The Fear of the Drill

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A large proportion of the public are apprehensive to say the least about visiting the men in white coats that appear to take an unparalleled joy in drilling into your sensitive teeth with barbaric tools of pain….or at least that is how those with a fear of visiting the dentist would put it.  It is one of those fears that a lot of people can relate to, even if they themselves do not fear the dentist.  Having someone drilling into your teeth is not something that people would willingly have done, but it is most certainly a necessary evil.  Visiting the dentist does not necessarily mean getting a filling but nevertheless it can be a traumatic experience.

The best way to assuage your fear of dentists is to take good care of your teeth.  I am fully aware of how patronising that may sound but it is the plain truth – and I am sure that this would be backed up by the vast majority of dentists out there.  Brush regularly, avoid sugary foods and fizzy drinks…and floss.  If you know that you keep good care of your dental hygiene then this will at least reduce the apprehension felt when driving to the dentists, it might not remove it entirely (in fact it almost definitely will not) but every little bit helps!

Not all dentists are created equal, and I am sure that the NHS would want to say differently, but this is the unfortunate truth.  I myself feel like I have seen a wide variety of dentists, some were great and some were simply awful.  The memory of the awful ones (one in particular) have been emblazoned into my mind – images of maniac sadists laughing at my discomfort.  On the other hand, the dentists that I have had good experiences with conjure memories of spa like conditions, soothing voices and great customer services.  Living in Brooklyn there is no shortage of private dentists (and NHS) to visit – obviously all with their various pricing structures.  

A couple of years ago I had a particularly catastrophic problem with a tooth that decided it no longer wanted to be a tooth, and I was reliably informed that I would have to have said tooth forcibly removed from the premises that was my mouth.  Great.  This would be fun.  I went to Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Brooklyn was very surprised out how painless it was…considering the near surgical operation that had to take place!  And I go to them every time I need even a check-up.  So if you are worried about going to the dentist, one of the best pieces of advice I could give you is find out who the good ones are and visit them.  They take care of you in a way that the bad ones don’t.  As with most fears they can rarely be extinguished completely but a combination of finding a good dentist (even if you have to pay more for the pleasure) and keeping good care of your teeth should contribute towards a less sweat and tear filled journey to your local practice!

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