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Nervous, Scared or Anxious About A Dental Visit? Read On!

The fear of sitting in the dentist’s chair is so common that approximately 15% of adults avoid visiting the dentist because they are afraid.

Those are sobering statistics, especially considering the damaging effects of dental disease. Dental anxieties seem to be more common in older adults who may have experienced dental care when procedures were not as advanced. It’s possible they were the recipient of a dental procedure when anesthesia was not used and their comfort was not foremost in their dentist’s mind.

dental visitGreat strides have been made in making a visit to the dentist more comfortable. But if you happen to be one of the fearful, here are FIVE strategies to help calm your fears:

  1. Talk to your dentist. If you’re anxious about a procedure, talk with your dentist about it. It could be that the “unknown” is what you fear, especially if it has been many years since you last visited a dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember: your dentist is sometimes a patient, too!
  2. Consider medication. Today’s anesthesia is much more effective than in years past. Discuss with your dentist the varied possibilities, such as an oral medication taken the night before your procedure, numbing medication or nitrous oxide.
  3. Take a break. Breathe. Especially during long procedures, anxiety can build and you may begin to feel claustrophobic. If you feel, at any time, like you need take a break, let your dentist know.
  4. Talk with your hands. It’s difficult to communicate with your dentist with a mouthful of dental tools. Talk to your dentist before your procedure about how you will communicate any pain or sensation you may feel.
  5. Get distracted. Let your mind wander; think about something else. Have your smart phone or mobile-device near and listen to the radio, a podcast or an audio book.

If you find that you tend to worry excessively about what might happen at the dentist’s office, Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello can put your fears to rest. Call for a consultation, today: (561) 627-9000.

Your continued oral health is well worth the effort.

New Study Shows Bacteria from Gum Disease May Promote Oral Cancer

In addition to the usual heart disease that is often linked to gum disease, a new study has recently found out that the bacteria present in gum inflammation may actually trigger the growth of tumors and lesions associated with oral cancer.

The mouth-body connection has been known for a while now and people are becoming increasingly aware of the link between the current state of one’s mouth and one’s overall health — from diabetes to heart disease to premature births. Here at our South Florida dental practice, we regularly remind our patients that their oral health is akin to a window where one can take a glimpse of what’s going on inside the body.

Significant Implications of the Study’s Findings

The researchers of the study found out that two types of bacteria prevalent in gum disease, namely Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) and Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), produces byproducts in the form of short-chained fatty acids which in turn triggers the proliferation of Kaposi’s sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) related lesions.

These findings may prove to be very useful for patients with HIV and AIDS as 20 percent of patients diagnosed with the condition often develop KS in the long run. Aside from HIV, KS also tends to develop in patients with compromised immune systems such as the elderly and cancer patients on chemotherapy.

 Here’s an excerpt from the Dental Tribune concerning the study’s methodology and its implications:

“In the study, the researchers assessed the gingival health of 21 patients and studied their saliva samples. Eleven patients (average age of 50) were diagnosed with severe chronic gum disease and ten participants (average age of 26) had healthy gums. Overall, the researchers detected significantly higher levels of short chain fatty acids in the saliva of patients with severe periodontal disease and observed that the fatty acids allowed KSHV to multiply.

In addition, they found that this process inhibited molecules in the body’s immune system from stopping the growth of the virus. 

The researchers believe that this discovery could lead to early saliva testing for the bacteria to enable early treatment and monitoring for signs of cancer in at-risk patients.” 

Your Comprehensive Gum Disease Evaluation in Palm Beach Gardens and neighboring areas

You can potentially save yourself from the likelihood of developing oral cancer through regular assessment and evaluation of your overall gum health by Drs. Lerner and Lemongello here at our practice. By and large, it’s not just your gums that will be evaluated but will also include your teeth, the way you bite, bone structure, your current lifestyle, and risk factors.

Get in touch with us today at our office in Palm Beach, Florida!  Call 561-627-9000 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with us! We look forward to your visit!

Anxious about your dental visits? What you can do to relax.

133758501-300x200Anxious about your dental visits? What you can do to relax.

What is the number one thing you can do to alleviate dental anxiety?  Communicate your feelings with your dentist and the dental team.  The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are they will be able to determine the best way to help reduce your anxiety and make you more comfortable.

What causes dental anxiety?

There are many reasons people have dental anxiety. Common fears include:

Fear of pain.  Fear of pain is very common in avoiding the dentist.  This fear may stem from previous dental experiences that were unpleasant. There have been many advances in dentistry to reduce discomfort.  Most procedures in today’s modern dental office are pain free or considerably less painful.

Fear of injections.  Many people are terrified of needles. With many people the fear is even more so related to the mouth.  Other fear includes fear that anesthesia won’t work or hasn’t taken effect.  Many advancements have been made in techniques and new devices to reduce fear and comfort during injections.

Feelings of embarrassment, helplessness and loss of control.  It is common to feel these emotions.  Many people feel uncomfortable with invasion of personal space.  Others may feel self conscious about their appearance during and after the procedure.  If the dentist understands this fear there are many ways they can relieve this fear and reduce anxiety.

Tips for dealing with anxiety.

Relax before your visit.  It’s easy to say but challenging to do.  There are many techniques to help you relax and take your mind off your fear and reduce anxiety.  Simple things like a good night’s sleep and staying occupied with your normal daily routine can help.

Breathe.  It’s normal to hold your breath when you feel anxious.  Instead try to relax and breath slowly, taking deep relaxing breaths.

Close your eyes.  Closing your eyes will help avoid distraction or seeing dental equipment that can increase your anxiety and make you more fearful.

Listen to music.  Music, audio books and relaxation programs can help take your mind away from what is going on.

Reduce your tension and let go.  Clenching your hands and your feet won’t ease tension.  Try to relax the muscles in your body.  Be conscious of your body posture and tense muscles and let go.  Concentrate on experience s that are pleasant.

Take someone with you.  Have a friend or family member come with you to your appointment.  They can help you relax and be there for support.

Get Sedated.  If you still are anxious discuss different forms of sedation or relaxation medication with your dentist.  Sometimes some mild anti-anxiety medication may be all you need to relax during a procedure.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, Palm Beach, Boca Raton

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