A lot of people come in to the dental office and are embarrassed. They’re embarrassed about their oral health needs, that they feel anxious about dental care, or that they haven’t been to the dentist in a long time. If there’s one thing all dentists want their patients to know, it’s that they don’t want you to feel embarrassed when you’re catching up on your oral care!
Life happens, and there are often people that have not had access to dental care for one reason or another. It may be that they were out of work, didn’t have insurance coverage, or traveled too often on business trips to get in and have routine dental care completed. Now that they’ve made a point to get back to the dental office, they are often ashamed of what the dentist will see during the dental exam.
You might be surprised, but rarely do cases like this catch a dentist off guard. It’s fairly common for people to finally be able to get access to care, or overcome their fear of seeing a dentist. Your dentist wants to let you know that they’ll work alongside of you to help you gain control over your oral health again, no matter what your individual needs are. It may be that you need a phased treatment plan to restore your smile, just a simple cleaning, or a sedation service to help you be more comfortable.
Everyone’s needs and history is different. Visiting the dentist is something that should make you feel good about yourself, because you’re investing in a smile…and smiles are forever!
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental
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