20 Apr

Choosing the Right Dentist for You

Are you looking for a new dentist? Whether your old dentist retired, you recently moved to a new city, or you just haven’t seen a dentist in years, finding a new dentist can be daunting. Knowing what to look for in a dentist will help you research providers and settle on the right one for you. Consider these factors.

Check Reviews

Every dentist has reviews available online through Yelp, Google, or both. Look at reviews for the dentists that you are considering. You can also ask for reviews and recommendations from friends and family, as well as other neighborhood resources. Read More

20 Mar

When to Call the Dentist

While we are all essentially on lockdown due to the coronavirus, most medical treatments that are deemed non-essential are being postponed by as much as a month or more. This includes dentists trying to keep their patients to a minimum. However, there are some situations in which you really need to see a dentist, and you shouldn’t wait for things to blow over to call one. Here are some of those situations.

Broken or Loose Tooth

If you broke a tooth due to trauma or trying to eat hard food, you should see your dentist right away. Leaving broken or loose teeth without treatment can cause a number of potential complications that could be painful and costly to repair. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Read More

10 Mar

Home Remedies for Toothache

During this trying time, most people are trying to stay home as much as possible. Most non-essential medical services are being put on hold, and that includes dentistry. Although dentists should remain open for emergency services, the average dental issues may have to wait until the stay-at-home orders expire and life begins to return to normal.

If you have a dental issue that is not an emergency but is causing you pain, there are some things you can do at home to help you through until you can reach a dentist. Here are some of your options. Read More

20 Jan

How to Cope with Dental Anxiety

While admitting you have dental anxiety might seem slightly embarrassing, the fact of the matter is that it is very common. Many people face dental anxiety every day. The key to managing your dental anxiety is to recognize it, talk to your dentist about it, and develop a plan to cope with it while you get the necessary dental treatment. Here are some ways that you can cope with dental anxiety.

Soothing Sounds

For some people, listening to their favorite music, nature sounds, or guided meditations can help them relax in the dentist’s chair. When you choose sounds for your playlist, make sure that you choose things that will help you relax and take your mind off of what is happening. Sometimes that might be classical music, sometimes it might be heavy metal, or it might be something in between. Only you know what will work for you. Read More

20 May

3 Things to Look for in a Dentist

You may think that all dentists are the same, but nothing could be further from the truth. When you place your trust in a dentist, you want to be certain that you are getting the best care possible. Here are three things you should consider when looking for your new dentist.

References or Referrals

The best way to choose a new dentist is to check reviews, references and referrals. Make sure that your dentist is completely trustworthy. Unfortunately, some dentists perform unnecessary work in an attempt to earn more money. You want to be certain that the dentist you choose will perform only the procedures that are absolutely necessary. You also want to know that your dental issues will be resolved appropriately. Reading reviews and getting references can help ensure that they are trustworthy. Read More

20 Apr

Weighing the Cost: Dental Appointments or the Alternative?

Dental appointments can be daunting when you consider the financial implications – especially if you don’t have dental insurance. The bills can pile up even more when you need expensive dental work to fix budding cavities or get teeth pulled. Many people put off a trip to the dentist because of the cost. But there are some very good reasons not to put off that appointment. In short, ignoring your dental needs now could lead to even more expensive procedures in the future.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Dental exams and cleanings are actually relatively inexpensive, and they can save you a lot of money in the long run. These routine dental exams often turn up issues with your teeth you may have overlooked. Early detection means early treatment, which usually results in cheaper treatment. Having a routine cleaning can also greatly boost the health of your mouth, which can result in less dental work overall. Read More

20 Feb

The Best Relaxation Techniques for Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is much more common than you might think. Many people who are normally calm in the face of stress have dental anxiety. If you have a good dentist, it is easy to get through this ordeal unscathed. In addition to some techniques your dentist may use, try these methods for relaxation before and during your procedure.

Meditation

It can be very difficult to meditate while someone is prodding your teeth, but the very act of attempting a meditative state can help keep you calm during your dental procedure. You can try traditional meditation, or you can try methods of visualization. Picturing yourself in your favorite calm place instead of the dental chair can help tremendously.

Breathing Exercises

Your breathing is important in any situation where you are feeling stress or anxiety. The shorter your breaths, the more anxious you are likely to become. Focusing on deep breathing can help you feel calmer. Breathe slowly and deeply, counting to three on the exhale and three on the exhale. Don’t count too fast.

Music

If you are able to listen to music during your dental procedure, it can certainly help calm you and take your mind away from what is happening. Create a playlist of your most favorite songs that you can get lost in, and take along your iPod and headphones. Most dentists will allow you to use headphones during the procedure so long as they do not interfere with what they are trying to do.

Talk to Your Dentist

If you have tried these methods in the past and are still experiencing a high level of dental anxiety, talk to your dentist. Our offices are very sensitive to dental anxiety, and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

10 Feb

You Are Never Too Old for Straight Teeth

It is no secret that braces are expensive. Many teens who need braces go without them simply due to their parents’ inability to afford their installation and upkeep. That means there are a lot of adults out there who have less than straight teeth.

You might think that you have to get braces as a teenager or live with misaligned teeth for the rest of your life. But you would be wrong. There is actually no age limit on fixing your smile and aligning your teeth perfectly. You may not want to have metal in your mouth as an adult, but there are other options.

Invisalign Has No Age Limit

Invisalign is a type of clear plastic retainer used to straighten teeth over time. Most teens and adults who use Invisalign find they achieve the desired results within six to twelve months of starting treatment. Some people who have more crooked teeth or an overbite may need treatment for a longer period.

Thousands of adults have discovered what they look like with a straight and great-looking smile using Invisalign retainers. It doesn’t matter if you are 20, 30, 40, or even 50-something. If your teeth are otherwise healthy and you want straight teeth for yourself, you can use Invisalign to successfully align your teeth to where they were meant to be.

Invisalign Doesn’t Break the Bank

Invisalign retainers are not horribly expensive. You can get the exam and cleaning you need to get started with our experienced dental office. Then, we will order your first Invisalign retainer. As your teeth straighten, you will need to purchase additional retainers to keep the process going. How many retainers you need depends on how misaligned your teeth are at the beginning of treatment.

If you are interested in having a straight and true smile, contact us today for an exam and consultation. We will be happy to assist you and explain your options.

15 Sep

How to Communicate With Your Dentist About Dental Anxiety

Do you feel terror and panic at the very thought of going to the dentist? Do you know you need dental attention, but can’t bring yourself to make an appointment? If so, you could be coping with dental anxiety, a serious phobia experienced by many adults.

Dental anxiety is a dangerous problem since it puts you at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions. By communicating with your dentist about your fears, you can better cope with your anxiety and get your mouth the attention it deserves.

Be Honest

Dentists are professionals who understand that every patient faces unique oral health challenges. Your dentist offers a judgement-free zone where you can explain your dental anxiety and receive the support you need. Sharing your feelings and fears with your dentist will help to ensure that your treatments and procedures are completed in a way that is sensitive of your anxiety. Read More

15 Jul

How to Receive Great Oral Care When You Struggle from Dental Anxiety

Visiting the dentist twice each year is an essential component to overall oral health, but for many people with dental anxiety, the mere idea of a visit to the dentist is enough to set the heart racing. If you struggle with dental anxiety that makes it difficult or impossible to approach the dentist office, it’s essential to find a dentist like Dr. Obrochta at Obrochta Center for Dental Health, who specializes in techniques that can overcome dental anxiety and put you at ease.

What is Dental Anxiety?

As many as 20 percent of adults in America suffer from dental anxiety. This condition develops when somebody feels terrified and panic-stricken at the thought of a dentist getting to work in the mouth. The sights, smells, and sounds of a dentist office can all contribute to anxiety. Unfortunately, people with dental anxiety usually avoid going to the dentist as a result of their phobia. It’s possible that you have dental anxiety yourself if you only make appointments in extreme situations, have trouble sleeping the night before an exam, have uncontrolled feelings of nervousness when you arrive, or even become emotional or ill at the thought of visiting the dentist.   Read More