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The most common objection we at Guelph Line Dental face from patients who do not schedule regular visits is fear. A fear or phobia of visiting the dentist is exceedingly common, and something that our talented Burlington,ON based staff are uniquely and expertly trained in handling. Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist causes many problems: tooth decay and gum disease are the most common issues we find, but regular visits help us find more complicated issues before they become major issues.
Our caring, compassionate team will take the time to understand your unique feelings and hesitations and do whatever we can to help you feel calm, comfortable, and relaxed, allowing you to experience the very best dental hygiene appointment possible.
There are many common sources of the fear, and no patient is the same. Often patients are fearful of losing control. In our fast-paced lifestyles it isn’t often where we sit stationary in a chair for 30 minutes or more while others do the work. It can be uncomfortable having all this work done without being able to see what’s happening.
Of course, needles is a very common source of apprehension. We don’t blame you! Anytime you receive a needle it can be very unnerving! However, the reality of receiving the needle rarely matches our fears, and it’s usually finished before we realize it began!
One source of fear is a lot more difficult to overcome, and that’s when patients have memories of bad experiences, often stemming from their childhood. This is where our expert, compassionate staff of professionals work to help overcome some of these fears.
Of course, most fear stems from being scared of the pain many associate with visiting the dentist.While pain certainly can be a part the occasional treatment, the vast majority of visits to our staff here at Guelph Line Dental are completely pain-free!
One under appreciated fear is the fear of embarrassment, particularly if the patient has not visited a dental office in quite some time. The expectation can be that they will be scolded or mocked for having less than perfect hygiene, and no one wants to be in that position! Of course this is completely unfounded, as our kind, caring, professional staff only do their best to make you feel comfortable.
There are many easy techniques you can use to help you overcome the fear.
Audio: Throw in some earbuds and pick your favourite thing to listen to! It could be your favorite music, an audio book you’re enthralled with, or the top podcast on your list. Whatever it is, it will distract you from the procedure AND make you unable to hear some of the noises that cause anxiety. It’s a great solution!
Bring a Buddy: Often all we need is a bit of support. Whether your “buddy” is a friend or a member of your family, bring someone along who visits their dental office regularly, but also understands you and your fears. A little support can go a long way!
Time Out!: If it all becomes too much, please do not hesitate to ask for a break in the action! We’re confident that once you’re in the chair, you’ll feel far more calm and relaxed…however, in some cases it can be very advantageous for the patient to take a little break to catch their breath. Our compassionate staff of dental professionals will be happy to give you a bit of space to collect yourself, then get back to it!
Next Level: If you haven’t tried visualization or meditation to deal with some of these fears, we highly recommend looking into it! There are easy to use, free meditation apps that can do a great deal to help you relax and stay calm.
Above all else, if you need help please don’t hesitate to give us a call! We would love to help understand your situation and help you get past your anxieties. Guelph Line Dental has been around a LONG time, and we’ve seen it all! Let us help you get past your fears so we can get to work on perfecting your smile and keeping you as healthy as possible!