Why Do People Avoid the Dentist?

We understand that it can be easy to make excuses to avoid a visit to the dentist.  

But is it worth it in the long run?  We don’t think so!  A dental chair can be very intimidating.  There is good news though: we can address and minimize your greatest fears! Our goal is to keep you healthy and make you feel better about your visit.

So what are some of the main reasons people avoid the dentist?  Here are some of the major ones:

  • Dental Anxiety – There are many reasons that people fear coming to the dentist, but they don’t have to take over your life.  If you have dental anxiety take some time  to get to know us and tell us your fears.  Anxiety can be a product of childhood trauma or even a bad dental experience as an adult.  Having a dentist that keeps you comfortable and gives you the best evaluations and advice will help make the experience a positive one, with minimal discomfort.
  • No Problems (you can feel!)- A lot of people take really good care of their teeth.  They brush and floss regularly which helps to justify not going to the dentist.  However, you still need to visit the dentist.  We can be much more thorough with our cleanings than brushing and flossing alone.  Our expertise, and use of x-rays can spot problems (like gum disease and issues at the root) long before you will notice them at home.  If your oral health is really stellar, talk to us about scheduling cleanings once a year.
  • CostDental care can be expensive, and if a person does not have dental insurance, they might not know if they can afford to visit a dentist.  Prevention is always more affordable than fixing a problem down the line.  Scheduling regular cleanings and simple procedures such as fixing a filling are much more affordable than a root canal or dental implant.  Visiting us more regularly will actually save you time, money, and anguish in the long run.  
  • Fear of Drills, Shots, Loud Noises, Pain – A lot of people have specific fears of equipment and procedures we use everyday.  If you have a specific fear, it is as simple as letting us know!  We will work with you to reduce your fear and keep you as calm as possible.  If you fear the noise of a drill, we can come up with a solution, such as headphones and music to help you relax.  

If  you haven’t visited us (or any dentist) recently, you may be surprised.  The world of dentistry is constantly growing and evolving.  Developments in dentistry are created with the goal of keeping you more comfortable, getting you on your way more quickly, and reducing costs.

For more information, and to schedule an appointment contact us today.  At our office, we strive to make you feel welcome from the first phone call, and your needs will continue to remain our top priority at every office visit.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Dental anxiety is more common than you may think, but you can’t let it compromise your health!

There are some ways to combat your anxiety and have a pleasant experience in the dentist’s chair.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways. Some people become agitated, some avoid dental appointments, and in extreme cases, people have been known to never visit a dentist. Because of anxiety, people will often put off having dental treatment and suffer for years with toothaches, infections, and poor oral appearance.

Here are some of the most common causes for dental anxiety and some easy solutions to try so you will be more comfortable at your next visit to the dentist.

  • Fear of the Unknown – A lot of anxiety can come from not knowing what to expect. The best way to ease your apprehensions is to ask! As simple as it may sound all you need to do is ask your doctor what will happen. Request a meeting with the dentist before your appointment. This will give you a chance to talk with them about what will happen during your appointment and discuss your worries. It will also help you to not think of your doctor as an ominous person looming over you in the dentist chair. Knowing the dentist as a person and what the procedure will be like can greatly reduce your level of anxiety.
  • Upset by Sounds of a Dentist’s Office – Many people with anxiety are upset by loud noises. A dentist’s office can be full of noise that is upsetting to people. The suction of water being removed, the beeps and whirring sounds of an x-ray machine, the scraping of dental tools, and worst of all the sound of a drill. But, you aren’t required to listen! Dealing with these noises can be as simple as wearing earplugs or putting on noise cancelling headphones with soothing music playing. Make sure you warn your dentist so they will be able to get your attention, but there is no rule saying you can’t zone out and relax in the dental chair.
  • Scary Dental Equipment – Speaking of those noises, they can be made by dental tools. When most people think of instruments of torture, they probably envision rusty dental tools. The reality is something quite different. If the tools intimidate you, ask to see them. Ask questions about what each tool does. There are constantly significant advances in dental tools and techniques. The more you are prepared for ahead of time, the less intimidating these dental instruments will seem.
  • Worrying about being Uncomfortable – Some people’s anxiety stems from being uncomfortable while in the dental chair. A more common fear is not having the ability to breathe through the nose while the dentist works in your mouth. This can usually be alleviated by wearing a breathing strip, designed to help with snoring, across the bridge of your nose. If you are worried about a sensitive gag reflex when being prepared for x-rays, speak to the technician. There are generally alternatives that they can try so you can avoid gagging. Another source of anxiety is the fear of back pain in the reclining position of the dental chair. Ask your dentist or technician for a less reclined position. We also have pillows on site that can be placed behind the neck to relieve discomfort in that area. If the bright light bothers you, bring in a pair of sunglasses. Many patients enjoy using these to cancel out bright light and help them to relax.

Your visit to the dentist will be easier for you and your doctor if you are comfortable and able to relax. The most effective thing you can do in order to alleviate your dental anxiety is work on your overall anxiety. The most important thing for you as a patient is to find out where and how you feel most comfortable at the dentist’s office. Our staff would be happy to talk to you about your options and in the case of extreme anxiety, we will even refer you to a sedation dentist who will be able to best accommodate your needs.

If you have more questions or concerns and are wanting to get back on the road to dental health, contact us at the office of Dr. Stanislav and Dr. Kristy Dye by calling 931-648-0232 or sending us a message.