With all the dental offices out there, you will not have a hard time choosing a Stockport dentist. This does not mean that your first choice is already the best one. Yes, you have to consider the length of experience, specialisation, services offered, record and history, as well as cost. However, Unidental notes that you should also pay heed to this often-overlooked factor: how the presence of the dentist makes you feel.
How you feel around your chosen oral health care provider has long-term effects, so make sure you remain attentive and on your toes during an initial consultation. Failure to do so will have a huge impact on the future of your oral health.
The truth behind why people miss their scheduled appointments and check-ups
There are several reasons why a considerable portion of the UK population intentionally misses their supposedly regular appointments for dental check-ups. One of this is fear of the dentist.
Studies show that nearly half of UK adults do so due to their fear of the dentist. 12 per cent of these people has severe dental anxiety, with the female gender topping the list.
Experiencing unease or discomfort, or worse, being straightforward scared of the dentist (or the thought of undergoing treatment) can make anyone want to delay or even stop going to a dental office.
Unease and fear of the dentist can translate to psychological pain
Although not extremely common, there are still some people who have dental anxiety and/or phobia so severe that an otherwise painless procedure can make them experience pain. However, this pain mostly comes from a psychological standpoint. Their fear has reached a level so high that it already affects their normal state of mind.
All these are the primary reasons you have to pay attention to your prospective dentists during an initial consultation. This is the time you can gauge their qualities and characteristics, and how comfortable and at ease, you feel around them.