Imagine going to the dentist at 5 years old. Your parents drop you off for an appointment while you are left in a cold dental chair, alone with a strange man. While this may not be a common scenario present-day, this is exactly what happened to one woman, Jenny, now in her early-40s, who came to Dr. Kidess, desperate for help.
For 6 years, this little girl had lived through a nightmare of dental abuse when her parents left her alone with the dentist each visit to deal with her as he pleased. He had convinced her parents that she needed extensive dental work and allowed him to perform unnecessary work on her teeth. While this dentist eventually ended up in prison, for what he did to her and others, Jenny was left not only with a mouth full of fillings, but also with painful memories and severe anxiety about going to the dentist. Tragically, Jenny had not seen a dentist since she was 11-years-old which resulted in more severe damage to her oral health and undue pain.
Thirty years later, Jenny walked through the doors of a dental office for the first time since she was a child. She was an emotional puddle, shaking, and in pain. She was riddled with such fear of the dentist that initially any type of dental examination would have been impossible. Dr. Kidess recognized this in Jenny, and just sat down and visited with her and got to know her better. After 30 minutes or so, she became much more comfortable and Dr. Kidess was able to perform a panoramic x-ray and examination to evaluate what work she needed. When Jenny came back for treatment, the memories of her childhood trauma and abuse came flooding back, but Dr. Kidess was able to convince her to focus on the end goal, that by the end of today’s appointment, she would finally be pain-free.
Using the latest technologies in sedation dentistry, Dr. Kidess was able to perform multiple tooth extractions, fillings, 2 crowns, and a deep cleaning, all in one appointment and all while Jenny was completely relaxed and safe. She left the office feeling comfortable and pain-free. One week later Jenny reported back that Dr. Kidess and her team had changed her life, that for the first time in years she has no pain, and is able to eat comfortably and that she cannot stop smiling. That they had helped heal her fear of the dentist and now she has the confidence she needed to finally take care of her oral health.
Sedation dentistry has helped hundreds of people who suffer from anxiety about going to the dentist. Call the compassionate team at Dr. Kidess’ office to see what sedation dentistry can do for you! 480-991-2290.