My husband gets so anxious and hates the dentist. Anything that can help him actually go in?

I don’t know what to do about my husband! He is scared of the dentist, but is so embarrassed about it that he simply refuses to go in. He has been complaining about this annoying toothache that wouldn’t go away. It has probably been months. So I finally convinced him to have it checked out. When they quoted him over a thousand dollars, it didn’t help my case. He can’t bring himself to spend that much on himself right now. But he needs to get that tooth fixed! Any advice? I feel like a nagging wife.

– Kathy in Minnesota


Your husband shouldn’t feel embarrassed about his anxiety. Millions of Americans deal with dental fear to some degree, including men and women. The sticker shock probably didn’t help either.

Well, first thing to be addressed is the anxiety. It would be wise to search for a “cater to cowards dentist” in your area. Although the term may sound silly, it could be a perfect fit for patients like your husband. Many of these practices are really invested in helping fearful patients work through their dental fear. It will have a really calm, relaxing atmosphere. They take things really slow and talk through every part of the procedure. Also, there is a good chance that this type of practice would offer sedation dentistry. Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed medication before the appointment. It makes the patient indifferent to what is going on, kind of like they are asleep.

Yes, his next thought will be, “Sounds great, but how much is it?” Right? Well, the best advice there would be to be open and honest with the dentist explaining your budget constraints. It is possible that they will work with you on payment. Or another option you may be interested in is CareCredit. This third-party financing agency offers low or no-interest payment options. This way you can pay it off over six months or a year, making the payments more affordable. Many dentists accept CareCredit.

So in your situation, it may be wise to do some upfront research and calling. Find a sedation dentist in your area that accepts CareCredit. Convince your husband he is worth every penny. Because honestly, that toothache is only going to get worse as time goes by. If it’s not addressed soon, he may be at risk for losing the tooth. That will present a whole host of issues. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Atlanta cosmetic dentist Flax Dental.

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