How to overcome dental anxiety

Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. Dental fear is a problem that needs to be tackled head on however as our oral hygiene is incredibly important for our health. With that in mind I thought it would be worth examining...
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Caring For Your Preschooler’s Teeth

So hopefully you were able to read the article posted on cbc.ca. Just to summarize: Less than 1% of healthy children receive dental care as recommended by 12 months of age These are Canadian Dental Association’s recommendations Low family income, bottle use during the day or night beyond 15 months of age and drinking a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with increased risk of...
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Sedation Dentistry, Painless Dentistry

Dentistry has come a long way, to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible. Comfortable chairs, sunglasses to block any strong light going into your eyes and even TVs mounted on the ceilings of the procedure rooms, have all enhanced the dental experience. However, anxiety and fear are still very common for many patients. In fact, millions of people neglect their teeth each year due to...
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Sleep Dentistry and Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth, or our “third molars”, are the last molars to make an appearance in our mouths – usually when we’re in our late teens or in our early twenties. For some, the molars never show up at all! Often, wisdom teeth will only partially erupt in the mouth (referred to as impacted wisdom teeth) – and are at a higher risk for becoming infected due to the surrounding gum flaps where food...
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Sedation Can Ease Your Dental Phobia

While our worst fears can wreak havoc on our lives from time to time, a particular phobia can be very harmful to the health of our mouths. Dental Phobia, or Dental Anxiety, is a common condition that causes sufferers to avoid visiting the dentist at all costs. Though some people may experience a normal fear of the dentist – Dental Phobia keeps patients from important visits. Years spent...
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What Do Christmas Turkeys & Dental Fear Have in Common?

Christmas is often cited as one of the most stressful times of year and I do wonder if it is actually Christmas Day its self or in fact the huge build up that causes the stress. Chatting with many of our patients it seems that whatever your religious persuasion, a day spent with family, eating nice food and perhaps even enjoying the odd tipple is a pleasant thought for the vast majority and...
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Going for Dental Implant Procedure?

About 80% of Canadians will experience Dental implant procedures are the perfect solution for many patients who wish to permanently restore missing teeth. However, some patients experience feelings of severe anxiety before their surgery – sometimes even to the point where they begin to contemplate going through with the procedure at all! Fortunately, Sleep Dentistry makes Dental implant...
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Sleep Dentistry and Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy (or root canal treatment) is a very common dental procedure, performed to essentially “save” a tooth with a diseased or infected root. While the procedure is most common in adult patients, children can experience severe decay or trauma to a tooth that will require endodontic therapy to treat. The good news is, the procedure has a very high success rate – with the...
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Sleep Dentistry and Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be quite scary to experience – especially for patients with dental anxiety or dental phobia. When an emergency strikes, anxious patients may act much more hesitant about visiting their dentist to address the problem – and in many cases, this neglect will only lead to serious complication and long-term damage. Luckily, Asleep for Dentistry’s Dr. Samuel Toong...
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Get Over the Fear of General Anesthesia

Do you have a fear of being “put to sleep”? If so, you might be pleased to hear that you’re not alone. Many patients are frightened by the idea of being sedated – some even fear they’ll never wake up! This unsettling idea will often cause patients to put off important dental treatments that require the use of general anesthesia. If you or someone you know has a fear of general...
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