If you’re a redhead who hates going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Many redheads dread their yearly dental visits for a number of reasons. It’s actually quite common for redheads to hate going or even refuse to see the dentist because they report experiencing more pain than the average person.
In this episode, Adrienne + Stephanie discuss if redheads actually feel more pain at the dentist. Or, Is it a myth? They spoke with Dr. Ethan Erwin. He practices cosmetic and general dentistry, AND he’s a natural redhead. He owns Smile Hot Springs in his hometown of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Questions Adrienne + Stephanie asked him include:
- According to a study by the National Library of Medicine, natural redheads have more anxiety about the dentist than people with dark hair due to their resistance to local anesthetics. As a redhead yourself, what was your experience like at the dentist?
- Are dentists being trained to expect differences in their redheaded patients?
- What would you say to a listener who has been avoiding the dentist for years due to anxiety?
- It can be really hard to tell a doctor, “I need more anesthesia”. They may look at you as if you’re crazy because they have never heard this fact before, or they may disregard you because they think you’re reading out another false fact from TikTok. What’s the best way to tell a doctor about redheads needing more anesthesia?
- What are some options patients can ask for that they may not know about?
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You can hear Stephanie, Adrienne, and Dr. Erwin discuss these questions and more on the latest episode of the How to be a Redhead Podcast available directly below, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
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