“I haven’t smiled in years; I had a hard time meeting new people. It was time. I went to the dentist, and it was awesome! The dentist was kind and didn’t judge me for what my mouth looked like. She has a multi-specialty practice. Whether it’s Dr. Scheinfeld, Tourial or Lubell, they made me smile, and made me feel comfortable, they were all around awesome, and so was the staff! Why was I so afraid? It was so easy and painless.” We hear this quite often.
According to research by the University of Sydney the most likely age group to exhibit the greatest amount of anxiety is women over 40. Their anxiety is real and complex. Dr. Avanti Karve says that women over 40 wait 17 days on average before calling their dentist about severe pain. A study by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found patients who fear the dentist cope with it by 1) distraction 2) distancing 3) prayer 4) self-efficacy and 5) optimism. Not only do perceptions never change, they become exacerbated by women in their 40s.
Given all the strides made in delivering painless dentistry, we still have to recognize that we are way up there a long with the fear of snakes and heights when we meet a patient. In our practice we are extremely aware of these fears and take extra measures to give our patients a comforting experience. Modern dentistry is virtually painless. And remember, we are conducting surgery in one of the most sensitive areas of your body.
There are additional efforts made to allay these fears. As professionals we do provide distractions, relaxation techniques and where necessary, mild sedation. If your fears are preventing you from maintaining your oral health you may also be harming your global health. That’s the last thing your dental provider wants. If you’ve got dental fears call us and let us know, so we can adjust our delivery to meet your needs.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328