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Dentist for the Fearful
I am terrified of dentists. I'm not quite sure where this comes from, as I never used to be. My pain threshold is rather high; I live with chronic pain, gave birth w/out anesthesia after being induced... and have been chewing only on one side for almost a year. It's come to a point now where I have to visit a dentist. Needless to say, I have new cavities, and also need to redo some poorly done crowns. I have heard that there are new practices out there, and am open to try them out. Thank you for any feedback ! Anxious
May I recommend my son's dentist who is a general dentist and so skilled and smart and sweet and gentle. She is in Lafayette, and her name is Vibhuti Patel, DDS. (925) 284-7021. She also has glowing reviews on Yelp.
Once I thought my son had a cavity, and she assessed that he did not and further did not feel that he warranted x-rays. Another time we thought he had traumatized the tooth and maybe damaged it, and she again assessed that he did not. She also refused to charge us when it was such a brief appt., something she did not have to do. She is not inclined to do unnecessary x- raying, which has become de rigeur in the dental community, which impressed me.
I have my own very fine dentist, but he is not cuddly, by any means. Dr. Patel is cuddly and so competent.
I have two dear friends who are train wrecks about going to the dentist. Both need sedation just for cleanings, and they reported that she was wonderful.
Best of luck to you.
My 19 year old daughter is terrified of dentists. She will get her teeth cleaned but hates every moment of it. Now, she needs to have gum grafting done by a periodontist and she's beside herself with worry. I need recommendations for both a general dentist and a periodontist who work well with extremely fearful patients. We have Delta Dental insurance. Also would like recommendation for therapist who does short-term, results based therapy for people with phobias. We have Blue Shield HMO insurance. Prefer recommendations for Albany, Berkeley, or Pinole area. mom of dental-phobe
I finally found Dr. Santos-Berkowitz (http://fillmoredentalspa.com/). Her office is clean and professional, but also comfortable and quirky. She is so patient and great, and since finding her, I've actually managed to keep my regular appointments for cleaning.
However, she recommended that I get a gum graft for one tooth and I chose to do this with a specialist that works out of Dr. Santos office one day a week without properly researching the specialist and that was a mistake. (I liked Dr. Santos so I thought I'd like the specialist...) The procedure started off badly, and I ended getting up and leaving in tears rather than have the gum graft done. Fast forward eight months and I was still putting off the gum graft. I researched and researched and researched to find a better specialist that was great at their job, calm and kind to scared adults, and thorough. I was extra scared because of the painful and harsh treatment of the first gum specialist I had tried.
I finally found Dr. Engert (http://drengert.com/). I made an appointment to meet him and was blown away. I told him about the failed experience, and he seemed surprised that this apparently common procedure could be botched so badly at the start that I had left. He told me abt his experience, answered all of my questions, took the time to ask about my specific worries, and all in all made me feel comfortable. I ended up getting the graft done a few months ago. There were some side effects, and as I was overly anxious, I called his office to check in more than once in the days following the procedure. Each time, his office staff were friendly, he called me back quickly with instructions, and now things have healed well and it's just a blip in the past. I'm going to keep going to Dr Santos for cleanings, and while I hope I don't need additional gum procedures, if I do I'm only going to Dr. Engert. Can't recommend him highly enough. happier teeth now
I'm looking for a dentist for my family. We have limited dental insurance, which seems to be fairly widely accepted. A gentle dentist is important. Traumatic experiences as a kid makes the whole thing a little scary, so I want someone who won't be annoyed by that. Would prefer a dentist in North Berkeley or Albany, since it's convenient, but I'm totally willing to go to SF, etc. if necessary. Thank you! Holly
I need to go to the dentist for what I am sure will be not just a long overdue check-up (I'm guessing fillings, maybe a root canal, who knows...) The thing is, I really hate going to the dentist (which is why I have been procrastinating soooo long) and often feel very claustrophobic, extremely anxious, and generally miserable when there. I also hate feeling like I am being evaluated or judged, or chastised for not taking care of things sooner. I would like recommendations for a very kind, very gentle, and very non-judgmental dentist in the Berkeley-Albany-Kensington area that takes Delta Dental insurance. I'd particularly like to hear from people have struggled with regular dental care but have now found a great person that helped them take care of old problems and avoid future ones... Need Dental care
Am seeking a dentist for an adult. Must be willing to use/offer laughing gas routinely without acting bothered or hassled by the request. Adult patient wanting not to feel stupid or pathetic for asking for nitrous. Preferably Berkeley, or nearby. Thank you. Patricia
I am finally facing the fact that I need very extensive dental
work after decades of bad work coupled with neglect. I am very
fearful about the amount of work I require, not to mention the
expense. I need to find a caring, understanding competent dentist
who accepts Delta and in the best of all worlds is open on
Saturday. The archives are out-of-date, so I come to you for
recommendations. Thank you
White Knuckle Dental Patient
Hi! I have checked the archives but would love some updated advice. I am a MAJOR dental phobe because of some really awful experiences in the past. I have avoided the dentist for 3 years now and I desperately need to go. I have panic disorder as well so this is not easy for me. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
Hi, Does anyone know a dentist that is good with adults who have a strong anxiety when getting dental work done (so much so it's hard to even get to a dentist)? I'd appreciate any suggestions. Berkeley area is best but would be willing to travel further for someone I felt good about.
Due to a bad childhood experience, I have a severe fear of going to the dentist. But I know I must go and I am new to the area so I don't know a dentist that is sensitive to this kind of thing. Does anyone know a good dentist/prosthodontist (I need a crown) that has experience dealing with a phobic patient? Most dentists take the ''Get over it'' approach, which just makes me leave the office and never go back. Thanks. lynn
Help! My husband has extreme dentist anxiety- the last time I was able to get him to the dentist I had to quit smoking as part of the deal (that wasn't such a bad thing, but now I have nothing to offer) and that was approximately 8 years ago. I would like recommendations for a very very sensitive dentist who has worked with extremely anxious patients. I would also greatly appreciate any thoughts about overcoming these kinds of neurosis. Unfortunately, his anxiety seems to be spreading to other medical experiences. Recently he took our daughter in for a lab test and he almost passed out when she had an x-ray. He won't go near a doctor unless he is in serious pain. I appreciate any advice or recommendations. I have checked the archives, but would like more recent info.
I need a new dentist -- with special qualifications. First, he/she must be able to deal with a mega-dental phobe. I could fill Foster Farms -- I'm a real chicken! Also, must be willing to limit work to what I want and not get offended if I am unwilling to do recommended procedures. I know what I can afford, and to what I'm willing to subject myself, and don't want to feel "disapproval" from my dentist. My current dentist has a bad attitude when I don't go see his specialists, or whatever. The plain fact is, I believe if the pain I'm in doesn't exceed the pain of the procedure, I ain't gonna do it!! And I don't want lectures from my dentist...I am not about to change my feelings about dentistry at this late point in my life. So- anyone know a dentist who is nice, gentle, and amenable to working "with" me???? I'm in Albany but will travel a little for the right dentist. Thanks for any suggestion. Linda
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