I’m really a dentist’s least favorite patient. Everything scares me. I jump whenever they bring an instrument near me. My last dentist appointment, my dentist literally said, “Oh no, it’s her.” when he walked in to see me. I think I’m better off never going again. My friend told me she had an accident and her friend had Save-a-tooth in her first aid kit and it literally saved her tooth. Would it work for people with a toothache and not a knocked out tooth?
Save-A-Tooth is a good product, but it’s only designed to help people who’ve had a tooth knocked out. It’s made with ingredients and materials that are uniquely qualified to give a tooth a fighting chance so a dentist can reimplant it. However, you still need to get there within half an hour to have the best chance. It’s a useful thing to have in a first aid kit if you’re prone to accidents.
I hate to hear stories like yours, where a dentist contributed to a patient feeling unwanted or like they’re a hassle to treat. You should know that a great deal of people react exactly the way you do in the dental chair. It’s perfectly natural. If your dentist can’t handle that, he’s definitely in the wrong profession.
I don’t want you to avoid the dentist. With the right dentist, you can get the care you need in a compassionate manner. Finding those type of dentists is the tricky bit. Many of them will specifically promote themselves as a gentle dentist or a sedation dentist.
Just calling themselves that doesn’t necessarily mean they are gentle and compassionate dentists. You should also check their reviews on Google and Yelp to get an idea what other people’s experiences with them have been like.
You may find if you’ve been away from the dentist for quite some time that you need a lot of work done at the beginning. Those appointments can be spread out or if you need things like dental crowns or root canal treatments, you can have the dentist use sedation so you can have more done in one sitting with no-pain.
It’s always better to get regular dental care so you don’t have to face a situation where you’re losing teeth. Rarely, are tooth replacement options as easy as simply visiting your dentist on a regular basis. I bet when you find that perfect dentist for you, it will completely change your outlook.
Best of luck and please don’t feel like you’re the problem.
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