Dental anxiety should never prevent you or a loved one from getting oral health care. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir offer sedation dentistry to relieve fear and make you completely comfortable. We encourage our Norfolk, MA, patients to learn about this helpful service.
The problem of dental phobia
Phobia, fear, or terror. However you describe it, dental anxiety prevents almost one-quarter of adult and pediatric patients from getting the oral health care they need. This startling number comes from Harvard Health which also reports that many people stop dental visits altogether because they are so fearful.
Dental phobia crosses all socioeconomic measures, including age, ethnicity, and income. Most fearful people report a problem due to:
- Shame over the condition of their teeth and gums
- Limited ability to sit still in a dental chair
- Traumatic experiences at dental offices
At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, we offer sedation dentistry options that allow patients to feel at ease. Also, our office is comfortable and our patient care, soothing and respectful. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shagtai Sapir put their patient's health and well-being first in all they do.
Sedation dentistry options
Here's how we can help:
1. Local anesthetic: Your dentist injects numbing medication right where it's needed. If you require a filling, extraction, root canal, or something else, your procedure will be pain-free.
2. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas: Administered to children, teens, or adults via a facial mask, nitrous oxide relaxes you, even making you feel a bit giddy. You still will be awake and able to respond to directions from your dental team.
3. Oral sedation: This medication is in pill form. Typically a tranquilizer such as Valium or Versed, oral sedation makes you drowsy you may nap during your treatments. After your appointment, an adult friend or family member must drive you home.
4. IV sedation: Administered through a needle in the arm, intravenous sedation also confers drowsiness. During your treatments, your dentist may increase or decrease the medication as needed. You will feel at ease and may drop off to sleep. An adult must take you home.
5. General anesthesia Some dental treatments are complex and lengthy and can be painful without the benefit of sedation. So, Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry offers both in-office and in-hospital general anesthesia. You'll wake up with a new smile.
Find out more
At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in helping people overcome dental anxiety. Let us assist you, too. Phone our Norfolk, MA, office for a consultation with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir regarding sedation dentistry needs for you or a family member: (508) 850-6992.
Braces are applied to teeth to correct issues with teeth alignment, overcrowding, crooked teeth, or poorly aligned jaws or bite. These days when it comes to braces you don’t have to opt for the traditional metal kind. You can find out about your options from Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, who are dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk MA.
Reasons You May Need Braces
Braces are used in different situations to correct many types of dental issues, including:
- An overbite
- An underbite
- Misaligned teeth
- Misaligned jaws
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- A bad bite
- Crooked teeth
Children between the ages of 1 and 24 are the best candidate for braces because their teeth, gums, and jawbones are still developing. However, older teens and adults can also use braces, although they may also need additional procedures. Talk to your Braces Norfolk specialist to learn more.
Types of Braces We Offer
Norfolk dental patients can choose from the following types of braces and orthodontic treatments:
- Traditional braces: Conventional braces are comprised of metal strips or bands as well as metal or plastic brackets that are bonded to the teeth. In some cases, traditional braces may also have brackets that are connected to the back teeth. These are known as lingual braces.
- Invisalign aligners: If you prefer more discreet braces, this is a good option. Invisalign trays are made from a transparent, flexible material that fits snugly over the teeth. They are practically invisible. Invisalign can be used for minor tooth issues. A series of retainers is created at the outset and you switch them out every few weeks. They can be taken out when you eat or clean your teeth.
- Inceptive orthodontics: This type of treatment is designed for younger children, particularly those between the ages of 7 and 11 years. They are used to treat problems with oral development or early oral habits. The treatment is usually done in two phases. The first one when the primary teeth are in place and the second when the permanent teeth have grown in.
If you live in Norfolk MA and you would like to find out more about braces for yourself or your children, call Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at (508) 850-6992. They will be happy to arrange a consultation.
Teaching Your Children Proper Dental Habits
You may not realize it, but if cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. This is why proper dental habits begin in childhood. That means teaching your children to brush, floss, and the importance of regular dental check-ups. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir are dentists at Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry located in Norfolk, MA. They can help you take care of your whole family’s dental needs.
Teach by Example
The best way to teach your young child how to brush their teeth is to let them watch you do it every morning and every evening. This will help them get into a healthy routine. There are also plenty of online videos of children of your child’s age brushing their teeth.
Make it Fun
Brushing your teeth with your children is a good start, but you need a plan to keep them interested. Reading stories about brushing can keep your child enthralled and help them enjoy oral hygiene.
Let Them Choose
There are numerous children’s toothbrushes based on characters from books and movies. Let your child pick one with their favorite theme. You can also try an electric toothbrush or water flosser for young children who are struggling.
Visit Your Dentist
Norfolk residents start taking their children to visits Dr. Sapir no later than age 1. Early visits to the dentist not only help to protect your child’s teeth, but they also help your child overcome any nervousness about dental visits.
During this time as more people are home, focus more on preventive steps you can take at home. We at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry are committed to serve the community in need of emergency or urgent dental/ oral care. If you are having a dental emergency, call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at (508) 850-6992.
The health and well being of our patients is our top priority, now and always.We are available to provide treatment to patients of record as well as patient's that have no other dental provider available or are looking to join our state of the art practice. With the start of Phase 2 reopening and the return to routine dental care, including cleanings, we are excited to share with you the unprecedented steps that we are taking to protect both patients and team members.
We follow precautions developed by the CDC and try to exceed them whenever possible! On top of our strict disinfection and sterilization protocols and the already sunny, spacious treatment rooms, with large open windows that provide natural fresh airflow, we added the following:
1. HEPA medical grade air purification system to remove aersols, bacteria and virus particles from the air.
2. Anesthesia filters to the laughing gas tubing along with Ozone disinfection of the tubing system.
3. In order to prevent cross contamination between patients all our anesthesia tubing and masks are either disposable or autoclavable.
4. All surface areas and door handles are disinfected after each use.
5. Patients temperature is being taken by non-contact infra-red thermometer.
6. In order to reduce the load of patients in the waiting room we have equipped a third large and airy room to accommodate patients in their own treatment room. This will reduce interpatient contact to the minimum while providing safe personal care to our patients. As always our treatment concept is one patient at a time (no open bays or mass dentistry as was seen in the past in other facilities!).
We are trying as best as we can to minimize overlap between patients in the waiting room. This requires some help from you as well. If possible please have only one parent accompanying a child and leave siblings at home, unless they have an appointment as well. Please wear a mask if you are sitting in the waiting room. You are welcome to call from downstairs to see if we are ready for you to come up. Also please understand that if we ask you to change your appointment time, it is to prevent too many people in the practice at once
Any questions, please give us a call at (508) 850-6992, we're happy to help.
How a root canal from your dentists in Norfolk, MA, can relieve your tooth pain
If you have tooth pain, root canal therapy could be the key to finding relief. Read on to learn how Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer this treatment to relieve pain and keep you healthy.
More about root canal treatment
There are many reasons why you might need a root canal. A root canal might be indicated if you have suffered trauma to the tooth from an accident or injury. Deep dental decay is also a frequent reason why a root canal might be needed.
If you need a root canal, there is nothing to fear. A root canal simply involves removing diseased tissue inside your tooth and replacing it with a sedative material that eliminates infection and fluid buildup, relieving pressure and pain. After your painful symptoms have subsided, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth, and that’s it!
There are several signs and symptoms you might need a root canal, including:
- Tooth pain that increases with exposure to hot and cold foods or beverages
- Sharp, stabbing tooth pain when you bite down or chew
- Dull, aching tooth pain that never goes away
- A red or white bump appearing on your gums
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
- A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it
Need dental care? Give us a call
A root canal is nothing to fear. Root canal therapy can eliminate tooth pain and let you keep your smile intact. For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you, call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, at (508) 850-6992. Call now!
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