Fear, a word often associated with going to the dentist because of the likelihood of pain, another four letter word used in relation to dentistry along with many other four letter words. Alright let’s talk about fear of the dentist. Nobody likes pain and most people have experienced pain of one form or another at a dental office. Or heard outlandish stories from friends, and don’t forget the comedy routines along with movie scenes depicting dental visits. I’ve heard most of the stories. The mouth is a very sensitive area. People have different pain thresholds, and they react differently to anesthetic. I myself have had my fair share of dental work and not all of it was pleasant, but I realized the work was necessary. At my practice I will do everything possible to make your visit comfortable and alleviate anxiety. Fear is anticipation of what may happen. And a great majority of the time, when the visit is concluded, the patient states the procedure wasn’t as bad as they thought it was going to be.
First principle is to do no harm. Treatment will only be done on teeth that demonstrate a positive clinical finding. Diagnosis is an art, not a science. In my many years of practice I have witnessed gross over treatment and I have seen evidence of under treatment. I will explain my findings and work with you to achieve the results you need, and the ones necessary to maintain your oral health.
How I came to be a dentist. In short my wife thought I would like it. I could make a joke here. But when it comes down to it, dentistry is a profession like any other. I have the skills, discipline, perseverance, and work ethic to succeed as a dentist. Education wise I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, a master’s from the University of Iowa, a PhD from UCLA, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois. I served in the Navy as a frogman in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven (since re-commissioned SEAL Team Five), and did two tours in Vietnam from 1968 through 1970. Athletic wise I played rugby in college, and at present I dabble in triathlons. I’ve completed over a dozen Ironman triathlons including several Hawaii Ironmans. I won a national championship in triathlon and represented the USA at international events on Team USA. None of that is really important. What is important is that I will do everything to make your visit stress free, and obtain the best dental results possible for you.