Have you ever walked into a place and immediately knew you should get. out. now? Although it’s not common, there are still some dentists out there that are best to be sidestepped whenever possible. It’s not just about the drilling and the filling, it’s the general attitude and atmosphere. After all, you deserve a good dental experience, not one that’s going to leave you wondering if the receptionist hates your guts or if the hygienist was really all that hygienic.
I found this article that includes a lot of good tips to help you figure out if that nagging feeling is just dental anxiety or if there’s really something to your concern about a new dentist. Sometimes it’s not just you, it’s the facility. Just like in any profession, there are going to be a few dentists you’re best to avoid. I have more on this on the blog today.
We all know that part in every horror movie where it’s obvious that a character is headed into a doom scenario — there’s creepy music, maybe the lights are flickering — then, BAM! The monster pops out of nowhere and has a tasty snack. Sometimes going to a new dentist kind of feels the same way, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve seen one.
The good news is that dental anxiety is common, so it might just be your fear of what’s coming, but sometimes there are legit reasons to be concerned about a dentist or their facility. I came across this article in Prevention that nicely sums up everything you need to know about checking out a new dentist — and if you need to check your anxiety at the door or cling to it like a life raft.
Most dentists and their staff are very good at what they do, don’t get me wrong. But if you’ve encountered one that’s not so hot, having a guide to help you decide how serious the offense is can be handy. Of course, at my office, we strive for competency, cleanliness and courtesy, but I guess you already knew that — ha ha.