Getting embarrassed or feeling like you might be judged by someone for something you have done (or failed to do) is a natural feeling. Sometimes our minds can run wild when we think of the things that others may be thinking about us. We are often our own biggest critics and over-thinking anything is never good, but can be a hard habit to break.
Going to the dentist is something that everyone should do, but this is not the reality we live in. Due sometimes to personal, financial circumstances, or just an extremely busy schedule it can be difficult to fit in going to the dentist on a regular basis. However, sometimes what keeps someone from seeing their Ottawa dentist is fear, but not in the traditional sense. Fear of going to the dentist due to anxiety or just not being a fan of the sharp instruments being used is real and can be eased by having a consultation with your Ottawa dentist and the use of sedation. The other type of fear I’m referring to is that of judgment; if you haven’t gone to see the dentist in a long time, the fear of what they might see (or find) is real enough to keep people from visiting them even longer.
“This is the vicious circle of dental phobia: whatever caused the phobia initially (be it painful or traumatic experiences, hurtful remarks, or something else) leads to avoidance, which in turn means no access to professional dental care, usually resulting in poorer oral health, and at some stage the results of this “neglect” are perceived to be so embarrassing that it’s totally impossible to see a dentist, even when in pain.”
It’s important to realize that this feeling is normal and if you feel this way, you are not alone. The best thing to do is face any fear you have up front and you can do this by first contacting your local Ottawa dental office. Rest assured that your Ottawa dentist has seen every type of mouth under the sun and are always professional in any assessment they make and would never make any judgements or make someone feel embarrassed.