The fear of pain, needles, loud noise, enclosed space, and dentist and treatment costs keep them away from the dental practices.
Proprietor of Royal York Dental in the Toronto area started a blog where he invited people with their share of dental related horror stories and wanted to discuss and debate this topic in the forum.
The reason is Bulger could relate this fear for dentistry with his own childhood memories when he was taken to a military dentist who had drilled his tooth without local anesthesia.
By the time he was in his teens he hated visiting dentists. Even though, he now admits that the field of dentistry has changed by now in an extremely positive manner. It is not only about just treatments. It has also to do with a relation that builds up between the doctor and his patients. In fact, making a patient comfortable in a dentist’s chair is less technical and more psychological.
According to the Montreal dentist Dr. Barry Dolman, people feel defenseless when asked to refer to a dentist. He came across people who have not visited dentists in the last 10 years maybe, and the reason is not the cost in this case.
A good doctor or lawyer, who has no dearth of money, is actually the one who doesn’t visit dentists. The reason is the embarrassment that they feel when they are afraid. The previous experience haunts them and that refrains from further treatments.
But technology is changing and so is the medical science. These days the dentist clinics are very patient friendly. Anesthetic sprays have replaced needles and that’s good news for those who are particularly scared of needles.
The treatment style has also changed. Some autonomous practitioners labor from home. Others work in retirement homes and workplaces. Some even travel to the patient’s home to get them treated.