Posted on 5/13/2018 by Dr. Todd Rogers
|Being afraid of the dentist is a very real issue for many people and this can create a problem if they avoid getting regular checkups. Things have changed dramatically to ensure patient comfort, first and foremost.
One of the biggest reasons people stay away from the dentist is being afraid of pain, which is perfectly normal. If this is you, you may wonder, do X-rays hurt when they get taken?
The process of taking the X-rays should not hurt. Depending on the size of your mouth, it may be difficult or uncomfortable to place the film used to get a good picture of your teeth. It's challenging to place the sensors in certain areas, but our hygienist will work with you to make it as comfortable as possible while also explaining the entire process to you.
Try to relax as much as possible. We realize some people have a fear of the dentist and we are trained to put you at ease and we promise to be as patient and gentle as possible. Relaxing your mouth is important and chances are there will be little to no when getting your X-rays taken.
Fear of Radiation
The exposure to radiation from dental X-rays is very small and poses minimal risks for our patients. Scientific breakthroughs have allowed dental professionals the use of digital dental X-rays. Ask our office how you would be able to take advantage of this new technology.
In the past, X-rays were taken every other year for people with good oral health, however, the current guidelines have changed and require that they be used only for clinical diagnosis reasons. If you are concerned that X-rays will hurt when they get taken, let us know and we will do everything we can to reassure you.