It is no secret that many people hate going to the dentist. Here are the top ten reasons why people seem to hate dentists.
#1 They hate the needle.
The fear of needles is a big reason for some people. It is one of the biggest adult phobias and children seem to be even more afraid.
Luckily, dental procedures without any anesthetic is actually an option.
Minimally-invasive dentistry can be done with no numbing and no needles. However, pain management is necessary for procedures that are more invasive. The delivery of the local anesthetic via a needle is often the turning point of a good doctor/patient relationship.
#2 They hate the pain.
Patients often ask “Is it going to hurt?” before a procedure at the dentist office. If you have ever had pain from a dental procedure, you know that it can be excruciating. This leads many people to associate dentists with pain.
The mouth and teeth are sensitive areas so the idea of dental pain is very real and worrisome. Patients who have felt pain at a dentist before want to avoid more pain in the future.
#3 They hate the anxiety.
The idea of going to the dentist and experiencing pain can cause some people anxiety. The sense of dread and fear of pain can be so strong that in some cases, it is worse than the actual procedure itself.
Anxiety can be very emotionally draining. Even if there ends up being no pain at all, the idea of pain triggers emotions and fear making the experience more miserable than it needs to be. Some people experience restlessness the night prior to an appointment because they are so anxious.
#4 They hate the drill.
The dental drill, with its loud shrill and vibration, is another reason many people hate going to the dentist. Just the sound alone can trigger nervousness and sweating.
Luckily, there are drills now that are quieter than the older versions that produced the sound that made patients run in fear. However, the sound inside the mouth tends to be louder than it really is. Sedation can help a patient calm down if the fear of the drill is too overwhelming. In addition, ear phones can help drown out the noise.
#5 They hate the invasiveness.
Dentists get inside your mouth and poke around with a number of tools. This can feel like an invasion of your mouth and personal space. If your dental professional is not gentle, you may feel violated by the procedures.
#6 They hate the smells and the sounds.
Dentist offices tend to have a certain antiseptic smell that is associated with medical and dental offices. When a patient’s anxiety is heightened, so are their senses. For this reason, some dentists try to make their office sensually appealing to the patients to calm fears. Soothing sounds and air purifiers can help with the smells and sounds associated with the dentist.
#7 They hate the cost.
Often times, dental care is not affordable. Some people have budgets that they need to adhere to. Due to this reason, people tend to not place high-value on their dental health. They would rather not go to the dentist to avoid paying high fees.
#8 They hate the lectures.
Patients who already feel guilty about not going to the dentist often or embarrassed about the condition of their teeth may dread going to the dentist in fear of getting scolded. Patients want to feel secure when going to see a health care professional and the dentist is no exception. Look for a dentist that makes you feel comfortable and will not lecture you.
#9 They hate the poor service.
If a dentist or the dental staff acts indifferent, the patient will feel unwanted. Great customer service equals great quality. If the dentist strives to provide excellent service, then it will show through in all aspects.
#10 They hate the bad memories.
People tend to remember the bad times. One bad childhood experience at the dentist can ruin many years of good experiences. Each time that patient steps into a dentist office, he will feel like he is reliving that bad event.