I guess what happens to most of us, we wait till it is really bad.
Like a broken tooth, or the pain sets in.
When something tells us, we no longer can stand it!
That is what I have always done, and I would say thousands of others.
Once you get there...then your told ''oh you have to come back, we have found you need a lot of teeth fixing''!
That's I know when 'apathy' can set in, and we say ''well it doesn't hurt now'' so we wait.
Plus....don't forget it cost's money! so we justify that we can't go this week...maybe not even next.
If I really had to have work done, and it is imperative ....I just Go.
But we all HATE the Dentist.
I'm not even sure people would go,if it was even Free!!
I'm facing my fears at the moment and getting the whole family booked in to the dentist. This will be my first visit in 4 years as I am petrified of the dentist. For me it's due to a needle phobia - I loathe injections. I once had a filling without anaesthetic because I was too scared to get an infection, and so the pain of that put me off dentistry. Completely silly and something I need to get over. I'm determined that my kids won't fear the dentist as much as me, so as a new years resolution type thing, I've booked us all in and I'm taking my kids with me to see mummy being brave and to show them there is nothing to be scared of. Seriously hoping this doesn't back fire and I scar them for life. Good luck to us all.
The only procedure I've undergone is for fillings. I was a child at the time, and obviously scared. I remember that the anaesthetic wasn't very effective and I was in pain the whole way through. He asked if I wanted more, but I said no, because I just wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. That's basically how I got through it. 'It will be over soon, it will be over soon'.
I hate the dentist. I had an operation on one tooth (far back) 12 months ago as it became infected, and I am seeing the surgeon again next week. The tooth gave me some pain yesterday, and that was only once since having the surgery in hospital under local anaesthetic. The hygienist is great - teeth cleaning. Root canal surgery would be scary.
I don't think there's much you can do about it, if you need to get something done it usually hurts, so there is an incentive right there. Sometimes I have tried to picture myself somewhere else like on a beach or a mountain top while in the dentists chair, I think they call that creative visualisation. At other times, like when I got my root canal done, I was so drugged up that I didn't care what the dentist was doing.