Don’t take our word for it
Here’s what others have to say…
“I had let this dark cloud grow to the point where the notion of actually going to the dentist was insurmountable…”
It had been 20 years since I had last seen the dentist. I had a very traumatic experience when I was an early teenager. I developed a phobia/fear of the dentist and as a result did not continue regular check ups. For many of the post-teen years of avoiding the dentist I tried to overcompensate by maintaining a good home care regimen. I kept telling myself that some day I would have an unbearable tooth ache that would cause me to finally go in. Each year went by where I didn’t experience the pain “catalyst” and noticed a continued discoloration, spots with decay and the development of gum disease. Again, I didn’t have any pain so I continued to kick the can down the road knowing someday I would have to go into the dentist.
A few years later I progressively noticed that my smile was not visibly pleasant and I started to overcompensate by not smiling and covering my teeth when I laughed. It was starting to be a burden that really took a significant toll on my overall attitude and enjoyment in life. Since I let the phobia perpetuate, I couldn’t even be part of a conversation regarding teeth without cringing. I had let this dark cloud grow to the point where the notion of actually going to the dentist was insurmountable and quite frankly thought it could never happen.
About 8 months ago I found a lump in my mouth, it was very obvious to me that it wasn’t just a sore or something that would “just go away”. The “pain” I thought would be the catalyst to get to the dentist turned out to be something I initially perceived to be much worse, a lump. I assumed the worst, and knew ultimately what needed to be done. At this point my wife and I had several serious discussions regarding the situation. I had no idea how I would be able to overcome my phobia but knew I didn’t have a choice at this point.
“Everyone was extremely sensitive to my unique situation”
My wife had gone to All Smiles Dental several times and we decided based on her experience to go in for an initial exam and see if they were capable of handling my special circumstance. Needless to say just walking into a dentist office seemed impossible, but I did it. I think it was obvious to everyone at All Smiles that I was a very unique case. From the second I walked in the door everyone I encountered on the All Smiles team was extremely sensitive to my situation and did everything they could to make me feel comfortable as well as offering much needed encouragement.
I met Dr. Tim and discussed my situation. I had also told him about the lump I found. He performed the initial exam and told me the lump is actually a Toride, which is a benign bone growth that is actually pretty common and usually makes an appearance in middle aged people. I had a HUGE sigh of relief, and continued examining my teeth and afterwards we discussed the extent of my dental needs. He told me it wasn’t as bad as I thought…. What? How could this be, it’s been over 20 years! He then started to explain to me how dental technology and procedures have evolved over the years and they utilized the latest dental equipment and technology at All Smiles. I didn’t know it at the time but this initial exam wat the turning point and the beginning of overcoming my phobia.
It was obvious to me that they were capable of providing the personalized care that I would need to get through the transformation to a healthy mouth. At this point I made the decision to use All Smiles Dental to get me back on track. We scheduled the next appointment which evolved into an aggressive 3 month plan to fully restore my dental health as well as my smile. I didn’t want to wait any longer or give myself an opportunity to change my mind. I wanted to overcome the burden of fearing the dentist and noticed a significant change towards how I perceive the dentist with each follow up visit.
“They were always aware of my concerns and my needs…”
Throughout the entire process the All Smiles team conducted themselves in a professional and caring manner. They were continually aware of my comfort needs and did anything required to accommodate me in addition to answering all of my questions and addressing my concerns with each successive procedure. It just confirmed my decision to use All Smiles Dental to help me overcome my phobia of the dentist. They gave me back my smile. I no longer have to conceal my teeth, they are cleaner and whiter. All of my old “metal” fillings were updated and I have a decay free mouth. My gums are back to regular health and most of all I no longer fear the dentist.
As an aside, I’ve also learned how dental health has a significant impact on my overall health. If you are at risk for hereditary heart disease as am I, poor dental health can increase your risks. I’m back on a regular cleaning cycle and actually look forward to my visits to the dentist instead of continuing to kick the can down the road as I had done for several decades.
This was by far the most difficult challenge I’ve had to overcome in my life but with the help of Dr. Tim and the All Smiles team we conquered it. I hope this will inspire or help any individuals that have developed a similar fear of the dentist to take that first step towards an initial exam. Nobody should have to live with that burden. I’m proof that it can be done. I highly recommend All Smiles Dental for dental health care because they’ve made what I thought was impossible a reality and truly changed my life as a result.
”I value trust the most…”
Just knowing that I’m well taken care of by All Smiles Dental has improved my life. The trust I have in Dr. Tim and in Karen is the most valuable experience, along with the great work performed. The friendliness to all our family has really set All Smiles Dental apart from other dentists.
”I’m excited about my smile…”
They have taken the time to explain procedures and my options. They have treated my family with respect and compassion. My children and I look forward to our appointments. We know our teeth will be taken care of. I am impressed with the technology and the options All Smiles provides. The office is inviting and the whole staff is knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. They provide complete dental care from start to finish. They have made me excited about the future of my smile. And that is something I didn’t think I would ever say.