Why do people Avoid going to the Dentist

why do people avoid going to the dentist

Miami and Coral Gables, FL

People like to make jokes about going to the dentist or being scared about going to the dentist, but in reality, there is no reason to be afraid about seeking dental care. Advances in medical technology have made receiving dental care more convenient and comfortable than ever before, so you have no reason to worry. Your Miami dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia at Miami Designer Smiles are here to explain why people may avoid going to the dentist—and what you can do about overcoming your dental fears.

Cost: Paying for dental care can be scary for many people, especially as insurance plans change. Many dental insurance plans may only cover a portion of the procedure and sometimes, like for cosmetic dentistry, covers nothing at all. Meanwhile, the Institute of Medicine estimates that approximately 130 million Americans lack dental insurance. If you are one of those uninsured, the cost of dental care can get out of hand in a hurry. The truth is that if a problem develops with your oral health, you can expect to pay even more to have the problem resolved. Taking care of your teeth consistently lowers your risk of these problems emerging, so be sure to brush at least two times a day, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months as recommended for a check-up.

Dental anxiety: As mentioned above, most people feel some level of nervousness over thoughts of going to the dentist. However, some people experience high levels of anxiety, or even outright fear, about visiting the dentist. This is a condition known as dental anxiety, and it affects millions of Americans who shy away from the dentist and see their oral health decline as a result. Patients with dental anxiety may have developed this condition due to bad experiences in the past. However, new technologies in the dental field mean that most of the instruments used are safer and far less noisy. For extreme cases, sedation dentistry in Miami is available.

Embarrassment: For people who have neglected to go to the dentist lately, they may be hesitant to return because they are worried about the bad results of the check-up or harbor concerns about being lectured. At Miami Designer Smiles, we aim to take a gentle approach when helping our patients find ways to change any bad habits that may be compromising their dental health. The good news is, if you put our advice into practice, those lectures you fear will occur far less frequently or cease altogether!

Sedation dentistry in Miami

Are you one of the people who suffer from dental anxiety? Miami Designer Smiles is proud to offer sedation dentistry services for these individuals, as well as people who may have a pre-existing condition that makes it difficult to undergo professional oral health care procedures. Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia offer two means of sedation: nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Both methods have similar effects—they calm any anxieties or fears you may have and diminish your awareness of your surroundings, although you will remain awake and retain the ability to carry on conversations with other people.

Click here to learn more about sedation dentistry. You also can call our office at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to offer state-of-the-art, comprehensive dental care to patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.