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Overcoming Dental Fear

Halloween can be spooky.

But we’ve got some sure fire ways to alleviate dental fear.

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Studies show that nearly 75% of people in the U.S. fear going to the dentist. While women are more likely afraid than men and younger people have greater apprehension, they all have one thing in common – some level of fear. At times, it can lead to avoiding even routine oral hygiene appointments and have a detrimental impact on your overall health.

With the varying levels of fear and possible root cause, it is often hard to know what will truly help put someone at ease. In fact, the likelihood of eliminating fear altogether is rather slim. However there are some helpful tips that can make a difference.

  1. Don’t go alone
    One valuable tip is to bring a family member or friend along who doesn’t share this same fear. It’s comforting to have a familiar and trusted someone at your side even in the treatment room.
  2. Find a distraction
    Dentists are well aware of the great number of patients who are afraid and create an environment with TVs, music and other distractions. If unsure, you can also bring your own headphones to try.
  3. Breathe deep
    Relaxation techniques can go a long way in reducing the fear when sitting in the dental chair. Whether it is slow deep breaths or tensing and relaxing certain muscles, such efforts really help.
  4. Calming effects
    The use of sedatives, including local anesthetic, laughing gas and even IV sedation, has become common. Trained dentists can recommend the most appropriate option based on your needs.
  5. Choose wisely
    All dentists like to claim they cater to those most afraid. The only way to be sure is to know your dental professional and the staff. They should talk to you first even before sitting in the dreaded dental chair.

So when the ghosts and goblins are out this month, know you’re safe when you need dental care. If you have questions or concerns, contact Amsterdam Dental Group or your dentist.

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How To Select The Best Dentist In Philadelphia: 5 Key Criteria

best dentist in philadelphia, best dentist, dental care, tooth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, full mouth reconstructionWhether you just moved to The City of Brotherly Love or you’ve lived here for years, finding the best dentist is important. After all, the health and appearance of your smile plays a huge role in your self-confidence and wellbeing. You can’t afford to put your trust in just any cosmetic dentist. So, whether you are looking for tooth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, a simple smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction, how do you choose the best dental care provider?

Here are five key criteria to help you choose the best dentist:

Education — Make sure the dentist you choose:

was educated and trained at a top dental school

keeps up with continuing education programs

has advanced training in specialty care (e.g. is a periodontist and/or prosthodontist)

has a long-standing dental practice

is a dental school professor

is familiar with the latest industry knowledge and trainings

Emergency Preparedness — Your dentist should be ready to handle any dental care emergencies you may have. That means being prepared with a comprehensive plan of action for treating you in the event of a dental crisis.

Friendliness/Customer Service — The best dentist’s staff should be friendly, making you feel welcome from the moment you step into the reception area. No one wants to deal with a rude office staff…it sets the tone for your entire visit. Make sure you trust the dental staff to meet your expectations.

Reviews/Recognitions — Do some research into what others have said about the dentist you are considering. Take a look at local professional or business organizations’ reviews. See if the media has recognized the dentist in local publications like Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Dentist List.

Rapport — This last criteria is hard to quantify but may be the most important of all. Make sure you have confidence in the dentist, especially if you want him caring for your teeth for years to come.

Looking for the best dentist in Philadelphia or Paoli, PA? Look no further. Amsterdam Dental Group is the region’s premier dental practice.

To learn more about our unique approach to dentistry or to schedule a consultation, email Amsterdam Dental or call 215-568-8130.


Amsterdam Dental’s, Dr. Baumgarten, Shares Expertise Globally

Dr. Baumgarten, an expert in periodontics and periodontal prosthesis, maintains an active role as an alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he teaches as a Clinical Professor in the Periodontal Prosthesis graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Recently in November, he was given the opportunity to teach a two-day course as a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s 1-year Dental Implant Continuum in Shangai, China.  The experience was extremely rewarding, because he was able to meet and teach dentists from all across China.

After the continuum, Dr. Baumgarten was given another great opportunity to share his knowledge at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, as well as the Aviation General Hospital.  The participants we’re very engaged and excited to learn and he was thrilled the University of Pennsylavia presented him with this gratifying experience.

Dr. Baumgarten

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