There is something about the dentist that makes many people uncomfortable. Some people are so distressed by dental appointments that they avoid seeing the dentist altogether. Ignoring the health of your teeth and gums, however, is a route to more than just discomfort – it’s a road to serious pain. Your teeth are important, not just for biting and chewing and smiling, but for good overall health. Find out how to manage being scared of the dentist.
1. You’re embarrassed.
Has it been a while since you’ve seen your Red Bank dentist? You know it’s time for a cleaning and checkup. You know the tooth that throbs more than it doesn’t is a problem. But you’re embarrassed to show up because your teeth aren’t in the best shape. That is the time when you should absolutely make a dental appointment.
No need to be too proud or modest when it comes to teeth. Healthy teeth and gums are the goal of every dentist and, if your teeth aren’t strong and clean, your dentist is prepared to help you get them back into working order, so they feel and look great.
2. Your worry about (potential) pain.
Dentists don’t inflict pain on their patients – it is their job to eliminate pain. The work that needs to be done on problem teeth is always preceded by numbing agents, whether administered topically, through a needle, or both.
Depending on the work you’re having done, you might feel pressure or experience some soreness afterward, but your dentist is prepared to make you feel comfortable every step of the way. Be vocal about your concerns and, if you do feel that something isn’t right, always speak up and ask for relief or an explanation.
3. You have a fear of the unknown.
Are you one of those people who would rather walk around not knowing what might be wrong with them, perfectly happy to be in the dark? You’re not alone in this preference, but it’s important to know that if you take this attitude with oral health, you’re setting yourself up for some major problems in the future.
You may not want to visit the dentist because you’re afraid that cavities or other issues might be found, but it’s better to recognize problems early when it comes to teeth and gums. A dental problem will only get worse once it’s begun, so getting eyeballs on your mouth every six months is the best way to stay healthy.
4. You don’t like the sounds, smells, or sensations.
Maybe you don’t like rubber gloves touching your teeth and gums. Maybe the sound of the drill freaks you out. Maybe you have a severe gag reflex. Whatever the reason for your distress about dental tools or the hands of your dentist or hygienist being in your mouth, there are ways to overcome it.
Your dentist only knows what you tell her about your concerns. Speak up if something – anything – makes you uncomfortable. Your Red Bank dentist will do everything possible to help you relax and stay calm during every appointment, whether it’s just a regular checkup or a dental restoration.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, or you’re looking for a new dental practice to call your own, take advantage of the free new patient special. Visit Dr. Carole Sherrod Jewell or Dr. Pauline Robinson at Red Bank Dentistry for a visit at a calm, relaxing, family dental practice. Make your appointment today.