5 Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

 

Millions of people experience a phenomenon known as dental anxiety, which can prevent them from seeking the essential oral health care everyone needs. Dental anxiety is a real problem, and if you suffer from it, you know how crippling it can be. While it seems like your anxiety is telling you to ignore the dentist, we want to encourage you to confront your fears with new knowledge and helpful tools to cope.

  1. SPEAK UP ABOUT YOUR FEARS

The most important step in addressing your dental anxiety is to speak up. Don’t hesitate to tell our team member as you’re scheduling your appointment about anything that makes you nervous or uncomfortable.

2. AGREE ON A SIGNAL 

Some patients feel anxious because they can’t talk or move once the dental procedure starts. That’s why we suggest agreeing on a signal, such as raising your left hand.

If at any point you feel anxious or uncomfortable during your appointment, just make the signal and we will pause to let you take a break.

3. BRING A DISTRACTION 

Do you have a favorite podcast or playlist? Bring your headphones so you can listen to something that will distract your mind and help you relax during your visit. A stress ball or fidget spinner can also be helpful. 

4. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS 

Before your dental visit, take 5 minutes to sit in a comfortable space. Breathe in slowly for four counts, then breathe out for four counts. Repeat 5 times.

5. ATTEND REGULARLY 

Even though anxiety may tempt you to skip appointments, getting regular care can lead to better outcomes overall. When your dental concerns are dealt with right away, you won’t develop serious problems that may require invasive or uncomfortable treatments.

If dental anxiety has kept you from seeing a dentist in recent years, your next step is finding a dentist you trust. When you’re ready, schedule a non-invasive exam first, then work your way toward the more extensive treatments you may need. We want every patient to receive the dental care necessary for a healthy life!

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITY

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITY

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay. It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime. So, how do you know if you have a cavity?

Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay.

  • Nothing (in the early stages)
  • A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
  • Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
  • Pain when biting down

The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms. Keeping your twice yearly (or more) visits with us will ensure we catch them in time. 

We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommendation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we find any tooth decay in the very early stages. Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan. 

As always, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and try to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet. These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities. Even better, your teeth will thank you for it!

You can request an appointment here. Our team at Dentistry by Design is here for you. Please call with any questions or concerns. (920) 854-5200

Thank You for Your Toy Donations!

We at Dentistry by Design are so thankful to our wonderful patients, staff and everyone else who donated to this year’s Toys for Tots campaign! We were thrilled and honored to be a toy drop-off location this year. All the toys have been picked up and have been distributed to local children. Your generosity has made all of the difference this holiday season!

Thank you!

(Pictured: Dr. Sledge and Cora Sledge)

Dentistry by Design Partners with Toys for Tots

 

Dentistry by Design Partners with Toys for Tots

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but there are still many families whose children go without during the holiday season. What could be a better Christmas gift than that of bringing smiles to many children on Christmas morning?

Dentistry by Design has partnered with the popular holiday program, Toys for Tots (Door County Toys For Kids), to provide new toys to children in need- right here in Northern Door County! From now until December 9th, there will be a donation box in the waiting room of Dentistry by Design.

Donations will be accepted during normal business hours. After collection is complete, toys will be distributed to local children who are less fortunate than others. If you do not have an opportunity to pick up a new toy, any cash donations received will be spent on toys.

Help us put a smile on children’s faces this holiday season and let’s make this campaign better than ever!

Dentistry by Design, 2645 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI  54234

Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm

 

 

 

Gibraltar School Donation Update

Thank you so much to the generous individuals who contributed to our 2021 Back to School Supply Drive. Thanks to YOU we were able to distribute backpacks and school supplies to the Gibraltar School District.

“It is important for us to do what we can to support our community,” says Dr. John Sledge.  “It really does take a village to raise a child and all we want is the children in our community to have all the tools needed to succeed.”

Thank you again! 

Gibraltar School Donation Update