15Jun

How to Battle Dental Anxiety

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It’s no secret that a lot of people are afraid of the dentist, though the reasons for that anxiety are varied and certainly understandable. Despite the fears that come attached to the dentist’s office, Dr. Robert M. Walley does everything he can to make patients comfortable, and truth be told, thanks to many modern dental advancements, there really is nothing to be afraid of in the first place.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

 

One person’s reason for avoiding the dentist may be entirely different than another person’s reason, but we have found that many patients are most concerned about the pain associated with a dental visit. Setting aside the fact that routine cleanings are not painful at all, a fear of needles and the drill during fillings is what keeps many people away.

 

All we can say to that is our staff works hard to keep patients calm and to administer dental care as painlessly as possible. A numbing shot occurs quickly, and from there the patient won’t feel a thing whether the drill is involved or not. The pain is minimal, and our staff is trained to make patients as comfortable as they can be throughout the process.

 

Another big concern is a fear of being judged for poor dental health, but correcting issues like missing teeth, bleeding gums, and crooked smiles are the exact reasons that Dr. Walley and his staff got into the dental business in the first place. Our office is free from judgement; all we want to do is help improve your smile so you no longer are embarrassed about the way it looks.

How to Combat Dental Anxiety

 

There are a handful of things that patients can do to relieve some of their dental anxiety ahead of an appointment, including:

 

  1. Bring someone with you for emotional support. As with anything that you’re afraid of, having someone by your side is a great way to stay calm.
  2. Choose the right dentist. Not every San Francisco dentist is as patient and soothing as Dr. Walley, so finding someone that understands your anxieties and helps manage them is important.
  3. Have an honest conversation about the procedure beforehand. Your dentist should be able to tell you what will happen through every step of the process of a filling or any other dental procedure. Knowing what’s coming can help you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for it.
  4. Sedation helps. We don’t always use sedation for every procedure, but if you think it may help, don’t be shy about asking for some options along those lines.
  5. Understand your fear. If your fear of the dentist (or anything else, for that matter) is so crippling that you can’t function, consider seeking professional help to get to the root of the issue and start moving toward overcoming your anxiety.

Schedule an Appointment

 

If you ever have any questions about a procedure or would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Walley, give us a call aso we can help you correct your smile, clean your teeth, and get you on your way toward overcoming the dental anxiety holding you back from both.

 

15May

When it comes to visiting your San Francisco dentist, there are the routine reasons, which include things like dental cleanings every six months and perhaps the occasional filling or crown, but there are also cosmetic reasons to visit a dentist like Dr. Robert M. Walley. The first time anyone comes into contact with you, they are almost certain to notice your smile, but if your smile is lacking in any way, cosmetic dentistry exists to help it sparkle like it should.

If you feel like you're in need of a smile makeover, Dr. Walley can provide you with any of the following four options to help correct whatever problems you may feel like you have.

#1 Teeth Whitening

There are a number of reasons that teeth can become stained, ranging from the consumption of stain-causing beverages like coffee and cola, to a lifetime of smoking, to less common things like medication side effects. Whatever the reason, discolored teeth aren’t something you have to live with, as there are safe, painless whitening procedures that can remove staining and make every tooth gleam and glisten exactly like it’s supposed to.

#2 Invisalign

Literally millions of people in the United States have invested in orthodontic care at some point in their lives because they didn’t want to live with teeth that either could not comfortably chew or that looked so crooked as to lose some of their aesthetic appeal. Invisalign is a fast, low-maintenance way to correct some of those issues, and it doesn’t fill your mouth with metal like typical braces do.

#3 Veneers

Built from porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers are basically thin shells bonded to the front of teeth to change their shape, length, size, or color. It is easy to understand why these would be desirable to certain patients with chipped, damaged, discolored, or oddly-sized teeth, and the good news is that they aren’t an invasive procedure. They can be done in just one or two visits and don’t require any special care once they have been put into place.

#4 Dental Implants

In rare cases, patients require complete dental reconstruction. This occurs when patients have seriously damaged teeth or even teeth that have fallen out completely, leaving gaps in their smile. When this happens, it can be easy to feel a lack of self-confidence in the way your smile presents itself, but thanks to dental implants, which look and feel exactly like real teeth, there is no gap or damage that Dr. Walley can’t fix. If you want your smile back to normal, sometimes full smile construction and dental implants are the answer you’ve been looking for.

Your Local San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, never hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood cosmetic dentist so we can start making plans for getting your smile back in order. Teeth can and should be beautiful, so if you’d like to talk about how Dr. Walley can make that happen more easily for you, there’s no time like the present to get that going.

 

High-quality pediatric dental care can set the patient up for a healthy smile well into adulthood. Today, our San Francisco dentists are sharing information about helping children develop healthy dental habits.

  1. Good habits start early

Research has shown that young patients who have positive, consistent dental experiences are more likely to carry healthy habits into adulthood. Think of it this way: your children can practice proper dental hygiene techniques on primary teeth, before permanent adult teeth even come in. Childhood is the perfect time to get your kids used to brushing twice a day, and flossing every night. Take this opportunity to teach your children about proper brushing technique—using small circular motions to buff plaque from dental enamel, and brushing for at least two minutes every morning and night.

  1. Even damage to primary teeth matters

While it is true that a child’s primary teeth will fall out at some point, it is still very important to keep them as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Remember, primary teeth are necessary in order for children to develop healthy speech patterns, and in order for them to expand their diets. Primary teeth also serve as “placeholders,” so to speak, for adult teeth; they help to ensure that there will be enough room along your gum line for permanent teeth to emerge. Additionally, infections that begin in a child’s teeth can quickly spread to oral tissues and even the jawbone.

  1. There are oral hygiene products that are just right for kids

When helping your child establish an oral hygiene routine, take the time to select the right tools for the job. Keep in mind that young children, those that are prone to swallowing toothpaste, should not use formulations that contain fluoride. There are kid-friendly toothpastes on the market that are fluoride-free. You also want to ensure that the head of the brush is small enough to reach your child’s back molars.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco family dentists, please give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry. 

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