The Cycle of Dental Neglect
For many people who avoid dental visits, a bad experience at a dentist’s office created a fear or dislike of all dentists. Not going to the dentist for years led to poor dental health – cavities, halitosis, dying or lost teeth, dental pain. Then, bad dental health became another reason to avoid the dentist.
A common thought among these patients is, What would a dentist, a stranger to me, but a professional in the field, think about my poor oral health? Surely he, his hygienist, and his assistant would judge me. Continuing to avoid dental care allows oral health to deteriorate more and more, and the cycle of dental neglect becomes a downward spiral.
A Professional, Not a Parent
Dr. DeFinnis is a sedation dentist, a general dentist who offers sedation, as well as restorative, general, and cosmetic dental care. He is not an authority figure who will judge you based on your state of dental health. Instead, Dr. DeFinnis and our compassionate team want to help you and keep you mentally and physically comfortable as we restore your oral health. We are proud of patients who overcome their anxiety, with or without medication, and reclaim good oral health.
A sociologist named Andre Modigliani conducted a study that shows, shy people who have a solid sense of empathy tend to be easily embarrassed. They also tend to believe that they are inadequate in the sight of others. These feelings can make a person who already dislikes dental visits even more inclined to avoid the dentist.
Dentistry That’s Different
We will not lecture, insult, or preach to you. We will answer all of your questions and provide as much information as you need to feel comfortable with the treatments you choose to undergo. We will team up with you to find ways for you to conquer the fear or phobia that has led to your current dental situation, and we’ll help you achieve and maintain great oral health for the rest of your life.
If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, call or email Dr. DeFinnis. He’ll be happy to talk with you over the phone, by email, or in person in a non-clinical setting.
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