How We Work to Calm Fears and Keep Patients Comfortable ZOMBIES ARE SCARY, BUT THE DENTIST’S OFFICE ISN’T!
Halloween is just around the corner, which means the odds you’ll run into a vampire, werewolf, or ghost are a lot higher than usual. It’s no surprise we’re afraid of these spooky monsters (and the people who dress like them), but did you know that some studies suggest more people are afraid of going to the dentist than they are of zombies? According to ABC News, a survey of American adults found 8.5% are scared of zombies, while Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center reports 9–15% of the U.S. population fears going to the dentist. At Stumpf Dental, my staff and I do everything we can to allay these fears using discussion, proven procedures, and devices designed to increase patient comfort. In my time as a dentist, I’ve found that these worries usually fall into a few different categories. Some are afraid to come to the dentist because they’re nervous about experiencing pain. Others are put on edge by the smells and vibrations that sometimes accompany dental work, and still others worry about the cost of dental procedures. I hope fears like these aren’t keeping you or a loved one from visiting my office, but if they are, you should know that we’re well aware that going to the dentist can be scary, and we’re always looking for ways to make it less so. Below, I go into detail on a few of our strategies. First, people who are afraid of pain often worry about shots and needles, which we use to administer anesthesia. To address some of those issues, I’ve invested in a computerized anesthetic delivery system called The Wand, which helps limit the discomfort of getting a shot. You’ll still feel the poke of the needle, but The Wand controls the speed at which the anesthetic is delivered, keeping it even and smooth. That has a big impact on how the shot feels. Not a lot of dentists use The Wand because of the cost associated with it, but I think it’s important to give my patients W orried A bout S ugary H alloween C andy D amaging Y our K ids ’T eeth ? It turns out that prolonged exposure to sugar is worse for your teeth than a single big dose! Try not to let grazing on candy be an option and be sure to brush the teeth soon after the sweet indulgence.
the best experience possible. For that same reason, I have a ventilation system that helps pull smells out of the office. Vibrations are more difficult to deal with, so for people with strong anxiety about them or who worry about experiencing
pain even during routine procedures, we offer conscious sedation to make their time in the office more comfortable. Basically, people who choose conscious
sedation take a pill before their visit to the office to help them relax. They’re aware of what’s going on around them and can respond to the dentist, but they don’t feel any pain or remember the procedure afterward. As you might imagine, there is quite a process involved in clearing patients for conscious sedation, including getting medical clearance from a primary care physician and a thorough review of their treatment plan prior to treatment. Patients who elect conscious sedation also need to secure a ride to and from the office, as they can’t drive after taking the pill. The final hurdle that I’ve found keeps people from visiting the dentist’s office is fear about the cost. Many people are under the impression that dentistry is too expensive without dental insurance. Some believe they can save money by not seeing a dentist regularly and some wait for a sign from God (like a lightning bolt in their tooth) before seeking dental care. While some dentistry can be expensive, it’s never as expensive as neglect. Preventive dentistry is a bargain when compared to the cost of restorative dentistry. The longer you wait to visit the dentist, the more expensive your next visit can become. Think of your smile like your car — oil changes and tire rotations aren’t covered by your insurance, but they minimize damage and extend the life expectancy. We have several options that help to keep your dental costs within your budget. If fear has been keeping you from visiting the dentist’s office, my staff and I would love to talk to you and find out what we can do to help. Call us today at 262-970- 0111 to learn more! -Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
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HOW’S THAT FOR ODDS? Reggie ‘Mr. October’ Jackson’s Legendary Game
The leaves are turning, the weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below. PINE CONE PAINTING Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more. LEAF PAINTING Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. FUN FINGER FOOD When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy-to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday- themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day. FALL FAMILY FUN Decorate Your House With Your Own Creations!
“I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.” –Reggie Jackson
Some people shine brightest in the spotlight. When put to the test, they deliver every time. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is one of those people. During the sixth game of the 1977 World Series, Jackson hit three home runs in a row, securing the Yankees’ victory over the Dodgers and winning them their 21st World Series title. The legendary playoff game also earned Jackson the nickname “Mr. October,”which has stuck to this day. Like many stories of greatness, Jackson’s featured a lot of hard work behind the scenes. He dedicated himself to his sport and constantly worked to improve his play. Growing up, Jackson played baseball, basketball, and football and excelled at all three, though football was his strong suit. He was scouted and given opportunities to go pro straight out of high school, but, on the advice of his father, he went to college on a football scholarship. Thanks to a $5 bet, he tried out for the baseball team at Arizona State University and made it. Jackson was the first black person on the team, and, even though he experienced discrimination, he never let it stop him.
From the minor leagues into the majors, Jackson’s ambition got him through many tough times, as did the constant support of his father and
of Oakland A’s manager John McNamara. Jackson always dreamed of playing for New York, and, eventually, his dream came true when he signed with the New York Yankees in 1976. To this day, Jackson holds many prominent records, including being the first player to earn more than 100 home runs for three different teams
(the A’s, Yankees, and Angels). He even has his own candy bar, the “Reggie! Bar,”which debuted during a Yankees game in 1978. Let’s see if any of this year’s playoff games stir up as much excitement as Reggie
With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!
Jackson’s did in his heyday.
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TAILS FROM THE PAST Mythical Cats of the World Most owners will tell you their cats act like ancient deities. Majestic, scrupulous,
FREYA’S SKOGKATTS — NORWAY
and utterly unpredictable, these fascinating creatures have long captured our imaginations. Even before cat videos took the internet by storm, humans have been idolizing felines, placing them alongside some of their most important mythological figures.
In Norse folklore, the goddess Freya had a unique means of travel: a chariot pulled by two cats. These were skogkatts, or Norwegian
BASTET — EGYPT
Of course, a list of mythical cats has to start with Egypt. While many people know the pharaohs and their followers thought cats were sacred, you may be surprised by how deep the connection goes. The earliest depiction of Bastet, the feline deity of protection, is a lion-headed woman in battle. But, over the course of 2,000 years, Bastet evolved to resemble the domesticated, pointy-eared cats we know and love today.
Forest cats, that were only a little larger than your average house cat. Still, these small felines towed Freya around battlefields as she gathered
招き猫 (MANEKI-NEKO) — JAPAN
Legend has it that in the 17th century, a monk living in a small temple in Edo (now Tokyo) was struggling to survive, but he still split his meals with his cat, Tama. One day, Lord Nakaota Ii got caught in a rainstorm while hunting and took shelter under a tree near the temple. Nakaota spotted Tama near the temple, and the cat raised its leg, beckoning the noble to come toward him. Curious, Nakaota complied, stepping out from beneath the tree just before a bolt of lightning struck it down. The lord’s life was saved, and to this day, the Maneki-Neko (the beckoning cat) is a symbol of wealth and good fortune.
warriors to send to Valhalla. On top of being the goddess of war, love affairs, and magic, Freya may well have been Midgard’s first cat lady.
PALEO PUMPKIN COCONUT SMOOTHIE
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This meal-in-a-glass smoothie will cure your craving for a pumpkin spice latte. It’s packed with nutrients and fall flavor. If you’re the type of person who uses your blender more than your pots and pans, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your rotation.
1 cup coconut milk
1 frozen banana, sliced
1/4 cup organic pumpkin purée
1 cup ice
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or substitute with cinnamon and ginger)
In a blender, combine all ingredients.
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Blend on high or on smoothie setting until smooth.
3. Transfer to a cold glass, garnish with pumpkin pie spice, and serve.
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The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow
HAYRIDES AND HEADLESS HORSEMEN Halloween Celebrations in Sleepy Hollow
In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home
Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows”will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins. Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman’s Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.
This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved that in 1997, the village of
North Tarrytown, New York, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big
If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!
Halloween party during the month of October.
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