Since it’s that special time of year when things get a little spooky in celebration of Halloween, we decided to make our weekly dental blog post about something a little controversial: the fear of dentists! (cue scary music) *bum, bum, buuuuuummmmm!* Fitting, right?
People have always had a fear of dentists, but why? We have answers for you, and who knows? Maybe we’ll even teach you how to overcome your fear of dentists along the way!
What Is the Fear of Dentists Called?
The fear of dentists is usually referred to as dentophobia but is officially known as odontophobia. For those curious about the etymology of the word odontophobia, “odonto–” comes from the Ancient Greek word for tooth while “-phobia” is Ancient Greek for “fear.”
Why Do People Have Such An Extreme Fear of Dentists?
Interestingly enough, teeth and the field of dentistry have always been associated with fear. And while that may seem a little silly to us in 2021, in the 1600s, teeth were one of the top-six leading causes of death.
Yup, you read that right. People actually died from something as simple as an untreated cavity. And trust us when we say that you don’t even want to know about what they passed for dental tools back in the day (but here’s an old painting anyway).
When you see a tool like that, it’s not difficult to guess what question is running through your mind: how did they manage pain back in the good ole’ days?
Well, between 2250 BC and the 1500s, they used all sorts of options to help manage dental pain from a Babylonian clay made of henbane seed and gum mastic to wine to a synthesized compound commonly referred to as ether. These were more or less effective so it’s no stretch of the imagination as to why people might have some inherited trauma associated with dental work.
How to Overcome Your Fear of Dentists
Luckily for us all, modern science and dentistry have come a long way since then. Here at Midtown Dental Group, we want to make sure your experience with us is an enjoyable one. Our offices aren’t just equipped for state-of-the-art dental treatments; they’re equipped for your comfort, too!
But we understand that some patients may still have reservations or fears when it comes to dental visits. So here’s some advice from the experts:
9 Tips and Tricks to Help You Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
1. Find a Friend:
If you’re feeling frightened or anxious about your next dental visit, bring a friend or family member who’s going to help you through the process.
2. The Practice Makes Perfect:
Just like no two smiles are the same, no two dentists are the same, either! Finding a friendly and supportive dentist you can trust is important.
We get that your previous experiences with other dental offices may have felt alienating or even unnerving. That’s why we do our best to be transparent with you about all processes, costs, and treatments.
4. Modern Amenities:
Gone are the days when going to the dentist was boring. Now, we provide music, TV, and even blankets to make sure you feel comfortable every step along the way to a perfect smile.
5. Breathing Techniques:
When dental professionals are working near your face, it can be easy to forget to breathe. We recommend ”4-7-8 breathing” which is taking a deep breath to the count of 4, holding that breath to the count of 7, and then exhaling to the count of 8. It’s very soothing!
6. Timing Is Everything:
We offer options for you to fill out your paperwork online so you don’t have to arrive too early and sit in the lobby, shivering with anticipation!
7. Pressing Pause:
The last thing we want is for you to put on a brave face. If you’re ever uncomfortable, please let us know and our team will give you a break whenever you need it.
8. Book Your Next Appointment Before You Go:
We do our best to book your next dental cleaning while we have you in the office so you don’t have to stress about scheduling it yourself. We’ll even send your reminders! Goodbye, anxiety!
9. And Lastly, Sedation Dentistry in New York City:
Some people can’t get over their dentophobia, and that’s ok – we don’t take it personally! But just because you have a fear of the dentist doesn’t mean that you should miss out on receiving quality care from dental professionals. That’s why we provide nitrous oxide or oral sedatives to qualifying patients. Now there’s no need to stress through a procedure.
Here Are Some Fear of Dentist Reddit Stories We Just Had To Share
User, u/DrMackDDS2014, asked: “Redditors who are terrified of the dentist, why are you afraid?” and the answers they got were pretty interesting. Below, you’ll find a quick selection of what people had to say.
- “Been scared as a kid. It’s the equipment that scares me I think. Needles too. Noises…” – u/throwyoworkaway
- “…the anticipated pain associated with the sound of the drill.” – u/cosmickornik
- “The pain is nothing, it’s the thought of the pain. I don’t like being in the waiting room, I don’t like the drive there, I don’t like waiting at all. I don’t like the first needle. But the actual work done doesn’t hurt.” – u/[anonymoususer]
- “The pain I can take, the bill is tough.” – u/I_miss_geocities
No Pain For You Or Your Wallet
Don’t fear. Unlike Reddit user, u/I_miss_geocities, you won’t have to experience any pain – physical or monetary. At Midtown Dental Group, we understand that getting the quality dental care you and your family deserves is a priority. That’s why we accept insurance, CareCredit®, HSAs and FSAs, and all major credit and debit cards. We also offer flexible payment plans. Not sure which option is best for you and your budget? Call one of our team members today. They’ll be happy to help!
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When you think of teeth-straightening options, the first thing that usually comes to mind is traditional metal braces and those unsightly bands that come in all sorts of colors. But that doesn’t have to be the case with Invisalign! The second thing you most likely think is, “How much is Invisalign?” which can start an avalanche of cost-related stress. Rest assured, we have all the answers – and solutions – to your questions.
Why Straightening Your Teeth Matters
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things people notice about you and a huge component when it comes to the way you feel. When you’re not happy with the state of your smile, your confidence can take a hit. So, tell me: does this sound like you?
- Refusing to smile in photos?
- Hiding your mouth with your hand when you smile or laugh?
- Researching and obsessing over teeth straightening procedures but never moving forward with a treatment plan?
- Missing out on life’s big moments due to self-consciousness about the alignment of your teeth?
It’s time to rebuild your confidence and your smile, and we have just the thing!
The Difference Between Invisalign & Traditional Braces
Our patients often ask us what the best option for straightening teeth is. While every patient is different and has unique needs when it comes to orthodontics, Invisalign is a great option that is more aesthetically pleasing due to the fact that no metal wires or brackets are used during the treatment. So, what is this new and exciting treatment plan and how is an Invisalign system different from traditional braces?
The biggest difference is the material. Traditional braces use metal to straighten your teeth over a long period of time. The treatment time can last anywhere from a year and a half to three years.
On the other hand, Invisalign is a series of plastic aligner trays custom-fit to your mouth. Both convenient and discrete, it can take anywhere from three months to a year and a half. So if you’re concerned or embarrassed about adult braces, look no further. Invisalign is the solution for you!
Midtown Dental Group Offers Invisalign in New York City
At Midtown Dental Group, we’re proud to provide top-quality Invisalign services in NYC. In fact, we’re official Invisalign Platinum Providers which means each of our dentists have completed 300 or more cases. And the results have not only drastically changed smiles for the better but lives too.
But don’t take our word for it. If a photo is worth a thousand words, these Invisalign before and after photos speak volumes!
Before & After Pictures
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Your bank account doesn’t have to take a hit just so you and your loved ones can get the beautiful smiles of your dreams. The cost of Invisalign treatment is quicker and cheaper than ever thanks to Invisalign. And being Invisalign Platinum Providers, we get the job done quicker and more efficiently than the average provider.
A lot of patients are wary that this won’t fit into their budget. Not to worry.
We accept select insurance plans, CareCredit, and even offer flexible payment plans. Also, don’t forget about using your flexible spending account FSA and HSA before the year is through. Use it or lose it as they say!
Don’t let money keep you from a smile you can be proud of. Give us a call, and we’ll happily talk you through your payment options.
Book Your Free Invisalign Consultation With Us
Diving headfirst into any teeth-straightening treatment can seem daunting. That’s why we offer 100% free Invisalign consultations for our patients. We want you to feel confident in what this treatment can do for you.
Book your consultation today. We’ll show you the difference that Midtown Dental Group can make for your smileBook Now
Meet Your Marine Park Dentists
Your dental health is important, and we understand how difficult it can be to find a dentist you can entrust with the care of you and your family’s smiles. At Midtown Dental Group, we have the best dentists in Marine Park who strive to give you and your loved ones the quality of care you deserve. Whether you’re looking for something as simple as a dental cleaning or as intensive as a dental implant, our team is dedicated to making your experience with us as effortless and comfortable as possible every step of the way. When you walk through our doors, we want you to feel at home and at ease because to us, you’re not just another patient. You’re a part of the Midtown Dental Group family, and family matters.
Dr. Langer, Dr. Nawlo, and the rest of the Midtown Dental Group team invite you to experience the difference that excellence can make when it comes to your dental health.
Dr. Laurence A. Langer, D.D.S., has practiced dentistry in Marine Park and the Flatbush area since 1986. As one of Brooklyn’s top cosmetic and family dentists, Dr. Langer believes that everyone who walks through the Midtown Dental Group Marine Park doors should leave with a smile. Once you’ve experienced this level of professional care, your search for a family dentist near you in the Marine Park and Flatbush area will be over!
Dr. Zohar Nawlo, D.D.S., is a born-and-raised Brooklyn native, and he’s proud to serve his community with nothing but the utmost passion and care. Dr. Nawlo’s approach to dentistry and patient care is giving you all the tools so you can feel confident in making the best decisions for you and your oral health. While he may be one of the resident Marine Park experts in dental implants and esthetic dentistry, Dr. Nawlo is also known for his gentle touch.
We believe the best approach to dentistry is a preventative one. Our dentists recommend checkups and dental cleanings every six months. Not only do we enjoy seeing your smiling faces twice a year, but it’s also the best way to catch any dental issues that may arise while they’re easier (and less expensive) to manage. During your bi-yearly checkups, our team not only ensures that your teeth are in tip-top shape; they also perform oral cancer screenings which are an important aspect of assessing your oral health.
Other Services We Provide To Our Marine Park Community
We’re far from your average dentist’s office. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your smile so we’ve built a team that specializes in a wide range of dental services, including:
- Dental bridges
- Porcelain dental crowns
- Tooth bonding
- Teeth bleaching and teeth whitening services
- Porcelain dental veneers
- Porcelain onlays and fillings
Finding an Affordable Dentist in Marine Park
Let’s be honest. Cheap Marine Park dentists are just that – cheap. And while cheap may be fast and easy, what it isn’t is high quality or long-lasting which means you’re going to end up spending more money in the long run. Luckily for you, here at Midtown Dental Group Marine Park, our local dentists believe that everyone should have access to affordable dental care. Our motto: your oral health should never have to suffer and neither should your wallet.
That’s why we have several great options so you and the family can finally get the high-quality dental care you need and deserve. In addition to accepting select dental insurance plans, we also accept CareCredit® and offer flexible payment plan options tailored to you and your budget.
Come and Visit Our Marine Park Location
Don’t put off quality dental care any longer. To schedule your next dentist appointment with Midtown Dental Group Marine Park, call now or book online!
Invisalign is a common orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to adjust your teeth into their correct position over time, much like traditional braces. It’s also one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. If your cosmetic dentist has recommended Invisalign treatment, it’s important to follow instructions carefully to get the most from your treatment. These Invisalign tips can help you improve your treatment success and make the treatment process as easy and comfortable as possible.
#1. Wear your aligners!
The biggest mistake you can make is simply failing to wear your aligners as often as you should. The goal is to get as close to 22 hours per day as you can. If you leave your aligners out for too long, it can extend the treatment process or hinder results. During the first 2 days, wear your aligner trays as much as possible, removing them only to brush and floss your teeth.
#2. Change your aligners on time
Dr. Mishaan will give you a schedule for when you should change your aligners and in which order they should be changed. Each set is typically worn for two weeks. We recommend not trying to speed up your treatment by switching to the next set of aligners too soon, because this could ultimately delay the overall treatment period.
#3. Combat tenderness as you adjust to the aligners
At our dental office, we always take extra care to ensure that the aligners will sit comfortably in your mouth. Still, some people do experience some discomfort while adjusting to the aligners.
The good news is you can take steps to combat the tenderness and soreness to feel more comfortable during the adjustment process. We recommend trying these Invisalign tips if you experience sore gums:
When you can have your aligners out, suck on an ice cube to numb your gums.
Avoid crunchy, chewy, and crispy foods when you notice soreness of your gums or teeth.
When it’s time to switch to a new aligner, make the switch early in the day. This gives you plenty of time to adjust to the tenderness before you need to sleep.
If you feel a rough edge, discuss it with your dentist so it can be fixed.
#4. Keep the last set of aligners
Don’t toss your old aligners when it’s time for the new set. Always keep the last set on hand just in case you break or lose your aligners. This way, you have a backup set while you wait for the replacement set. Wear the last set of aligners to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous position. Once your replacement set comes in, restart the 2-week process to avoid too much delay in your progress.
#5. Rinse, brush, and floss regularly
You will need to take your aligners out at least twice a day to brush and floss your teeth and use mouthwash. Remembering good oral hygiene is still required to ensure your mouth stays healthy and clean while wearing Invisalign.
#6. Practice makes perfect
Fun fact: there can sometimes be a learning curve to speaking normally with aligners in place. At first, you may speak with a slight lisp. Keep practicing talking with the aligners in; it shouldn’t take more than a few days until the lisp isn’t noticeable and you’re back to your normal speech.
#7. Attachments can speed up your treatment
Don’t be afraid to opt for attachments or “buttons” to speed up your treatment. These attachments can hold aligners in place, move a tooth, and treat a broader range of orthodontic cases that the plastic aligners could not otherwise treat. The “buttons” are tiny tooth-colored dots of bonding material usually on the middle of your teeth at strategic locations. These attachments work by ensuring there is the right amount of force in the right places to pull your teeth into alignment.
#8. Take care of the aligners
The aligners are easy to clean and take care of with warm water and antibacterial soap. Regular soap and water are usually fine to clean the aligners but you may also use cleaning products specifically for plastic orthodontics. At our office, we always make sure our patients have the correct and most effective cleaning products for their aligners. We recommend never using toothpaste to clean the trays because it can scratch the plastic.
#9. Wear your retainer after treatment
Once you’ve finished using the Invisalign aligners, you will need to use a retainer to help hold your teeth in their new positions. Unfortunately, some patients think their retainer isn’t all that important because their teeth look straight and perfect. If you skip the retainer though, your teeth may drift back out of alignment. So, we always recommend working with your Invisalign specialist to determine how often and for how long you should wear your retainer upon completing treatment.
Considering an alternative to traditional braces to straighten your teeth? To learn more about how aligners can give you a straighter and more beautiful smile contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our dentists.