Are my high-pressure dental hygienists the norm?
October 23, 2013 6:41 AM Subscribe
My dental hygienists are extremely high pressure. I like my dentist but interacting with them makes the experience awful. Should I find someone new? Or is this just how going to the dentist is when you're an adult?
posted by almostmanda to health & fitness (43 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I like my dentist. He's located nearby, he has a laid back demeanor, and the office isn't so fancy that I feel like I'm being fleeced. I don't get really wound up about going to the dentist in general, so I'm not super picky about dentists, but I like that he doesn't really scold me or talk down to me.
His hygienists, however, make me dread going to my checkups. Every time I've been in, they make chit-chat, clean my teeth, and then take on a very stern voice where they tell me what they think I need to have done. Each time it has been something different! One insisted that my wisdom teeth needed to be taken out a long time ago, one told me a filling really, really needed to be entirely replaced with a bridge or implant, and one began talking to me about opening a CareCredit account (essentially a high-interest medical credit card) before even speaking to me about what she thought needed to be done. Each time, the dentist came over, looked at my teeth, and said "Yeah, that's something to keep an eye on, but you're fine right now."
My insurance covers cleanings, so I go every six months, but I am not making enough (nor is my insurance good enough) for major dental surgery. It fills me with anxiety that I'm going to go in and get a hard sell every time I get my teeth cleaned. It's more high-pressure than when I bought my car! One hygienist even suggested that I would need to call my parents and ask them for money (I'm 28, and had made it clear to her that I worked nearby during our chitchat, so it isn't like she thought I was a college student). I understand that some things just NEED to be taken care of, but their alarming tone over things my dentist barely notices makes me feel like I can't take their opinions seriously.
Should I learn to put up with it, or is it worth trying to find a new dentist?