fear of dentists

5 Reasons You’re Afraid of Going to the Dentist

So, you’re afraid of us? We understand, and we don’t take it personally. It’s because we’re dentists. We know. From years of experience, we’ve noticed a few themes that explain why so many people are afraid of going to the dentist. If you have a fear of dentists, we’d be willing to bet that it’s for one or a combination of the following reasons.

1. Horror Stories

Depending on how old you are, your grandparents have probably told you some pretty scary stories about going to the dentist as children. Perhaps they had a tooth pulled without enough Novocaine, or the drill that was used to fill a cavity wasn’t quite fast enough. Don’t worry, we always use the best dental materials and communicate with you to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible.

2. Privacy

Your mouth is personal and you have every right to protect it. It’s completely reasonable that you would be particular about who gets to care for, or even take a close look at your mouth. But trust us when we say that you can trust us. We’ve gone through years of school and practice, and can assure you that your mouth is in good hands here at Davis Gribble Hollowwa.

3. Uncontrollable Triggers

Logically, you know that going to the dentist is a safe and healthy thing to do, and yet without fail, you still get panicky when you sit in that chair. This is something we’ve seen a lot of patients struggle with. The sight of the big fluorescent light, the medical smell of the office, and the sound of the drill may make you feel nervous automatically. We expect it, especially from new patients, and will work through your fear with you.

4. Pain

If you have a nagging toothache, loose crown or cavity, the idea of a dentist touching your sore spots with anything can be a very unpleasant thought. You may think that there is no hope or reason to bother going to the dentist, but it’s actually the opposite. We can help you minimize or perhaps even get rid of the pain in the long run. It may take some time for you to get back to feeling 100%, but there is hope!

5. A Bad Experience

Instead of telling you that you have nothing to be afraid of, we like to acknowledge that it’s totally okay to be nervous about going to the dentist. When you show up for your appointment and sit in that chair, we are already proud of you, because many people don’t take that first step to overcome their fears.

 

Is it something else that you fear about going to the dentist? At Davis Gribble Hollowwa, we take the time to understand each patient before doing any dental work. It makes for a much more pleasant experience for everyone involved. The more relaxed you are, the more smoothly everything will go. Call us at 505-898-1976 to schedule your visit and conquer your fear for good.

Author Info

Dr. Connor Hollowwa

Dr. Connor Hollowwa is an Albuquerque native. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to receive a BA from Rice University. His Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Before joining private practice he practiced at the state-of-the-art Isleta Health Center’s Dental Clinic, providing modern dental care for the members of the Pueblo of Isleta. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano, fly-fishing, golfing, and skiing.