There’s a lot going on at your dentist’s office you may not know about, and that alone can make you feel anxious. At ImmediaDent, we’re on a mission to combat dental anxiety—because people deserve to feel good about taking care of their teeth. That’s why we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at five things you probably never knew were happening at your dentist’s office.
They’re not actually trying to have a conversation with you
Have you ever wondered why your dentist starts asking you questions after they’ve told you to open your mouth? The truth is, they don’t really expect you to do much talking—they’re just trying to distract you so that you feel more at ease in the dental chair.
Plenty of people worry that silence from their dentist means that something is wrong, so by chatting with you during your exam, your dentist is trying to communicate that everything’s okay. But don’t feel like you can’t respond to your dentist or let them know if there’s something you need—we’re pretty good at interpreting muffled speech.
They’re not ignoring your discomfort—they can’t see it
Sometimes your dentist uses special eyewear that magnifies your tooth so they can better understand what’s going on. When they’re wearing these glasses, it’s difficult or impossible for them to see your facial expressions or clenched fists that signal your discomfort. Know that your dentist is sympathetic to your feelings and wants you to be comfortable—they just may need a verbal cue instead of a physical one.
Every plant, poster, and magazine is there for a reason
No two dental offices are exactly the same, but they all have one thing in common: calming décor. From small fountains to fish tanks, dental offices are purposely filled with things that help relieve anxiety.
It’s not because some secret horror is hiding on the other side of the waiting room door, it’s just a simple acknowledgement that dental anxiety is common. So if you’ve ever felt anxious as you’ve sat waiting for your appointment, know you’re not alone. At ImmediaDent, compassion for our patients is at the core of our dentistry practice. That’s why you’ll see (and hopefully feel!) compassion all over our offices.
They hide things from you
Speaking of combating patient anxiety, most dentists purposely keep their dental tools out of view to keep their patients from stressing out about them. But that doesn’t mean your dentist has something sinister up their sleeve—if you want to learn more about the tools your dentist is using in order to combat your anxiety, just ask! We love to share our tools with our patients, especially if it helps make them feel more at ease during their exam. We are happy to talk through any tool or procedure that you’re not 100% comfortable with.
They speak in code
Have you ever noticed your dentist saying random numbers to their assistant or hygienist? It might sound like they’re judging each tooth and giving it a score, but really it’s just a code to quickly communicate what they’re noticing. Some numbers refer to specific teeth, while other numbers measure things like bone density or the distance between the tip of the gum and the bone.
A fear of being judged is one of the big reasons people have anxiety about going to the dentist. At ImmediaDent, we take a no-judgment approach to evaluating your teeth. As dentists, it’s our job to help you have a healthy mouth, so we enjoy any opportunity to give your teeth some TLC.
Are you ready for your next dental exam? Come see us! We’re open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Request an appointment online at a location near you.