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How can I make dental work easier on myself?

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In brief: Many simple things

Have great communication with your dentist and his staff.
Make sure you understand what treatment is going to be done and why its being performed. Discuss your past dental experiences, express your fears or concerns and listen for a specific plan from them on how they will accommodate that take Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) one hour before your appointment. Sometimes nitrous or oral sedation helps too!

In brief: Many simple things

Have great communication with your dentist and his staff.
Make sure you understand what treatment is going to be done and why its being performed. Discuss your past dental experiences, express your fears or concerns and listen for a specific plan from them on how they will accommodate that take Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) one hour before your appointment. Sometimes nitrous or oral sedation helps too!
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Brush and floss

Brush twice a day and floss at least once.
Eating crunchy foods stimulates the jaw bones and teeth to harden. Floss daily to remove tartar and bits of food from between teeth. Use a water pick, a device that shoots small jets of water at the base of and between the teeth, one or two times a week to further loosen plaque. And get dental cleanings every six months.

In brief: Brush and floss

Brush twice a day and floss at least once.
Eating crunchy foods stimulates the jaw bones and teeth to harden. Floss daily to remove tartar and bits of food from between teeth. Use a water pick, a device that shoots small jets of water at the base of and between the teeth, one or two times a week to further loosen plaque. And get dental cleanings every six months.
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Dr. Candy Sebold
Find a compassionate dentist that you are comfortable with and express your concerns about what may happen during treatment. Some of us use nitrous oxide in the office to relax a patient during treatment. There are also instances where low dose tranquilizers can be used to make treatment easier
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Relaxation

If you have dental anxiety, you could try relaxation techniques, medications , music to try and be more relaxed.
Good home care to prevent dental issues is important also. You may even want to speak to a therapist to get over anxiety issues.

In brief: Relaxation

If you have dental anxiety, you could try relaxation techniques, medications , music to try and be more relaxed.
Good home care to prevent dental issues is important also. You may even want to speak to a therapist to get over anxiety issues.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. Ira Biderman
Dentistry
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In brief: Have the dentist exp

By having the dentist explain everything he will be doing beforehand, makes the expierience a bit easier.

In brief: Have the dentist exp

By having the dentist explain everything he will be doing beforehand, makes the expierience a bit easier.
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