By Chesterfield Dentist Jennifer Wheeler, DMD
What are the reasons you use to avoid going in for routine dental visits?
When I ask patients “What part of it bugs you the most?” I’ve heard some of them say…
If you’re an individual who looks for an excuse… any excuse to avoid going to the Dentist, I’m sure you have your reasons, and yet I’ll bet it’s not actually the Dentist that you’re trying to avoid.
I’ll bet it’s the procedures and/or the perceived and/or expected/dreaded thoughts you have about those procedures that creeps you out – the drilling, filling, and billing parts.
Who can blame you for that?
A dental chair can combine the sum of all fears… with pain, needles, doctors, confined-spaces, loud noises.
It’s no big surprise so many people avoid going to the dentist.
Yet, my Dentist peers and I aren’t such bad people. We’re just the ones doing the (much-needed) work who get stuck with the bad-gal/guy label.
Here’s part #1 of a list I put together of the Top 10 Reasons Have for Avoiding Dental Care based on my years of observation. It was easy. I just listen to my patient’s stories.
Besides, if you came to see me as a new patient, one of the first things I would want to know is what you like and dislike about going to dentists.
I want to do more of what you like and less of what you don’t like.
What thoughts do you have about dental visits that makes you want to avoid going? I tried to organize these Top 10 Reasons based on this question…
“What is the one thing you think about most that
makes you want to avoid going to the Dentist?”
I encourage you to leave a comment below to let me know “What’s the one thing you think about most that makes you want to avoid going in for routine Dental care visits?”
Top 10 Reasons Patients Have for Avoiding Dental Care #1 – The Needle!
In picking #1 for this Top 10 list, I gave the nod to the biggest phobia. Dental Fear (i.e., “Led by fear of needles and injections”) is HUGE for some people. It’s one of the Top 10 Adult Phobias, and children are even more fearful.
Delivery of Local Anesthetic is often the make-or-break “Moment of Truth” in the entire patient-doctor relationship. That’s the reason I have taken extra measures to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible.
Top 10 Reasons Patients Have for Avoiding Dental Care #2 – The Pain!
“Is it going to hurt?” That’s the question on everybody’s mind whenever they sit in a dental chair. This was a strong choice for #1 on this Top 10 list and is easily the most common reason that people avoid routine and/or much-needed dental visits.
Thanks to modern dentistry… patients in our office receive care that is comfortable and easy.
Everyone hates pain, and if you’ve ever endured dental pain, you know how excruciating it can be. That’s why in the past so many people associated dentists with pain, but as I mentioned… modern dental treatments and measure we can take have greatly reduced this challenge.
Your teeth are a vulnerable, sensitive area of your body, so dentists who aren’t using the latest methods may end up causing a patient unnecessary levels of pain. Many of these people can feel jolts of pain at the dentist in the past, and they never want to feel anything like that again.
That’s why proper Pain Management is so vitally important. Otherwise dentistry can be (incorrectly) viewed as somewhat brutal and the dentists are despised for it. Modern dentistry should be comfortable and easy.
Top 10 Reasons Patients Have for Avoiding Dental Care #3 – The Anxiety!
This has to be the worst part. Anxiety is that sense of dread and general apprehension before and during an appointment.
Anxiety puts you on edge, compounds the ordeal and you’re left completely drained by it. Even if there isn’t any pain involved, it’s the threat of pain and other triggers of fear that build up the anxiety and make for a miserable experience.
Some people can’t sleep properly the night before their appointment. They hate feeling so anxious but they can’t shake it. Sedation Dentistry is a great option to reduce anxiety.
Top 10 Reasons Patients Have for Avoiding Dental Care #4 – The Drill!
Some people are OK with everything, except for the dreaded dental drill. The dental drill – with all the noise vibration and spray – becomes a focus for their anxiety. When they hear that sound, their sweat starts to pour.
Thankfully the newer ones are much quieter and smoother than those old brain-rattling ones of yesteryear. Inside your mouth, sounds tend to be amplified. Sedation Dentistry can help you relax if the dental drill is intolerable. Earphones help block out the sound so you can almost pretend you’re laying back on the beach.
Top 10 Reasons Patients Have for Avoiding Dental Care #5 – The Invasiveness!
Dentistry is invasive. We’re right inside your mouth performing our gum-gardening and tooth-carpentry. This can definitely feel like an invasion of your personal space.
If the dentist is not graceful, gentle and respectful about your care, you could feel almost violated by the invasiveness of most dental procedures.
Be sure to follow up next week for part 2 of this post…
In the interim, if you’d love to share your top reason for “avoiding” visits to the Dentist (or, if you’d like to share why going to the Dentist doesn’t cause you concerns) I’d love to hear from you below.
While I want to acknowledge that patients do have real fears and concerns about coming to the Dentists, I also want to let you know that I’ve gone to great measures to provide patients (who may have concerns and/or fears) with the greatest level of comfort and relaxation available so that their experience with me (Chesterfield Dentist Jennifer Wheeler, DMD) and the staff at Midwest Dental is like no other they’ve had before.
If you’re in need of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and/or restorative dentistry services or simply would love to have a no-obligation consultation (to be able to meet me and my staff in a relaxed setting) I invite you to call 314-576-3737 today. I promise you’ll be glad that you did.