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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by pearl, Mar 12, 2020.
Never understood why people fear going to the dentist.
I hated the dentist as a child. Now i am in the office once a month at least.
Who fears going to the dentist?
I think it not being covered by most people’s healthcare plans is why there are less frequent visits.
the vast majority of patients
Yes. They give me the remote to the TV (unlike my Wife, ha ha) so I try to stretch my appointment as long as I can.
Shits free with my insurance so why not
I go to the dentist multiple times a day and love it.
[spoiler: I’m in dental sales]
twice a year because that's what my plan allows
love the fresh teef feelin
Yes and it's the worst
I have two extremely sensitive spots and its hell when they pick at them
i go once a year but only recently got that bougie fully paid two times a year plan so maybe i'll start going more
“Anxiety associated with the thought of visiting the dentist for preventive care and over dental procedures is referred to as dental anxiety. It has been cited as the fifth-most common cause of anxiety by Agras et al.”
also in my albeit limited experience, we get nearly as many postponements, cancelations, and patients going AWOL than successful appointments. the emergency clinic is very busy every day (patients who are afraid to have a full time dentist, but come in only when the pain becomes unbearable), and my patient roster only has maybe 3-4 people reporting no dental anxiety off the top of my head
we take state medicare and even without insurance a filling is $40, cleanings are $30 so cost is manageable - it really only becomes prohibitively expensive if you don’t have a dental home. fear of pain tends to be the highest reason to avoid the dentist, significantly more than finances (I don’t have the PowerPoint handy so I don’t have a citation for that statistic atm)
Twice a year. I hate going. It give me a headache every time. But clean mouth /teeth is a nice feeling after the headache goes away.
Right but my point is it the fear of the dentist themselves and the cleanings/x-rays or the fear of the potential costs that they cannot afford that causes the anxiety? In my anecdotal life it seems that people are much more willing to live with a sore tooth than getting a root canal for 5K because their insurance doesnt cover it.
I have severe dental anxiety due to some very bad experiences as a child. I go once a year and it’s a struggle, though it’s gotten much better than it was. I still ask for the gas immediately.
I fucking hate the dentist. Used to go every 18/24 months until I got a cavity. Now I religiously go every 6 months
*if it matters for your research I have no dental insurance
it’s certainly a factor (the highest still being pain-related anxiety, often due to old trauma) - but we are instructed to tell all of our patients that putting off regular treatment is what balloons the price and adds several times the number of required visits. they all get consults from perio/prosth/and general dentists for exams to emphasize the points. even getting a salvageable tooth pulled (probably $500 cheaper best case scenario to a root canal) would cost more than getting a filling after a routine visit. nobody I’ve worked on hesitates to throw down the ~$250 needed to get the tooth taken out in the end
many things contribute to the anxiety but in the end it’s heartbreaking seeing absences due to dental phobia turn a small filling into an emergency pulpectomy turning into an extraction because the whole process is so traumatic. i felt like I’ve really connected with all of my emergency patients during their time, done good work for them, but none have ever called back about having a dental home
Buddy who is a dentist says hell have scared/nervous patients who jerk their head around mid procedure they are so nervous.
I have severe dental anxiety. From 16/17 (junior in high school) until age 22/23 (2-3 years after college) I dipped approx a can per day and was convinced I had mouth cancer. Didn't go for 5-6 years out of fear of the unknown, I guess.
Finally went, and everything was fine, only had 2 cavities. Now I go regularly, but I fucking hate it. Hardly sleep the night before. Gives me chills just fucking thinking about it.
Pro tip: don't dip.
A lot of anxiety is attributed to patients thinking dentistry is like the days of old. Dentistry has advanced tremendously in the last 5 years. If you find a dentist that is using modern technology it can be a great time. Part of one things I love about my job is introducing new technology/equipment and seeing the patients change their attitude.
twice a year, and practically fall asleep during the cleaning.
you’re the best I want you to know that
Twice a year now after being lazy and taking a bit of a hiatus. Really dislike the dentist as I hate having someone mess around in my mouth with all of those tools.
Cracked a tooth a couple years ago and ended up having to get an implant. That was an expensive fucking tooth.
My dentist growing up was awesome and I still talk to him from time to time, great guy. He recommended my current dentist to me and he is fantastic as well. I have never had a problem with the dentist. That being said, I also have perfect teeth and never had to have braces, never get cavities, etc so I don’t have all those negative associations.
And pass up on the complementary prostate exams? No way! My teeth have never been cleaner.
I didn't until I got on my new dental insurance plan to covers the full cost of two cleanings a year.
buy Sensodyne bro. Life changer
No but I should change that soon.
Oh I use it
Hello fellow dentite. Dont think I knew you were one.
in progress anyway
I go 4x a year. I didn't go at all during college and my first visit once I got insurance scared me straight
I don’t fall asleep but I close my eyes and focus on finding tension points in my body and relaxing them. Helps me zone out and not resist to urge to like run my tongue over the scrapings.
Dentist boys how common/preventable is plaque build up on the lower incisors? Basically my only recurring issue and I’m apparently to lazy to try and stay on top of it between cleanings.
Used to hate it as a child but switched dentists about 15 years ago and love it now. The lady who cleaned teeth at my old dentist was super sweet but way too old to be doing that job. In fact, my father used to have his teeth cleaned by this lady when he was a boy. And his nickname for her at the time was Dracula because of how much blood she'd draw in the process. Needless to say, her dexterity didn't improve in her 70s.
New dentist gets me in and out (including time spent in the waiting room) in 25 minutes every time.
Get a water flosser and see if that helps.
The stuff you brush off or the stuff they have to scrape off?
This is probably an oversimplification but there are three reasons that people don't go to the dentist; time, money or fear. Usually it boils down to one or a combination of those three. Figure out what your personally pressure point is and then try and find an office that helps with that.
I thought this said "to Disney" and I was like yes lol
I go to cleanings twice a year, look forward to it, don’t have cavities, and it’s covered 100% by insurance. I just always have extra plaque built up on my bottom incisors (that they scrape off) that I was curious if it’s just because I’m bad at actually flossing or something.
The simple way to explain it is things in your saliva cause the plaque to harden up. When it hardens up you call it calculus. The reason that you get it down on the bottom teeth is because a lot of the saliva comes from under the tongue. So minimize the plaque build up and you minimize the calculus formation but you will never prevent 100%. Some people are more likely to get the calculus buildup even with identical hygiene habits.
Ah it’s called calculus, good to know.
Thanks for the info.
how much gum regression did you have?
I went from fearing the dentist to loving it
Love that clean teeth feeling
No idea. I don't think he commented on it?
I never put dips in the front though, always back in my cheek. Could fit some monster chowsters. Could go through a can in only 3-4 dips.
My company pays for me to go 3 times a year
Just had to get a crown after not going to the dentist for 8 years. I am now scheduled next month for a full exam. Really dont wasn't a drill in my month any more.