I haven’t been to the dentist in years. My last appointment was a horrible experience where he judged me for avoiding care, was impatient, and a little sadistic in his lack of gentle care. I know I need to go back, but at this point I need even more work. I probably need a discount dentist but am worried if they’re discount it will be another bad experience. Is there a way to give me a leg up in choosing?
Having a discount dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. There are usually three reasons dentists have lower than normal prices. Sometimes they do it out of necessity because they are new to the practice. There’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone starts somewhere. He or she may be an amazing new dentist who gives you a lifetime of superior care. A second reason a dentist will keep their prices affordable is simply a philosophy of wanting dental care to be more accessible. That is also fine, as long as they don’t cut corners on the quality of the materials used. The third reason I’d be wary about.
There are dentists who can’t retain clients. This can be because they are bad at their job or just plain unpleasant to deal with. In order to draw patients in, they keep their prices lower than the other dentists around them. One way to avoid this is to check their reviews. People are usually pretty willing to give a bad review.
You are on the right track by seeking out dental care even though you’ve had bad experiences. Some patients allow that to keep them from the dentist and end up with a lifetime of miserable oral health that sabotages their own quality of life.
Getting Past the Hump of Bad Dental Experiences
One thing I’ve found helps patients who need a lot of work is to try a sedation dentist. These offer medication, at varying levels, in order to help patients with dental anxiety.
If it is just a matter of mild anxiety and you need something to relax you in order to give the numbing medicine its best shot, then simple nitrous oxide is usually all you need. It has the advantage of allowing you to get on with your day immediately after your appointment.
If you have severe anxiety or need a significant amount of work done, then I’d recommend oral conscious sedation. This is very strong. So strong, most patients sleep through the entire appointment. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment as well as to stay with you after your appointment until you are lucid again. You will be completely relaxed though. Anxiety will be nowhere to be seen.
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