember that I meet Dr. Korwin few weeks ego at the event and it was very nice talking to him and his wife who assure me that he was the best dentist. Boy, she was right. From the time when I called the office all the way through appointment and follow up I had nothing but the unbelievable service. Dr. Korwin – you are the best. I have another appointment tomorrow morning and this is a first time in my life I’m going relax and no worries. Thank you very much." ~ Michael H., Holmdel, NJ
Helpful Dental Anxiety Articles and Calmistry Program
Calming Program Ends Dental Anxiety
Calmistry is designed to teach individuals who suffer from dental anxiety a variety of techniques for finding the comfort and confidence they need to reduce their anxiety before, during and after their dental treatment.
Contained in a 70 minute audio CD with an accompanying booklet, Calmistry uses guided relaxation and visualization to help dental anxiety sufferers develop a peaceful internal state that they can access at any time.
The program also includes gentle but powerful affirmations that, over time, can positively influence an individual's attitude toward receiving dental treatment.
Common Questions About Sedation Dentistry
With an experienced sedation dentist like Dr. Korwin, your treatment is done while you are in control and conscious, but in a dreamlike state.
When you arouse, you will have little or no memory of the dental visit!
As another option, for many patients who request sedation, they enough trust with Dr. Korwin’s special care for anxious patients that they lose their fear and have their dental care without any discomfort at all!
How to Overcome Dental Anxiety Organically
When you think of the dentist how does your body react?
Do you feel nauseous and short of breath? Do your palms get sweaty, your heart race, your hands shake.
You are reacting the way your ancestors did when they were faced with a lion, tiger or bear, oh my!
Adrenaline is the hormone that saves your life when you are physically in danger by giving you the energy to make a run for it, or to fight. At the dentist, however, none of these reactions are useful to you, so the energy only makes you more nervous. Sedation is a wonderful tool to overcome nervousness but when you can't have sedation, exercise can burn off this adrenaline boost and help calm you down.
Can a Common Painkiller (Acetominophen) Ease Dental Anxiety?
A research team led by psychologist C. Nathan DeWall of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology has uncovered evidence indicating that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) may blunt social pain. DeWall and colleagues investigated this connection through two experiments.
According to the academic paper detailing the experiments:
"Findings suggest that at least temporary mitigation of social pain-related distress may be achieved by means of an over-the-counter painkiller that is normally used for physical aches and pains."
If acetaminophen reduces the distress of rejection...the stress of dental anxiety could be reduced as well.
Dan S. – Middletown, NJ
“After getting my veneers, I felt great. The feeling you get when you get a new smile cannot be explained.”
“I always have a great experience at Dr. Korwin’s. Thank you for making my smile one I can be proud of in photos!” – Google
Dr. Rogers F., Highlands, NJ
“Dr. Korwin is simply a superlative dental practitioner, the finest I have ever encountered.”