- March 19, 2016
I’m mad at your dentist.
It’s nothing personal, but the experiences you’ve had at the hands of previous dentists have given you plenty of reasons to be skeptical about going back. It infuriates me for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that, by turning an otherwise normal patient into a dental phobic, that dentist has contributed to problems in your oral health whether they meant to or not.
I’m sure your past dentists have meant well, but there was something lacking in their bedside manner that rubbed you the wrong way. Now, you don’t even want to think about going back and facing those sharp instruments.
Or it could be that the dentist didn’t pay enough attention to your obvious discomfort. There are many reasons and factors that contribute to a disorder known as dental anxiety – ranging from a loss of control, embarrassment and shame over the state of your smile, to the biggest reasons of all: fear of pain – but at the end of the day, you’d rather take your chances losing a tooth (or several) if it means you’ll never have to sit in a dentist’s chair ever again.
My heart goes out to you, and not just because dentist’s like that give our entire profession a bad name, but because your avoidance is costing you your smile. The longer you keep avoiding a visit with your Nashua dentist, the more likely it is that you could be suffering from an advanced oral health problem.
If that is the case, then you are setting yourself up for the worst trip to the dentist of your entire life: The time for prevention long since ended, you’ll be facing an invasive tooth extraction (maybe several), or a painful series of treatments to eradicate infections in your gums.
I don’t know about you, but if I was in your shoes, I’d choose seeing the dentist before that gruesome scenario happens.
My practice, Nashua Area Family Dentistry, has decades of experience in easing the anxieties of patient like you, because we understand those fears better than your average dentist, and our passion lies in making you feel comfortable so that you can finally get the treatment you need while you still have options.
Sedation, Discussion, & Other Nerve-Soothers
There are rarely one-size-fits-all solutions in dentistry. Each mouth is different, and usually so are the solutions.
I want to walk you through a number of ways that we can overcome your fears together, because dentistry is a collaborative process. Just as I can’t perform a treatment without a patient, you can’t end your dental pain without me. Therefore, most of the following solutions are a result of you and I working together, because you’re not alone in this.
Let’s get started!
- Longer, relaxed appointments – Nobody wants to feel like a number, and at other practices, that’s exactly what can happen. Appointments with other dentists can feel like getting thrown into a meat grinder, in and out, with no particular concern for your peace of mind, much less your physical comfort. I can give you longer appointments that work with your schedule and can help manage your anxiety by giving you the time to make progress at your own pace!
- Music to soothe the soul – We offer a variety of different music to help keep you at ease, making the experience more of a spa atmosphere than your typically sterile, impersonal dentist’s office. You can even bring your own music
- Let’s talk – The basis of most fear is the unknown. What you don’t know if often scarier than the real thing, because your imagination can fill in the gaps and run away from you. I will take my time to chat with you and answer any questions you have, no matter how small they might be. An informed patient is a confident patient, and I’m here to help you become both!
- Sedation therapy – When all else fails, you might need a chemical helping hand to keep you calm during the treatment process. I offer oral sedation therapy that can range from a mild anti-anxiety to full “sleep dentistry,” in which you won’t have to experience ny discomfort while my team and I perform the work that your need!
The last step in your journey to overcoming your fears is to finally confront them with a phone call to my office. If you can do that, then you have already done the hardest part, as my staff and I will take care of the rest to deliver the best, pain-free dental care possible.
To schedule your appointment, please call me at 603-546-7460, or you can request an appointment online by clicking here.