I’m in college for the first time. Earlier this month, I went to a new dentist here in town thinking it was time to find one in the city where I spend most of my time. It was a disaster. He was so much rougher and meaner than my old dentist. I’ve grown up with Dr. —- He always said he was a dentist who “catered to cowards”. That was perfect for me because I’m terrified of sharp pointy things. This new dentist, doesn’t seem to care how I feel. However, he did find a cavity which puts me with a new problem. If just a checkup was horrible, I can’t imagine what a filling will be like with him. What I’m wondering is if this can wait until I go home for the Thanksgiving holidays and have my nice dentist take care of it? If not, what do I do? I can’t go back to Dr. Torture.
It’s fantastic you had such a lovely relationship with your family dentist growing up. Those positive experiences (along with your good character) are why you were responsible enough to schedule a cleaning during your freshman semester of college.
As you’ve discovered, not all dentists are gentle and kind, but don’t despair. There are definitely other dentists who “cater to cowards”. You asked whether or not this decay can wait until your school break. That’s really hard to answer because each cavity is different. Some take their time, while others will dive head first into the pulp leaving you with an infection and in need of an emergency dentist.
You have two choices: One, take your chance that this cavity will limp along instead of go on a sprint. However, you need to be prepared in case it doesn’t cooperate. Two, try a different dentist to get this filled right away before it gets any worse. It’s much simpler to get a filling than it is a root canal treatment and dental crown.
Finding a Cater to Cowards Dentist
The starting place is an internet search. You can look under the following three terms to get started:
- Cater to Cowards Dentist
- Gentle Dentist
- Sedation Dentist
Dentists who advertise using these terms are happy to treat fearful patients. Some do it with the goal of making them so comfortable at the dentist they no longer deal with any anxiety in “the chair”.
After you make a list, the next step is to check their reviews. You want to make sure that patients who’ve actually been treated by him or her have had the positive experiences the website promised.
This blog is brought to you by Lake Oswego Dentist Dr. Mo Saleh.