Rebecca was a 47-year-old woman who came through our doors at the insistence of her 20-year-old daughter. Rebecca and her daughter found Dr. Kidess through an internet search for a female certified sedation dentist in Arizona, and traveled three and a half hours one way for her appointment.
Rebecca struggled with self-confidence and self-worth. She had become the victim of physical domestic abuse by several significant others and much of the damage done to her teeth was the result of this physical abuse. At one point, Rebecca had sought help from a non-sedation dentist closer to her home, however, due to her own inhibitions and fears, treating her without sedation proved to be unsuccessful.
It was apparent to everyone that Rebecca had trouble even walking through the doors of the dental office. Due to the level of anxiety she was experiencing, Rebecca required sedation for the initial exam.
Dr. Kidess put together a treatment plan for Rebecca which she approved the next day. While some of Rebecca’s teeth were able to be restored, some of them needed to be pulled. The teeth which were repairable received root canal therapy and/or crowns, but for the teeth which were not repairable, she opted for partial dentures.
Through the use of sedation dentistry, Rebecca no longer has to suffer through pain and can eat comfortably. She also acquired a smile of confidence and is able to regularly see a dentist closer to her home with only the use of nitrous oxide instead of full sedation. More on sedation dentistry.