So, here’s the thing. I LOVE my dentist. He’s so funny and whenever we have to do anything scary he gives me this sedation thing that puts me right to sleep. I have never had a bad dentist appointment. I’m 17 and my friends can’t believe I still go to a pediatric dentist. But, they always complain about how much they hate the dentist. I keep telling them that they’re missing out. But, I realize I’ll be 18 in a few months. Does that mean I’ll have to go to one of the adult dentists that everyone hates? Is there a way to find an adult dentist as good as my pediatric dentist?
I’m thrilled you’ve had such positive experiences with your dentist. Most people who develop dental anxiety do so because of a traumatic dental appointment in childhood. It sounds like you hit the jackpot with your pediatric dentist. Also, I have to say way to stick up for yourself with your friends. That shows a lot of maturity on your part.
There are a few things to consider here. First, it’s unlikely your pediatric dentist isn’t going to boot you out the door the moment you turn 18. I’m sure he’ll give you plenty of time to find a new dentist. Also, not all adult dentists are the things that make up the plots for horror books. I promise.
If it will put your mind at ease, you can use dental sedation even when you no longer visit a pediatric dentist. Many dentists have sedation available. In fact, they often enjoy working with fearful patients in order to give them a positive experience.
In your place, the first thing I’d do is talk to your pediatric dentist and ask if there’s someone he’d recommend to you. He’s been your dentist for many years and knows your history and personality. It’s very probable he’d know someone who’s a good fit for you.
If he doesn’t have a recommendation it’s still not hopeless. I’d just do an internet search for dentists who enjoy working with patients that have dental anxiety. I’m not saying you do, but they tend to be more patient and gentle than other dentists. They will advertise as sedation dentists, gentle dentists, or even cater to coward dentists.
Then, you can check out some of their reviews on sites like Google Reviews or Yelp. See what other patients who’ve been to their office felt about their visits. You can likely eliminate some just through their reviews.
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