Let’s face it — going to the dentist has it’s obvious benefits, but one of them is not being entertained. As patients and human beings, we’re naturally worried and anxious. Anxious about having someone invading our personal space, worried about how weird we look from this angle, worried about what the bill is going to look like, worried if there will be any pain.
I have thankfully had great experiences with dentists and dental hygienists; they’ve always been considerate in asking if I am uncomfortable or experiencing any pain. After all, these people are sticking sharp metal instruments in our mouths.
According to Dental Practice Management along with some of our own ideas, here are some things that cross a patient’s mind in the dental chair. After all, it’s not like we can talk!
I wish I had brushed my teeth before this appointment.
Are you going to keep asking me questions when you have instruments in my mouth?
Will I get a discount if I pay in cash?
My dentist’s nose is pretty clean. I hope my nose is clean.
Are you going to lecture me on flossing again, then proceed to show me how to floss properly for the hundredth time?
I could never be a dentist.
How long is this going to take? I’m using my lunch break for this appointment…
Does anyone look attractive with their mouth open this wide?
I can’t believe I used to never floss. Gross!
How many times are you going to poke my gums with that pointy metal thing?
I wonder if my breath is bad.
I hope I never have to get dentures. I like my teeth.
And most importantly…
How much of this is covered by my insurance??
What do you guys think? Have any of you had these thoughts while in the dental chair? Please feel free to add to our list by commenting below!
Dr. Mike Malone and his team practice expert cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Malone is the former president and current accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the official Cosmetic Dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants. Check out his website for more information.