Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Dental Anxiety

  1. Wearing down your smile by grinding your teeth throughout the night? Unbearable migraines as a result from uncontrollable clenching?
    Our Maumee office, Frankel and Puhl Dentistry could have a solution for you! Dr. Amber Puhl, DDS is now administering Botox to help treat TMJ and bruxism.

    Not sure what TMJ is? Let us break it down for you.

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders, a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD, can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Over 80% of patients suffer from some sort of TMJ disorder.
    Woman suffering from jaw pain and aches from TMJ.

    What causes TMJ?

    TMJ can be the result of a number of factors. Arthritis, jaw injury, teeth clenching and/or grinding all contribute to TMJ development. During early signs of teeth grinding and clenching we recommend visiting your dentist regarding night guards to protect your enamel and your jaw.

    Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:

    • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
    • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
    • Aching pain in and around your ear
    • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
    • Aching facial pain
    • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
    Dr. Puhl and Dr. Frankel smiling

    Dr. Amber Puhl, DDS and Dr. Jon Frankel, DDS

    Botox Can Help!

    You have undoubtedly heard of Botox injections used to enhance lips, cheeks, or to smooth out wrinkles across the forehead or around the eyes. But you may not be familiar with Botox treatment for TMJ. When the Botox is injected into the temporalis and masseter muscles, it limits muscle function and relieves facial pain, headaches, and swelling associated with TMJ.

    Always Better! Frankel and Puhl Dentistry is adding Botox as a treatment option for patients who suffer from TMJ disorders. Continuing to learn and grow to best serve our patients is very important to us. After training and continued education with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics,  our very own Dr. Amber Puhl, DDS will be offering botox treatment!

    Struggling with tension headaches and jaw pain from TMJ? Botox could be your answer. Visit us online or call today to schedule an appointment.

  2. Afraid of the Dentist?

    Afraid of the Dentist?

     

    It is common for people to fear the dentist. According to Cleveland Clinic 36% of the adults in the U.S. fear the dentist. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22594-dentophobia-fear-of-dentists#:~:text=How%20common%20are%20dentophobia%20and,in%20females%20than%20in%20males.

    Find a dentist who listens.

    At Frankel Dentistry we have found that understanding, compassion, and communication are life changing for patients with dental fear. Patients are offered complimentary consultations to design a plan toward dental health. Oral and I.V. sedation are options for those with more severe anxiety. Many times, patients are gently directed through their treatment and find their fear slips away.

    Complimentary Consultation

     

    The first step toward dental health can be a tour of the office. Frankel Dentistry has systems in place to introduce you to your dental care providers before treatment begins.

    A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Regularly scheduled visits allow small issues to be addressed before they become big problems.

    Don’t let dental fear steal your smile or jeopardize your overall health. Find a dentist who understands dental anxiety.

     

  3. July is filled with dozens of reasons to smile. This month we smile because Frankel Dentistry is welcoming a new doctor. We are overjoyed to present Dr. Erin Waples D.D.S!

    Erin Waples, DDS.

    An Ohio native and former Ohio State Buckeye! Dr. Waples was born and raised in the small village of Mogadore in Northeastern Ohio. She grew up loving soccer, track, and the great outdoors, spending dozens of weekends camping and hiking with her family. 

    She attended the University of Akron where she studied Biomedical Engineering. She knew she wanted a fulfilling, impactful career while still being able to maintain a work life balance. Post graduation she began shadowing different career fields and discovered her passion for dentistry. “There is something so special about working with your hands, touching the lives of patients, and creating long lasting relationships and friendships.” 

    A young Erin Waples pursued her dental degree at THE Ohio State University. She spent her time in Columbus playing intramural soccer, attending Buckeye games with friends, and serving the community through the Delta Sigma Delta organization.

    Dr. Waples is special to us because she is special to someone here! While at THE Ohio State University she met her fiance, fellow Frankel and Puhl dentist, Dr. Westmeyer. Dr. Westmeyer is also an OSU alumni and has been a part of our Maumee team since 2019. These two are avid adventurers! They enjoy camping, hiking, snow sports, and exploring national parks and new destinations! In October 2021 Dr. Westmeyer popped the question and now they patiently plan and await their big day. In the meantime these two are thrilled and grateful to serve the NWO community through their passions. 

    Frankel Dentistry is thrilled to have Dr. Waples a part our team. We cannot wait to Change Lives a Smile at a Time with her.

  4. How often do you feel oral pain after enjoying a bite of your summer sundae on a nice July night? Or struggle to enjoy a nice hot cup of soup? You could be struggling with tooth sensitivity. 

    What is tooth sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity is pain or discomfort as a response to hot and cold stimuli. This can be anything from hot foods to cold air.

    What causes tooth sensitivity?

    Let’s look at the anatomy of a tooth. The strong outer layer of a tooth is called enamel. The more enamel is worn down the more sensitive the tooth becomes. 

    There are many factors which could contribute to tooth sensitivity such as:

    -brushing too hard

    -Acidic foods

    -Teeth grinding

    -Tooth decay

    -Gastrointestinal issues such as GERD

    How to care for sensitive teeth?

    First and foremost visit a dentist for a full exam. A cleaning and professional exam can help detect any deeper issues which could be causing your sensitivity or any other oral health concerns. Your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to help protect and rebuild your enamel. They may also recommend alcohol- free mouthwash and a toothpaste specialized for sensitive teeth. Specialized products often have desensitizing ingredients to help block discomfort and limited irritating ingredients. 

    Maintaining a strong, consistent oral health care routine at home can do wonders for your oral health. Invest in products which can help rebuild and protect enamel. Practice a healthy diet and try limiting acidic foods. Frankel Dentistry wants to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health care. Visit us on our other online platforms to learn more about your oral health.

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  5. Frankel Dentistry specializes in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. While Cosmetic Dentistry is one of Dr. Frankel’s passions he also highlights the importance of Restorative Dentistry and the impact it makes on thousands of people each year. Same Day Fixed Implant Dentures fall into this category and at Frankel Dentistry we have changed the lives with this procedure.

    Partial edentulism affects a large majority of adults in America. Over 33 million individuals have dentures. Dentures replace missing teeth with prosthetics and restore the size and shape of the original smile. An Implant Denture is a set of prosthetics supported by a titanium post placed in the patient’s mouth. Implant dentures offer convenience, natural function, natural looking smile, and longevity. Fixed implants preserve the bone and maintain facial features, patients are able to talk, chew, and smile just as before with their natural teeth. Only your dental professional will be able to detect your dentures. If you maintain proper care and stay up to date with you recare appointments your implant dentures can last a lifetime.

    Call today to schedule your FREE consultation. You can meet our team, tour our office, and discuss all your oral care goals.

  6. Do you ask your dentist questions or are you afraid? What would make you comfortable?

    Don’t hide!

    Toledo, Ohio dentist Dr. Jonathan Frankel has the answer. Dental consultations are offered at no cost. This dental concierge service is an excellent way to understand treatment plan options.

    Dental Consultations are offered at no charge.

    Why would you schedule a consultation?

    Communication

    Keep it private. Patients appreciate the concierge service office space. They feel free to share their concerns.

    Give it to me the way I like it. Learning or understanding styles vary. Visual, auditory, or tactile preferences are offered through photos, models, videos, brochure, and conversation.

    Listen to me. Consultations allow the time and space to ask questions that might be avoided in the treatment areas.

    Communication is vital.

    Options and Priorities

    There may be several options to restore dental health. It might be confusing for the patient.

    Consults clarify treatment.

    Prioritizing treatment is at times a personal issue.

    Patients work with the dentist. The staff, healthcare providers, and dental concierge facilitate the process.

    The Concierge Team

    Debbie Oliver

    First a patient, Deb has been one of our registered dental hygienists since she graduated from Owens Dental Hygiene Program. She has actively practicing dental hygiene for nearly 20 years. She is also a hygiene team leader, and a dental concierge.

    Mary Ann Joy

    Experience in all areas of dentistry, Mary Ann has been an Expanded Function Dental Assistant is Maryland, currently, she is an assistant, instructor, and dental concierge. Dentistry has been her profession for 34 years. (She also manages our dental supplies!)

    Terri Wyman

    An Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Hygienist, and a Dental Concierge, Terri has also been a dental lab technician and dental auxiliary instructor. She has been in dentistry for over 30- years. She was recently received the Frankel Dentistry Core Values Award.

    Pamela Weitzel Educated as a Dental Hygienist with a Public Health Education and Marketing focus she provides patient education, treatment plan consultations, and acts as the liaison for internal and external marketing.

    Understanding the process.

    How it Works

    Step One

    New Patient

    Step Two

    Small Procedure and Consultation

    Step Three

    Treatment, consultations as needed, regularly scheduled recare.

    The Best Dental Experience

    Value

    Always Better

    Consultations build value. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. A bright beautiful smile builds confidence.

    Serve All

    Patients are not charged for this service and may schedule several visits. They create an individualized plan for dental treatment. Spouses, parents, and significant others are welcome.

    The Best Dental Experience

    Patients benefit from consultations. It is one of the many ways Frankel Dentistry sets itself apart.

    Patient Testimonials

    April 19, 2021

    Dental anxiety gone since I have been a patient of Dr. Frankel.

    J.N.

    April 20, 2021

    I was afraid to go to the dentist before I met Dr. Frankel. He is so caring and the whole office treats you like family.

    K.C.

  7. Don’t be Nervous! 
    Toledo Dentist Can Help With Your Anxiety 

    First Visit and She’s Loving the Dentist

     

     

    Children love visiting Frankel Dentistry. We want you to as well.

     

               Our Call Center will Guide You.

    Take a deep breath!

    Has it been a while since you’ve made an appointment to the dentist because you are too nervous to sit in the chair? You are not alone. Good oral hygiene is very important to your overall health and cannot be something that is skipped. We want to help you!

              Jon Frankel, DDS

    Dr. Frankel’s Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety

     

    1) Bring a friend or family member to your appointment – this will give you comfort and keep you distracted.

                                  Bring a Friend

    2) Indulge in your favorite TV show or song to keep you distracted – our office is equipped with TVs for your entertainment.

                You Select the Channel

    3) Talk to us! You can schedule a free consultation to talk to the dentist and team about your fears.
    We can discuss what may or may not be appropriate for you including sedatives, numbing agents and prescriptions.

    Schedule a Complimentary Consultation

     

     

  8. What keeps people from going to the dentist?

    We have found that fear, time, no sense of urgency and budget are roadblocks for seeing your dentist.

    What do you do at Frankel Dentistry to address a fearful patient?

    Offering complimentary consultation and tours as well as listening to our patients keeps even the most hesitant patient coming on a regular basis.

    What about time? We are all busy.

    Dr. Frankel decided while still a dental student his patients would not wait. We also see emergencies the same day.

    Why go to the dentist? My teeth feel fine.

    A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Dental disease is often silent. Diabetes, heart disease and stroke are associated with your oral health. New studies indicate many types of cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease show a link to oral health.

    How much will it cost?

    We offer a complimentary benefits estimate of dental insurance as well as Care Credit payment options including interest free.

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    Dental Anxiety

    Am I the only one?

    Dental Anxiety

    You are not alone.

    Often people think they are alone in their hesitation to visit the dentist. As many as one in three have some form of dental anxiety.

     

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    What causes fear of the dentist?

    There can be many different causes. It might be embarrassment, a bad experience or hearing about someone else’s experience.

    Dr. Jon Frankel Dental Staff Toledo, Ohio

    Will my feelings toward the dentist ever change?

    We have found many of even our most anxious patients, after a series of visits at Frankel Dentistry begin to enjoy their visits.

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    What can I do about my dental anxiety?

    Visit a dental office. Take a tour. Meet the staff. Dentistry has changed a lot in recent years. There are medications the dentist can prescribe to ease the tension or using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during your visit often helps. For severe dental anxiety we have a dental anesthesiologist who allows you to basically sleep through your visit.