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Going to the Dentist Can be Scary

Going to the dentist can be scary. I know. When I go to the dentist, my hands grip the chair handles the entire time and my entire body is tense. Going to the dentist is not like going to the regular doctor. Dentists stick sharp instruments into your mouth and have dental drills as backup.

Scared of the Dentist in Indianapolis

Just thinking about what goes on during a root canal can be scary. First the tooth is drilled out, a filling is placed, and then a new crown is placed.

I don't like the thought of a dentist drilling out my teeth or shaving the enamel back, but that's what sometimes needs to happen for oral health.

Going to the dentist is my biggest fear. I literally was scared to even go near a dentist office. I have put off going to the dentist for years. After my visit with Dr. Reese and his staff I can tell you that my visit was so great. They have several things you can do if you are as scared as I was.The staff and the dentist are awesome and make you feel so at ease and really care about their patients. If I would have had know that the visit I had would have been so good I would have never waited so long. I appreciate their care and understanding. I am telling everyone that I can about the great experience I received from the staff and Dr. Reese and can not thank them enough for their compassion. I had a root canal and two cavities and felt nothing even the next day. If you are scared of the dentist please give them a try you will not regret it." -Lisa H., Indianapolis

Can a Dentist be Different?

That's why I like Dr. Reese. He practices biomimetic dentistry, which is minimally invasive. If he can preserve the tooth in any way, he will.

But Dr. Reese doesn't want you to need a root canal. He wants you to prevent cavities by limiting sugary drinks and practicing good oral hygiene.

If you're ever injured and have an emergency, that's different, but what I'm talking about is just brushing your teeth. Flossing. The basic stuff.

For some people, despite a change in behavior later in life or because of a genetic disposition, they have major teeth problems. Dr. Reese can help them too.

Dental Solutions for Phobic Patients

Sometimes the reason you haven't gone to the dentist in a long time is because you're afraid. I understand that completely. I'm scared too.

By the time you do go to the dentist, the problem is usually so bad you can't avoid it. Your gums are tender or you've got a bad toothache.

Dr. Reese is a calm, patient, sedation dentist that has helped thousands of people just like you get the dental care they need despite their past.

He is not going to yell at you or chastise you for not brushing your teeth. He is going to be honest with you and work with you to solve the problems.


Conquering Dental Fear: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dentist

According to a study published in the journal by researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, 5% of people have severe dental phobia. Their study showed that common coping practices include distracting yourself (counting to yourself or playing mental games so that you think about something else), distancing (telling yourself the pain feels like something else), prayer (praying that the dental treatment will end soon), self-efficacy (telling yourself to be strong), and optimism (telling yourself that everything will be OK after the dental treatment).

Conquering Dental Fear

Conquering Dental Fear: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the DentistThe best way to prevent yourself from experiencing dental procedures that scare you is to practice preventionregular dental checkups will save you a lot of money, anxiety and potential pain in the long run.

At Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic, Dr. Reese and his qualified staff go out of their way to assure patients of their worries. Dr. Reese believes in the power of knowledge to overcome fear and is patient to explain procedures, expected outcomes and set realistic expectations. Communicating with your dentist is the key to beating dental anxiety, and establishing that relationship is a priority with Dr. Reese and his staff. Dental phobia can be passed on to children so taking control of that fear is important for your family’s overall dental well-being.

There are still 15% of Americans who avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid. Letting them know how great modern dental care is these days would greatly help in conquering dental fear. Contemporary dental care is astonishingly precise and pretty much pain-free. Yes, it can be pain-free!

Dental Procedures are Faster, Better and More Precise

If you are afraid of the drill and needle, there is laser dentistry to help give you a positive dental experience. Dental machines are high-tech that you spend less time in the dental chair. In fact, most procedures that once required several visits to the dentist can be completed in a single visit now.

A great example of this is the installation or replacement of crowns. Thanks to 3D printing, same day crowns can now be offered to patients.

Pain-Free Dentistry

Sedation techniques have helped patients and dentists tremendously in giving a pain-free, positive and trauma-free dental experience. It has undoubtedly revolutionized dental practices with different sedation methods available – all of which are safe.  Dr. Reese is an expert on sedation techniques – administering gas, oral and IV sedation in the clinic in his dental surgeries.

A More Open Communication with Your Dentist

Dentists are now more well-versed on how to handle dental anxiety. Fear is primarily motivated by a patient’s fear of the unknown and the sense of losing control over something, in this case, the procedure. Dentists let their patients know exactly what they’re going to be feeling. During each procedure, a good dentist constantly asks his patients for feedback—and permission to keep going. The patient can put on the brakes at any time.  Dr. Reese and his staff are committed to provide the most comfortable, pain-free, and quality care they believe is possible to all of their patients.

More Comfortable or Less Scary Dental Clinics

Dental offices these days look nowhere near like dental offices of the past. As Indianapolis Dentistry, we pride ourselves in having a spa-like atmosphere in our clinic, with massage chairs, warm hand towels, flat screen TV, atomic vaporizers and even noise-reduction BOSE headphones with your choice of music to help keep you as calm and comfortable as possible.

Calming Fears

At Indianapolis Dentistry, we want to assure you that we understand this anxiety and we’re here to make your visit as calm and pleasant as possible. We have stated that our mission is to provide you and your family with quality dentistry in a relaxed, calm, comfortable and caring atmosphere. We want to extend an invitation for you to experience the difference in our expertise, professionalism, and thorough care. Our staff will work hard to gain your confidence and trust. If you live or have recently moved to Indianapolis,  Greenwood,  Shelbyville,  Martinsville, or Southport, consider letting us take care of your dental needs and call our office at 317-882-0228 and experience the difference.

5 Ways to Reduce Kids’ Fear of the Dentist

If you get terrified or overly anxious just thinking about going to the dentist, do not worry you are not alone. Children especially seem to be terrified just at the thought of going to the dentist and fortunately, there are ways to reduce a kid’s fear of the dentist. Dental phobia and dental anxiety are very common among adults and children. Anxiety can lead to postponing a dental check-up or worse, not going to the dentist at all. Between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear, estimates Peter Milgrom, DDS, director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of Treating Fearful Dental Patients. A higher percentage, perhaps 20%, experiences enough anxiety that they will go to the dentist only when absolutely necessary. There are patients who only go when their teeth problems have gone from bad to worse and no intervention can be done already other than surgery or extraction.

5 Ways to Reduce Kids’ Fear of the Dentist Dr. Reese has given assurance through an open letter on how he takes great effort to connect with patients and make them comfortable before performing any procedure. His clinic, Indianapolis Dentistry, also goes the extra mile to eliminate any factors that can contribute to a patient’s anxiety.

If a Father Fears the Dentist, His Children Follow Suit

Studies now show that children who fear going to the dentist actually inherit this trait from their parents.

Scientists at Spain’s Rey Juan Carlos University studied 183 children in Madrid, age 7 to 12, along with their parents, and found that fear levels among mothers, fathers and their kids are interconnected. The researchers found that fathers play a pivotal role when it comes to those fears being transferred from mothers to their children, since dads act as a key mediating factor.

“Although the results should be interpreted with due caution, children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said researcher America Lara Sacido, writing in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.

The authors conclude that getting kids not to dread the dentist’s chair means involving mothers and fathers in fear prevention, and making sure dads come to the dentist with their children and show no signs of fear or nervousness.

5 Ways to Reduce Kids’ Fear of the Dentist

Now that we have identified the importance of a parent’s role in reducing their children’s fear of the dentist, here are ways to ensure we stay on the right track:

Be a role model to your children.

Children are very intuitive. They easily pick up any negative feelings like anxiety you feel whenever you talk about going to the dentist. Avoid talk sharing negative dental stories from your own childhood. Worse, do not scare or threaten your children using the dentist. As a role model, you can take them with you whenever you have a dental check-up. When they see you comfortable, calm and not afraid of the dentist, they most likely will feel the same way when it’s their turn.

Be honest with your children.

Don’t falsely reassure your children that the check-up will be pain-free. It is important to tell them the truth and set their expectation but do this matter of factly. Tell them how a procedure is done and avoid inserting any possible emotions into the conversation. Tell it like telling a fact – like how leaves fall from trees when Fall season starts or how they need to follow instructions from their teachers.

Be consistent.

It is always a great idea to go to the dentist even when there aren’t any dental problems. In fact, dental care should start as early as possible. By making dental check-ups routine and consistent, children would most likely see it as customary and ordinary, just like going to school or to church.

Reassure your children, but don’t interfere during dental procedures.

Dentists usually assess parents if they will add to the agitation of the child during a dental procedure before letting them inside the room. Be a silent observer and let your dentist build rapport and explain the procedure. Practice positive reinforcement, praising and rewarding your child for behavior that helps procedures go smoothly. Avoid showing any facial expressions that show you are worried about your child.

Consider sedation options.

There are dental procedures that will require the full cooperation of your child. If anxiety is a big issue, there are different sedation techniques available in the clinic that are safely practiced and enforced by Dr. Reese, a sedation dentist. Dr. Reese will be more than happy to explain to you what are the different options for your child and recommend the safest one.

Choose Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic for an Anxiety-Free Dental Check-up for Your Child.

At Indianapolis Dentistry in Greenwood, IN (near downtown Indianapolis), our number one goal is to provide you with stress-free, quality dental care. There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues.

Dr. Ted Reese is an Indianapolis dentist who does pediatric cleanings (kids get a toy and a special bag with their own toothbrush and toothpaste) to prevent cavities, frenectomies for children with tongue or lip ties, and traditional or ceramic braces for teens and pre-teens. He practices minimally-invasive dentistry to make it as pain-free as possible (there are also various sedation modalities that can be used) for your child.

Again, our number one goal is to provide you with gentle, quality dental care. Please feel free to call us today at 317-882-0228 to make an appointment!

Dentist Games for Kids

Dentist games can be a great tool to educate your children about dental care and good oral hygiene. It can also help them get acquainted with the dentist, the clinic and the usual treatments done to one’s teeth. Fear of the unknown is one of the major reasons kids are afraid of going to the dentist. Take the fear out of going to the dentist with fun, learning games about dental hygiene! Below are a few dentist games that might help your children feel a little bit calmer about going to do the dentist:

Dentist Office Kids

Dentist Office

(available on iTunes and Google Play)

You get to play the role of a virtual dentist and practice dental procedures in this fun game. By selecting a variety of patients with common dental problems (rotten teeth, cleanings, root canal, tooth extractions and crown placements are just a few examples), your child can be acquainted with what usually occurs in common dental procedures. This might help when they become overwhelmed in the dental clinic. You can point out common dental instruments they have encountered with the game so they can overcome their fear. This can help give your child a better dental experience with his dentist.

Glenn Martin DDS Dental Adventure

Glenn Martin, DDS: Dental Adventure

According to the description, you get to, “Hit the road with Glenn Martin and family to drill, fill, hammer, and file in mouths around the country. In addition, you'll blast aliens in Ohio, throw fish in Seattle, dodge the cops in Mississippi, and play tons of other all-new mini-games. Featuring 10 characters from the show (including the dog), 10 tooth-defying procedures, new mini-games, and clips from the upcoming season, Glenn Martin, DDS is the dentist you'll love to visit.”

If your child relates and admires superheroes, Glenn Martin, DDS is a dentist they can call a hero.  By identifying dentists as friends and “good” guys, your child will look forward to his dental appointments than dread going to it.

Dental Games

Plackers Kids Club

Education plays a big role in helping children overcome their fear. When they know what to expect and are familiar with what is happening, you can expect dental visits to feel like walks in the park. The Plackers Kids Club have memory games, printable coloring pages, mazes and connect the dot activities that are ideal if you don’t like the idea of exposing your child to electronic gadgets yet. The activities also aim to promote dental health.

Role-Play as a Dentist

Not all games are digital on a computer. Children love role-playing games in real-life too! Role-playing helps children understand faster and better. By playing this way, children learn how things work and how to properly behave. Here are some ideas on how to play dental role playing games with your children:

  1. You can give your child a toothbrush for a toy. Encourage them to be dentists to their doll or bear and have them care for their teeth.
  2. Let your child be your dentist and act like a patient. Let them give you a check-up!
  3. Convert toothbrush time into a game! Be dentists to one another and brush each other’s teeth. Afterwards, one gets to check if the other one’s teeth are sparkly clean. This simple game teaches your child proper brushing techniques without making it like a chore for them.

About Dr. Reese and Indianapolis Dentistry

Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist in Indianapolis that serves children and adults. He specializes in helping calm the fears of those afraid to go to the dentist. He does this by creating a calm, relaxing atmosphere that is low-pressure. He compliments that atmosphere with sedation modalities like IV sedation, gas sedation, and pill sedation, which help calm an anxious patient during treatment. If you or your child is afraid of the dentist and you are in the Indianapolis area, consider calling Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228 for a consultation.

Dealing with Dental Anxiety

For some people, visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience. It is estimated that 35 million adults experience anxiety at the thought of an upcoming dental visit-and they end up postponing their appointment. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we want to assure you that we understand this anxiety and we're here to make your visit as calm and pleasant as possible. Here are a few tips to help you relax before and after a dental treatment:

  • Tell your dentist and the dental staff you feel fearful, tense or anxious. Bringing your fears out into the open can help your dentist tailor the treatment and pace to suit your needs.
  • Try to schedule your dental visit for a time when you won't be rushed or physically strained. You may find an early morning appointment is less stressful than rushing to see the dentist directly after work.
  • Get a good night's sleep the night before and eat light meals the day of your appointment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes to your dental appointment. Avoid wearing tight collars or clothes that will restrict your movement.
  • Arrange a signal ahead of time with the dental staff - such as raising your hand - to indicate you are feeling discomfort or need a break from a procedure.
  • Listen to music during your treatment (we provide headphones).
  • Try visualization-focusing on a relaxing scene from a favorite vacation spot and keeping it in your "mind's eye" during the visit.
  • Tell Dr. Reese about medications that are available to help create more relaxed, comfortable dental visits.

We also have several different types of sedation dentistry that may help you stay calm or even forget your dental procedure completely. The type of procedure, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are considered when determining which approach is best for your particular case. Again, our number one goal is to provide you with gentle, quality dental care. Please feel free to call us today at 317-882-0228 to make an appointment!

Air Abrasion Technology

For those of you who are afraid of the dentist or can't stand the sound of a dental drill, we've got a great alternative! Our dental practice offers an alternative method to remove tooth decay called air abrasion. We'd love to tell you more about it on your next visit to see if it would work for you. Air abrasion uses a process that "sandblasts" the tooth to rapidly remove surface tooth decay and enamel. A pressurized stream of microscopic, non-toxic abrasive powder removes the decay. Many patients prefer air abrasion because it is quiet. The only noise is a sound similar to a vacuum cleaner and it doesn't produce the vibration or the heat that a drill does.

For many patients, the procedure requires little or no anesthesia. Air abrasion is especially useful for small cavities, children, phobic patients, people who dislike the drill or its noise, and those who cannot have local anesthesia.

If you'd like to learn more about whether air abrasion is an alternative for you or interested in other forms of pain-free dentistry like laser or sedation dentistry, call our office today at 317-882-0228 to set up an appointment. Again, thank you for choosing us as your Indianapolis dental provider!

Dental Phobia?

Are you afraid of the dentist? You're not alone! It is estimated that nearly 35 million adults are anxious about visiting and dentist and consequently, postpone their appointment. Don't let anxiety get in the way of a healthy smile! Read our testimonials from our patients. One patient was "terrified of dental work", but said we "were comforting and never once made me feel bad." Another patient who was self-described as "a severe dental phobic" said, "Dr. Reese and his staff were very understanding, supportive and genuinely concerned about my dental experiences and health." We want all of our patients to feel that way so we compiled a list of some tips to make your dental experience more comfortable and minimize nervousness: 

1. Don't be uncomfortable telling Dr. Reese or our staff that you are nervous or anxious! It may also be a good idea to arrange a signal with the dental staff (such as raising your hand) to indicate when you are uncomfortable or need them to stop. That way you are in control of your visit!

2. Try to schedule your appointment during a time when you're not in a rush or under mental/physical strain.

3. Get a good night's sleep the day before you appointment.

4. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. - Tight clothes will restrict your movement and make you uncomfortable and agitated.

5. Ask for one of Indianapolis Dentistry's pre-programmed iPods to help you relax!

6. Call our office ahead of time and ask about our multiple sedation options. Sedation Dentistry will allow you to sleep/relax through your appointment and wake up refreshed with little to no memory of your appointment.

7. Ask about Laser Dentistry! Unlike needle and drill dentistry, our Waterlase MD™ laser can perform many traditional dental procedures with fewer shots, less anesthesia, and in many cases, without pain. Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort. In addition, procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.

At Indianapolis Dentistry in Greenwood, IN (near downtown Indianapolis), our number one goal is to provide you with stress-free, quality dental care.

REMEMBER... There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues. Diagnostic testing, oral cancer screening, x-rays, cleanings can all go a long way to ensuring your dental health through preventative care.

Stop postponing your health! Call Indianapolis Dentistry today at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment!

Terrified of the Dentist? Try Indianapolis Dentistry's Innovative Solution!


Everything from fillings, crowns, and root canals, to gum treatment, wisdom tooth removal, cosmetic dentistry, and even cleanings can be provided while you’re asleep! Intravenous (IV) sedation employs a combination of sedative and narcotic drug administration to safely and effective allow you to sleep through your appointment. Much more than “a pill and laughing gas” technique geared to “relax” you, Dr. Ted Reese has been licensed and providing a true intravenous sedation for over 20 years

Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. Not only does IV sedation also eliminate anxiety and pain, but because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish high-quality dentistry in less time. You will be so relaxed that you"ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remain stress-free and remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.

IV sedation also gives your dentist optimum control of the amount of medication administered and allows the dentist to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you'll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly.


What Will My Actual Treatment Be Like? We require that a patient does not eat or drink eight hours prior to an IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. Patients are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can easily be removed to ensure total relaxation. Upon lying down in the dental chair, an assistant will bring blankets to wrap around you so you feel comfortable and warm. Finally, you will never be left alone. Either Dr. Reese or one of our trained assistants will be with you at all times to ensure absolute safety and comfort.

What Will I Feel Like After the Appointment? Most patients remember waking up on the couch at home. The after effects are few. You will not be allowed to drive a car for 24 hrs. and typically have no memory of the visit to the office at all.

Will My Dental Insurance Cover the Procedure? Patients have different insurance plans, so there is no single answer. Generally speaking, most dental insurance plans do cover part or sometimes even all of the cost of IV sedation. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to confirm your plan's benefits. Feel free to call or refer to our website if you have any further questions.

DON'T DELAY! Our prices, services, and hours are competitive with, if not better than, all other reputable Indianapolis dental practices. So visit our website or call to make an appointment at Indianapolis Dentistry today!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)


Open Letter to Those Afraid of the Dentist

It has been my great pleasure and satisfaction to be able to help many people such as yourself obtain the dental care they want and need but have been unable to carry through with their desires. Let me highlight what will be different from your past dental experiences and visits:

First of all, you will have minimal to no awareness of the work we will be doing. You will be in a safe but deep sleep while we perform your needed care, and have little to absolutely no recollection of the appointment.

Secondly, we will routinely combine the services that would normally require several visits and sometimes several doctors, into as few of visits as necessary to complete your treatment and restorations. Appointment length and frequency will vary with the desired outcome and initial condition, and financial arrangements.

Thirdly, I will suggest and recommend a course of action that puts you on the road to enjoying a lifetime dental plan. This “lifetime plan” will address your desires in terms of comfort, function, and appearance, and my desire for you to enjoy a “cost effective- long lasting solution” to your dental problems.

As I stated earlier, I have been very fortunate to be able to help many people as yourself become “comfortable” about receiving dental care. My staff will make themselves available to assist you in getting any and all financing options available to help in making your treatment affordable and fit your budget.

Congratulations! You have made the first and often the hardest step towards addressing your needed dental treatment. I look forward to helping you through this process becoming “dentally” healthy and happy and proud of your new smile.

-Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD