The team at Lakeside Dental Clinic encourages regular dental care to avoid more invasive and expensive treatment.

The consequences of waiting until it hurts to see a dentist

By Dr. Robert Wolanski, Lakeside Dental Clinic

Everyday I see a patient in our office who has booked an appointment because they’re in severe pain. The majority of these patients have not had an examination by a dentist in many years.

The two most common reasons they have not visited a dentist are dental phobias and fears, and the perceived cost of treatment. In our office we do not judge these decisions, but rather understand their decisions.

The purpose of this article is to describe the disadvantages of waiting until things hurt, and potential solutions for both circumstances.

First, there’s the dental phobic patient. These patients exhibit a wide spectrum of fear and anxiety about having dental procedures done. In most cases this is a form of PTSD related specifically to having had an unpleasant experiences in a dental office.

Many such patients can be treated with understanding and kindness to allow them to get past their fears. With more severe cases, the only way to provide treatment is with pharmaceutical techniques, including the use of intravenous sedatives, which we are capable of doing in our office. For highly fearful patients this is the only solution that will help them get the dental treatment they need. We have been able to help many patients in this regard over the years for which we are very grateful at Lakeside Dental Clinic.

Second is the perceived cost of dentistry. Without question, the cost of dentistry becomes greater as the dental disease and damage progresses. It’s very much like having a car that never gets its oil checked or changed, ultimately resulting in expensive repairs, and in some cases the engine cannot be saved.

The cost of a dental examination is low in comparison to waiting until things hurt and require more extensive treatment. In some cases, patients wait too long and we’re not able to save the teeth at all.

A long-term dental treatment plan can also be created that allows for dental expenses to be spread across a longer time. Financial plans are also available to help manage the expense. The cost of repairing a tooth when it becomes painful versus a tooth with early decay can be more than 10 times as much. We encourage people who have not had a dental examination for a number of years to visit a dentist to reduce the risk of pain and suffering, time off from work, and to minimize the cost.

Just Posted

COVID-19: Uptick in calls to Haven Society crisis line as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

ICET provides Qualicum Beach with $250K for East Village project

Town expects revitalization plan to attract more developments

COVID-19: Garage sales should follow mass gathering guidelines

City has received variety of queries on the issue

Parksville’s ‘Support Local’ parade celebrates businesses

Approximately 30 vehicles turn out for event

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

Larry MacDougall says reception from neighbours has been heartening

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Missing man thought to be in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP ask for public’s help in locating Kevin Golze, 45

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Telegraph Cove Resort will open June 1 to self-contained campers only

Washrooms, showers and all other amenities will remain closed for now

B.C. aquaculture farm’s employees sweat it out to raise funds for food banks

For every five minutes of exercise recorded, Cermaq Canada is donating a dollar to local food banks in communities they operate

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Most Read