If you thought laughing gas was the only fun part about visiting the dentist, you haven’t been to Dr. Paul Tanners’ Midtown office.
All that drilling is easier to take when you’re getting a complimentary foot rub, which is offered to all his patients.
‘It’s a really good massage,’ says Stephen Sumnar, a 61-year-old college lecturer who travels two hours by train to see Tanners.
‘There have been times when I’ve come close to falling asleep. No matter what Dr. Tanners is doing in my mouth, I concentrate on my feet.’
Mention going to the dentist, and many people immediately feel fear, anxiety even panic. According to the latest study conducted by the Journal of the American Dental Association, 45 million Americans are extremely nervous or terrified about visiting the dentist, and 23 million people avoid doing so because of fear — fear of pain, of not being in control of the situation, or of the overall dental-care experience, which often includes needles and drills.
By Rebecca Cooper
Only in America. Only in the land of 100 different alpha hydroxy wrinkle-smoothing creams and laser removal of under-eye circles could a person go in for routine oral hygiene and come out with rejuvenated lips full of collagen.
This latest development in appearance enhancement is an innovative pairing of prothodontics and trendy, age-defying procedures. The cosmetic combination was dreamed up by Dr. Paul Tanners, DDS, a Southampton resident with a Manhattan dental practice that recently began offering a range of cosmetic facial touch-ups in addition to prosthodontic dental services.
By Olivia Barker
Open up and say ‘Aaaahhh.’
Dentists across the USA are turning their offices into veritable spas, complete with massages, personalized music and facials. Patients getting a root canal can watch DVDs while indulging in foot, leg, back and hand rubdowns.
As dental insurance plans shrink, patients are forking over more of their own money for procedures. And with so many patients picky about where those out-of-pocket dollars go, dentists are finding newer, more pampering ways to draw them in.
You don’t usually see people smiling in the dentist’s chair, but the woman at the Madison Avenue office of Dr. Paul Tanners looked, well, happy. The dentist had just completed the last of a full reconstruction on her upper and lower teeth, and the patient was enjoying a foot rub from the massage therapist on his staff. Read more
If you’re over 40 years old, the likelihood is you’ll eventually require a dental crown. What you need to know is that all crowns are not created equal.
People need crowns for a number of reasons. Often, however, they learn about crowns when they’re in the dentist’s chair and are not in the best position to start thinking about options.
Crowns can protect a weak tooth from breaking; they can be used to restore an already broken or worn tooth; they can cover and support a tooth with a large filling; or they can cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Different materials for crowns may be used for different purposes.
Are you satisfied with the dental treatment you’re receiving?
Many people are more diligent in selecting the hairstylist who takes care of their hair than the dentist who takes care of their mouth. But with increasing attention being paid to selecting quality health care professionals, objective criteria are emerging to help patients make informed choices in the dental as well as the medical professionals they select.
Are you guilty of bruxing? Sounds pretty harsh, doesn’t it – but, in fact, “bruxing” is just another way of saying “grinding your teeth.”
As reported by Michael Winerip the New York Times, dentists throughout the country are seeing a significant increase in grinding, especially among middle-aged men. Typically, dentists treat more women than men for grinding, but now men are fast catching up.
What’s taking its toll on these men, according to sources cited in the article, is the stress of the recession and its accompanying problems. Owners of companies, for example, have had to deal with shrinking business, significant layoffs, and reduction in income – Stress with a capital S.
Most people aren’t aware that they’re grinding their teeth. It’s an unconscious behavior that often takes place during sleep. They become aware of the problem only when they notice worn-down, chipped or broken teeth. Other symptoms include headaches first thing in the morning, biting your tongue, painful mouth and not sleeping well.
“The pressure people put on themselves even while asleep is painful,” the article notes. “Normal chewing places 68 pounds of pressure per square inch on the back teeth; intentionally clenching your teeth places 150 pounds of pressure; grinding unconsciously at night places 900 pounds of pressure.” That’s more pressure on your teeth in one night than in an entire month of normal wear.
If you suspect that you’re grinding your teeth, dentists can help you take remedial action by making a customized night guard to wear during sleep. Other corrective work may be recommended. Speak with your dentist and take the “grind” out of your life!
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