Why Are People Still Afraid of the Dentist?
Modern dentistry has come a long way in recent years. Technology and anesthetic, in fact, have made dentistry practically painless. Even the most-feared dental procedure—the root canal—is no worse than getting a plain old filling. Why, then, do people still have so much anxiety surrounding those twice-annual trips to the dental chair?
If you still have a fear of the dentist, we invite you to our Nederland, TX practice, Nederland Family Dental, where Dr. Whitney Gomez—considered the best dentist around by some of his patients—can ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Reasons for the Fear
For many people, an unpleasant or painful experience at the dentist as a child stayed with them into adulthood, morphing into fearful anxiety. Others are fearful of being judged for not taking as good a care of their teeth as they should. Some are uncomfortable with the inevitable intimacy of a dentist and hygienist having their hands in their mouths.
These fears—whether unfounded or not—create a cycle of avoidance for some people. And the longer the avoidance goes on, the more the anxiety develops. Often what brings people the dentist eventually is the pain of a toothache, which results in them needing a root canal—and this spurs another cycle of avoidance.
The Advantages to Dental Fear
Believe it or not, there are advantages to the deep-seated fear felt by many people: It has provided the impetus the dental industry needed to make dentistry as comfortable as possible for everyone. Needle-free local anesthetic and laser dentistry are just a couple of the ways that have improved the patient experience.
Many dentists are even attentive to what happens before any dental treatment begins, so they offer noise-canceling headphones, massage chairs, and other amenities focused on patient comfort.
Call Nederland Family Dentist Today
For the best experience from a dentist who cares in Nederland, TX, we invite you to make an appointment with Dr. Gomez. Let us know if you feel anxious, and we will go out of our way to provide you with a comfortable, relaxing appointment.