How many times have you heard,
“I freak out when I go to the dentist”
“I’ve had a bad experience”
“I’m too afraid”
“It hurts too much”
Over and over again, right? By various people. Or yourself. Everyone knows someone who won’t go to the dentist, and who doesn’t complain when they do? Many dread it–many are gripped with fear at the entryway. Many even get up and run before the procedure can even begin because their anxiety is just too much for them to sit with.
What’s your story?
There are solutions to that problem. Some call it sleep dentistry and some call it sedation dentistry. We like to call it a solution.
Can you sit through a routine cleaning? Your teeth are a vulnerable and sensitive part of your body; it makes sense that dental pain is a real threat. If your teeth and gums are too sensitive, it may be hard to undergo even the simplest procedure.
- Low Pain Threshold
Metal instruments scraping at plague and poking your teeth is too painful an experience for some. It bridges on brutality without proper pain management. We understand. When the pain is too daunting a fear, it’s a good idea to seek a solution.
Gum gardening and tooth carpentry is happening right inside your mouth. Dentists are all in your space, possibly violating it. It is important to take action for yourself.
- Sounds and Smells
Are your senses on high alert at the dentist? When you become hyper aware, the antiseptic smell is doubled, triggering more anxiety. Avoid all of that and stop suffering.
- Hates Needles
They’re long and pointy and terrifying. Are they nightmarish to you–do they make your skin crawl? Any kind of oral surgery usually requires general anesthesia administered via a needle. Express your fear, and take a different route.
- Numb Resistance
When general anesthesia just doesn’t work, other options are a necessity in order to painlessly undergo oral care treatment.
- Physical Limitations
Some patients experience chronic or acute jaw soreness or have back or neck problems that prevent them from sitting in a dentist chair for an extended period of time. In which case, it is better to keep it short and simple.
Overall, anxiety is a large concern for a lot of people who need to go to the dentist. And putting it off for an extended amount of time will ultimately result in damage to your oral health. It is time to take action for you, and rely on a trustworthy dentist like Dr. DeFinnis with over 15 years of experience with sleep dentistry in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Call Wynnwood Dental Arts today and start the process of sleep dentistry in Upper Darby, PA! (610)-642-0139.
Have you ever heard of teeth grinding? It’s more common than you think. Bruxism is the more technical term, referring to the habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. Surprisingly enough, bruxism affects millions of Americans, both adults and children, whether they know it or not. Many people with this condition do not find out they have it until the dental damage is already done, since they are usually grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw as they sleep. Thus, bruxism is often an act that is entirely subconscious.
Bruxers, as people with bruxism are called, can also experience aches in facial muscles; this is a small indicator that you may be clenching or grinding. It is important to recognize the signs early because bruxism can be extremely detrimental to your teeth, provoking fracturing, shattering, or sensitivity caused by wearing down your teeth’s enamel.
What are the symptoms?
- Worn, broken, or chipped teeth
- Your partner noticing you grinding your teeth in your sleep
- Popping or clicking jaws
- Inability to fully open and close your mouth
- Tingling in fingers
- Chronic migraines, headaches, or earaches
What causes bruxism?
Bruxism is most frequently caused by a misalignment of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). These joints are what keep your jaw attached to your skull. This condition is called TMJ dysfunction and is often linked with obstructive sleep apnea and stress. Sleep apnea and TMJ dysfunction go hand in hand in 90% of cases, therefore treating sleep apnea can also reduce or resolve bruxism.
What are the treatments?
Aside from the correlation of sleep apnea and TMJ dysfunction, a separate oral appliance for bruxism can be worn while sleeping to stop your teeth from grinding. This appliance alleviates stressed jaw muscles and nerves. However, if tooth wear is already extensive, then it is wise to have your back teeth rebuilt with crowns in order to recreate a healthy bite. Once that is done, your jaw will sit in a proper position. Another method would include easing your stress with exercises to break your habits.
Our doctor, Dr. DeFinnis does a complete evaluation before recommending a treatment that suits your specific needs. Just like every bite is different, every treatment depends on the patient. In order to learn more about sleep apnea, be sure to be on the lookout for our next blog! At Wynnewood Dental Arts, we also offer sleep dentistry in Haverford, PA and sedation dentistry in Haverford, PA.
We have all been faced with emergency situations that leave us stumped, with the familiar question of “what do I do?” often coming to mind. When these situations arise, there are always solutions available depending on the issue at hand. The following are need-to-know first-aids to help ease a dental dilemma:
- Take Ibuprofen as directed.
- Use an ice-pack.
- Avoid either hot or cold foods, as they can increase sensitivity.
- Clean around the area of the affected tooth, apply a small amount of sensitivity toothpaste, but otherwise do not further irritate it.
- Please make an appointment with us at your earliest convenience.
- Use a salt-water rinse to dry it out.
- Apply an over-the-counter topical ointment as directed.
- If canker sores are a recurring problem, it is important to get them checked out.
When a Temporary Crown Falls Out
- If the crown is not broken: use a dab of toothpaste or dental adhesive between your tooth and your crown to replace it.
- If the crown is broken: do not replace it.
- Do not chew food with the affected tooth.
- Make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible.
When a Tooth is Knocked out or Broken
- Rinse the tooth only if it is very dirty.
- Do not rub/scrub the tooth.
- Be very gentle.
- Do not touch the nerve endings or ligaments of the tooth or the gum.
- If the tooth is in one piece: attempt to replace it into the socket by securely holding the tooth in place with gauze until you reach the office.
- If the tooth is broken: store the tooth in saliva or milk, transporting a tooth dry will cause damage. The tooth can be transported between the gum and the cheek of the person who lost the tooth.
- Make an emergency appointment with Dr. DeFinnis.
- Healthy gums can bleed if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush or floss too harshly.
- If your gums are red or swollen: it can be an early sign of gum disease, and an immediate appointment with Dr. DeFinnis is necessary.
Broken Braces/Other Appliances
- If it is a loose bracket: schedule an immediate appointment with your orthodontist
- If it is a loose wire that sticks out: place a small amount of balled orthopedic wax around the wire until you can schedule an appointment.
For your emergency dentistry needs in Philadelphia, it is important to rely on someone you have confidence in. Since there is only so much you can do at home, having a trusted dentistry office at the ready is essential. Do not hesitate to contact Wynnewood Dental Arts. Here, sedation dentistry in Philadelphia is also available for those who are anxious or afraid of getting a procedure done. Everyone is provided for and given the absolute best for their comfort needs.