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Fear of a Dentist

patient afraid in dental office Most healthcare experts recommend visiting a dentist at least once or twice a year. This helps ensure your teeth are in good condition and you are able to maintain good oral health. Regular visits also help catch dental problems early and limit the damage caused by them. Most dentists will clean your teeth during checkups to remove any buildup of plaque. This improves the overall appearance of your teeth and brightens your smile.

Despite all of these advantages, many people hesitate to visit the dentist and don’t book an appointment as often as they should. At Rod W. Gore DDS, we do our best to ensure all patients are comfortable during their treatment. Our dentist knows how to soothe anxious patients and has a calm demeanor that appeals to people from all walks of life.

Causes of Fear of Dentists

Fear of dentists is very common, even among adults. There are many patients who always feel discomfort when they visit a dentist, despite the number of times they have received treatment or their familiarity with the dentist. Here’s a look at some of the common reasons why people fear dentists to much:

  • Prior Experience – Not all dentists are made equal so it isn’t uncommon for people to encounter a few inexperienced or careless dentists in their lifetime. This may lead to an unpleasant experience involving either pain or extreme discomfort. That can put people off from visiting a dentist entirely. Sometimes poorly handled treatments can also lead to trauma and PTSD.
  • Dentist’s Personality – This might seem like a trivial thing, but most people are affected by the medical practitioner’s personality. If patients think the dentist is cold and uncaring, they will be less inclined to book appointments with them. This is one of the reasons why patients often gravitate towards dentists with warm and welcoming personalities.
  • Fear of Needles – Fear of needles is one of the common reasons why people hesitate to visit dentists or other medical professionals. Most patients are relatively comfortable being admnisted an injection an arm or leg. But they aren’t comfortable with the thought of being an injection in the gums or mouth. This can make them hesitate our visiting a dentist.
  • Fear of the Drill – No patient enjoys the sensation of the drill digging into their teeth enamel, but many are particularly sensitive to it. Even with a numbing agent or something similar, the sensation of the drill can be disconcerting. This causes many people to avoid dentists until they have no other choice.
  • Embarrassment – Some people avoid dentists because they are embarrassed by the state of their teeth. They fear judgment for untreated cavities, neglected cleaning, and other such issues. Many patients are also embarrassed by bad breath.
  • Pain – People avoid dentists because they fear pain. Some dental procedures like root canal, implants, and extraction can cause pain. This is negated by local anesthesia or even sedation.

These fears can stop patients from visiting a dentist as often as they should, which can lead to poor oral health. The right dentist will help you move past these fears and get the required treatment.

Overcoming These Fears

Fortunately, it is easy to overcome these fears and get the treatment you need. Here are some tips that can help:

  • Choose a dentist with a good personality and approach towards treatments.
  • Establish friendly communication with the dentist. This will ensure you’re more comfortable in their company.
  • You can request numbing agents to help avoid any discomfort from injections.
  • You can overcome the sound and sensation of the drill by putting on some headphones and listening to great music.
  • Dentists will provide numbing agents or anesthetics to help reduce pain during dental procedures.

Our dentist will always go the extra mile to ensure the patients are comfortable and receive good treatment. If you want to know more about our dentist, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Rod W. Gore DDS. You can call at 480 585 6225 or contact us directly.

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