20 Apr

Weighing the Cost: Dental Appointments or the Alternative?

Dental appointments can be daunting when you consider the financial implications – especially if you don’t have dental insurance. The bills can pile up even more when you need expensive dental work to fix budding cavities or get teeth pulled. Many people put off a trip to the dentist because of the cost. But there are some very good reasons not to put off that appointment. In short, ignoring your dental needs now could lead to even more expensive procedures in the future.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Dental exams and cleanings are actually relatively inexpensive, and they can save you a lot of money in the long run. These routine dental exams often turn up issues with your teeth you may have overlooked. Early detection means early treatment, which usually results in cheaper treatment. Having a routine cleaning can also greatly boost the health of your mouth, which can result in less dental work overall. Read More

20 Feb

The Best Relaxation Techniques for Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is much more common than you might think. Many people who are normally calm in the face of stress have dental anxiety. If you have a good dentist, it is easy to get through this ordeal unscathed. In addition to some techniques your dentist may use, try these methods for relaxation before and during your procedure.

Meditation

It can be very difficult to meditate while someone is prodding your teeth, but the very act of attempting a meditative state can help keep you calm during your dental procedure. You can try traditional meditation, or you can try methods of visualization. Picturing yourself in your favorite calm place instead of the dental chair can help tremendously.

Breathing Exercises

Your breathing is important in any situation where you are feeling stress or anxiety. The shorter your breaths, the more anxious you are likely to become. Focusing on deep breathing can help you feel calmer. Breathe slowly and deeply, counting to three on the exhale and three on the exhale. Don’t count too fast.

Music

If you are able to listen to music during your dental procedure, it can certainly help calm you and take your mind away from what is happening. Create a playlist of your most favorite songs that you can get lost in, and take along your iPod and headphones. Most dentists will allow you to use headphones during the procedure so long as they do not interfere with what they are trying to do.

Talk to Your Dentist

If you have tried these methods in the past and are still experiencing a high level of dental anxiety, talk to your dentist. Our offices are very sensitive to dental anxiety, and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

10 Feb

You Are Never Too Old for Straight Teeth

It is no secret that braces are expensive. Many teens who need braces go without them simply due to their parents’ inability to afford their installation and upkeep. That means there are a lot of adults out there who have less than straight teeth.

You might think that you have to get braces as a teenager or live with misaligned teeth for the rest of your life. But you would be wrong. There is actually no age limit on fixing your smile and aligning your teeth perfectly. You may not want to have metal in your mouth as an adult, but there are other options.

Invisalign Has No Age Limit

Invisalign is a type of clear plastic retainer used to straighten teeth over time. Most teens and adults who use Invisalign find they achieve the desired results within six to twelve months of starting treatment. Some people who have more crooked teeth or an overbite may need treatment for a longer period.

Thousands of adults have discovered what they look like with a straight and great-looking smile using Invisalign retainers. It doesn’t matter if you are 20, 30, 40, or even 50-something. If your teeth are otherwise healthy and you want straight teeth for yourself, you can use Invisalign to successfully align your teeth to where they were meant to be.

Invisalign Doesn’t Break the Bank

Invisalign retainers are not horribly expensive. You can get the exam and cleaning you need to get started with our experienced dental office. Then, we will order your first Invisalign retainer. As your teeth straighten, you will need to purchase additional retainers to keep the process going. How many retainers you need depends on how misaligned your teeth are at the beginning of treatment.

If you are interested in having a straight and true smile, contact us today for an exam and consultation. We will be happy to assist you and explain your options.

15 Sep

How to Communicate With Your Dentist About Dental Anxiety

Do you feel terror and panic at the very thought of going to the dentist? Do you know you need dental attention, but can’t bring yourself to make an appointment? If so, you could be coping with dental anxiety, a serious phobia experienced by many adults.

Dental anxiety is a dangerous problem since it puts you at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions. By communicating with your dentist about your fears, you can better cope with your anxiety and get your mouth the attention it deserves.

Be Honest

Dentists are professionals who understand that every patient faces unique oral health challenges. Your dentist offers a judgement-free zone where you can explain your dental anxiety and receive the support you need. Sharing your feelings and fears with your dentist will help to ensure that your treatments and procedures are completed in a way that is sensitive of your anxiety. Read More

15 Jul

How to Receive Great Oral Care When You Struggle from Dental Anxiety

Visiting the dentist twice each year is an essential component to overall oral health, but for many people with dental anxiety, the mere idea of a visit to the dentist is enough to set the heart racing. If you struggle with dental anxiety that makes it difficult or impossible to approach the dentist office, it’s essential to find a dentist like Dr. Obrochta at Obrochta Center for Dental Health, who specializes in techniques that can overcome dental anxiety and put you at ease.

What is Dental Anxiety?

As many as 20 percent of adults in America suffer from dental anxiety. This condition develops when somebody feels terrified and panic-stricken at the thought of a dentist getting to work in the mouth. The sights, smells, and sounds of a dentist office can all contribute to anxiety. Unfortunately, people with dental anxiety usually avoid going to the dentist as a result of their phobia. It’s possible that you have dental anxiety yourself if you only make appointments in extreme situations, have trouble sleeping the night before an exam, have uncontrolled feelings of nervousness when you arrive, or even become emotional or ill at the thought of visiting the dentist.   Read More

10 Jun

The Best DIY Ideas to Relieve Tooth Pain

You never want to procrastinate on receiving dental care when you’re facing a serious issue like a cavity, loose filling, cracked tooth, or abscess, but it’s possible that you might not be able to make an appointment right away. While you wait to see your dentist and receive professional treatment, these home remedies can help you alleviate your tooth pain naturally.

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20 May

The Best Ways to Overcome Your Anxiety at the Dentist

If you are overwhelmed with anxiety at the mere thought of visiting the dentist, you definitely are not alone. Dental anxiety is a very common problem that leads far too many people to live with infection, pain, and unsightly teeth for years rather than visiting a dentist to seek help. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 15 percent of Americans avoid seeing the dentist due to anxiety and fear, which equates to about 40 million people! Given that oral health directly impacts general physical, emotional, and social health, it is a dangerous pattern to avoid the dentist. Read More

10 Jan

The Truth about Scaling and Root Planing and Why You Might Need It

We all know the importance of brushing our teeth to prevent cavities and decay, but the mouth needs more attention than brushing alone. Flossing is a critical next step that removes plaque from in between the teeth in a way that brushing cannot. Unfortunately, if you don’t brush and floss regularly and have skipped some of your regular dental checkups, your mouth could be at risk of gum disease. If this is the case, you will need a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing helps to save your mouth from additional damage. Read More

20 Nov

Is It Time for a Root Canal? How to Tell

root-canal-2The mouth is a sensitive place that is very susceptible to injury, so there are few people who make it their whole lives without at least one cavity or struggle with sensitivity. However, the signs and pain that indicate the need for a root canal are more intense and concerning than a standard cavity. If you’re experiencing pain beyond what is normal, you might need a root canal. Here is how you will know. Read More

12 Nov

Fight Cavities Proactively with These Simple Tricks

dental checkupOral health is a vital key to overall wellbeing, and a major key to strong oral health is remaining proactive. You can’t wait until your mouth has an issue like a cavity to try and make smarter choices. Healthy decision making should occur every single day. If it does, you may not need to suffer the unpleasant pain and resulting dental appointments caused by cavities and tooth decay! Read More