CALMING YOUR NERVES ABOUT THE DENTIST
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If you’re avoiding the dentist because the thought makes your palms sticky, heart race, and sweat glands overreact, you may be one of the nearly 40 million Americans who fear the dentist. At Calapooia Family Dental, we understand how the fear of the unknown and the fear of pain can elicit anxiety in our patients, but our goal is to help you and your family reach optimal oral health comfortably. Below are a few suggestions and options we provide to help ease your worries. Talk It Out One of the easiest things you can do for your anxiety is to talk it out. Communicate your fears to your dentist, and they can come up with solutions that will be less anxiety-inducing for you. They will also be willing to answer questions and guide you through your appointment. Don’t be afraid to look outside the dental office for solutions like bringing a friend to your appointments or seeking guidance from a therapist. Just Relax At Calapooia Family Dental, we want you to relax as you settle into the dental chair, and that may include medicinal relaxation methods. Our in-house IV sedation offers patients a safe, precise anesthesia option that is less invasive and nauseating than regular anesthesia. A patient can breathe on their own with IV sedation, and their wake-up time is quicker. Additionally, our experts are trained in dentistry in a hospital setting, so they can offer more sedation options for patients.
before your appointment. Studies have shown that caffeine makes relaxing more difficult, so stick to noncaffeinated teas or warm
lemon water. Additional studies note the benefits of covering up with heavy blankets, which has even helped those with insomnia fall and stay asleep. Music or your favorite podcast can make your dental appointment much easier as well, and some children may relax with the comfort of a stuffed animal. Whatever your tactic is, we can support you. At Calapooia Family Dental, we want to keep you and your loved ones as comfortable as possible during each appointment. Learn how our experts can help you and schedule your next appointment by calling 541-926-3689.
Because they are traditionally made with buckwheat, many brands of soba noodles are gluten-free. Combining them with the SOBA NOODLES WITH GARLIC AND ZUCCHINI increasingly-popular “zoodles” results in a healthy, light meal that you can eat for lunch the next day.
INGREDIENTS • 4 ounces soba noodles • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2–3 cloves garlic, grated • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated • 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons water • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced • 1 small zucchini, julienned into noodle strands
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook until tender, about 4–5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside. 2. In a large skillet or wok over medium-low heat, warm olive oil until barely shimmering. Add grated garlic and ginger, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in soy sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 3. Add onions, simmering for 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook for an additional 90 seconds. 4. Add soba noodles and toss to fully coat. Serve immediately, or cool and serve as a cold dish.
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