Dental Anxiety: 3 Ways to Stop Fearing the Dentist

There is no reason to fear visiting your Yonge Newmarket dentist — the problem is that anxiety is often irrational. Sometimes, it is caused by a bad experience in the past. Other times, it is due to the strange noises, unfamiliar equipment, or a fear that procedures will be painful. As it is critical that you receive regular checkups and necessary dental treatment to maintain good oral health, your best option is to take action to stop fearing the dentist.

1. Talk to Your Newmarket Dentist

The first thing you need to do is communicate your anxiety with your dentist. Dental fears are nothing unusual — an experienced dentist will have helped many patients overcome their fears.

Once you’ve let the dental staff know how you are feeling, they will be able to take action to make you feel more comfortable. This may involve explaining procedures in depth, including how something will feel, or progressing at a slower pace, even splitting treatment over several appointments.

2. Learn Relaxation Techniques

Simple breathing exercises or using a stress ball can help calm your mind and stop your heart from racing. Other options include distractions like listening to music or watching TV. If you are unable to watch something during the appointment, play a funny video before you sit down in the dentist chair to lighten your mood.

3. Try Dental Sedation

If the above is insufficient, ask your dentist about dental sedation. This is usually available in three forms: gas, oral, and IV. Gas sedation is the mildest and it wears off immediately, meaning you can drive yourself home from the appointment. The oral and IV options are both ideal for moderate sedation.

Find a Newmarket dentist who specializes in treating patients with dental phobias. A great option is Dr Skinazi — Keep28 Dental Centre. Contact us to book an appointment.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Are root canals painful?” Yonge Newmarket dentists perform root canals on a regular basis, meaning they are able to minimize the pain of the experience and usually save the tooth.

Before the Procedure

The most painful time is actually before your root canal. Patients usually need root canal treatment because of an infection in the tooth that is causing extreme discomfort.

Sometimes, a root canal is necessary even when the infection is causing no pain. Damaged or infected pulp in the tooth needs to be removed to stop an infection spreading and to reduce the risk that you lose your tooth. Often, the lack of pain is due to a fistula — a sort of pimple that continuously drains the pus from the infection. In these cases, you experience no pain because the fistula prevents pressure from building up.

During the Procedure

The first thing we do in a root canal treatment is provide you with a local anesthetic. This numbs the tooth and surrounding area, meaning you feel nothing throughout the procedure. In addition, removing the infection from your tooth, this will relief you of the pain you previously felt.

After the Procedure

After treatment, the gums around the tooth may be inflamed. If this is the case, you can take an analgesic. However, discomfort tends to be minor. As root canal treatment removes the nerve tissue from your tooth, you will no longer experience sensitivity to hot and cold.

Your root canal treatment is not complete after your first visit; you will need a subsequent appointment to receive your permanent filling or crown. This will prevent the infection from returning and protect you from any further pain.

Receive your root canal with an experienced Newmarket dentist. Contact Dr Mortensen — Keep 28 to book your appointment.

Signs You Need to See a Dentist

The Yonge Newmarket dental open evening gives you the perfect opportunity to see a dentist with any oral health concerns. You should definitely see a dentist if you are experiencing any of the following.

Toothache

Toothache is often a sign of something serious. Even if your toothache subsides before you have time see a dentist, book an appointment — the cause of the pain may still need treating.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitivity is painful and requires treatment. Sensitive teeth may be due to a cavity, an exposed root, or a damaged tooth. Only a dentist can provide you with a diagnosis and the right treatment.

Swollen or Bleeding Gums

Inflammation of the gums or bleeding when you brush is not normal. These tend to be caused by a buildup of plaque and often indicate that you have gum disease.

Bad Breath

Another sign of gum disease is persistent bad breath. If you have good oral hygiene and brush regularly, ask your dentist about what could be causing your bad breath.

Metallic Taste

Often accompanying bad breath is a metallic taste in the mouth. This is a sign of mild gum disease, or gingivitis. Your dentist can offer treatment for the condition to prevent it progressing to periodontitis.

White Spots

As your tooth decays, white spots form where the enamel is dissolving. Typically, white spots are the only symptom in the early stages.

Lumps or Discolouration

You also need to pay attention to your mouth. If you notice any lumps, discolouration, or abnormalities, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Canker Sores

Canker sores usually disappear on their own after a couple days. If any fail to clear up, see your dentist.

For any of these issues, as well as other inconsistencies in your mouth or on you teeth, visit Keep 28 Dental Centre to receive a checkup with a Newmarket dentist.