Welcome to My Downey Family Dentist. No matter what part of the country you live in, or what your personal dental history is like, there comes a time for the average person when they feel a tingle in a molar or a slight prick of sensitivity in their gums, and wonder, “When was the last time I went to the dentist?”.
It’s at that moment when many patients realize the reason they haven’t been to the dentist, and frankly – the reasons tend to vary. But three of the most popular reasons remain; finances, fear, and fancy. As our first blog post on our brand new website, we’d like to take the opportunity to work through a couple of these reasons, and maybe even make a case for some of the reluctant patients out there to try out a new dentist for a change (maybe it could make all the difference)!
Let’s start with “fancy” or rather, the simple fact that many people around the world simply don’t like to go to the dentist because it’s not an experience they particularly look forward to or they don’t exactly enjoy their chosen dentist. For those patients, it’s important to remember that you’re never stuck! As the patient, it’s always your right to move on to a new dentist if something doesn’t quite click. Whether it’s the environment, your personalities, or the level of care that you don’t like – trying out a new dentist to get the right fit could mean the difference between seeing the dentist every 2 years and seeing the dentist every 6 months – which can make a difference for your teeth.
Another major reason patients tend to put off dental visits is finances. This can be a a big one. While many employers offer dental insurance, many still do not – which can make getting routine dental care a burden, especially when it comes to procedures like x-rays, fillings, and crowns. However, many dentist are happy to work with uninsured patients to make the costs of regular-dental visits (or even specific procedures) more manageable. As the saying goes, “It never hurts to ask.”
Next, we come to “Fear”. Dental fear and anxiety are very real reasons that many patients postpone or completely avoid getting the dental care they need. However, it’s important to remember, whether it’s a root canal or a simple filling, your time in the dental chair never has to be characterized by fear or anxiety. In fact, dental technology has come so far that fear about dental procedures should almost be totally nonexistent due to the widespread availability of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry uses a number of tools to eliminate the pain and anxiety felt by patients in the dental chair with a combination of pain relievers (usually anesthetics) and sedatives, the most common being nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas). In its simplest form, this means that you won’t even feel the ultra-precise dental drill cleaning the cavity in your tooth, all you’ll feel is the first tiny prick from the anesthesia needle. Afraid of needles? No problem – nitrous oxide ensures you won’t have a care in the world (but don’t worry, it wears off at the end of your appointment). For every kind of patient, there’s a solution to make dental visits easy.
So, what’s keeping you from the dentist? Fear? Finances? Anxiety? Chances are we can help.