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Chaparral Village Dental & Orthodontics

27287 Nicolas Road Suite 104, Temecula, CA 92591


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Fear Of The Dentist Is Passed On To Children By Their Parents

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM Comments comments (242)
Fear of visiting the dentist is a frequent problem in paediatric dentistry. A new study confirms the emotional transmission of dentist fear among family members and analyses the different roles that mothers and fathers might play.

A new study conducted by scientists at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid highlights the important role that parents play in the transmission of dentist fear in their family.

Previous studies had already identified the association between the fear levels of parents and their children, but they never explored the different roles that the father and the mother play in this phenomenon.

Published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, the study analysed 183 children between 7 and 12 years and their parents in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. The results were in line with previous studies, which found that fear levels amongst fathers, mothers and children are interlinked.  Read more...

Why people hate dentists II

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 1:12 AM Comments comments (145)

If you "hate going to the dentist," you are in good company. Many people tell us that going to the dentist is not their favorite thing to do. The important thing is to determine what is causing you to feel fearful, angry, or out of control, and then communicate it loudly and clearly to the dentist and dental team. Our interviews revealed that people who hate dentists can have a greatly enhanced and positive experience in a dental office:

If they trust their dentist and dental team.
If they have full confidence that they will be in total control.
If they know exactly what to expect during the dental procedure.
If they are confident that they will be numb or can be sedated in some way.

What follows are dental stories that demonstrate the type of concerns patients commonly express.

A Story of Fear and Anxiety

<<The dentist said I was numb and I wouldn't feel anything. But I wasn't numb and when I told him, he didn't believe. He dismissed me, and a that point, I lost my faith in dentists>>. JJ

People can develop strong fear and anxiety around going to the dentist when they hear dental “horror” stories from friends or co-workers. Or they become distrustful, especially if they've had a bad dental experience like the “I wasn't numb” story we just related. In some cases, they never get past their fears long enough to make another dental appointment. We've even heard some women say, “ I'd rather go through labor than go to the dentist.”

The Real Story

It's necessary to develop a rapport with your dentist and dental team. This is crucial because not only is fear a problem, but trust is an issue too. If you are very apprehensive, you will need to search for the dental professionals who are willing to take the time to reassure and support you. There are dental offices that pride themselves in caring for "high fear" patients. Everyone deserves a caring dental team who will discuss the variety of comfort and pain-relieving options available. The dentist can also assure you that you will be in control and listened to every step of the way. If you say that you are feeling pain or holler stop, be assured that all work will stop.

To be continued... (From <<I hate dentists!>> by Mac Lee, DDS, et al)

(Dr. Ming Zhao's comments: At our office we saw patients who became high-feared after a bad dental experience and think they can only get dental work done under sedation. While sedation is a option to help them finish their dental work, it can not deprive these patients of their past bad memory and attitude about dentistry. Can you imagine putting people to sleep for even a dental cleaning? So I think that the most important thing to do to help these patients is to desensitize them and get them out of their dental fear by using contemporary dental technologies. This method has been used successfully in the medical field in mental therapy. Let these patients experience what can be done equally well without sedation and have positive feedback. Once they realize the difference modern dentistry can bring to their dental care, they will gradually recover from past bad experience and become a regular patients for their lifetime.)  

Why people hate dentists

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (710)
From this issue on, I will post the content of an excellent dental educational book " I hate dentists!" by Dr. Mac Lee. It will take me many days to finish posting this book, so come back to this website and read on if you find this book interesting and helpful.

Why people hate dentists

During the 1950s, TV was coming of age with shows like Howdy Doody, Sky King, Hopalong Cassidy, and The Honeymooners. The "tube" entered households at the speed of Superman and became a national pastime. Also popular were fallout shelters, poodle skirts, and duck tail haircuts. What wasn't popular, however, was going to the dentist, but that's no sur­prise. For hundreds of years, dentists have been a ripe source of frightening imagery for artists. And many baby boomers grew up dreading the smell of the dental office and the noise and vibration of the "dreaded" slow drill of that time.

The dental office of the year 2000 bears no resemblance to what it was in the 1930s, '40s, or '50s and the old jokes no longer suit the technically sophisticated profession that dentistry is today. As a result, many folks who haven't been to the dentist for awhile are not aware how far dentists, dental labs, and manufacturers have traveled to give patients the highest level of comfort.

In this section, we deal with your fears and anxieties and any issues of mistrust that can keep you from going to the dentist. We arm you with information and questions to ask when searching for the right dentist for you. We also take you backward and forward in time. In "That Was Then, This Is Now," we will show you how technology has skyrocketed dentistry into the new millennium. So sit back and relax. This won't hurt a bit.

Keep your teeth alive! Put a modern spin on an old dental story.

When we first started writing this book, it seemed as if the number one problem for people who say, "Nothin' personal doc, but I hate dentists!" is the fear and anxiety created by the nightmarish dental experiences of childhood. In some cases, the experiences were difficult. But, after much heated debate, we concluded that the core issue is a lack of trust because folks don't understand what the dentist is doing to their teeth and gums. And lack of trust can create feelings of fear and anxiety, shame and embarrassment, and claustrophobia.

To keep your teeth alive, we are determined to help you leap over tall buildings and overcome smile-defeating obstacles that keep you from getting your teeth fixed or put you into a cold sweat every time you walk into a dental office. The fact is, however, that most of us want to keep our teeth and the only person who can help us do that is a dentist. And one thing we know for certain, when people get their teeth and gums into a healthy prevention mode and work on a daily mouth care regimen, a trip to the dentist is a walk in the park.

When you buy a new car and bring it in for the recommended warranty check-ups, it makes you feel secure that no unexpected problems are going to occur-unless of course you get into an accident. It's somewhat similar with teeth. When you get your teeth up to speed and functioning in optimal health, you'll get a lot more mileage on your teeth-for less money-than you will on that new car.          To be continued...

(From <I hate dentists - The feel good guide to going to the dentist> authored by McHenry Lee DDS and Joleen Jackson & Vicki Audette)