How can I relax for a dental appointment?


I have a dentist’s appt on Thursday and I need to get myself relaxed. I haven’t told them about how scared I am so I am embarrassed to call to ask what I should do. The nervousness is keeping me from sleeping well at night. I keep waking up and thinking about the appointment and what would happen if I gag or if it hurts so bad that I can’t get my teeth cleaned. I know this is outright phobia that is unreasonable but I am having problems controlling it. Do you have any exercises or breathing techniques that will completely relax me? – Thanks. TW

TW – We understand your concern. Many people are just as nervous as you are about dental appointments. And some are even more nervous. Some patients have found that breathing exercises help them to relax. But not everyone is helped by relaxation techniques. Others find that the more comfortable they are with the dentist, staff, and office, the more relaxed they are during dental procedures.

We have some patients that are very anxious, as you are. The choose sedation dentistry to help them to relax in advance of the dental appointment. With this treatment, you are still conscious, but relaxed enough to have a productive dental visit. You can read the details on Dr. Szarek’s sedation dentistry web page and decide if it’s something that you want to consider for future dental appointments.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

Will my insurance cover porcelain veneers?


I have several teeth that are cracked. They are beyond fixing with dental bonding. Because of that fact I am wondering if my insurance will cover porcelain veneers. – Olivia D.

Olivia – Most dental insurance companies provide benefits for the treatment that is the least expensive to restore your teeth.

For example, the least expensive option for repairing a cracked tooth is dental bonding. If dental bonding can’t be used, the next option is a porcelain crown. Porcelain veneers are the most expensive option. In addition to the treatment options, your dental insurance has an annual maximum for benefits paid by the plan. You may find that the annual maximum is equal to or less than the cost of a single veneer.

Contact your dental insurance company to find out if any benefits are provided for porcelain veneers, and to find out the annual maximum of benefits paid by the plan. Also contact your dentist’s office to find out what forms of payment are accepted for and whether or not financing or payment plans are available for porcelain veneers.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.