3 Ways to Help Yourself Overcome Dental Phobia

If you suffer from dental phobia, you’re not alone. Some studies have shown nearly three-in-four people have some degree of anxiety about visiting the dentist, and as much as 14 percent of the population actually avoids the dentist entirely because of it. The prevalence of dental phobia has caused the dental community to take note, and many offices now provide services to help people overcome their fears, so they can seek the treatment they need.  At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we go the extra mile to set our patients at ease, because we believe everyone deserves a healthy smile. Below you’ll find three strategies we employ, to keep our patients comfortable during treatment.

1) Take Advantage of Spa Services

Nowadays, “spa services” are offered at many offices, but there isn’t a standardized definition of that that entails. Some offices will light a few candles and play soft music, which is helpful, but it’s not enough for someone with a true dental phobia. Our Dental Zen chairs are specially-designed to soothe away stress with sound vibration. We also have a massage therapist on staff, who provides short complimentary sessions, or longer sessions upon request.

2) Request Comfortable Anesthetic Application, Like “The Wand”

Many people who face dental phobia have more anxiety over receiving the anesthetic shot than anything else. What most people may not know, is that it isn’t the needle which usually causes discomfort, it’s the pressure caused by the anesthetic as it enters the gum tissue that’s bothersome. We utilize a computerized anesthetic delivery system called “The Wand,” which is precisely calibrated to deliver the numbing agent at a rate that doesn’t apply excess pressure on the tissue. Many patients don’t even feel the injection.

3) Consider Sedation Dentistry

Most of the time, “organic” methods of relaxation are all it takes to feel tranquil in the dental chair. Between massage, the Dental Zen chairs, and aromatherapy, those with generalized anxiety are put at ease. However, sometimes people who have had difficult dental experiences in the past have more intense fears. This is when sedation dentistry is helpful. Nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas, is the first method of defense, as it provides an extra calming agent, that’s dissipates as soon as the gas is turned off. This way, people are free to go about their normal day right after treatment, without feeling foggy or tired from medication. As a final option, the doctor can also prescribe oral sedatives, to be taken prior to the appointment.

If fear or anxiety is stopping you from getting treatment, we can help. Schedule a consultation today, so you can experience all our amenities firsthand, and speak with Dr. King about which relaxation techniques are right for you.

5 Reasons We Love Crowns in a Day (And You Will Too)

The “crown in a day” procedure has revolutionized dentistry. It’s often referred to by its trade-name, CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. At Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re smitten with the technology, and our patients are enjoying numerous benefits because we offer the service. Although there is much to love about the crown in a day procedure, here are five of the biggest reasons people are excited to have it done.

#1 You Don’t Have to Wait Two Weeks

Historically, the only way to have a crown made has been to send impressions to a lab and wait for the lab to create the restoration. The process is carried out by a technician or master ceramist, and it takes him about two weeks to make a single crown. It’s a lengthy process of layering porcelain, staining, and baking. With CEREC, your restoration starts off as a single block of ceramic material, which is then reshaped by a computer in the office.

#2 You Only Need One Appointment

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Cerac Machine

Because the machine is in the office and utilizes a streamlined process, it’s much quicker. The restoration is made on the same day the tooth is prepared, so you only need to schedule one appointment. While this is helpful for anyone with a busy life, it’s a huge benefit for those who travel to see the dentist.

#3 You Can Get a Massage While You Wait

Although the restoration is made fairly quickly, there is a little downtime while we wait for the mill to work its magic. Our office provides an array of spa services, including massage. Take advantage of one of our shorter complimentary massages by a licensed massage therapist, read, watch a movie, or just kick back and relax.

#4 CEREC Crowns are Beautiful

When the restoration is made in a lab, it falls upon the ceramist to ensure it looks natural and beautiful. In an office, the aesthetics are reliant upon the skill of the dentist alone. Dr. King is one on 13 worldwide fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which has incredibly stringent guidelines for even basic accreditation. When you choose a dentist who has taken the additional training and has proven he or she has the skills necessary to be part of the AACD, you can rest assured the results will be stunning.

#5 You Can Skip Messy Impressions

Traditional crowns require impressions to be made using bulky trays and goopy material. CEREC utilizes CAD/CAM technology, so the impressions are digital.

There’s so much to love about CEREC. If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for crown in a day, contact our office for a consultation today.