So, I have a huge dental phobia. One of those - you don't go for a few years because you are so scared of the dentist, the jaw clenching sounds of tools against teeth, and nightmares from past dental work - kind of dental phobias. I blamed not going to the dentist for the last few years because of pregnancy and having twins but as my babies started to teeth and play with toothbrushes, I realized that I needed to start doing better with taking care of my teeth. Oh, yeah, and I might have had a wisdom tooth come in and got an abscess from an infected tooth.
It was time to go to the dentist.
So, looking around on ZocDoc (cause who wants to chat on the phone nowadays) I needed a few things:
+who could get me in relatively quick
+who had great reviews for being gentle (and was a family dentist because if you could care for kids, you could care for a freaked out woman, right)
+and who offered some kind of help for the extreme anxiety.
A minute into my consultation with Dr. Avery and his team, I immediately knew I was in the right place. From a calming environment, friendly team, and treatment plan in place - I felt comfortable moving forward. My dental cleaning went smoothly thanks for the conscious sedation that Dr. Avery offered. As well as the noise canceling headphones that played my favorite Pandora channel and tinted glasses to block out that bright light. AND a fluffy blanket. It might sound silly, but the little things count.
And then, a week later, I went back in to get my wisdom tooth taken out, a tooth extracted, and several fillings fixed. About threeish hours of work. And guess what? I remember nothing from the procedures except my family walking me in, being wrapped in a blanket, and feeling like I was at the spa. Seriously, having twins is hard and that was a nice getaway!
I can't recommend Dr. Avery enough. He is friendly, welcoming, and his staff is absolutely magnificent. Each and every one of them made me feel comfortable, calm, and no one made me feel silly for having extreme dental anxiety. If you're on the fence, avoiding dental care, or just need a cleaning - I highly recommend checking out Dr. Avery and his team. …read more