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"When I began practicing I was amazed how many people were afraid of the dentist. They came to my office trembling or teary-eyed, hearts pounding in their chests like a drum. After sitting down with countless people who all expressed the same symptoms, I decided I wanted to something more to help them. So I began in earnest to develop methods and techniques that would treat them." Michael D. Silverman, DMD, DDOCS; President of DOCS Education

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"I feel good about myself, and I've fallen in love with the dental team." Edna

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"I hope somebody younger than me reads this. I wish I had done this years sooner. Your own teeth are wonderful things. Try to keep as many of them as you can with sedation dentistry." Chris

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"My new smile has received so many compliments." Gwen

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"I couldn't have done it without sedation dentistry. I couldn't chew my food. Now I am smiling, eating what I want, and my confidence has returned," Pat

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sedation dentistry patientBefore I learned about conscious sedation dentistry I was afraid that I would lose all of my teeth. I was so afraid of the pain of fixing them and of all the long visits that I decided I was willing to lose them and accept dentures.

Fortunately the sedation dentist and his staff were so understanding and compassionate, I was immediately put at ease. It made me excited to know my problems were going to be fixed. Everything was so easy. Someone held my hand through every step, from making financial arrangements to scheduling and healing afterward. It was so refreshing to have such respectful people around me instead of being looked down upon and lectured. And the treatment was completed in two visits! I was amazed at the lack of pain and could not believe I was able to shoot pool hours after my appointments.

I thank you for everything you have done for me. I am now not so afraid of meeting new people. You and your staff have raised my confidence level immensely and I can't thank you enough. D. R.

anxiety-free dentistryI just wanted to tell you how very happy I am with all of you. It is so nice to be treated with warmth and caring. The effort you make to extend a friendly welcome is truly appreciated. I have always hated going to the dentist as I am very phobic.

If everyone were as kind and concerned as you, there would be no dental anxiety. You truly deliver what you promise. P.Z.

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The only reason I moved forward and completed imperative dental work was because of oral sedation. My fear caused me to allow enough damage to my teeth that I lost two and was headed towards even more problems with the teeth that remained. My ability to have dental work completed without fear impacted my family as well. I was so pleased with my experience that my teen son was no longer resistant to receiving care even though he needed only x-rays and cleaning.

sedation dentistry testimonialI hadn't been to the dentist in 15 years and required extended dental work. I heard a radio advertisement about the sleep dentistry and I started considering that could be an option for me. I visited the web page and sent an e-mail requesting an appointment. I was called within a couple of days and my consultation appointment was scheduled. They were very friendly with the exam and x-rays telling me everything that was being done. The doctor introduced himself to me and he completed the exam and then we sat down and went over everything that needed to be done. The total price was given to me so I could decide if I needed to go through any of the loan programs. On the day of my appointment, I took a pill an hour before my arrival time and, by the time I got to Dentist, I was feeling totally relaxed. I had no hesitation or nervousness. I have a few memories of my appointment on that day, but none of it is associated with pain. I had no pain the next day. My fear of the dentist has subsided because I know that I can have pain-free dental procedures, if necessary. S.S.

After hearing a radio commercial it took me a couple of months to work up the courage to dial the phone. I've had only one dentist in my entire life that I could visit without severe anxiety attacks prior to my visits, and I had moved away from him. So, after more than ten years without seeing a dentist, my teeth were in pretty bad shape. I realized, though, that the only way to rid myself of the bad breath, the horrible look of my teeth, and the constant discomfort was to visit a dentist. The ad for sedation dentistry sounded interesting and I did some research on the internet. On my first visit, the dentist made me feel very comfortable (even through the tears I was shedding!) He assured me that he worked for me, and would only do work that I agreed to, and would make me as comfortable as possible. He has been true to his word ever since, and I finally have teeth that are not causing me pain or anxiety. The entire office staff is so kind and caring, they make the visits comfortable for me. I have chosen to continue to drive the 45 minutes to visit the dentist because I think he's the best dentist I've ever been to. I can't say enough about not only oral sedation, but also the dentist. He has restored my confidence in dentists to the point that I think I could probably have most dental procedures without sedation; but, I'm not going to try that because I'm so pleased with the sedation procedure! N.D.

Like many other people I grew up not going to the dentist. When I did go it seemed to be the worst experience imaginable. For 20 years I didn't go to the dentist. I ended up with a mouth full of cavities and swollen raw gums. Eating, talking, and of course smiling were difficult. The worse my teeth got, the softer the food I would eat. My speech was altered by broken and missing teeth. Smiling was just out of the question. I had pain everyday that never went away. My confidence in myself was gone. My pain, embarrassment, and discouragement affected me both at home and at work.

One day I decided that enough was enough. I needed help, but I didn't know where to go. One evening I was on the internet and I found a very neat and informative website. There was a lot of information but the thing that really caught me was sedation dentistry. What is that? Sedation dentistry is just like it sounds. Take a snooze while the dentist works on your teeth. I sent an email to the address provided and asked if they could help me. I got a reply the next day from the dentist and his wife. They offered me a tour of their facility. I took them up on it. Let me tell you, everyone is so nice and understanding. The atmosphere is very comfortable.

Well, I decided to go for it. The dentist explained about sedation dentistry. I went in for x-rays and evaluation of my teeth. I was nervous so they gave me something to calm me down. My next appointment was the big one. I was going to have a lot of work done. We were going to do all of it in one eight hour day. Yea, me in a dentist chair for eight hours. Who would believe that? Not me. Well, let me tell you. I went to the appointment, I sat there for eight hours and the best part, I don't remember a thing. I had teeth filled, pulled, and crowned. If you were to ask how it was, I can't tell you. I don't remember. I had to go back for a deep cleaning and I went with the sedation again. I don't remember that appointment either. Sedation dentistry is just wonderful.

Now, I can smile and laugh. I have my confidence back and life is just so much better. So, I must say Thank You to the dentist and the staff. Thank You for introducing me to sedation dentistry and for making me feel at home in your office. Life is good, now. B.B.
My family has a history of problems with their teeth. Throughout my life I have also had several bad experiences with going to the dentist. This caused me to be afraid.

My life changed in many ways since I had my first phase of conscious sedation dentistry. My teeth look a lot better, and I feel a lot better about myself. P.C. Knoxville, TN

I did not see a dentist for 20 years because of anxiety. A sharp metal instrument touching my teeth is comparable to fingernails running down a chalkboard.

I suffered but my quality of life is so much better now. I smile all of the way up to my gums. There is no alternative for me. C.F.

Six years ago after an unexpected traumatic event, I would experience vertigo when I lay back in a reclined position. After several failed attempts to solve my dental problems, I had come to the conclusion that I had only 2 choices left. The first was to just let my teeth rot out of my head. The second was to have them all pulled and replaced with dentures. I saw no other choice. My husband, family, friends, and co-workers watched as my smile went from pleasant to unattractive.

Then I came across an article in the local paper. For the first time I felt hope!

The actual experience of sleep sedation dentistry surely varies for patients but for me I would describe it as relaxing fun. And after each visit I was rewarded with a new smile and new outlook on humanity. Here is the truth but not for my doctor and his nurturing staff I would still be walking around with decayed teeth, fear, pain, and embarrassment. They changed my life. E.L. Tennessee

My son had searched for this type of service. He has had two organ transplants and was looking for a dental service that would not cause him any more pain than he already had. He did not suffer at all while having his teeth worked on.

I am such a chicken when it comes to going to the dentist. I have had very painful visits to the dentist office in the past.

I was absolutely satisfied with the way things went for me. I have some more dental work to be done and I do not have any fear of coming in and having it done.

I have recommended sedation dentistry to everyone that I know. M.G. Crossville, TN

Testimonials courtesy of the members of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)

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