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Old 07-01-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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That would be me. I did a search and didn't find anything specifically about dentists who cater to people who are terrified of the dentist.

Can anyone recommend anyone? I am truly dental-phobic. Just typing this is making me feel light-headed. But the time has come - I'm not having any pain or anything but it's been years since I went to the dentist.

I think I would prefer a dentist who can provide a twilight-sleep kind of thing...or maybe total sedation.

Thanks.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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That would be me. I did a search and didn't find anything specifically about dentists who cater to people who are terrified of the dentist.

Can anyone recommend anyone? I am truly dental-phobic. Just typing this is making me feel light-headed. But the time has come - I'm not having any pain or anything but it's been years since I went to the dentist.

I think I would prefer a dentist who can provide a twilight-sleep kind of thing...or maybe total sedation.

Thanks.
I'm in the same boat as you, only I get pain here and there. I just take some Motrin to make it go away, but I know I can't do it forever.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:01 PM
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Charlie Parker from WOAI radio used to pitch for these guys....says they didn't make him feel bad for not going to the dentist in years, and it was a nice experience.

Family Dentist San Antonio Texas TX, Dr Crouch Dental Center for the San Antonio - Bexar County - Alamo Heights - Castle Hills - Stone Oak Texas Area! (http://www.sedationdentistsanantonio.com/Dental-Info-Family.html - broken link)


Hard to admit on here in public that I'm part of the "OAI demographic, whatevertheheckthatmeans. However, I don't listen anymore.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We use Dr Tom Haberman in Helotes. After a quarter of a century of military dentists (some good, some bad), I was relieved to find someone who can work on my teeth painlessly! Honestly, often during procedures he warns me that something is going to hurt, and I don't feel a thing! I don't know if that is some kind of reverse-psychology thing; but I don't care as the less pain, the better!
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Dr. Perry Fikes
400 N Loop 1604 E # 205
San Antonio, TX 78232-1246
(210) 496-3869


Super nice and great staff! Will provide twilight sleep (ie Halcion/Nitrous)
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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And contrary to someone's belief (*aherm Saph) I did not personally have any kind of sedation performed by Dr. Fikes on myself - my exhusband did - just to clarify. I dont wanna ruin my street cred.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We use Dr Tom Haberman in Helotes. After a quarter of a century of military dentists (some good, some bad), I was relieved to find someone who can work on my teeth painlessly! Honestly, often during procedures he warns me that something is going to hurt, and I don't feel a thing! I don't know if that is some kind of reverse-psychology thing; but I don't care as the less pain, the better!
It doesn't matter how pain-free other people's experiences are, it is painful and frightening for me. I know it sounds like I'm being a big baby, but I can't begin to express how terrifying going to the dentist is for me.

In other words, you say he's painless and he probably is, but that doesn't get me past the stark and utter terror I feel.

Just to give you an idea, I've passed out in the chair just from a dentist telling me what he was going to do at the next appointment. I've fainted in the waiting room. I can't even walk down the hall toward the dental clinic here at work because the smell makes me feel faint.

And thanks, all, for the recs. I know I sound like a nut. I'm really not. I'm just REALLY scared of dentists!
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:09 PM
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I called her a big sissy in her rep message. I don't mean that YOU are, LindaGrace. Just the pertygirl.

I have a really good friend that has to self-medicate before she goes, too. I understand it's a real fear.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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We use Dr. Deborah Keepers in Helotes. She is very good.

I don't think there is anyone in the world more scared of needles than my husband. He just had some dental work done and on his second visit the nurse/doctor and my dh were all in the same room and the nurse said something about having him come back for this and that. The Dr said "no, we will have to do it today because I know he won't come back".

He had a filling done and wouldn't even accept any anesthesia because of his fear of needles. CRAZY!!
He said that he didn't have any pain though. Dr. Keepers is really good and understanding. She has laughing gas to help calm you too
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I'm with you LindaGrace- I am terrified of the dentist.
I don't wish the fear on anyone else, but I am glad to know I am not alone. I shake terribly as soon as I get in the office, have fainted once, and have ran out with my face numb and no work done. Oh, the humiliation! I take the kids and end up waiting outside the office-just being in there breaks me out in a cold sweat. If you see someone great from these recs, share the name, please!
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