The Top Three Reasons Why People Avoid Visiting the Dentist
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on August 24, 2018
Visiting the dentist, although essential to oral health, isn’t always seen as a necessity. Every year, thousands of adults avoid going to the dentist, for various reasons. A recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) shed light on the many factors that prevent individuals from seeking dental care. Here, Sonoran Dental Design, a top Scottsdale dental practice, reveals the top three reasons.
Fifty-nine percent of adults surveyed by the ADA listed cost as the number one reason why they forgo seeing the dentist. But what many people don’t realize is that postponing dental care can actually end up being more costly in the long run. Consider how much a routine dental exam and cleaning cost versus a more extensive treatment like dental implants or root canal. In other words, having your teeth examined and cleaned by a dental professional every six months can help you avoid more serious and costly dental procedures in the future.
Most preventative services, including exams and cleanings, are either covered in full or in part by dental insurance. Although other services like dental crowns and implants are typically not fully covered, financing is available. Before undergoing treatment, ask your dentist about the financing options they offer.
2. Fear or Anxiety
Twenty percent of adults listed fear or anxiety as a reason for avoiding dental care. If you are one of the countless individuals who are nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist, there are several solutions available. Consider meditation and breathing exercises to lower your stress levels before receiving dental care. Communication is key when establishing trust with your dentist. Once your dentist fully understands your fears or concerns, they can take measures to ensure you are comfortable during treatment. Many dental practices also offer sedation medications to put patients into a deeply relaxed state while they receive care. Sedation dentistry is safe to use for simple treatments (e.g., routine cleanings and fillings) as well as more extensive procedures (e.g., root canal, oral surgery).
3. Inconvenient Location or Time
Do you feel like life is simply too busy for you to make time for the dentist? If so, you are not alone as 19 percent of adults surveyed by the ADA listed inconvenient location or time as a reason why they don’t visit the dentist more often. Dentists are aware that convenience is important to patients, so more and more dentists are now offering evening and weekend appointments. If location and time are factors for you, be sure to inquire about them before committing to one dentist.
No matter what your reasons are for avoiding dental care, Sonoran Dental Design is more than ready to accommodate your needs. To speak to a member of our friendly team, or to schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning, please contact us by calling (480) 419-9595 today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily