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Overcoming The Fear Factor in Dentistry

27 February 2017

Overcoming The Fear Factor in Dentistry

Fear and anxiety are two common issues when treating patients. The mouth is a very personal area to work on and many people have had bad dental experiences in the past. These are leading factors why many people do not go to the dentist or receive necessary treatment to improve their dental health.

Kelly Jorn Cook DDS deals with anxiety and fear on several levels. Using the newest procedures in sedation dentistry along with a unique anti-anxiety environment full of dental distractions, patients who preciously could not undergo stressful procedures are getting the dental treatment they need. The Kelly Jorn Cook DDS dental office is unlike any other in the Phoenix East Valley. The environment looks like recording studio with Rock 'n Roll memorabilia of LP albums, collectible signed guitars, record jackets and band poster art covering the walls. The office is fun, interesting, hip and 180 degrees from dull, and is referred to as an "adult pediatric office".

Delivering a patient’s ideal dental experience starts by addressing concerns and fears, and then discussing the best approach to providing the dental work needed. Acknowledging the patient's fear and discussing the approach is psychologically comforting. People are not alone and should not feel shame about having dental anxiety and fear. Needles and drills can be frightening; their sight and sounds only magnify the problem. Many patients with dental phobia wear head phones and sunglasses while receiving treatment.

Oral sedation dentistry is a means to provide a more relaxed and anxiety-free dental treatment experience. Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used to control a patient's fears. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit. It is as if they slept through the treatment. However, oral sedation does maintain a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation. Sedation also requires a patient to arrange for transportation to and from their dental appointment.

Noteworthy Dentist George E. Barsa, DDS, will be Featured in The Leading Physicians of the World

The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome George E. Barsa, DDS, Dentist to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. George E. Barsa is a highly trained and qualified dentist with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Barsa has 11 years of experience in his field and is currently serving patients within his own private practice, Confident Smiles, located in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. George E. Barsa has a previous DMD from Damascus University from 2006 and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry with honor and is a member of OKU(Omicron Kappa Upsilon). Since his graduation, he has completed many advanced training courses to stay up to date with the latest advancements in dental techniques, practices, and technologies and with time he became the President Elect of The Chicago Dental Society West Side Branch.

Furthermore, Dr. Barsa has attended and participated in a number of conferences. He maintains professional memberships with the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. He is dedicated to ensuring that his patients are free of pain and discomfort, providing the highest level of quality care to create a smile that will improve their overall health, self esteem, and confidence. In his free time, Dr. Barsa enjoys hiking, biking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with his wife.

Gap Teeth Envy Highlights the Individuality Behind Good Standard and Cosmetic Dentistry, Says Medical Center Dental Care

A February 8 article on Huffington Post Style Canada gives us images of 15 attractive people who, the headline promises, will induce "gap teeth envy." San Fernando Valley clinic Medical Center Dental Care notes that the article reveals an important truth about how we relate to our teeth: they are an important part of our appearance, but how we perceive them is a very individual matter. The clinic notes that such issues as whether to embrace gap teeth or whether to use cosmetic dentistry to change their shape and size is a personal choice and an entirely individual matter. They add that patients who may opt for certain kinds of cosmetic and general dental services may also choose to avoid others. For example, some patients may decide to leave gap teeth alone, while taking many other steps to improve the appearance and function of teeth. The clinic adds that there are more options for dental health and appearance available than ever. They include:

Dental Implants: A natural gap in the teeth is one thing, missing teeth are something else, says Medical Center Dental Care. They are a serious problem for patients, not only in terms of cosmetics but, more importantly, oral and overall health. While some patients still opt for bridges and dentures to deal with this problem, dental experts and patients agree that dental implants are by far the best long-term solution. The clinic points out that this is because they both look and perform almost exactly like natural teeth, while also being effective for preventing bone loss and other long-term health problems that are often associated with missing teeth.

Root Canals and Crowns: Of course, preventing the loss of a tooth is always preferable to replacing it, but sometimes dental issues can go beyond cavities and can seriously compromise the health of a tooth. Fortunately, a root canal followed up by the use of a carefully customized crown, can fully restore the function and appearance of a tooth. The clinic adds that, while root canals have a somewhat fearsome reputation, when properly performed by an expert endodontist, they are comparable to having a cavity filled and not particularly uncomfortable.

Veneers: Of course, sometimes patients really do want to alter gaps and other cosmetic matters that they prefer to correct, says Medical Center Dental Care. Veneers can change the appearance of teeth in a number of ways to make them more symmetrical and generally to the patient's liking, Problems addressed include misaligned or crooked teeth, as well as unwanted gaps and discoloration. The clinic adds that Lumineers, a special type of veneer that some patients prefer, are also available.


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