I’ve gone to the same dentist for years. I loved him so much. He understood me and knew that I had anxiety when it came to dental work. He was always patient and would allow me to take a quick break if needed. Unfortunately, he recently retired. I just finished my first appointment with the practitioner who bought his practice. I don’t think I can return. I felt like I was a cog on a conveyor belt. When I got nervous and uncomfortable and asked for a minute, he grew impatient. There were many more people in the office than would normally be. How do I find a dentist like my old one?
Whenever you feel like a cog on a conveyor belt, it’s never a good sign. This dentist obviously has a business model that’s based on how many people he can fit in a day. The more bodies he gets in the chair the more money he makes. This can work for people who first, have no dental anxieties whatsoever and second, are in a huge rush themselves and prefer to not spend much time on their dental care.
So, if he finds enough overstressed people in the workforce who barely have time to deal with their oral health and don’t care about how fast and rough their dentist is, it will be a successful model for him. But, let’s face it, most people want their dentist to be careful, thorough, and gentle.
Finding a Caring Dentist Who Caters to Patients
The first thing I’d do is an internet search. Dentists who cater to fearful patients usually will advertise using one of three terms:
- Sedation Dentist
- Cater to Cowards Dentist
- Gentle Dentist
Anyone of those dentists should be a good fit for you. However, I’d advise you take one additional step. Again, go online. But this time, check out their reviews. There are sites such as Yelp! or Google Reviews which allow patients to write about their experiences with their dentist. Generally, you only get reviews from people with really great or superbly bad experiences. Either one of those will be useful to you.
I hope this helps you. Never feel bad about switching dentists. You want someone who can give you the care you need without you feeling complete terror. The last thing I want you to do is to avoid the dentist because of fear. You’ll eventually end up with a dental emergency and stuck with whatever dentist is available first.
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