I had the best dentist on the planet. He was patient, gentle, fun. You really knew he cared about you. He retired a couple of years ago and I haven’t been too crazy about his replacement. I’ve tried a few dentists since then but none of them seem a good fit. I freeze up when I get frightened and they grow impatient with me. When I do internet searches for dentists are there some special dental clue words I can use to help me find a dentist who is patient with those who struggle with dental anxiety?
That’s a great question to ask. I also want you to know you’re not alone in your dental anxiety. Many people are so uncomfortable with dentists they avoid them altogether. It’s commendable you’re not giving up. That says a lot about how seriously you take your oral care.
The good news is there are some key words you can use to find a dentist. When you do your search, try one of these terms:
- Cater to Cowards Dentist
- Sedation Dentist
- Gentle Dentist
Generally, these dentists are much more patient and kind. They understand patients with dental anxiety and often cater to them. Before you pick one to visit, I’d suggest two other things to consider.
1. What types of services are you looking for?
If all you’re looking for is a good family dentist, then the terms I gave above combined with item #2 should be all you’d really need. However, if you’re interested in more specialized cosmetic services such as porcelain veneers, then you’ll want an expert cosmetic dentist, in addition. Ideally, you’d want a dentist who’s reached accreditation level with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). They can create the most beautiful smile. In fact, many of them even have a beautiful smile guarantee.
2. Be sure to check their reviews.
Sometimes what dentists say they are and what they actually accomplish are two different things. That’s why it’s helpful to get an opinion from someone who’s actually visited their office before. Check what patients have to say on sites like Google Reviews and Yelp! That will help you know ahead of time what kind of chairside manner they have and if they do quality work.
Best of Luck!
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