It has been years since I have been into the dentist. My dental health is getting worse, but I am so embarrassed and ashamed because as a kid my dentist always made me feel guilty. I feel like the dentist will look in my mouth and run. I cannot look at my teeth without thinking about how ugly they are but I am scared it will be downright awful and painful!
– Michael in New Hampshire
The most important thing is to be open and honest with your dentist. There are many dentists out there that will take a non-judgmental stance to you examination. You would be surprised that most dentists don’t want to make you feel guilty. They only want the best for you and want to help you take care of your needs in a timely and economical fashion. The right dentist will use gentle dentistry techniques if you are anxious and will stop as needed if you are concerned or nervous.
If it turns out that you have extensive work that is required, you may want to also find a dentist that offer sedation dentistry. There are many sedation dentist techniques that will put you at ease, from nitrous oxide to help you relax to oral sedation which involves taking some medication before your appointment. If you are very fearful, sedation may be the way to go. It is likely you won’t even remember the appointment.
Don’t be embarrassed! Dentists have seen all kinds of cases. Keep in mind that if you have extensive work that needs to be done, it may be in your best interest to phase treatment out overtime. This may help manage your anxiety, as well as helping with cost.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.