I have certainly heard the horror stories some patients have told me about past dental experiences . I have reassured many a patient to not worry about anything and give them a brief breakdown of how we like to work at our office. We generally start a new patient with an exam and xrays. This appointment is about an hour . After the teeth and gums are cleaned and xrays are taken , the doctor will come in and examine all your teeth and come up with a treatment plan if you need any work done. After the Doctor is done with the examination , he or an assistant will bring you up to the front desk where we can schedule you for any treatment and go over all the financial aspects of your treatment.
My suggestion for the next visit would be to try and come early in the day . The earlier you come in my opinion the easier you can get it over with and enjoy the rest of your day . No one who is anxious about the dentist wants to dread an appointment all day . Also if the whirring noise of the instruments may make you anxious you can always bring an ipod or cd player to your appointment. We also have speakers in almost every room that we can turn on for you to listen to some music that might make you more comfortable.
For a lot of patients they associate pain with dental visits. Not so and I can tell you that from personally being a patient. Of course when not keeping up with dental care that can predispose you to getting infections and decay and that can be painful , but most of the time our fillings root canals and crowns are pretty painless procedures other than the numbing part which only takes about 30 seconds. Taking the first step to come in for a cleaning and exam is the best way to start to overcome your dental anxiety and get you in tip top oral shape! We also have free consultations where you can come in and talk to the Doctor about your needs and your anxieties . We hope to see you in office soon !
– Kelli Patient Coordinator