It’s not unusual to be afraid of the dentist. A lot of people are. There's much less reason to be in the modern world, but we've talked to enough patients to know what those still-common fears are.
No worries! We can alleviate most of them!
Below are some of the most common fears when it comes to the dentist and what you should keep in mind when they worry you.
Getting Bad News
You might avoid the dentist because you don’t want to learn that you need major work done. We get it! No one likes bad news, and we’re all insecure about our dental habits.
The truth, though, is that if you have taken care of your teeth it’s not likely you’ll get bad news. And hey, even if you DO, that’s not a bad thing. Spotting a problem when there is still time to fix it is a positive thing!
Remember a Bad Experience
Some people were frightened at the dentist when they were kids. We get how that bad memory could linger, but you’re older, wiser, stronger, and smarter now.
That’s why you’re reading this! A childhood experience shouldn’t stop you from enjoying good oral health.
Afraid of Pain
The truth is, these days your visit to your dentist is almost guaranteed to be pain free. Modern dental techniques have improved dramatically when compared to the old days. Dental procedures are more painless than ever before, and usually have you in and out of the office in no time.
You Don’t Want to Be Scolded
Believe it or not, we get this one a lot. No one likes to be told they’ve been doing a bad job with their teeth. We get it.
Just keep in mind that if your dentist has feedback for you about your oral health – and it’s feedback, not a scolding! – it’s for a reason. Their job is to look out for you! Even better, what they point out to you can help you in avoiding procedures in the future.
This is something you can handle. Often, your fear of the dentist is an extension of your existing condition. The best option is to tell your dentist up front about your anxiety. They can help ensure your experience is much better than you expected!