That is one reason it so hard for a new patient. You are starting a relationship that is very personal and very private. This relationship requires trust and confidence. It is important for both the dentist and you to establish a good basis for the beginning of that relationship. So how do you do that?
How Do I Start the Conversation?Dentists probably understand this relationship better than doctors because many people are simply afraid of any dentist. That means that starting a conversation with a new dentist is almost expected. Most dentists will begin this conversation themselves, if they don't, you can. They won't be surprised.
On your first visit, you will likely be introduced to the dentist’s staff when you first meet the dentist. Your dentist may ask you what brings you there. This is the opening of the conversation. You can start by letting your dentist know why you are there. You may have just moved to the area, or your former dentist may have retired. Why you are changing dentists is helpful for the dentist to know. If you had a bad experience such as a poorly handled dental condition, let the dentist know. If you have anxiety when it comes to procedures, tell your dentist that as well, and let him or her know what they can do to alleviate the anxiety. This would be a good beginning. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 985-8945.