Dentistry Without the Fear

Feather Sophisticated Smiles No Fear Dentistry RELAX! You are in good hands! Does the mere idea of a future dentist visit result in stress? Have you at any time avoided teeth cleanings or preventive dental care because of fear and anxiety?

“The dentist” is among the most widespread fears in America. You are not alone. Are you aware that nearly 50% of individuals begin to feel uneasy or nervous whenever thinking about going to the dentist or getting some sort of treatment done there?

Our team is specialized to be able to make even the most worried patients and people with unique needs feel comfortable.

In the event that all you want us to do is simply sit down and discuss any kind of worries you might have in the course of an appointment, we will be happy to do that – the patient being comfortable throughout the visit is a main concern.

Below are many of the most well-known dental fears:

Fear of embarrassment regarding the condition of teeth
Fear of gagging
Fear of needles
Fear of losing control
Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain
Fear of pain
Fear of the dental professional as a human being
Fear of the hand device (or perhaps the drill)
Fear of the unknown
Fear of dental noises and scents
The latest technological innovations have suggested that in some cases, dentists will be able to take away noisy drills and provide fast and efficient care. Additionally there are numerous types of safe anesthetics designed to eliminate pain and lessen stress and anxiety throughout regular appointments. Our dental office has additionally been specially built to set you at ease by getting rid of the majority of the items, noises and scents of a typical dental office you may associate with your past dental appointments.

Comfort Treatment Options

Dr. Szierer and the Sophisticated Smiles team have effective sedation capabilities. We can provide many levels of comfort.

• Topical & Local Anesthesia

We begin with a topical solution that ‘pre-numbs’ the injection area. Then the local anesthesia is used to completely numb the area being treated. This temporarily blocks feeling to the nerve and should last one to two hours or longer.

• Nitrous Oxide Gas

Studies have proven that nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is extremely effective for fearful patients. The results are predictably shocking. Patients who were scared walking into treatment is now completely relaxed.

• Conscious Sedation

One of the major benefits of oral conscious sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as complete smile makeovers or extensive smile restoration procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer, but longer, appointments. In fact, some patients, who have no fear of the dentist whatsoever, are using sedation dentistry to pack three or four dental appointments into one long one that they won’t remember.

• General Anesthesia (IV Sedation)

This is a technology used for patients who are terrified to see a dentist and who often suffer with diseased teeth as a consequence of that irrational dread. In our practice, a fully qualified specialist anesthetist is right there at your dental appointment and administers medicine intravenously that relaxes you completely. During your anesthesia, you will not have any fear of the dentist or dental work. Oddly enough you will still be able to understand Dr. Szierer if he or she tells you something or asks you to open your mouth wider. When your treatment is finished, you’ll be awakened and you won’t recall any dental work being done. This will reduce stress and anxiety, which accompany treatment. There is no awareness of treatment during the entire procedure. Pulse, blood pressure and respiration are continually monitored throughout the procedure. The body rapidly metabolizes these types of anesthetic agents, allowing for a quick recovery.


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Below are great tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

• Chat with Dr. Szierer – Though it could be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Szierer could take additional steps during visits if worries and stress are conveyed. That way, together, we might identify any special issues or fears and work towards overcoming these kinds of problems.
• Bring a portable music player – Music will act as a relaxant and in addition drowns out any fear-producing sounds. Listening to some calming music during this appointment will lessen anxiety.
• Decide on a signal – Quite a few individuals are scared the dentist is not going to know they are in substantial discomfort throughout the appointment, but will carry on the treatment regardless. The simplest way to fix this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal together with the dentist. Each party can easily comprehend indicators like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
• Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for around one hour.
• Take a mirror – Not having the ability to observe what is going on can raise stress and anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Viewing the procedure might help keep actuality at the forefront of the mind.
• Sedation – Choosing a comfortable level of sedation offers an excellent alternative for many individuals.
• Discuss the procedure – Make sure you let us know the extent and depth of treatment plan explanations you would like
• Talk about all of the choices with Dr. Szierer and choose the one that is most effective and creates little anxiety.

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We take your fear seriously and are also committed to offering a dental experience that can both transform your oral health and lessen your dental anxieties. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding how Dr. Szierer may help you get over anxiety and fear, please get in touch with our office.

Contact Us

  • Sophisticated Smiles
  • Mark Szierer, DMD
  • 85 Reaville Ave
  • Flemington, NJ 08822
  • Phone: (908) 806-4333
  • Fax: (908) 806-2024

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