Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’

Don’t Pass This On!!!

June 4, 2014

“She has her father’s gorgeous eyes!”

“He sings beautifully, just like his mother.”

“He’s so smart – must have gotten that from his Dad!” “Just like her Mom – a natural athlete!”

We love to brag about our children, and it gives us extra pleasure when we think they inherited their positive traits from us! But how about when they get something from us that might not be so good?

According to a recent study performed at Rey Juan Carolos University of Madrid, fear of the dentist may be associated with a similar fear in their parents – especially the father!

“Children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said study co-author Professor America Lara-Sacido. They went on to discuss that dental fear by either parent can set up their children for a lifetime of difficulty at the dentist.

At Malenius Dental, it is our goal to take dental fear out of the equation and make your dental visit as easy as possible. Our modern techniques and caring approach will provide you with the most pleasant dental experience imaginable. And if you have any worries at all, please feel free to discuss them with us.

Here are some tips from The American Dental Association on making your young child’s dental visit as easy as possible:

 ü Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and’ cooperative.

ü Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your

Emotions, so emphasize the positive.


  ü Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.

  ü Never bribe your child.

ü Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.

And remember – if your child is anxious about a dental visit, it may be because of you!! Please come in and discuss any dental issues you may be having, and we will show you how modern dentistry is more comfortable than ever – and maybe even fun!

To make an appointment for any member of the family or to discuss your dental needs, please call us today at 630-668-6180. At Malenius Dental Care, your comfort is our primary concern!

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CAN’T SLEEP? WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO?

March 23, 2010

Many of our patients comment about having trouble sleeping and ask for some magic device to make this possible. Sleep is just as important as exercise in its contribution to our overall health. The literature available to us says reduced sleep quality causes irritability and can contribute to various conditions such as depression, attention and memory problems, daytime drowsiness and falls at night. Many common medical conditions like diabetes and cardiac disease have also been linked to impaired sleep.

Here are some tips for more restful sleep:

  • No reading or watching TV in Bed.
  • Go to bed when you’re sleepy tired, not when it’s “time.”
  • Take the time to wind down before bedtime. About 90 minutes before bed, don’t get involved in any anxiety causing activities, or think about anything stressful.
  • Relax. Do some breathing exercises and try to relax major muscle groups, starting with the toes and ending with the forehead.
  • Always remember, the bed is for sleeping. After 15 or 20 minutes if you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing. Listen to calming music or relaxation tape.
  • Keep your room cool!! Sorry guys, hot flashes aren’t all bad.
  • Don’t count those sheep, it’s stimulating!
  • Never EXERCISE less than 3 hours before bed if possible.
  • Don’t overeat or less than 2 or 3 hours before bed.
  • Don’t nap during the day.
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night, and can’t fall back asleep, get up and do something relaxing.
  • Don’t have alcohol, caffeine, or smoke two to three hours before bedtime.
  • Schedule half an hour to WRITE your hopes and concerns in a journal daily.
  • If you have a bad dream, add an ending you like.

Or visit your dentist to inquire about the many dental appliances available for improved sleep for yourself and your significant other.

Note: article condensed from our office newsletter written by our hygienist, Linda McManus RDH, BS

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