Everyone thinks of something different when they hear the word dentist. The dentist’s chair. A toothbrush. A surgeon’s mask. For many, the word evokes a feeling of fear. While there may be a widespread dislike of paying a visit to a dental office, there is no need to be afraid.
Where Does the Fear Come From?
Adults and children alike often have a fear of the dentist. The reason for this is usually attributed to patients feeling a lack of control over the situation or worrying that they will be harmed by intimidating-looking tools. The portrayal of dentists in the media sometimes adds to the negative stigma surrounding dentists. Take this scene from Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo, for example:
In the scene, viewers see a patient screaming as a dentist works on his mouth with loud electric tools. This makes a trip to the dentist’s office seem less than inviting. Audiences are most likely able to identify with this scene because of the common fear of the dentist, but modern dentist’s offices aren’t as scary as they may seem.
The Truth About the Dentist
While going to the dentist may have been uncomfortable in the past, advancements in technology have allowed dental professionals to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Ways that we work to make the experience the best it can be here at Kazmer Periodontics include:
- Using the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) to treat gum disease
- Offering local anesthesia for certain procedures
- Offering sedation dentistry
If you have any questions about the treatments and procedures of our office or what we can do to best accommodate you during your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Take care of your smile!