For many people, going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience. There are many ways to try and deal with this, but aside from taking care of your own teeth as well as you can the best thing you can do to help your nerves is to make sure you choose a dentist who is right for you.
Having the right dentist can help you to relax a little bit more and make your treatment less stressful – which should be enough to convince anyone! Here are some questions for you to consider to make sure the Dentist you choose is the right one for you.
- Do staff make you feel comfortable as you arrive at the practice?
There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere that makes you feel nervous only to be greeted by a bad atmosphere or rude staff. If the practice isn’t a nice place to visit then you won’t feel happy to be there. A visit to the dentist is supposed to be a way to ensure you’re looking after your health, so make sure you choose a practice that does its best to make you feel welcome.
- Is the practice well established?
Continuity of care is very important, and a regular dentist will get to know your mouth, as well as your personality during the course of your treatment with them. Building a lasting relationship is important for you as patient too,, as you’ll build trust with your dentist and know exactly who they are, and how they go about your check ups.
- Do they have a dental hygienist?
Visiting a hygienist is an important part of your dental care, and lots of people visit the hygienist more often than they visit the dentist. If the dentist and hygienist work together at the same practice it gives them the opportunity to help you more thoroughly if you have a specific problem. As well as cleaning your mouth properly, your hygienist should also be able guide you in what the best oral hygiene aids are for your mouth and encourage you to look after your teeth in between appointments.
- Training and further education
It should go without saying that your Dentist will be qualified, however there are lots of further training courses and qualifications available for Dentists, particularly if they want to specialise in a certain area of treatment, such as Orthodontics or Implants. Dental technology is always being updated too, so check with your dentist to find out if they are up to date with the latest techniques and materials. This is especially important if you are considering any extensive treatments such as veneers or dental implants.
- Ask questions
Many nervous patients have a lot of questions they would like to ask of their dentist, but the nerves and stress can get the better of them meaning the questions are never asked – which of course leads to more nerves and greater stress. A good tip is to write your questions down so that you don’t forget.
- Do you have experience with similar types of treatment?
If you know that your dentist has a good track record it can go a long way to setting your mind to rest. Look for case studies on their website, or testimonials from previous patients, or before and after photographs. If you are having significant treatment carried out ask your dentist about other patients who have had successful outcomes. If you are confident that the dentist will do good work, then you will be happier to go ahead with the treatment.
- Ask your friends and family for referrals
If you are still unsure about how to choose your dentist, then speak to people you know and ask them about their dentist. Would they recommend them? If so , why? No matter how nervous you are, if someone you know and trust can recommend a Dentist to you, you will feel a little easier about approaching that Dentist for treatment.
Remember, your dental health can affect your overall well being so it’s important to have a good dentist who you can rely on and trust with your health.
If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help nervous patients, or if you’d like to visit us at our practice in Barnoldswick then please call us on 01282 570195