When Was The Last Time You Visited The Dentist?

Posted on: April 19, 2017

When was the last time you visited a dentist?  Some people go to the dentist religiously while for others life can get in the way and time just passes us by.  If it’s been more than 6 months since your last visit, now is the time to make an appointment.  Regardless of why you haven’t been to the dentist, we can help. 

Following are the top 4 reasons we typically hear from patients in regards to why they avoid dental visits.  Do any of these sound familiar?

Anxiety or Fear of the Dentist.  Some of us have had bad childhood experiences or even a dental procedure that’s gone wrong that has led to our dental anxiety or dental phobia.  Regardless of the reason there are a number of us who just don’t like going to the dentist.

We Can Help.  Prior to coming into the office we’ll do a phone consultation to understand your specific concern, anxiety or fear.  There are many things we can do for you, including but not limited to:

(1)  Visiting the office just to meet the team and discuss your options with the doctor.

(2)  Prescribing an anti-anxiety drug for the night before to ensure you get a good night sleep.

(3)  Providing pain free dentistry using the latest laser and water-jet technologies.

(4)  Providing a variety of sedation options, literally sleeping through the visit.

Cost.  Many people put off their appointments because they have no insurance or they are in no position to take on an additional expense.  The truth is, putting off your cleaning or any potential dental work typically increases your financial risk not to mention your health.

We Can Help.  Each person’s situation is different, we have a number of financial options we can review with you.  In addition, you will always be provided with a treatment plan (regardless if it’s for a filing or just a continuation of your cleanings) and the options associated with that plan.  We will work with you to accommodate the challenges that life sometimes throws at us.

Too Busy.  We do live differently in Silicon Valley; things move at a much more rapid pace and there is a constant competition between our work and family obligations.  Because of the pace and demands, we often put taking care of ourselves at the bottom of the list.

We Can Help.  Our office is known not only for the quality of care but for keeping on schedule.  In fact, we don’t even have magazines in our waiting room.  We have flexible hours and depending upon your treatment needs we will always find a way to accommodate your busy schedule. 

Being Lectured.  Nobody likes to be lectured!  For a lot of us, we know what to do and when we don’t do it, we have our reasons.  The last thing we want to hear is about the importance of flossing or about how if we don’t take better care of our teeth we run a greater risk of gum disease.  We don’t need to take time out of our day and pay someone to lecture us.

We Can Help.  We do not lecture.  We do however spend time to educate you about what’s important to your oral health and lay out your various options.  For those patients who aren’t as vigilant with their flossing or overall home care we can help accommodate those lifestyles by increasing the number of professional cleanings.

We are conveniently located in the heart of Silicon Valley at 890 Saratoga Avenue in San Jose, California.  We are literally just a couple minutes off of Route 280 and Saratoga Avenue.  If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6 months, please give us a call, we can help!