The media and Hollywood have painted dentists in a less than favorable light. In fact, they often portray them as pain causing and insensitive. Usually when represented in pop culture, they have a bad reputation for being cold, unfriendly and for asking you questions you cannot answer because you have instruments in your mouth.
These stereotypes could not be further from the truth. In fact, dentists tend to get involved in dentistry because they genuinely wish to be of service to others. Here are some of the most common misconceptions out there:
Dentists Enjoy Causing Pain
If you ask your dentist, he or she will probably tell you the greatest anxiety they feel in their jobs is when they give injections or perform a potentially painful procedure. The fact is that most dentists never want to hurt you. In fact, they go through great lengths to make sure your appointment feels comfortable. From topical anesthetic before an injection to sedation dentistry, most dentists want to keep you feeling completely comfortable throughout your treatment.
Dentists Are Too Expensive
When you think about the amount of education, training, and the skills necessary to provide good dental care, dentistry is a real bargain. Because dentistry is a specialized field in medicine, most dentists attend school just as long as most doctors and some even work in a residency program after they graduate.
Dentists also need to have professional team members such as hygienists and dental assistants to provide each patient with appropriate care.
When you add the cost of education, payroll, training, continuing education, insurance costs, equipment costs, dental lab costs, business overhead, supplies, and the latest technology, you see how quickly the cost of running a dental business adds up.
At our Lafayette, LA dental office, we strike a balance between providing the very best care and keeping it reasonable for our patients. We do not believe in cutting corners when it comes to your health. If you ever have a question about the cost of your treatment, let us know.
Do not let Hollywood depictions keep you away from the dentist. We look forward to providing you with the very best care and even offer oral sedation if you cannot get those old stereotypes out of your head.
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