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Tales From The Chair – Why I’m Not Scared Of The Dentist Anymore!

Tales From The Chair – Why I’m Not Scared Of The Dentist Anymore!

‘Ding Ding.’ I received an SMS from my brand new dentist. “We’re looking forward to seeing you on Friday for your appointment with Dr Duhig,” read the SMS. I felt my whole body tighten up and a sick feeling started whirling up in my stomach. Did I mention I used to be scared of the dentist? The experience that made me scared of the dentist My anxiety all started with a not so forgettable experience at another dentist where I dribbled so much because my mouth was numb and the dental nurse couldn’t suck my spit up quickly enough with the spit sucker thingy. I couldn’t forget about my inability to spit into the little bowl, embarrassed as a string of saliva hung from my mouth. I also couldn’t forget the massive discomfort of a dental tool being pressed with force on my numb lip. Oh, and did I mention the needles? I needed two of those bad boys, and it sure didn’t tickle! After that experience, I was so worried it would repeat itself over and over, each time I visited the dentist. But I took the matter into my own hands and decided to change dentists. Yes, I was extremely anxious before seeing Dr Robert Duhig, but I can happily say I’m no longer scared of the dentist! Firstly, the fact that Robert Duhig Dental call themselves ‘The Gentler Dentists’ got me really curious. They HAD to be better than my old dentist who was far from gentle. The visit to my new dentist – Robert Duhig Dental At my first appointment, anxious and sweating profusely, I entered the room and was greeted by Robert and the dental assistant. They were both quick to make me feel welcome and calm, asking me about myself and engaging in lovely conversation while, unbeknownst to me, they were prepping for the examination. Their ability to hold conversation really took my mind off things. As I opened my mouth wide in preparation for the scratching and sucking to begin, all I could think about was the dreaded spit sucker; was this nurse going to suck spit better than at my old dentist? Well, I’d like to report that I’d happily give the dental nurse at Robert Duhig Dental the award for top spit sucker because she’s well and truly banished my anxiety about dribbling at the dentist! And as for pain and discomfort, there was none. I couldn’t believe how gentle the dentist was, even with the hook instrument which, I swear, has made me feel a bit like a fish in the past. The conversation continued after the examination had finished, I happily swished the water in my mouth and...

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What You DIDN’T Know About Your Dental Hygienist

What You DIDN’T Know About Your Dental Hygienist

The role of the dental hygienist is vital in any dental practice. At Robert Duhig Dental, we are focused on providing the most professional, gentle treatment possible. Having confidence in your dental surgery isn’t just about having a perfect smile – it’s about knowing that you’re in confident, capable hands every step of the way. What is the role of the dental hygienist? A dental hygienist, otherwise known as a dental nurse, has a specific role to play in the treatment of patients. Their calm, consistent manner soothes the nerves of anxious patients who may have had negative experiences at other treatment centres. It’s their role to work towards preventing dental decay by ‘deep cleaning’ teeth. You’ll find them working away with patients to remove the build-up of plaque and provide professional cleaning that will improve the health of the teeth and gums. Removing Fear Many patients find the idea of a clean like this to be daunting. You’re sitting in a chair for a considerable amount of time while someone pokes and prods, and sucks and scrapes, to get your teeth looking the best they can possibly be. One of the key roles of the dental hygienist is to be a calming presence in what can be a nerve-wracking experience. They provide a steady, measured tone and allay the fears of patients by gently talking you through each step. What If I’m Afraid? Many people are afraid of the dentist and there is no harm in that. Your dental hygienist has seen it all! They’ll be able to adjust what they’re doing to compensate for particular fears and concerns that you have – whilst still getting the job done in a professional and timely manner. Your dental hygienist is qualified not only because of their VET training and qualifications, but in the way they consistently provide optimum care in each and every procedure that they are involved in. Robert Duhig Dental – The Practice for Nervous Nellies All of our staff are focused on professional practice with gentle care and consideration. Dental anxiety is understandable – and common – and we firmly believe that there are ways of addressing it appropriately. We do not ‘write off’ the concerns of our patients – we treat them with respect and constantly look for ways to modify what we do to suit the needs of the people we treat. If you want to see the Robert Duhig Dental difference for yourself, make an appointment with the go-to Sandgate dentist...

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