Anxiety and Dentistry
Going to the dentist can create anxiety for some patients for a variety of reasons. They may include fear of the injection or its effectiveness, negative past experiences, the perception of having been treated by uncaring, impersonal, cold dentists, feelings of losing control or helplessness, financial concerns.
Some people develop fears based on other people's negative experiences or perceptions about dentistry, which have been expressed and passed on to them (parents- be careful how you speak to your children).
Our best way of allaying anxiety is through communication, concern, and technique.
Communication- we actively open the door to dialogue with our patients
in an effort to understand them as individuals, with unique personalities, perceptions and feelings. Dr. Teen encourages and even nurtures openness between his patients, staff, and himself. It is only through communication that we can understand our patients, get to know them as individuals, and form relationships which lessen anxiety and optimize the quality of care.
Concern- Dr. Teen's sincere and deep concern for his patients is a key factor in lessening their fears and anxiety, as well as heightening their sense of well being and confidence. It is only in a caring and warm environment, which may include levity, that anxiety is lessened or eliminated. This starts with the doctor, and continues with his staff.
We all need to be cared about and have our feelings acknowledged, that's
human nature, and it is calming.
Technique- excellent technique is comfort enhancing, and produces excellent results. In the end results matter, but the pathway to obtaining those results also matters.
Our motto "Humanistic Dental Excellence" sums up our philosophy of care.
P.S.- let's add Prevention to the group.
We at Dr. Teen's office advocate and educate on preventive dentistry, as our
patients well know. If you have any hint of anxiety about treatment, or merely
wish to save tooth structure, time, money, and so on, then do your part as a
patient in preventing problems, including proper home care and regular
professional visits. It's a no brainer.