6 Ways to Control Fear and Anxiety

Hello my friends.  In my last article I spoke about my FEAR AND ANXIETY experience I had as a child.  Well this experience, even though, was a very unpleasant one at the time created a very serious approach to fearful and anxious patients in my practices.

There are several excellent modalities to controlling fear and anxiety.  I would like to give you my top six list of best ways to control fear and anxiety:

Number 6:   Have a candid conversation with your dentist about the fear and and anxiety you’re having.  You should let the dentist know how you feel just being at his office.

Number 5:  Ask the dentist about different techniques available to him to help you relax and let him explain what they do in the office

Number 4: Nitrous Oxide sedation is an excellent way to relax and is extremely safe. Also know as “laughing gas”.   It is a gas you inhale coupled with oxygen to help you relax in the office.  This is completely safe and is an excellent way to make it through the appointment for adults and children.

Number 3: Ask about taking a sedative pill prior to your visit.  There are several pills such as Valium, Halcion or Triazolam may be taken prior to the visit to help you achieve moderate level of  sedation.  Some people become groggy and may fall asleep during the procedure.

Number 2: IV sedation.  This is moderate sedation you receive through your vein and it helps you relax and sleep during dental procedures.  You are constantly monitored during the process

and the  NUMBER 1 modality:

Number 1: Deep sleep sedation and general anesthesia.  In this case you will get medication which will make you almost or totally unconscious.  This is also referred to as deep sleep.

In Zak Dental we pay special attention to people with fear and offer them all the modalities I named above to help control and alleviate patient’s  fear.

Oral Cancer Treatment

by Dr. O. Karnakova

Here at Dr. Zak’s, an oral cancer screening is part of our comprehensive examination with every patient.  A visual screening is performed of the oral cavity in areas such as the tongue, floor of the mouth, buccal mucosa, throat, and including areas outside the mouth. A palpation of the head and neck is also conducted  to check for any irregularities in the lymph nodes or skin. The risk of cancer has a positive correlation between ethnicity, gender, and age. Patients who are alcoholics or tobacco users are at especially high risk for oral cancer.

If any suspicious lesions are detected, the patient will be referred to a specialist. The oral surgeon will conduct a biopsy to determine  if the tissues are malignant.  If the results return positive for cancer, the patient will have to undergo treatment as soon as possible. Depending on the type of cancer, stage, and location, different treatment options are available such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, cetuximab, or a combination between them. Typically, cancer that has not spread or invaded the deeper layers of tissue can be treated with minimally invasive surgery. If the cancer is left untreated or undiagnosed, it may metastasize to the surrounding lymph nodes in the head and neck or other parts of the body. As the cancer becomes larger or spreads, the type of treatment becomes much more aggressive,  and the survival rate dramatically decreases.

The beginning stages of oral cancer is often asymptomatic and can be mistaken with other types of common problems such as ulcers, soreness of the jaw, or weight loss. It is important to visit your dentist regularly for oral cancer screenings regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. Early detection increases the survival rate while minimizing the invasiveness of treatment. Having cancer diagnosed as early as possible will help ensure the treatment is as effective as possible.

Braces vs. Invisalign

The Healthy Smile

by ADA (American Dental Association)

It’s never too late to perfect your smile.
Ask dental professionals about the health reasons for having a correct bite.

When you have your teeth that are in cross bite, your teeth that are misaligned, and there is a great chance to have food buildup in between your teeth, then plaque buildup which has a trickle-down effect because the more food buildup, the more plaque you get. Therefore, the more concern for periodontal disease.
Improper bite also means you can’t chew food properly, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems.

Orthodontic treatments that use either braces or Invisalign are just few of the many techniques used by dental professionals in straightening the teeth. They straighten teeth to give them an ideal position, improve their look, and promote proper function.  Traditional braces utilze metal wires to get the most ideal movement or position for the teeth.  Invisalign on the other hand, utilizes a set of clear plastic trays to achieve the position.

What is the great thing about orthodontic dental treatments that use braces or Invisalign is that they do more than just straighten the teeth. They also correct bite issues that often require special diagnosis and treatment.

Benefits of dental braces

Dental braces feature brackets that tend to run along a wire. An orthodontist or other trained dental professional is responsible for affixing the dental braces onto the teeth. The wire and brackets that form part of the braces are pressed against the patient’s teeth. This supports slight movements that can help in properly aligning and straightening the teeth.

Dental braces can correct even the most complicated issues in aligning the teeth. The braces are not only esthetically pleasing, but functional as well. These are beneficial in closing gaps and correcting crooked teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign

The use of Invisalign is an efficient method for tooth movements that are not too complicated. A set of clear, computer-generated trays is ideally worn 24 hours a day with change-outs every two weeks. There are certain trays that can last for six months to one year. However, these require some form of retention to prevent the teeth from shifting back. One of its best advantages is that the trays are relatively invisible. Hence the name Invisalign. Some people simply don’t want anyone to know they are wearing braces. They also provide help for people who wish to obtain straight teeth while still feeling comfortable in social situations. Wearing Invisalign offers comfort because it does not affect your speech.

Invisalign treatment can be expected to work more efficiently for esthetic purposes rather than for the purpose of improving the functionality of the teeth. This is why many people, especially those who have complex dental problems, still prefer dental braces.

Dental braces are better for complex cases

There are plenty of reasons why you might choose dental braces over Invisalign. Mainly composed either of colored metal or resin brackets, braces are attached onto the face of the teeth. Braces also come with a wire that runs through them and affixes them in place. One benefit of dental braces over Invisalign is that these are not removable.

Unlike an Invisalign treatment which is extremely useful for esthetic purposes and simple dental issues, braces are functional and work efficiently for fixing complex tooth issues. Braces can also be expected to work faster at closing gaps and aligning the teeth than Invisalign.

According to patients, braces work in moving misaligned teeth within a relatively short period. The use of these dental materials in aligning the teeth is also a huge help in fixing bites and creating an attractive and healthy smile. This plays a significant role in boosting the patient’s self-confidence. Dental braces are also useful in correcting malocclusion (crooked or crowded teeth) and bad bites.

If the patient’s bite is abnormal, then the application of braces can bring out his or her best smile. The immediate correction of this problem can improve the patient’s smile while also boosting his or her oral health. This is beneficial because being unable to correct an abnormal bite, or other dental issues that are treatable using braces, can lead to oral health problems. This proves the usefulness of dental braces in curing various dental problems.

Are braces better than Invisalign? Ultimately it’s going to come down to determining the specific need in each case and deciding which one will meet that need in the best way for your patient.