In general, I always fear going to the dentist and dread when the time arrives for my six month bi annual check up. There are multiple reasons why I do not like going to this type of professional, and many of them have to do with irrational fears about what may occur while I am there. It is always important for me to keep in mind the fact that not going to the dentist is likely to make matters worse.
For one, I have this fear that the dentist is going to go inside of my mouth, do the check up and tell me that there is something terrible wrong with my mouth that is going to need to be worked on extensively. I do not know if this is because I have had bad experiences in the past with cavities and even one root canal, but it is a fear that always comes to mind when I find myself having to schedule my next dentist visit.
Also, as said prior I hate the fact that at the dentist everyone else around you also looks like they are in pain or scared of being in pain. In fact, multiple individuals who I have spoken with in the waiting room also indicate that they have a large fear of the dentist in general. No one wants to get there mouth drilled on and prodded with various metal objects. The whole process just frankly freaks me out.
Last, the dentist always reminds me of some torture chamber. They have various tools and for the most part they do not have any pain medication to help with the pain. There is always a fear of being in pain while having to sit there and act like you are not a five year old child. Overall, going to the dentist something that is essential for your overall health and this is what I say to myself when I schedule my twice a year visits. I just need to stop thinking about why I hate the dentist and start focusing on all that it does to keep my mouth and gums healthy.
Luz Lopez Driscoll, DDS
818 18 St NW #530, Washington, DC 20006