Top 10 Reasons Why People Avoid Going to the Dentist

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man-70603_1280It is understandable to have concerns about seeing the dentist, but don’t let those concerns keep you from maintaining your oral health. Here are the top ten reasons why people dread the dentist – and how most offices are helping patients overcome them for an overall better dental experience.

  1. Pain. Many people despise sitting in the dental chair for fear of being in pain. With modern technology, with more efficient tools, and options like sedation dentistry, pain and discomfort can be greatly reduced. Having a dentist you can trust also makes a huge difference. Never be afraid to ask questions about the procedure so you can know what to expect.
  2. Being Lectured. No one likes the feeling of being scolded. Just keep in mind that your dental provider’s main concern is your dental health, and expressing their concern is often their way of expressing their care for you and your smile.
  3. Cost. Unfortunately, quality dental care can be expensive. But don’t let this keep you from exploring your options – payment plans, dental insurance, and in-office savings plans can help make a healthy smile affordable.
  4. I’m too busy. In the blur of life, some struggle to find the time to make an appointment. Just remember that putting off regular check-ups and cleanings can lead to a more time consuming oral procedure to treat a condition that could have been prevented.
  5. The waiting. The waiting room is not generally an exciting place to sit. Most offices have televisions or reading material and a play area for children, but you can make the time fly by faster by bringing your own book or tablet.
  6. Worry. What if it’s a serious problem? Don’t use this worry as an excuse not to come in. Putting off a dental problem only makes it worse. And talking with a dental professional can help ease your worries by helping you make the necessary steps to solve and treat whatever problems you may have.
  7. A bad past experience. Sometimes patients have had a bad experience that keeps them paralyzed when it comes to going to the dentist. But by expressing your concerns to a dentist you can trust, fears from the past can be overcome.
  8. It feels like a waste of time. After seeing the dentist for a cleaning every six months with no problems, dental visits can seem like a waste of time. However, never forget that semiannual exams and cleanings are the best way to maintain your oral health. By attending your dental appointments consistently, it will keep you from wasting time in the future to treat more serious dental issues.
  9. The sounds. Often dentist phobia is triggered by the sound of dental tools. Modern dental technology and equipment is much more gentle and quiet than equipment has been in the past, so this shouldn’t be a serious worry. Also, headphones can be offered to help with this if this is a concern.
  10. The smell. There was once a time when the chemical sterile smell of dental offices was very distinct. Today, more and more offices are taking steps to promote a more pleasant and welcome environment for their patients.

Come see how we are helping our patients overcome their hesitations and fears about dental visits!