There are no words - except "wonderful!"
I never thought I would say this, but I just had an amazing experience at the dentist! I am a certified dental-phobic chicken. A lot of people say that, but I truly am. I always feel on the verge of tears when I go into the dentist, and even caring, kind dentists have not been able to cheer me up or make the experience better. As a result I didn't go as often as I needed to.
That all changed today at Dr. Patel's office. From the moment I walked in and talked with Kristina at the front desk, I felt comfortable. She took me into a consultation room and listened to all my fears. She didn't give me a bunch of "dentist-speak" or try to minimize my feelings. Then Dr. Patel came in and sat down, no gloves, no mask, and just talked to me. He had such a genuine, friendly manner and a great laugh. He asked me about my concerns and took all the time I needed to answer questions. He even asked me about my travels! As he joked with me, I actually laughed. I have NEVER laughed or even smiled in a dentist's office before.
Then there was the exam. It was totally painless and very thorough. He used technology I had never seen before, and it was all so easy. I had a dentist tell me a month ago that I needed nine fillings. Dr. Patel used laser technology to detect cavities and he only found one!! He said I had "nice teeth" and that I was doing a good job with them. It was so nice to hear something positive instead of a lecture. I have NO fears about going back. Amazing dentist!!