Paul O’Dwyer has heard many grumbles of complaint over the years and even had a dental nurse count the number of times she heard the phrase “I hate the dentist” in his practice. The average total of 25 times a month is an indication of the amount of negative feeling towards dentists, but Paul is an optimistic and prefers to think they hate the dentistry practiced not the dentist.
True many of us fear that long injection needle and the uncomfortable tug of the pliers during tooth extraction but at the end of the day these procedures are necessary to our overall health. As Paul himself states “Dental health is a necessity not a luxury” but he shares the public’s fear of rising dental fees and hopes that “the new Government will rethink these cuts and help patients to avoid unnecessary dental pain.”
He does have faith that a change of mind is soon to occur, as the dawn of pain-free dental technology arrives. Specialised gel can numb the area before injection, computerised needles can deliver a dosage of anaesthetic at a slow and steady rate, erasing the pain of insertion and drill free drilling removes the discomfort of the drill. These are just some of the inventions now available to the dental profession, with the main aim of reducing the amount of pain you experience at your dentist.
With a reduction in pain, Paul hopes, comes a reduction in distrust for the local dentist and therefore more dental visits and an increase in everyone’s dental health.