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Addressing Dental Anxiety

Perhaps there is no other healthcare profession like dentistry that has the unfortunate (and false) reputation of wanting to cause pain rather than prevent it.  For all the good that dentists do to improve our wellbeing, there are many patients with fears about sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Perhaps it has something to do with not liking sharp metal objects put into your mouth or distaste for fluoride, no matter how strongly the hygienist insists it is flavored.  But whatever the reason, there are many people who have dental anxiety.

For your teeth’s sake, there are ways to combat dental anxiety, a condition sure to cause cavities. If positive reinforcement, learning to control fear and other behavior management techniques don’t do the trick, dental sedation could ease your mind and allow you to get your teeth cleaned.

Sedation can occur through inhalation (nitrous oxide aka laughing gas), intravenously or orally through a pill or liquid. All of these are safe and can address most forms of dental anxiety by allowing you to get dental work done and simultaneously relieving the anxiety you feel inside. Usually these forms of sedation do not relieve pain, so a local anesthetic is still needed. They do however relieve stress and allow you to have a healthy smile without all of the worry.

★★★★★ My husband was sent to sedation dentistry because of his severe anxiety (to be sedated for an exam, xray, and extraction). They gave him an appt right away. Dr. G was so friendly! He came out and introduced himself to me and let me know what was going on, worked quickly and my husband was all done within an hour. The staff was amazing!!!! As was dr. G! Highly recommended!!Anna Glenn

Dr. Thomas Gonzales is an expert in treating patients who fear going to the dentist. He is highly trained and has 40 years of dental experience. In fact, he is so advanced that he taught Advanced IV Sedation locally at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

So if you are looking for a dentist who can put your fears to rest, call us at (949) 727-0777 and we will give you a courtesy consultation.

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Before Your Next Appointment With The Dentist

Before your next appointment with Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Tran read over the following preventative health and wellness tips. Many factors may affect your overall health that can be controllable, while others may be uncontrollable such as your genetic makeup or your age. You can make positive changes to your lifestyle by taking small steps toward healthy living in order to beat the controllable pieces of your health. You have the opportunity to reduce your overall risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, diabetes and other common chronic diseases by playing an active role in the management of your health and wellness. Some examples of positive healthy steps you can incorporate in your life are:

  • See your doctor for regular screenings not just when you are sick
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, and limit excess calories and saturated fat
  • Be physically active
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Quit smoking
  • Protect yourself from too much sun exposure.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call at (949) 727-0777.


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Common Dental Insurance Terms that You Need to Know

Whether you are looking for a new plan or trying to determine your coverage options for your current plan, understanding your dental insurance policy can be a real headache. Insurance companies have a tendency to use confusing terms and jargon, and if you do not understand them, you might not be getting the most out of your coverage. Here are some of the most important that you will want to know.

Allowable Charge

This is the amount of money that your insurance has agreed to pay for a service or supply. This might be different from the amount that your health care professional has billed, but your insurance company has likely negotiated a special rate for members.

Annual Limit

The annual limit is the total max dollar amount that your insurance company will play for insurance claims within a given year. This might also be referred to as a calendar year maximum, but some plans might not have a set annual limit.


A claim is a formal request that is made by the healthcare provider or a covered party to an insurance company when requesting payment for a service or procedure.


Coinsurance is the amount that a covered party needs to pay for a service after deductibles and copayments are met. This is your portion of the cost for services.


A copayment is a charge that has been pre-set by the insurance plan, and it is the amount that you will need to pay for prescriptions, medical supplies, or services. For example, your insurance company might charge a copayment of $25 for your dental visit.


The deductible is the amount of money that your insurance company will require that you pay each year before your insurance will start to kick in. Typical deductible amounts are $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000, but not all plans will have a deductible.

If you have any questions about your dental insurance treatment plan please contact us today!

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