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About Calmistry
A message from Robert Korwin DMD MAGD
CalmistrySM and Patients with Anxiety Who Want to Avoid Drugs

Before I obtained my dental degree, I received a college degree in psychology. During my dental career, I attended courses in hypnosis and in biofeedback while looking for methods to reduce stress and anxiety in patients in a manner that is medication-free. With this background, I understand the psychological trauma that patients undergo when they cope with stressful medical and dental situations. About 40 percent of the US population avoids the dentist because of dental anxiety. This anxiety is partially due to a lack of trust in the procedure or in the practitioner because of previous negative experiences that are generalized to the present.

Sedation dentistry is a blessing to those people because they can obtain the care they have long avoided. My dental practice with sedation medications showed me that anxious patients were helped by drug use, but there were some major unavoidable side effects, including
  • The major patient time commitment required to use the drug protocol.
  • Prolonged drowsiness and impaired judgment, sometimes consuming a patient’s entire day and making normal activities very risky.
  • Restricted availability of care, since very few dentists are qualified to provide all levels of sedation dental care.
  • Increased expense for provider and staff training, medication and monitoring.

I realized that many patients were even fearful of medications, and there was a need for a better route to anxiety control during dental care.

After helping many sedation patients, it became clear that most patients do not need medications for repeat visits after a single treatment visit with me, since they develop trust in the practice and in my care. Astoundingly, they cheerfully say they are happy to return without any medications at all.

This revised trust relationship derives from their feeling that we can and will help them by delivering pain-free and anxiety-free visits that do not surprise them in any way. This is done by discussing plans to improve their health in all aspects before treatment. We then decide on the best options in advance, obtaining agreement before treatment is started.

We engender trust by anticipating patient discomfort and proactively responding. My staff and I carefully observe eyelid blink rates, hand tightening and position, facial, arm and leg movements, breathing rate, and speech patterns in non-sedated patients to make sure that we are constantly in touch with their feelings non-verbally. We use a distinct vocabulary and a verbal cadence and tone to eliminate threatening verbal unconscious fear associations. We make sure that they are the focus of our attention in every way during their visit, so they feel they will be well cared for and pain-free. We monitor their reactions non-verbally and respond with chair adjustments, changes in treatment and/or changes in local anesthetic, before the patient realizes he or she is nearing any level of discomfort. We even communicate with each other non-verbally so there is a coordinated series of treatment activity that is “invisible” to the patient, thereby avoiding any anxiety-provoking distractions.

I was introduced to the beginning techniques of CalmistrySM by Kerry Gillespie, MS, when a family member who was a patient in my office developed dental anxiety. Kerry and I began the first stages of dental anxiety reduction without drugs while helping that patient. We both realized that this technique could help many people who are fearful of both dental treatment and medications. We began to develop the program that is available today through Calmistry.

By removing the distractions of prior experience and negative associations, Calmistry provides a feeling of safety and relaxation during the dental visit by drawing on emotional resources that are developed outside the office in a safe environment. When practicing the self-relaxation techniques of Calmistry, a patient can have the benefit of quickly and easily developing a trust relationship with his/her health practitioner.

While we are prepared to help reduce anxiety with our specialized psychological approach, a dental visit with the aid of Calmistry can bridge the medication gap by helping patients develop a calm, secure emotional state before their visit. A relaxed and calm patient is our goal. They can have access to that same internal resource within the office or whenever they are feeling stressed and anxious in any situation.

We are fortunate that with Calmistry we can practically eliminate the need for anxiety medication in most fearful dental patients.

About Calmistry
Dr. Robert Korwin DMD, MAGD

Robert Korwin D.M.D., M.A.G.D.

Education

  • B.A. — SUNY Binghamton
  • DMD — University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Certificate in General Practice Division of Advanced Education — University of Pennsylvania
  • IV Sedation Permit State of New Jersey
Awards
  • ADA Certificate of Recognition, Annual Session
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award
  • Drabkin Memorial Prize for Research in Biochemistry
  • US Patent 4470505 Amalgam Dispenser
  • US Patent 4424034 Amalgam Capsule
  • US Patent 4449645 Impression Band for Crowns
  • Fellowship Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Proficiency Certification
  • Bioresearch Assoc.,TM Joint Vibration Analysis Certification
  • Invisalign Certification
  • “Industry Icon” Straine Consulting
  • Mastership Academy of General Dentistry
Television
  • Mercury Hazards in Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Source for ABC News “20/20” Toothpaste - Arnold Diaz
  • Collagenex Periostat Patient Information Video
Teaching
  • University of Pennsylvania Department of Restorative Dentistry, and Department of Dental Hygiene
  • OSHA In Office Practicum
  • Monmouth Medical Center Dental Attending
  • Dental Inventions and Patents Lecture MMC
Professional Affiliations
  • American Dental Association
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • Monmouth Ocean County Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • International Association of Orthodontics
  • ASAAD Member
  • Clinical Attending Instructor St Josephs Hospital Paterson IV Sedation
  • American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry
  • Former Clinical Instructor Monmouth Medical Center Dental Department
  • Former Chairman Continuing Education NJ AGD
  • Former Provider Program Approval Chairman NJ AGD
  • Former Co Chairman for Master Track Program NJ AGD

Kerry P. Gillespie

Synopsis
  • Twenty-seven years experience in Cardiac Rehab and Adult Fitness
  • Twenty-one years experience in Sales and Marketing of Healthcare Products and Services
  • Clinically trained in the Relaxation Response and other Mind Body Medical techniques by Herbert Benson, MD, at the Mind Body Medical Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Clinical training in the MBMI, Cancer program
  • Developed and facilitate the Pre-Operative Relaxation Program
  • Trained in Critical Incident Stress Counseling at the South Beach Psychiatric Hospital, Staten Island, New York
  • and worked with evacuees of the World Trade Center through ‘Project Liberty’
  • Instructor training for the ‘Fresh Start Program’ in smoking cessation by the American Cancer Society and the New York City Dept of Health
  • Responsible for program development, and staff training
Education
  • M.S., Physical Education, East Stroudsburg State College, Major in Exercise Physiology
  • B.S., Health & Phys. Ed., East Stroudsburg State College
Professional Certifications
  • American Heart Association: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Professional Organizations
  • The Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Past-President
  • Shore Athletic Club-Treasurer
Business Experience
  • Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, NY, Director, Center for Complementary Medicine
    Responsible for program and curriculum development
    Designed and conduct the ‘Healthy Heart’ Cardiac Wellness Program and General Stress Management Seminars for both employees and the community
    Provider for the Mind Body Cancer Program
    Designed and facilitate the Pre-Operative Relaxation Program
    Chairman of the Smoking Cessation Initiative committee
    Facilitator in Critical Incident Stress Management to a group of WTC evacuees for ‘Project Liberty’
    Responsible for the development and administration of the Quality Improvement Plan
    Grant writer for the Center
  • Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Adjunct Professor, Health Education and Personal Fitness
    Lecture presentations on areas of health and fitness
    Topics ranging from anatomy & Physiology to nutrition and wellness
  • Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold, NJ, Adjunct Professor, Health Education and Physical Training
    Lecture presentations on a variety of health topics
    Presentations geared to special concerns of police officers
  • Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers of New York, St. Vincent’s Campus, Staten Island, NY
    Coordinator-Community Training Center
    Co-Coordinator-Mind Body Medical Institute
    Liaison to the American Heart Association
    Organizing and scheduling of all basic and advanced life support courses for professional and lay participates
    Preparation of budget and operating expenses for the CTC
    Publicity and marketing of the program
  • Clinically trained in Mind Body Medicine at the Mind Body Medical Institute, Boston, Mass., under the direction of Herbert Benson, MD
    Leader for clinical and non-clinical programs for MBMI
  • Cardiopulmonary Fitness, Belle Mead, NJ
    Consulting and Sales
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • Optifast-Medical Center at Princeton, NJ
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • New Beginnings Spa and Wellness Center, Newark, NJ
    Director of the Wellness Center
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • CardioRobics, Inc., Springfield, NJ
    Program Director
    Senior Exercise Physiologist
  • Prudential Insurance Co., Newark, NJ
    Executive Fitness Program
    Part-time Exercise Physiologist

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