How we cater to your dental phobia

Do you have signs of dental phobia? If a visit to the dentist is something you fear or if you’re looking for a gentle dentist, choose Coddington Dental. At Coddington Dental, we provide a dental experience with a relaxing environment so you can feel right at home and at ease.

We understand being scared of the dentist is an understanding matter that should be taken care of, for us to understand your situation if you have a phobia. We must take into account what the average person struggles with when visiting the dentist. Below are a couple of reasons for having dental phobia.

Dental Phobia #1: The Embarrassment

Patients who have omitted proper care for their oral health and teeth for many years often say they’re too embarrassed. They are apprehensive of what the dentist might say because they have previously faced condescension. At Coddington Dental, we know how time can slip away—in seemingly no time at all; you realize it’s been many years since you’ve visited your dentist. We are conscientious of our patient’s feelings and are glad to see those patients who’ve missed one, two, or fifteen cleanings. Returning to the dentist is the first step in improving your dental health. We want you to receive the dental care you deserve and the oral health you need. We never judge anyone who steps into our office for the first time in years; we are just so happy that they do.

Personal Message from Dr. Jodi Day

Embarrassed about visiting the dentist? Read why you shouldn’t be!

“My teeth are the worst the dentist has ever seen; I feel guilty, ashamed, and scared of ‘the lecture.’ I am worried that the dentist will berate me, humiliate me, or judge me.” –Anonymous

Are you embarrassed to go to the dentist? You’re not alone. Embarrassment is the most common dental phobia voiced by people who haven’t been to a dentist in a very long time, or even by people who have. The good news is, there is no reason to feel embarrassed.

My name is Dr. Jodi Day, your Lincoln, NE dentist. I see a variety of teeth in many different conditions daily; Part of my job is never to judge! It saddens me to hear that so many people avoid going to the dentist because they are ashamed about the condition of their teeth. My job is to fix the problem at hand and to help you feel better about yourself. If you don’t get a check-up of your teeth due to embarrassment, it can be a bit of a vicious cycle that will make you miserable. The condition of your teeth will worsen, leading to infections, and this could make you feel even more embarrassed. Also, your overall health can be negatively affected by dental infections.

After many years in dentistry, I find it unlikely that I haven’t seen a set of teeth that are worse than yours and they don’t faze me at all. Some teeth can even look worse than they really are and the problems can usually be fixed in a short period of time. No matter the condition of your teeth, my job is to help and advise you, not to judge you or make you feel embarrassed about your teeth. You can rest assured that my office is non-judgmental and you can come here without any embarrassment. I am a caring dentist and if you have a phobia of visiting– I will be the right dentist for the job. I aim to make patients with a dental phobia feel completely at-ease. I believe compassion is what patients need to help them make them feel better about themselves. While some dentists like to lecture their clients and see it as a type of “tough love,” I won’t and I never will. “Tough Love” makes patients feel embarrassed and is far from being compassionate and caring.

I believe in a judgment-free zone with open communication. I will strive to make dental appointments a positive experience for all, no matter the condition of your teeth or the time between appointments.

Once you gather the courage to come to our office, we will welcome you with kindness and you can finally get the treatment you want and deserve to have. When you come in, you can feel proud of yourself for overcoming a challenge that once seemed impossible.

If you are embarrassed or have dental phobia, we’re here for you. I look forward to seeing you at Coddington Dental.

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Dr. Day

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