Visiting the dentist can be a scary experience for some patients. Developing a trusting relationship with your Dentist can go a long way towards easing anxiety and in turn assuring you receive the best possible care.
Choosing the right Dentist is a first step in developing a trusting relationship. Many patients rely on the list of providers included in their Insurance packet and choose the dentist that is closest in proximity to their home or office. While it’s important to see a Doctor inside your network, and that they are accessible, we suggest asking family and friends for recommendations first.
Having a personal recommendation and knowing a little about your dentist’s personality and office staff will ease some of the anxiety of your initial visit.
Once you have chosen a Dentist, try these 7 tips to developing a trusting relationship with your dental care providers:
1. Arrive Early For Appointments
Arriving at the dental office 10- 15 minutes before your appoint gives you the opportunity to relax and develop a report with office staff. Office staff are instrumental in assuring your visits run smoothly and can often answer questions you may have forgotten to ask prior to your appointment.
2. Remember, It’s the 21st Century
Advances in modern dental practices allow practitioners to focus on patient comfort. Todays Dentists use an array of new tools and techniques designed to make you as comfortable as possible in a fraction of the time.
Take comfort in knowing there are many options to ensure patients feel at ease.
3. Discuss Your Fears & Concerns
A quality Dentist will be sensitive to your anxiety and fear and will gladly take the time to discuss your options and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
4. Ask Questions
If you do not understand a suggested procedure, what aftercare is involved or why you need the procedure to begin with, ask for clarity. Don’t be afraid to ask your Dentist to explain a procedure in more detail if you still don’t understand. Understanding what to expect can go a long way to easing fears and has the added benefit of deepening trust in the Patient-Doctor relationship.
Developing a personal relationship with the dentist and office staff will give you the confidence to ask about any oral health care concerns you have, and will help you get the best care possible. You’ll also find it easier to understand what your dentist is telling you because you’ll know more about his or her personality from prior appointments and cleanings.