I moved to a new city, which required me to switch dental offices. I’ve just had a horrible experience at my new dentist’s office and wondered how I could find someone similar to my last one. The hygienist was super rough. I felt like she was chipping off my teeth. When I told her it was hurting, she snapped at me that, “If I’d clean my teeth better this wouldn’t hurt.” I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never had a cavity…still don’t, which tells me my teeth are healthy and my last hygienist never hurt. How can I find a dentist’s office that is more like my other one?
Lee Anne H. – Niceville, FL
Hey Lee Anne,
I’ve always heard good things about Niceville, but I’m guessing your hygienist isn’t one of the “nice” things. I’m very sorry she made you feel that way and was so rough. In fact, even if your teeth were in bad shape (which it doesn’t sound like), that would be no excuse for the way she spoke to you. Maybe she was having a difficult day and forgot her professionalism.
To find a gentle dentist, I would start with two things. First, I’d do a Google search using some key words that will get you in the ballpark. Look for “Gentle Dentist“, “Sedation Dentist”, or “Cater to Cowards Dentist”. Those terms will lead you to dentists who work with patients who have some form of dental anxiety, which generally means they’re more gentle and compassionate.
The next thing I’d recommend would be to look at their reviews by patients to see if what they advertise lives up to the reality.
I hope this helps you.
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