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Dental Fear & Anxiety

dental fearAre you apprehensive about going to the dentist?  Well, you’re not alone. A survey by the British Dental Health Foundation found that it is estimated 9-15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of fear and anxiety.

People who fear going to the dentist have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. This can cause damage or discolored teeth and in turn make people feel self-conscious and insecure.

Causes of Dental Anxiety and Phobia
-Past Painful Experiences
-Loss of Control
-Embarrassment

Symptoms
-Becoming tense or having trouble sleeping the night before a dental exam.
-Becoming increasingly nervous while you’re in the waiting room.
-Crying when you think of going to the dentist.
-Becoming physically ill at the thought of a dental visit.
-Panic or troubled breathing when objects are placed in your mouth during a dental appointment.

If you are someone that suffers from fear of the dentist please tell us about your feelings, concerns, and fears. At Nicollet Station Dental we have TV’s in the rooms to help distract patients and to make time fly by, we offer the use of nitrous gas to calm anxiety and for extreme cases the option to prescribe valium.

Did you know?

Did you know here at Nicollet Station Dental we not only specialize in preventative and cosmetic dentistry, we also provide services in wrinkle fighting fillers? We know there is no better complement to a beautiful smile than great looking skin. These are handled by our Smile Makeover Experts who have extensive training and knowledge of oral-facial areas.
At our office, you can benefit from two of the most popular and effective FDA approved wrinkle fighters to improve and prevent the noticeable signs of aging: BOTOX® & Dermal Filler.

BOTOX® & Dermal Filler Treatment Benefits:
Safe and Proven
FDA Approved
Non-Surgical
No Downtime
Long-lasting results
Effectively minimizes lines for more youthful appearance
Prevent the signs of aging

What is BOTOX®? BOTOX® is a Hyaluronic Dermal Filler used to safely and effectively relax facial muscles to correct existing lines and prevent new wrinkles from forming. As our skin ages, the dermis gradually loses its major constituents: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Collagen acts as the major support protein for our skin, elastin allows our skin to stay firm and resist wrinkles, and hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the body that helps to trap water and add volume and shape to our skin.

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What is Juvederm? Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid base dermal filler that helps reverse the signs of aging by instantly correcting, enhancing and restoring volume to a more youthful state. Dermal fillers are used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles around the smile, lift the corners of the mouth, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss.

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In addition, BOTOX® & Dermal Filler treatments prevent dynamic expression lines from becoming permanent wrinkles and stimulate collagen growth and cell rejuvenation. BOTOX® treatments are used in improving facial appearance, improving the look of gummy smiles, treatment of black triangles between teeth, relief of Bruxism (teeth grinding) or another TMJ conditions.

Click on the link below and schedule your free consultation today!
https://www.nicolletstationdental.com/botox/

Dental Assistants Recognition Week

In lieu of Dental Assistants Recognition Week being in March, we wanted to take the time to give a BIG thank you to all of our amazing staff!  We, at Nicollet Station Dental, know that dental assistants are important members of each practice’s team.  Dental assistants play a responsible role in the protection of the patient and a vital role in patient education and communication.

On average, our assistants can see anywhere from 6-12 patients a day.  They handle many roles including suctioning, mixing, polishing, radiology and temporary placements, but the most important role that they have is forming relationships with each of our patients making sure they come back.  We know our staff excels at this!   Thank you!!!Whole Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Heart Health Month

heart-213747_1280-1024x947February is American Heart Health Month and is used to address the fact that heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States for both men and women.   Did you know that there is a direct correlation between heart health and gum disease?  Although, many factors can be taken into account such as getting older or having a family history of heart disease, gum disease should be evaluated because leaving it untreated can cause serious heart problems.  When gums are swollen and bleed this is a sign of gum disease and the bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and may also trigger clot formation.

Here at Nicollet Station Dental, we pay particular attention to the health of the gum tissues. Gum (periodontal) disease is generally a painless disease until its later stages, so many patients don’t know they have a problem until permanent damage has occurred. We will make sure your gums will be thoroughly examined at each cleaning and comprehensive exam appointment.

As a general rule, most patients should have a dental cleaning every six months. Regular cleanings make a huge difference in preventing gum disease and cavities.
Sometimes using an ultrasonic cleaner is a big help. For our patients who build up calculus  (tartar) more readily or who don’t care for the hand scaling, this instrument can be of great assistance. If a patient has gum disease, we can usually treat the condition right in our office!

 

TMJ – Mouth Guards

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Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, more commonly known as “TMJ,” are ailments that cause pain and impair the use of the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. By most estimates, it is believed that 10 million Americans are affected with TMJ. This condition seems to affect women more than it does men. Research has not conclusively been able to explain why.

In most cases, the pain associated with TMJ causes mild to severe discomfort in the jaw, which is temporary and often occurs in cycles. The pain eventually goes away with little or no treatment. Some people, however, develop significant, long-term symptoms. To be properly diagnosed and to figure out what your treatment options are, it is important to consult with a dentist who works with/specializes in TMJ/TMD.
At Nicollet Station Dental, Dr. Osborn and Dr. Conroy offer a variety of treatment options for patients who grind or clench their teeth, or suffer from TMJ. The most common treatment option prescribed for patients who clench or grind their teeth while they sleep is a night guard.
A night guard is an appliance much like a retainer used to protect your teeth while you are sleeping. This device is commonly recommended by Dr. Osborn and Dr. Conroy for people who suffer from bruxism, or excessive nighttime tooth grinding or clenching. This grinding and clenching puts pressure on the jaw,
TMJ – Mouth Guards
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, more commonly known as “TMJ,” are ailments that cause pain and impair the use of the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. By most estimates, it is believed that 10 million Americans are affected with TMJ. This condition seems to affect women more than it does men. Research has not conclusively been able to explain why.

In most cases, the pain associated with TMJ causes mild to severe discomfort in the jaw, which is temporary and often occurs in cycles. The pain eventually goes away with little or no treatment. Some people, however, develop significant, long-term symptoms. To be properly diagnosed and to figure out what your treatment options are, it is important to consult with a dentist who works with/specializes in TMJ/TMD.
At Nicollet Station Dental, Dr. Osborn and Dr. Conroy offer a variety of treatment options for patients who grind or clench their teeth, or suffer from TMJ. The most common treatment option prescribed for patients who clench or grind their teeth while they sleep is a night guard.
A night guard is an appliance much like a retainer used to protect your teeth while you are sleeping. This device is commonly recommended by Dr. Osborn and Dr. Conroy for people who suffer from bruxism, or excessive nighttime tooth grinding or clenching. This grinding and clenching puts pressure on the jaw, which can cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, severe headaches, ear pain, and neck pain as well as causing excessive wear to the teeth.
Night Guards are a device that will place your jaw in the correct position and prevent painful pressure and additional damage to the TMJ. Our Dentists who have specialized training in TMD disorders will assess the issues leading to the disorder and recommend and fit a mouth guard that is designed to treat the direct cause of your TMJ disorder.
There are many different options that a TMD dentist will consider when recommending and fitting a device and it is very important to have a professional assessment as a poorly fitted device may cause additional damage to the TMJ and aggravate the TMJ disorder
If you have questions about TMJ disorders, please contact us through our website, or call us at 612-388-5557. We are located right at the intersection of 5th Street and Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. We hope to serve you soon!