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Dentist-Dr-Joyce-Levitt-SmallA detailed assessment of dental anxiety with lots of questioning and clarifications can often help to diminish the level of anxiety slightly. It is essential that a patient feels the dentist has a thorough understanding of the individual components of a patient’s anxiety so the unique nature of the anxiety can be correctly addressed.

Control Techniques
Control techniques are one of the cornerstones of anxiety management. There are four types of control techniques and each type addresses certain aspects of dental anxiety.

1. Informational Control
This type of control addresses the amount and nature of the information the dentist provides for the patient. Initially, it is important to identify if a patient is a “blunter” or a “monitor”. These types of information control the amount of information provided. ‘Blunters’ are people whom increased amounts of information;; specific details of procedures and an ongoing running monologue of the treatment that is being delivered would result in soaring levels of anxiety. Blunter’s require minimal information to help keep their anxiety controlled. ‘Monitors’ are the opposite. This type requires all of the details of the procedure;; an ongoing stream of information about what exactly is going on and how long certain steps will last. ‘Monitors’ require large amounts of information to keep their anxiety controlled.

An additional part of information control is preparing the patient for the sensations they can expect to feel or sounds they may hear. Some patients because they have experienced pain during previous dental procedures wait in a state of “red alert” with heightened anticipation foreboding waiting for pain. In this state even innocuous sounds or sensations will make them jump and will be interpreted negatively. If the patient is prepared for the new sounds or sensations they are less likely to be interpreted negatively. For example the bumping associated with use of slow speed handpiece or water flow associated with the high speed handpiece.

Parts 2,3 and 4 are coming soon.

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Scared of the dentist? We can help.

by Dr. Joyce Levitt on June 3, 2015

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If you suffer from a fear of the dentist or dentist anxiety, Mill Ridge Family Dental Care can help. Dental fear is incredibly common and no patient suffering from it should feel alone. The reality is that a large segment of the population admits to feeling scared of the dentist and consequently delays or even avoids regular dental work. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious dental health problems.

At Mill Ridge Family Dental Care, we specialize in helping patients overcome their fear of dentists and dental treatment. We provide a range of techniques and practices including sleep dentistry to ensure that every patient receives quality care in a stress-free environment. With over 18 years of experience, Dr. Joyce Levitt, D.D.S. is a recognized leader in the assessment and treatment of dental fear and anxiety.

Mill Ridge Family Dental Care understands the realities of dental anxiety and the stress that can accompany a dental appointment. Dr. Levitt has completed a Master’s degree in cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy focusing on dental anxiety and our practice is equipped to address and alleviate the underlying causes of dental anxiety.

Following a thorough assessment of your dental anxiety; solutions are identified that address your individual needs. Sleep dentistry is one of the many possible solutions to an individuals specific dental and anxiety needs Over the years, our proven methods have helped many patients with a paralyzing fear of dentists recapture their healthy smiles in comfort.

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Facts about Dental Sealants

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What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles […]

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Do your dental insurance benefits expire on December 31?

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If your dental insurance benefits renew on January 1st of each year be sure to maximize your dental insurance benefits for the current year by booking an appointment before your benefits expire for the current year.

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Why I became a dentist

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How to Deal With Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

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By Dilia Narduzzi, Canadian Family Ever since she was a kid, Chris Giovanni* didn’t like going to the dentist. The sound of the drill, and the needles made her anxious about each visit. Now, her eight-year-old son, Julien, is in the same boat. “Even before he had cavities, he didn’t like the experience. He is […]

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Cosmetic Dentistry

June 11, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry is a very popular term that is used by many dentists to distinguish themselves from other general dental practitioners. I take exception to the use of this term as I feel that all dental treatment needs to be of the highest functional and cosmetic calibre. Certainly, dental treatment that is done especially on […]

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March Break Giveaway Winners

March 19, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to: Anne $25.00 gift card to the movies Carlina $15.00 gift card to Tim Hortons Ryan $15.00 gift card for iTunes Brenden Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Rachel $15.00 gift card to SUBWAY

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March Break Draws

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We will be giving away gift certificates for iTunes, Subway, and Cineplex, and electric toothbrushes. Please enter your name by calling the office.

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Treatment of Dental Anxiety

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Once the crucial assessment of dental anxiety has been completed specific techniques can be identified that target the individual’s specific anxiety issues. Control Techniques: Behavioural A fear of loss of control is a common issue identified in anxiety assessment. Factors contributing to control issues are patient position during dental treatment. Dental treatment is accomplished with […]

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