Do you wake up with headaches or an achy jaw?

Do you wake up with headaches or an achy jaw?

 You could be grinding your teeth at night!thinker-2150827_960_720

 The technical term for this is Bruxism. Bruxism is a subconscious behaviour that can be caused or made worse by stress.

According to the Bruxism association the condition affects around 8-10% of the population, occurring most commonly in 25-44 year olds.

There are two main classifications: Awake bruxism and sleep bruxism.

Awake bruxism can manifest itself as clenching or grinding throughout the day, you may or may not be aware of your self-doing it.

Sleep bruxism is usually classed as rhythmic teeth grinding. A sleep bruxist may wake up with a sore jaw and/or teeth, and may still feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

So how can AD Hewett dental help?

There are signs and symptoms that a dentist can spot. After a few questions and an examination a dentist can recommend a course of action, whether it’s an appliance to wear at night or more behavioural adjustments, for example trying relaxing techniques like yoga or hypnosis

Here at Hewett’s the dentists also provide a state of the art appliance to help TMJ (jaw) pain related to grinding/clenching. Cerezen is a comfortable and discreet device that is worn in the ear canal, and in a study of 100 people 79% rated the effectiveness excellent, while the other 29% described it as good.

 

Call Hewett’s today on 01484 714717 or email our treatment coordinator [email protected]if you would like visit a dentist about grinding or jaw pain

Telephone

01484 714717 / 01484 716246

Address

46-48 Bradford Road,
Brighouse
HD6 1RY
West Yorkshire

Email

olivia@adhewett.co.uk

Practice Opening Hours

Monday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Tuesday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Thursday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Friday - 8.30am to 5.00pm
Saturdays - 9.30-13.30

Saturday's by appointment only (Extra fee’s may apply)
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A Practical Guide To Overcoming Dental Anxiety

A Practical Guide To Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Dentophobia, or a fear of the dentist, is an extremely common affliction. Statistics suggest that around 12% of us suffer from extreme dental anxiety. The British Dental Association says that 25% of the UK population suffer from some sort of anxiety before visiting the dentist. We suspect that this number is a lot higher.

The most common thing we encounter in our nervous patients is shame and guilt. Time and time again we hear ‘I’m so sorry – I must be your most nervous patient.’ You are absolutely not, and your phobia is nothing to feel shame and embarrassment about. A phobia is a very rational reaction to pain and fear.

The term ‘phobia’ is derived from the Greek word ‘phobos’, meaning ‘flight’, ‘panic-fear’, and ‘terror’. According to an article published by the BBC, a phobia is much greater than an anxiety or a fear:

‘It is an excessive fear of a particular type of object or situation that sufferers then try to avoid at all costs. This kind of fear is often exaggerated and disabling.’

This can have a very damaging effect on your long-term health. Dental phobics tend to live with toothache, infections, bleeding gums, and bad breath. Many people are so embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth, that they go several years without smiling. Only when the pain/appearance of the teeth becomes unbearable, do they realise that a trip to the dentist is unavoidable.

Across dentistry as a whole, phobias are now being treated as a manageable condition, rather than a personal quirk. There are structured methods in place to help you get through your dental appointment with minimal discomfort, both physically and emotionally.

At Hewett’s we take this very seriously. Here are the practical steps we encourage you to take, to make your visits more manageable:

1. Talk to us

As with any phobia, the most important step to overcoming your fear is to identify the source of the problem. It may have been a bad experience at the school dentist, an uncomfortable injection, or even a horror story that you heard elsewhere. Whatever the reason, the most important step is to identify this. At Hewett’s, we encourage you to talk to us about your fears and feelings. All new patients are invited to meet with our patient care coordinator, who will have a relaxed discussion with you in a comfortable meeting room. We take the time to get to know you and understand your fears. We will take whatever steps we need to help you overcome your anxieties, and our patient coordinator is available to support you through each of your appointments.

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2. Headphones

Plenty of patients report that their biggest bugbear is the sound of the dental drill. Many people choose to bring in some music and their headphones, which they listen to throughout their treatment. This is a very simple and cheap method to reduce your anxiety, and get you through your dental appointment.

3. Topical anaesthetic gel

For those of you who are scared of the dental needle, did you know we offer topical anaesthetic gel? Topical gel is applied to the gum before your injection is administered, making it much more comfortable.

 4. Stagger your treatment

We understand for many phobic patients, a bigger treatment plan can be quite overwhelming (if not downright off-putting). We encourage patients to stage their treatment in a way that best suits their needs. Starting out with easier, simpler treatments and working your way up to more comprehensive treatment can be a great way to ease yourself into your dental care.

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5. Take yourself away

In our state-of-the-art surgeries, we have TV’s in the ceiling to keep you entertained throughout your appointment. We have a range of DVD’s in surgery, but if there is a particular DVD you would like to watch, bring it along and we will happily play it for you.

6. Sedation

Sedation is a very popular treatment option at Hewett’s Dental. For patients who are simply unable to cope with treatment, or may be struggling with the idea of something such as an extraction, sedation can be a brilliant option. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax in the dental chair. Intravenous (IV) sedation is available at Hewett’s. It is a very accurate and controlled method of sedation, which allows us to continually adjust the level of sedation medication being used, ensuring you stay calm and relaxed throughout your appointment.

7. Trust us

We will do the hard work. All you need to focus on is getting yourself through the door. This is the hardest step. Once you have done that, we will take everything from there.  We pride ourselves on taking every step we can to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible.

At Hewett’s, we believe in bringing kindness and dentistry together. No appointment is rushed, and patients are encouraged to relax and feel a part of the family from the moment they step through the door. We are proud to have helped many of our patients overcome a life-long dental phobia, and we hope to help many more people on that journey. Don’t let your anxiety be a barrier to a happier, healthier smile – let us help you today.

 

Telephone

01484 714717 / 01484 716246

Address

46-48 Bradford Road,
Brighouse
HD6 1RY
West Yorkshire

Email

olivia@adhewett.co.uk

Practice Opening Hours

Monday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Tuesday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Thursday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Friday - 8.30am to 5.00pm
Saturdays - 9.30-13.30

Saturday's by appointment only (Extra fee’s may apply)
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