Posted on 1/15/2020 by Karl Olson
|It may be an old stereotype, but it's still true: many people are afraid to visit the dentist. We don't like it, but we have to face the fact that many of our patients are afraid of us.
Understanding why people are afraid can help us to take steps to lessen that fear. So here are some of the most common reasons people fear visiting us.
Irrational Childhood FearFor many people, the feeling is simply a carry-over from when they were kids. As kids, people tend to fear the unknown or the unfamiliar. Few things are more unfamiliar to a young child than a dentist's chair.
Sadly, as people grow and become adults, they often carry that fear with them.
So we like to encourage our patients: really examine your fear of the dentist and see if you can pinpoint a reason for it. If not, there's a good chance that it's just a continuation of that irrational fear you developed as a child.
Bad Past ExperiencesSome people fear the dentist because they had a bad experience with one once. If this sounds like you, please rest assured that we always work very hard to take excellent care of our patients. We want to be sure that your visit is a pleasant one, and we go out of our way to set your mind at ease.
Sometimes, people are simply afraid because they don't know what to expect. So, we want you to know that you can always call us and ask about any particular procedure or visit that is coming up. We will be happy to sit down with you and explain exactly what we will be doing, and why we will be doing it.
So, come see us whenever you want! There is no reason to be afraid!