These might be irrational feelings – but they are very real.
Studies have found that patients are afraid of three things at the dental office — fear of loss of control, fear of embarrassment, or fear of pain.
If you’re afraid of not being able to see what’s going on in your mouth, or can’t anticipate what the doctor is going to do, please ask. Ask the doctor about the procedure. Ask him exactly what is going to happen, and what you can expect. Most dentists are happy to explain the procedure and answer your questions. Participating in your dental care is important. You are not being irrational – you’re being responsible.
Yes, we’ve all been there. We haven’t flossed like we were supposed to (if we have at all), or our mouth is so bad that the teeth are falling out. Don’t worry. The doctor deals with these issues all the time and is happy that you’ve come in – whether it’s for a checkup or to change your life by fixing your teeth.
A University of Toronto study gathered information about patients’ pain expectation when they’re having dental treatment. The report showed that the fear of pain is probably the most common issue that keeps people from the dental office. The sensation of pain was more likely to be reported by people who had painful dental experiences or who experienced anxiety about their treatment, expected pain, or felt they had little control over the treatment process. Pain is a perceived and emotional experience as much as a physical experience.
“We have many pain control medications and offer anesthesia and partial or complete sedation at iSmile Costa Rica,” says Dr. Francisco Dittel, lead dental surgeon at iSmile. “But pain management really begins before you even step into the clinic. If you are anxious about you dental care and the pain you will feel, let’s discuss it before your appointment. We’ll make sure to reduce or even eliminate any pain during your care.”
Before you come in for a visit, we like to discuss your particular dental needs to determine what pain management protocols may be required. Do you have any health issues that might interfere with your comfort, such as pregnancy or certain medications? Please be open and honest with your dentist in order to receive the highest quality care.
The iSmile Costa Rica team is here to offer the best in pain management and pain control. A few options that we can discuss with you include: