Fear of the Unknown – Neglecting hygienist appointments
article by Raha Sepehrara
It is perfectly normal to have reservations regarding that which we have no prior knowledge or experience of. It is very hard for people to deal with not knowing what is going to happen, when it’s going to happen and how will it feel when it does happen, which is normal. However, throughout life we will all have feared the outcome of something (large or small) and then, when it is all over, you need to admit that it was not that bad after all.
A lot of patients feel this way when visiting the dentist and some of you will avoid the dentist like the plague until there is something very wrong and it can’t wait another day. Many patients with dental phobia have stepped into the practice the very last minute, when at most times, things are way too bad for their teeth and oral health to try to fix.
The Dental Suite in Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham, our qualified dental hygienist and therapist’s primary aim is to help to prevent oral disease. She is here to advise and offer her support to patients in order for them to obtain a healthier mouth which is a happy mouth. She does appreciate for some that visiting the hygienist can be quite daunting, even nerve-racking.
What is she going to do?
Will it hurt me?
Will she stop if it does hurt?
When you visit the dentist and they may give your teeth a little clean and maybe a polish it is often a short-lived experience. The reason for this is their appointment times can be quite limited and simply do not allow for a thorough clean. A dental hygienist’s appointments are a lot longer and there is often more focus placed upon gum health because that is their specialism.
What to Expect from the Dental Suite
Spending time getting to know our patients is something that we really look forward to; that way, we can identify the dos and don’ts. To establish what a patient will like and what they won’t. Ultimately the treatment that takes place will be carefully planned and discussed with the patient. We like to talk patients through the procedure and we will tell patients what we are doing and when we are doing it. The reason why we take this approach with all our patients is because we understand the fear of not being able to foretell the outcome and not being in control. Also, you are blind to it all because you cannot see what is happening inside your mouth. We have been informed by patients that they find it really helpful because they cannot see, but they also take comfort in knowing what is happening and when. Our patients have complete control throughout and they call the shots, if they are not happy We are not happy and we stop.
Does it hurt? Honestly it is not a painful procedure. At times, it may be a little uncomfortable, but this is normally the case when the mouth has been neglected for quite some time. The more frequent the visits, the easier it becomes, which is even more of an incentive to attend regularly. we urge you to try; you will most likely be pleasantly surprised. We have even had some patients refer to it as a very relaxing experience.
Ultimately you cannot beat the feeling of satisfaction – you came, had it done, it’s all over. Yes, you are still in one piece, you won! Your teeth will feel a million dollars and you are on the road to having a healthy mouth.
Contact us NOW to learn all about Sedation Dentistry and see how relaxing and comfortable a visit to a dentist can really become!
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