It is fairly well-known that there are plenty of people who feel anxious about going to the dentist. Some people haven’t gone to the dentist in years because of it. When many people hear the words ‘dental anxiety,’ they often think of sedation dentistry, that is, medicating patients so they can feel more relaxed at the dental clinic.
But at Western Smiles Dental Care, principal dentist Dr Peter Duke has another approach to patients who fear the dentist: relationship-building. His personable, compassionate and outgoing nature makes him open to having a conversation with potential patients who wish to schedule a booking but are apprehensive about it. People can literally call Dr Duke and speak to him for a few minutes before they come in.
Dr Duke believes that establishing a connection with patients before they come in can go a long way in alleviating nervousness and anxiety.
Why It’s in Your Best Interest to Overcome Dental Anxiety
Avoiding the dentist can have far-reaching effects on your health as well as your outlook. It might even impact the way others see you.
Small Problems Can Become Big Problems
When you skip biannual check-ups and cleans, you set yourself up for the possibility of developing dental issues that will ultimately need more invasive treatment. For instance, if you don’t get a filling for a small cavity, the decay will continue to grow. This might lead to a toothache and the need for an emergency root canal.
Gum Disease Might Be Lurking
The only way you can be sure that your gums are healthy is with a professional dental examination. In its earliest stages, you might not know you even have gum disease. By the time you start experiencing symptoms, it’s often too late to do much about the condition but manage it. If you don’t treat it, you might even start losing some of your teeth.
Self-Confidence Might Be Low
If you don’t feel good about the way your teeth look, you might not smile as often—or at all. Without regular check-ups and cleans, you can develop tartar build-up, which can give your teeth a yellow or grey appearance.
Get to Know Dr Duke and the Team at Western Smiles Dental Care
If you are someone who has put off visiting the dentist for months or years, we understand. You can be confident that we won’t make any judgments about the current state of your oral health. You can rest assured that each one of us will do everything in our power to ensure a comfortable experience while you are here at our Mirrabooka, WA dental surgery.
We warmly welcome you to reach out and find out how you can schedule a call with Dr Duke before your appointment.