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It’s natural to feel apprehensive about going to the dentist when you need to have an invasive procedure performed, such as a root canal surgery. However, you shouldn’t dislike going to your dentist or feel uncomfortable about receiving their care. There are many issues that can be fixed by seeking out a new dentist to care for your oral health. Here are a few signs that it may be time to look for someone new.

The Staff Makes You Feel Uncomfortable

Whether the staff is overworked or operates under a toxic work culture, you shouldn’t be expected to tolerate rudeness or short tempers. If the staff makes you feel uncomfortable, you should consider looking for another dentist to treat you. After all, a rude or ill-tempered staff probably isn’t as dedicated to patient care and comfort as they should be.

Scheduling an Appointment is a Hassle

Having to reschedule an appointment once in a while happens, but it shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. You also shouldn’t have to schedule your appointment weeks or months in advance. Look for a dentist who can fit you into their schedule within a reasonable amount of time. Ensure your dentist has emergency hours or weekend hours to treat sudden dental emergencies.

They Don’t Follow Sanitary Practices

Even though your dentist and their assistant may wear latex gloves to treat you, it’s important to pay closer attention to their behavior. They shouldn’t be touching anything other than sterilized equipment when they wear gloves to treat you. If they touch cupboards, stools, or other items in the room, they should change their gloves immediately afterward. Additionally, the utensils they use should have been heat sterilized and sealed in plastic until they are used. If you notice anything that disturbs you about their sanitary practices, you should feel able to stop the procedure or exam to ask about their lack of hygienic practices.

You will need to see your dentist every six months to ensure your oral health is as good as it can be. For that reason, you should like your dentist and feel comfortable under their care. Rather than avoiding the care you need to keep your teeth and gum tissue healthy, you may want to consider looking for a different dentist.