March 1, 2005

Relaxation Dentistry at 21st Century Dental

Fear and anxiety are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference. Fear tends to be a short-lived phenomenon that disappears once the threat or danger passes. Anxiety, however, is more of an internal emotional response, one learned from either personal negative experiences or second hand via the recounts of others. Both of these ignite your sympathetic nervous system, the "Fight or Flight" control center, once the threat presents or anticipation becomes overwhelming. Presto. You feel like a mess.

You become mad at yourself for the way you are feeling and the inability to control it. Do any of these sound familiar: sweaty hands, racing heart, feeling as if you'll hyperventilate, profuse perspiration, jitters, canceling appointments or never scheduling them because it is easier to suffer with the pain than face the anxiety. Whether the threat is real (fear) or perceived or anticipated (anxiety) does not make a difference, you will soon learn that we will treat you with the same compassion and care. Exhale, relax, you have come to the right place.

We are fully aware that many (that’s right, you are not alone) of you identify with these descriptions and desperately need us to give your fears and anxieties the same diagnostic attention as your cavities or smile. Hopefully, if this is what you need, we’ve already discussed it and you are being cared for in this manner. If you struggle with this and know that this is a barrier to proper oral health, please trust that we want to be your "light at the end of the tunnel" of dental anxiety.

We offer IV sedation, oral sedation (taking a pill), laughing gas, and/or any combination of those with local anesthetics. We will feature each of these options in more depth in upcoming e-newsletters. For now, our goal is to establish an environment where you feel comfortable asking us about the sedation menu if needed. Achieving relaxation is essential in any partnership we enter into with you as we strive for optimal dental health.

And now for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card

Congratulations to our patient J.C. for winning the January contest. J.C.’s correct guess that our soda of choice is Diet Dr. Pepper brought him a Sharper Image gift card!

With the recent addition to our dental family of April Casanova (Dental Assistant), our team at 21st Century Dental has grown to 17! At home, we share our lives with not only our family but also our beloved pets. How many dogs and cats do you think we collectively share our homes with? Break it down, total # of dogs, total # of cats. As a tiebreaker, how many birds?

1. Contest ends at 5pm on Monday, March 7th.

2. The winner must have been seen as a patient in our office during the last 18 months.

3. The winner must have an account in good standing with 21st Century Dental.

So go for it and submit your guess to