All Vistors Notice Before Your Next Appointment

To all of our patients at Constitution Dental,

We are thrilled to welcome you back to our clinic. As you know, we are committed to maintaining the best quality of care for all visitors, current patients and new patients. Due to new implementations required to minimalize the spread of infection of COVID-19, we ask that you review the important information below prior to your appointment with us.

If you have at least one of the following symptoms: fever and/or new onset of cough or difficulty breathing OR At least two of the following symptoms:

• chills
• fatigue
• headache
• sore throat
• runny nose
• stuffy or congested nose
• lost sense of taste or smell
• hoarse voice
• difficulty swallowing
• digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain), or
• for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

PLEASE delay your visit AND contact your health care provider, or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000)

COVID-19 Update The Clinic Of Constitution Dental, Has Re-Opened!

To Our Dear Constitution Dental Patients,

We hope all is well with you and your family during these challenging times. Many of our patients have been forced to wait for dental care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding while we were closed to prevent the spread of the virus. We are committed to providing for the dental needs of our patients and fully restoring services as soon as possible. We are happy to say our office has reopened for patient treatment as of this past Monday June 8 2020 and our usual hours of operation.

We are now scheduling dental appointments, and taking extensive precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff that we outlined below. First, we are fully compliant with infection control procedures set by RCDSO ( Royal College of Dentists Canada and CDHO College Of Dental Hygienists ) as well as health regulations set by (CDC / OPH,).We have also changed our appointment procedures and taken other safety measures to provide a safe dental appointment.

These include;

  • Patients will be required to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire before their appointments
  • Patients will be pre-screened prior to their appointments and again at the entrance to the office.
  • Temperature checks will be taken upon entering the practice.
  • Disposable face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entrance that patients will be asked to use.
  • Modifications have been made to reception and waiting areas to provide for social distancing.
  • Magazines, children’s toys, and other items that are difficult to disinfect will be removed from waiting areas.
  • The number of patients at any given time in the practice will be limited and appointments will be staggered.
  • Common areas including restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn by all clinical and administrative staff.
  • Staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis.
  • Treatment rooms will be completely sterilized before patients are seated -extra time will be scheduled in-between appointments to allow for the thorough
  • cleaning and disinfection of treatment rooms and equipment.
  • During treatment, our team will strictly follow guidelines set by (CDC, Public health, RCDSO and CDHO)
  • The safety of our patients is our top priority, and our entire dental team is committed to ensuring your safety and comfort in receiving dental care from our
  • office.

We are looking forward to reconnecting with our patients and providing for your dental needs. If you have any questions or concerns related to your care after reviewing this information, please contact us directly.

Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist

Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist

Dental fears and phobias are not uncommon, even among adult patients. For some people, just the sound of dental tools makes their skin crawl, and they’d rather do anything else than visit their family dentist. So, why is this? In many cases, dental fears and phobias develop during childhood due to an unpleasant experience with cavity fillings, tooth extractions, and even braces. Even patients who have never had any dental work aside from professional teeth cleanings can develop anxiety at the dentist’s office, making their experience less pleasant.

At Constitution Dental, our goal is to make your dental appointment as easy and stress-free as possible. We cater to working professionals in the heart of Downtown Ottawa, with a conveniently located dental clinic you can slip right into for a speedy dental cleaning during your lunch break. Our dentists understand how your fear of the dentist can throw off your entire day at work, which is why we work to accommodate your needs. Here are a few tips to help you overcome your fear of the dentist and ensure that your next dental exam is a breeze:

Practice Relaxation Techniques

A quick way to calm your nerves in the dentist’s chair is to do some relaxation techniques. Try to control your breathing by taking long, slow breaths through your nose. With your eyes closed, let the air fill your belly and hold it for a few seconds. Exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing any tension in your face. Unclench your jaw, stop fidgeting with your hands, and focus all your attention on your breath. Then, when the dentist is cleaning your teeth, take deep breaths in and out through your nose.

Another relaxation technique is to slowly release all the tension in your body, beginning with your face. Relax your forehead, unclench your jaw, and let your arms lay heavy on your stomach or the dentist’s chair. Breathe into your lower stomach rather than your chest, and let your feet fall to the sides. This will help your body shift from its “fight or flight” response to its “rest and digest” state, which will make you feel calm, relaxed, and even a bit sleepy.

Distract Yourself

If you are having a hard time focusing on your breath, try distracting yourself with thoughts unrelated to the dentist. Think about your upcoming weekend plans or decide on something to cook for dinner when you get home from work. Make a mental list of all the things you want to accomplish today. Think about something funny your friend said or recite song lyrics in your head. Keep your eyes closed and let your mind drift away from any thoughts about the dentist, and before you know it, your appointment will be over.

Try Dental Sedation

At Constitution Dental, we offer a range of dental sedation techniques to help ease your nerves in the dentist’s chair. Depending on the severity of your anxiety, we may recommend IV sedation, oral sedation, or nitrous oxide. IV and oral sedation are reserved for patients with severe dental anxiety and/or a low pain threshold (these patients will need to be driven home from their appointment), while nitrous oxide is a lighter sedative that provides temporary aid in relaxation. If you are interested in trying anesthesia at your next dental exam, let your dentist know so they can accommodate you.

Communicate With Your Dentist

We can’t stress this enough: communication with your dentist is key. Remember, dental fears and phobias are very common, and we aren’t strangers to the concept. Our dentists treat anxious patients all the time, and we are always looking for ways to make your dental appointment more enjoyable. When you arrive at our dental office, don’t be afraid to let your dentist or dental hygienist know how you’re feeling that day.

For example, if you are nervous about your dentist using local anesthesia for a cavity filling, allow us to explain what you can expect (a little pinch is a lot less painful than a tooth filling with no anesthesia). If you don’t like the sound of the dental tools, we’ll recommend that you listen to some music or your favorite podcast. Not a fan of dental X-rays? We’ll help you breathe through it so you don’t have a gag reflex. We’re here to help you, not make your anxiety even worse.

Leave Bad Experiences In The Past

A lot of your anxiety has to do with how you enter the dental clinic for your appointment. If you arrive with negative thoughts in your head, you are more likely to feel nervous or afraid when it’s time for your teeth cleaning, your root canal, or your wisdom teeth removal. Though it’s easier said than done, try to leave any past experiences at the door and have an open mind about your appointment. It’s all about your mindset.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam At Constitution Dental

We hope that these tips will help ease your anxiety at your next dental appointment and that you will choose Constitution Dental as your preferred dental clinic in Downtown Ottawa. Request an appointment today!

Boost Your Self-Esteem With A Smile Makeover!

Very few people are born with perfect teeth. Odds are, you’ll need braces or Invisalign® at some point, not to mention cavity fillings. If you don’t take good care of your teeth, you might also need root canals, dental crowns, and other restorative dental treatments down the road. Not only do these things affect the health of your teeth, but they also impact their appearance. Luckily, our dentists offer a customized solution to address all your dental needs: smile makeovers. Here are a few ways our smile makeovers can provide a much-needed boost to your confidence and self-esteem:

Improved Aesthetics

Our smile makeovers address multiple aspects of your smile, including the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth. If you are self-conscious about the way your teeth look, our dentists can combine a range of cosmetic dental treatments to create the perfect smile. Not happy with your tooth stains from drinking lots of coffee, wine, or tea? We’ll provide a professional teeth whitening treatment. Hate the space in your teeth? Our dentists can fill in the gaps with teeth bonding, inlays and onlays, or porcelain veneers. If you wish you had straighter teeth, we can also talk about including Invisalign (also known as “clear braces” or “invisible braces”) in your smile makeover. Just let us know what you’d like to change about your smile, and we’ll put our skills, experience, and resources to work for you. The end result is a beautiful smile you’ll be proud to show off!

Healthier Teeth & Gums

Healthy teeth are beautiful teeth. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile but also need to address cavities, gingivitis, tooth infections, or even tooth decay, we can offer solutions to improve your oral health and your self-esteem. Our dentists can offer white tooth fillings that blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, as well as inlays, onlays, and ceramic dental crowns to protect your damaged teeth and make them look brand new. If you have missing teeth, we can also discuss dental implants and dental bridges, which are permanent, aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement options.

Smile Freely

When your teeth look good and are healthy, your self-esteem skyrockets. Many people are self-conscious about their teeth, which makes them hesitant to smile, laugh, or even speak in social situations. However, if you collaborate with your cosmetic dentist to create a beautiful smile that you are proud of, you’ll be able to smile freely and pose for photos without feeling down about the appearance of your teeth. This translates into a happier, healthier you, and you can’t put a price tag on that!

Book Your Smile Makeover In Downtown Ottawa

If you are self-conscious about your teeth, it’s time to take action and create a smile you really love. Contact our cosmetic dentists in Downtown Ottawa to book an appointment at Constitution Dental, or give us a call to answer any further questions you have about our smile makeovers. We look forward to helping you get your dream smile!

Your Invisalign® Questions Answered

Your Invisalign® Questions Answered

If you’re considering Invisalign as a more attractive alternative to braces, odds are you have some questions about the treatment. Invisalign is still a fairly new dental technology, but it has quickly become a popular choice among dental patients who want straighter teeth. To learn whether Invisalign is right for you, contact our dentists at Constitution Dental in Downtown Ottawa, or continue reading for some answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

Who Can Get Invisalign?

The beauty of Invisalign is that it addresses many different dental problems with regard to misaligned teeth, such as overlapping teeth, tooth gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. There are very few cases in which Invisalign isn’t an option, so most people make good candidates for this “clear braces” alternative. To be sure that Invisalign is the right orthodontic choice for you, we recommend scheduling a brief consultation with our dentists so we can take a look at your mouth and answer any questions you have about the duration or cost of Invisalign treatment.

How Does It Work?

Invisalign doesn’t work like traditional braces do — it’s a much simpler process that relies on a “map” that is created before you even get your first set of clear aligners. When you decide to get Invisalign, our dentists will take an impression of your mouth in order to create a digital progression of how your teeth will adjust throughout the treatment. Based on this digital map, your dentist will then order a set of clear aligner trays for you to wear day and night. Each benchmark in the treatment is a new set of Invisalign trays, which your teeth will gradually move into. When you reach the final set of retainers in the progression, your smile is complete!

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The duration of Invisalign is comparable to braces, though the time estimate is more precise. Since your adjustments are already pre-mapped out, you don’t have to visit your dentist every few months to have your braces manually tightened. If you wear your “invisible braces” for at least 22 hours per day (only removing them to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth), your treatment should be complete after about 15 weeks. It all depends on how diligently you wear your Invisalign trays, as well as the state of your teeth when the treatment began.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on a number of factors, including your family’s dental clinic, your dental insurance coverage, and whether or not you choose to finance. Another thing to consider is how much dental work needs to be done — the more crooked your teeth are, the more Invisalign retainers you’ll need. At Constitution Dental, we customize our dental treatments to each patient’s unique needs, so the price of Invisalign may vary from person to person. For more information about the cost of Invisalign, feel free to reach out to our dental office in Downtown Ottawa.

Visit Us For An Invisalign Consultation

Ready to begin your journey toward beautiful, straight teeth? Contact our dental clinic today, or request an appointment online.