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Apprehension and anxiety are common for many patients prior to visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, many people suffer from a more severe form of anxiety know as dental phobia. If this causes you to delay or avoid treatment it can have a negative impact on your overall health.

Here are some strategies for relieving your dental anxiety:

Knowledge:

Knowledge is the greatest defense against anxiety, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Make sure that before any treatments your dentist has explained your treatment options, what will be performed, and what you should expect as the patient. Research any procedures you feel uncomfortable about. Talk to friends or family members who have received similar treatments about their experience. Become familiar with the dentist office where your treatment will take place. Dental offices have changed dramatically over the years, the environment is more soothing, the technology more advanced, and most procedures can be completed quickly and painlessly.

Communication:

It's very important to communicate your fears and concerns to your dentist. There may be specialized care or medications that your dentist can provide to help with your anxiety, but you won't know unless you communicate your needs. Visit a dentist you trust, one who will take the time to talk to you and understand your fears. Make sure you have an open and honest relationship and that you are on the same page. Sometimes just knowing what to expect can eliminate your fears.

Breathing:

Anxiety commonly causes people to inadvertently hold their breath. This only increases the panic feeling. Focus on breathing regularly and slowly, take big breaths and pause between inhaling and exhaling.

Distraction Techniques:

You may find that focusing your attention away from your dental treatment may help to avoid anxiety.

You may try:
  • listening to music, or watching a movie or TV
  • concentrating on relaxing your body and breathing
  • thinking about something that gives you pleasure (ie. playing baseball, relaxing on the beach).

Diet:

    Making some minor changes to your diet before visiting the dentist can help with your anxiety. Try to avoid caffeine and stay away from sugary foods. Eat high-protein foods and drink plenty of water.



Almost half of adults snore and the problem is worse with overweight individuals.  Snoring occurs when there is a partial obstruction to the free flow of air through the mouth and nose.  Snoring can be the precursor of sleep apnea and has been linked to heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type II Diabeters.  Heavy snorers are most likely to suffer a heart attack while sleeping than non-snorers.  Dentists can control snoring with an oral appliance. 

People who suffer from Sleep Apnea are twice as likely to be in a car crash.

Sleep Apnea has been associated with:
- Hypertension
- Heart Failure
- High Blood Pressure
- Stroke
- Diabetes
- Heart Beat Irregularity
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Mental Impairment
- Depression
- Obesity
- Increased risk of Heart Attack while Sleeping

Custom Oral appliances for Snoring and Sleep Apnea can be constructed by your dentist.  When these appliances are used correctly they can cure your snoring/sleep apnea and have major benefits to your overall health. 

Dr. Abby Mann is taking new patients for Custom Oral appliances for Snoring and Sleep Apnea.  Her dental office in Sunnyvale Tx is conveniently located near Mesquite, Forney, Rockwall, Heath, and Garland.


 

As a Dentist, it’s important to continually study the latest developments and current techniques in dentistry. In fact, to keep our state license we must meet the minimum requirements for Continuing Education courses (CE) each year.

For those of us who enjoy learning, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) offers a fellowship program, know as an FAGD. THe FAGD recognizes dentists who make Continueing Education a priority.  It’s not easy. I listed the requirements below. Basically, I will have to take 500 hours of CE and then pass a rigorous exam. Only 7 percent of AGD dentists have achieved Fellowship. So it’s a distinctive honor to achieve Fellowship and a nice goal to have.  I am very early in the process, but I hope to someday achieve this distinctive honor.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Current AGD membership for three continuous years by December 31 of the year of the convocation for which application is made, to begin no earlier than the month of dental school graduation.
  • A dental license has not been suspended or revoked within the last five years and is not currently under probation, suspension, or revocation.
  • Passing the Fellowship Exam.
  • 500 hours of approved CE.
  • Attendance at an AGD convocation ceremony, held during an AGD annual meeting, to receive the award (successful candidates are allowed three years following approval to complete this requirement).