Let Us Help Ease Your Mind About What Makes People Nervous About the Dentist
If you’re really honest, you would likely say that you don’t enjoy going to the dentist’s office. While it may be because of the time and effort it takes to get to an appointment, in many cases, people don’t enjoy the dentist you’re afraid to go. This fear of the dentist isn’t anything to be ashamed of as it is very common. Most dentists know that there is a fear and as a result have made efforts to make their offices friendlier, and calmer and more comfortable.
Below are some of the common reasons people are nervous to go to the dentist:
Shame. Patients who haven’t been to the dentist for a long time for whatever reason may be ashamed of the poor state of their teeth and gum health. It is likely their smile looks or feels so bad that they feel too self-conscious to even smile. They may fear they’ll be judged by the dentist or hygienist.
Discomfort and Pain. While most dental procedures are painless, some do involve a level of discomfort and pain. Nobody wants to have pain inflicted on them, even if it is necessary for treatment.
The Atmosphere. The dental office atmosphere is full of unpleasant sounds and smells. Dental staff and patients are rushing around, going in and out the door and down the hallway. The waiting room is full of anxious patients. Many dental offices’ feel and presentation can heightens people’s apprehension of going to the dentist.
A Bad Past Experience. Whether it was a botched procedure, a procedure that quickly escalated in complexity, a long wait to be seen by the dentist, an impersonal office staff that made the patient feel ashamed or invisible or an unexpected cost from their treatment, a negative past dental experience can
Helplessness. Even impeccable oral hygiene won’t necessarily undo years of oral hygiene neglect in a matter of days or a few weeks. With one look inside the patient’s mouth, a dentist or dental hygienist can know how you really care for your teeth. Once in the dentist chair, there is nothing a patient can do to hide or disguise their lack of proper oral hygiene.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid
While these may seem like valid reasons to avoid the dentist, in so doing, you’re putting your oral health at risk. As the health of your teeth and gums deteriorate, you can lose your gorgeous smile, risk getting cavities and gum disease (which can lead to difficulty in eating and speaking), and you can also potentially lose teeth. Treatment will become more complex, expensive and invasive.
Rest assured that the dentist is ultimately there to protect and improve your oral health, not to condemn, look down upon or criticize you. Our dentist and dental staff all went into the dental field because we care about the health of our patients’ teeth and gums because it ultimately contributes to a happier and better quality of life. We encourage and support our patients to properly care for their oral health and we gently and respectfully inform them of some of the improvements they could make.
At Parham Dental Group, we strive to provide a welcoming and calming dental office environment where patients can relax and feel at home. For patients with moderate or severe dental anxiety we offer laughing gas to relax and calm them during their dental procedure. This allows us to quickly get their procedure done so they can get back to their daily routine.
Our dentist and hygienists are trained and utilize the best dental practices and advanced dental technology to provide patients with the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. New technology also shortens the time patients spend in our office so their office visit won’t inconvenience them too much.
While we can’t undo the effects of a negative past experience at another dental office, we aim to provide a positive experience for each and every patient in our Richmond dental office that hopefully puts their fear of the dentist to bed. Don’t wait till something bad happens to your teeth and gums to visit us. Take that first step and contact us to schedule an appointment.