If you ask a group of people whether they are afraid of going to the Dentist, more than half will answer yes.......so you are not alone!
Let me tell you about Coralie. Coralie was in her late fifties and very unhappy with her smile. But fear had crippled her and prevented her getting something done. On her first visit, Coralie wouldn't even sit in the chair and there were a few tears. We reassured her an made her feel comfortable being in the surgery. We started with the simple procedures first with some medication to help her relax. In fact she was so relaxed that at on the morning of her appointment that she sprinkled coffee instead of sugar over her cornflakes.........twice!
Fast forward to today, Coralie is no longer a dental phobic, has all her visits without medication and has a smile she now loves. If you sound a bit like Coralie, I urge you to give us a chance. Dentistry has definitely changed!
If you are anxious or worried about seeing a dentist because you haven't been to one for a long time, then I congratulate you! You are on this website which is the first step to coming in to see us. Rest assured, that you won't be criticised or told off. I understand your anxiety is real and not something to be ignored or made to feel bad about.
Firstly, you're worried about pain. Modern dentistry has evolved to become very comfortable. While I can't promise it will be pain free, I can tell you that lots of my patients are amazed at how comfortable they were during their appointment. In fact, some fall asleep and we need to remind them to keep their mouth open. I also had a very nervous lady that asked me when I was going to give her the needle after it was already done! Also, we can prescribe some medications to help alleviate your anxiety.
Secondly - you may be worried that you may be embarrassed by what I find about your teeth. I will listen to you without criticising or judging. There is no need to feel embarrassed about not having treatment done or ignoring some problems. Again, I congratulate you for taking the big step of coming in for a consult. I want to hear about your previous experiences so I know what not to do!
Finally, you may be worried about the cost. We aim to provide the right kind of dentistry for you in your present situation. If you have a budget, let us know and we'll do our best to keep our recommendations within your budget. It may not be the ideal treatment but it will not be inappropriate treatment either. We will never try to pressure you into something you do not want or is not within your budget and will provide written estimates of treatment.
If you haven't been to the dentist in a while and you live in the Townsville region, please book an appointment with us at Absolutely Dental @ Kirwan Plaza. We are here to help and alleviate your fear. Remember, try not to leave problems until they are too late or painful. See Why Do I Need Regular Appointments for more information.