November 3, 2016
The word “holistic” has been a recently used buz word (and maybe even overused and abused). The word can have many meanings, depending on who you ask, but in general, “holistic” means in relation to the whole as opposed to focusing on individual parts. Holistic may also refer to balancing the mind, body, and spirit. If one of these components is not functioning optimally, the whole body will be affected. But, what does it mean to be a holistic dentist according to Dr. Dreher? Let us tell you..
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April 23, 2015
When those famous words—The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—were spoken, chances are someone somewhere was thinking… and the dentist. If you count yourself among those who fear the dentist, then you’re not alone. Researchers estimate that between five to eight percent of Americans avoid the dentist entirely, and around 20 percent only see a dentist when absolutely necessary. Dr. Fred Dreher and his team of dental hygienists and assistants in Ballston Spa, NY, understand your fear and to help, we offer sedation dentistry.
Where Does the Fear Come From?
Dental phobia, technically called dentophobia or ondontophobia, can stem from a number of causes. Some people remember a bad dental experience and that memory hinders them from seeing a dentist. Others fear the sights and sounds in a dentist’s office—the dental equipment, the sound of the drill and the appearance of the dentist behind a mask. Unfortunately, not seeing a dentist only exacerbates the fear, because without regular checkups teeth will likely need more extensive work.
Conquering Fear of the Dentist
Although Dr. Dreher and his staff certainly understand your fear, they also want to help you overcome that fear so you can have the healthy smile you deserve. Therefore, we offer oral conscious sedation. With this method of sedation dentistry, Dr. Dreher prescribes a mild sedative, usually an anti-anxiety medication. You’ll take this small pill about one hour before your appointment. A word of caution: oral conscious sedation requires you to have a trusted family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment.
When you arrive at our office, you’ll be relaxed and calm. During your treatment, we’ll carefully monitor your pulse and blood pressure. And while you may not remember what happens during your appointment, you’ll be able to respond to requests from Dr. Dreher and his team as they work on restoring your beautiful and healthy smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re long overdue for a dentist’s appointment, then call the office of Dr. Fred Dreher and ask about sedation dentistry. We serve patients in Ballston Spa, NY, as well as the surrounding communities of Saratoga Springs, Watervliet, Schenectady, Cohoes, Gloversville and Glens Falls.
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