Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Fear of the dentist is not just confined to the United States. All over the world lots of people experience anxiety about dental visits. A recent survey found that much of this fear may be learned from parents!
The survey asked a group of parents about dental anxiety and about 48% said it was a problem for them. Surprisingly, when the children were asked the same question the percentage was almost identical. ”It’s easy for kids to pick up on their parents’ anxieties when it comes to the dentist,” said Dr. Bill Kohn, Vice President of Dental Science and Policy at the Delta Dental Plans Association, which commissioned the survey. “If children have a bad experience, it could jeopardize their willingness to visit the dentist throughout childhood and into adulthood.”
Children should visit the dentist about the time they get their first tooth. Early dental visits allow the child to be comfortable in the dentists office and also will allow the dentist to spot any problems early. For example, disharmonies between the growth of the upper and lower jaw can happen as your child is growing. An inconsistency between the length or width of the jaw can result in an imbalance of the facial bones, muscles and teeth. Early orthodontic treatment can reposition the jaw so that as the child continues to grow, the bones and teeth align correctly. If these inconsistencies are not addressed during childhood, they can result in major jaw issues that require orthognathic surgery on the jaw.
What about adults who already have dental anxiety? Patients who are fearful or anxious can receive all the care they need while feeling relaxed using sedation dentistry. Varying levels and types of sedation are available for patients depending upon their needs.
Find out more about solutions to dental anxiety by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Many people experience nervousness and anxiety when visiting the dentist, but millions of Americans suffer from a more serious dental phobia. This heightened sense of fear can lead to a person delaying dental care and routine check-ups for years or even decades, causing dental health to deteriorate. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help ease this anxiety and enable patients to receive the dental care they deserve.
Though it is commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry,” most patients remain awake during sedation, albeit in a sleepy state. There are various methods available to achieve varying states of sedation, depending on the needs of the patient and the amount of work being performed.
Is sedation different than anesthesia? While sedation helps to put the patient in a relaxed state and ease nerves about the work being done, anesthesia is still required to reduce pain in most procedures. The anesthesia is usually injected after the patient is sedated.
What are the different types of sedation? The method of sedation most commonly used is nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” which is administered by placing a mask over the patient’s mouth. Sedation can also be delivered orally or intravenously. There are also various levels of sedation: conscious sedation, deep sedation and unconsciousness. Your dentist will determine the level of sedation used based on a number of factors, including the state of your health, the work being performed, and your anxiety level.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry? Sedation helps put patients at ease who might otherwise be reluctant to have dental work done. It can also calm some patients long enough so that multiple treatments can be performed in a single visit. Those who have a bad gag reflex, a low pain threshold or tooth sensitivity can also benefit greatly from sedation dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry in Toccoa
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry or any other dental treatments, contact Wilbanks Smile Center today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Online message boards are a source of both good and bad information. Dental message boards are especially interesting. Many people seem to be venting about how horrible their dental experience was but as you read further you discover that most things they experience seem to be horrible… sense a pattern in their lives? Other folks offer kind advice that is not always accurate. This gentleman posted:
I didn’t go the dentist for about 20 years. Complete scaredy cat.I’d brush the suckers but i didn’t go until the wife nagged at me and somehow my mouth said yes. Well i go regularly now, i’ve had my wisdom teeth out, a root canal, some fillings and a crown. It still scares me a bit but almost none of has been bad. The fear has been the worst part. My root canal was almost completely painless. It was nothing. The fillings, meh, no big deal. Amazing.
Thank goodness his wife nagged him to schedule a dental visit and he discovered how easy and comfortable modern dental care can be. It is a shame he avoided care for 20 years because of fear – he didn’t know about sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool for patients who experience anxiety about dental office visits. Patients can get the care that they need, including preventative care like cleanings, without feeling anxious or fearful. There are various levels of sedation available. Some patients just need to take the “edge” off their anxiety with nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Others may require oral conscious sedation which creates a deep state of relaxation amnesia and for patients with extreme dental phobia we can even perform treatment using IV sedation which allows us to repair years of neglect in just one visit.
Many patients discover that once they form a trusting relationship with their dentist, like the gentleman who posted on the message board, that they no longer fear going to the dentist. They discover that treatment isn’t as uncomfortable or painful as they thought it might be and as he said meh, no big deal.
Find out more about your sedation dentistry options today by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439. You can have a healthy smile in our comfortable, caring environment.
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Is it impossible for you to relax during a dental visit or does the thought of scheduling an appointment send you into a panic attack? You aren’t alone. Many people experience dental anxiety or fear in varying degrees.
For people with very mild dental anxiety simply having a trusting relationship with their dentist is all that is needed. If you suffer from more severe types of fear then you might not ever visit a dentist unless you are in extreme pain — avoiding preventive care altogether!
If this sounds familiar you need to know that there is a way for you to get the dental care that you need — even preventative care — without discomfort or fear. Sedation dentistry may be the answer for you.
Here at Wilbanks Smile Center we offer several types of sedation dentistry including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation or even IV sedation if it is needed. Most patients are familiar with nitrous oxide and IV sedation but are unaware of oral conscious sedation. This type of sedation uses medication to induce a deep state of relaxation which allows you to receive the care you need without apprehension.
To find out which type of sedation dentistry is right for you please contact Wilbanks Smile Centerin Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your consultation.
Friday, May 4th, 2012
Dental anxiety is more common than you might think but you don’t need to avoid taking care of your oral health – we can help! Dental anxiety can start in many ways including family members telling horror stories to children about old-time dental care or a bad experience with a dental procedure previously. Modern dentistry is virtually painless.
Whatever the reason for the fear we first need to acknowledge that the anxiety is real and that we can talk about it. Sometimes talking about it is all that is needed! But for many patients the anxiety and fear prevents them from even making an appointment. Delaying dental care just makes the problems worsen over time because tooth decay doesn’t ever heal itself.
No matter your level of anxiety Wilbanks Smile Center can treat you without discomfort with the use of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows you to get the care you need, even preventative care like dental cleanings, without feeling nervous. Options for treatment range from nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation and even IV sedation. Using sedation dentistry we can correct years of neglect in just one or two appointments.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to find out your options for sedation dental care. Remember that sedation dentistry can be beneficial for patients who do not fear the dentist but have a strong gag reflex or have difficulty getting numb.
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Inflammation seems to be the new buzz word in health and prevention circles these days. While researchers have known about the links between gum disease and other systemic problems like heart disease, pre-term birth and diabetes they are just beginning to figure out why the link occurs. The winner is… inflammation.
We get gum disease because of bacteria which cause our gums to become infected and inflamed. These bacteria can get into our blood stream and travel throughout our bodies. Wherever they land they cause more inflammation which is part of our body’s immune response. While short-term inflammatory response can be a good thing and can help the body heal, when the inflammation lasts a long time it causes damage to our bodies.
Why would we have long term inflammation? One of the most common causes is gum disease. Because gum disease is not obvious and does not cause pain until the advanced stages it can go untreated for a long time. Bleeding while brushing or flossing your teeth is a good sign that you may have gum disease.
Gum disease can be treated and the inflammation can be brought under control. The important thing is to brush and floss every day and visit your dental hygienist for regular professional cleanings. While those with healthy smiles may only have to visit the dentist every six months, patients with gum disease will be visiting more often.
Think of your dental hygiene visits as an insurance policy for the rest of your body! A clean, healthy smile can be yours by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439. Do you suffer from dental fear or anxiety? Ask us about your options for sedation dentistry – you can get the care you need without feeling anxious.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
One of the things patients complain about during their dental visits is the sound of the drill. Researchers in England have discovered a new way to treat cavities that may do away with the high pitched whine of the dental drill in the future.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acid which dissolve the minerals in your teeth creating microscopic holes to form. These microscopic holes can then grow and form cavities. The researchers at the University of Leeds discovered that a peptide based fluid can be brushed onto teeth at the first signs of tooth decay. The technology is based on how teeth are formed and stimulates the tooth to regenerate. The fluid seeps into the microscopic holes and forms a gel, this gel then provides a framework that attracts calcium and rebuilds the missing minerals from within the tooth. Natural and pain free cavity correction.
“This may sound to good to be true, but we are essentially helping acid-damaged teeth to regenerate themselves” said Jennifer Kirkham. The fluid was recently tested on a small number of patients who had early signs of tooth decay. The results showed that the peptide technology could reverse the damage.
“The main reason that people don’t go to the dentist regularly is fear. If we can offer a treatment that is completely non-invasive, that doesn’t involve a mechanical drill, then we can change that perceived link between dental treatment and pain.” said Dr. Paul Brunton who oversaw the patient testing. He continued “… this is a novel approach that enables the patients to keep their natural teeth.”
Until this technology is in our hands we need to rely on the current methods of dealing with tooth decay. First, prevention is key so brush and floss daily and don’t forget to visit your dental hygienist regularly for professional cleanings. Secondly, if fear is causing you to avoid dental treatment seek a dentist that offers sedation dentistry. Using sedation dentistry you can have the treatment you need without anxiety or fear. For more information about sedation dentistry and how we can help you get the care you need please contact Wilbanks Smile Center at 706-886-9439 today.
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
It has been estimated that between 9 and 15 percent of Americans avoid getting the dental care they need because of fear and anxiety — that’s 30 to 40 million people. People with a phobia about dentists put off routine care, tolerate gum infections and pain, even learn to live with broken teeth. Too often simple problems turn into major health issues because regular care is ignored.
The solution to this problem – sedation dentistry. There are several choices in the type of sedation used for patients with dental fears. Depending upon the health and level of anxiety experienced by the patient the doctor will guide the patient in choosing the type of sedation that is right for them. Choices include nitrous oxide, and oral or IV sedation.
Sedation dentistry allows years of neglect to be corrected in just one visit with the patient feeling completely relaxed and comfortable. Each patient is closely monitored during treatment so that he or she will receive the correct dosage of sedation to reach the level of relaxation desired. There is typically an amnesiac effect that goes along with sedation dentistry so even though patients are not completely asleep during the visit they still don’t remember the experience.
Gum disease can affect more than just your mouth. Oral bacteria can travel to other parts of the body and have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and problems in pregnancy. Tooth infections can spread to surrounding bone if left untreated leading to serious illness and even hospitalization.
If you have avoided caring for your dental health because of fear and anxiety you can get the care you need in a caring, safe environment through the use of sedation dentistry. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, Georgia today at 706-886-9439 today and ask about sedation dentistry.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Don’t get too excited – dentists don’t have this product in our offices just yet! The idea is really exciting – a product in clinical tests in the US uses a nasal spray instead of a needle to administer local anesthetic. This means that sometime in the future you could have certain dental procedures without your dentist using a needle.
For those patients who are very afraid of needles this might make visiting the dentist for much needed care less stressful. A recent survey showed that 90% of the people questioned would rather opt for a nasal mist anesthetic at the dentist’s and 96% of the dentists said that they would use nasal mist anesthetic if it became available. While we are waiting on this new product I can remind you of the options open to you if visiting the dentist makes you anxious or fearful.
Sedation dentistry allows you to receive the treatment you need while remaining calm and relaxed. There are several options available for our sedation dentistry patients. These range from nitrous oxide (laughing gas) , oral sedation using medication or for more serious cases of anxiety IV sedation may be used.
Whatever level of care you require we are happy to accommodate your needs. Please don’t put off needed care any longer – Because oral health has been linked to the health of so many other systems in the human body keeping your teeth and gums healthy can help you maintain overall better health.
Please contact our Toccoa, Georgia office at 706-886-9439 today to schedule your appointment and to ask any questions you might have about sedation dentistry.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
The British Dental Health Foundation did a survey that discovered that visiting the dentist makes the British more nervous than spiders and snakes. The study suggested that half of the adults surveyed were considered to have moderate to extreme dental anxiety. Maybe this explains the poor state of Austin Powers teeth!
The study may appear frivolous, but according to Foundation head Dr. Nigel Carter “Everyone in the professions knows that dental anxiety is a major barrier for many people to visit their dentist.”
Many American’s also suffer from anxiety or fear about dental visits. While the rates probably aren’t as high – for many people this anxiety affects their oral health, and therefore their general health (we know that gum disease is linked to many other illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes).
There are options available if you suffer from anxiety over dental visits. Sedation Dentistry gives you the ability to easily and comfortably get the care you need in a peaceful, relaxed state of mind. There are several types of conscious sedation available to you ranging from nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives or IV sedation. Which type is best for you will be determined by your needs and your overall health.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439 to discuss whether sedation dentistry is right for you. Proudly serving patients in the beautiful Northeast Georgia Mountains.