Dentistry Minus the Fear

Butterfly Sophisticated Smiles No Fear Dentistry Nervous about going to the dental office? Well you can relax! Do you feel anxious simply from the idea of visiting the dentist? Has anxiety actually stopped you from going to that teeth cleaning or other preventive dental care?

“The dentist” is among the most widespread fears in America. You are not alone. Did you know just about half of individuals begin to feel uncomfortable or anxious when thinking of visiting the dentist or getting some sort of procedure performed there?

Our group has devoted themselves to making patients comfortable and at ease during dental exams and treatments. Nothing else makes a difference if you don’t have a caring and understanding team on your side.

We aim to care for and understand our patients as unique individuals and at absolutely no point will we compel an individual to feel ashamed about their dental requirements.

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

Fear of embarrassment about the condition of their teeth
Fear of gagging
Fear of needles
Fear of loss of control
Fear of Novocain not doing the job as expected
Fear of being in pain
Fear of the dentist as a human being
Fear of the hand piece (or the drill)
Fear of the unknown
Fear of dental sounds and scents
Recently available technological breakthroughs have suggested that in many cases, dentists have the ability to eliminate noisy drills and give quick and efficient treatment. Additionally there are numerous types of safe anesthetics offered to get rid of pain and lower anxiety during routine appointments. Our office has additionally been uniquely designed to set you at ease by eliminating most of the sights, sounds and scents of a normal dental office you may associate with your past dental visits.

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

Almost all dentists agree that nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is especially useful for highly apprehensive patients. The transformations are oftentimes miraculous. A patient that was anxious getting ready for treatment is breathing calmly and visibly relaxing.

• Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation dentistry addresses the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis. Therefore, phobic patients who opt for oral conscious sedation are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary. In addition, if you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, oral conscious sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

• General Anesthesia (IV Sedation)

You can choose a technique available to patients who are terrified to see a dentist and who suffer from poor oral health as a consequence of that irrational dread. In our practice, a fully qualified specialist anesthetist comes to the dental treatment and administers medicine through an IV that relaxes you completely. While in this sedated state, you will not be aware of what is happening. You can, however, listen to Dr. Szierer if he or she tells you something or asks you to open your mouth wider. When your procedure is completed, you’ll be awakened and you won’t remember any of the dentistry. 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 in reducing dental anxiety and fear:

• Chat with Dr. Szierer – Though it can be difficult to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Szierer may take added precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are disclosed. This way, collectively, we may identify any special concerns or fears and work towards alleviating these concerns.
• Bring an iPod – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Hearing some relaxing music through this appointment will help to reduce anxiousness.
• Agree on a signal – A lot of individuals are scared that the dentist is not going to know they are in significant discomfort during the appointment, but will carry on the treatment regardless. The easiest method to fix this issue is to agree on a “stop” hand signal together with the dentist. Each party can easily understand signals for instance raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
• Spray the throat – Throat sprays (such as, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. A couple of sprays will usually keep the reflex in check for around an hour.
• Take a mirror – Not having the ability to view what is happening can increase anxiety and make your imagination run wild. Looking at the procedure may help keep reality at the forefront of your mind.
• Sedation – Choosing a comfortable level of sedation provides an excellent option for many individuals.
• Talk to us about the procedure – Be sure to let us know the extent and depth of treatment plan explanations you require.
• Discuss all the options with Dr. Szierer and select one that works well and produces minimal anxiety.

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We will have times that simply going through the door for a consultation might be a huge success for a few of our patients. We realize the importance of that first step and we are devoted to offering empathy and starting a relationship created on trust. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding how Dr. Szierer can help you get over fear and anxiety, please call our dental 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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