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Overcoming Dental Fear by Dr. David Kagan

I understand dental cowards. It was an experience I had as a young child. – Dr. David Kagan


My Childhood Experience with Dental Fear

I was four years old and in bed with the mumps. Just when I thought I couldn’t be feeling any worse, yes you guessed it – I started getting a severe throbbing toothache. Since I couldn’t get out of bed, my mom called the dentist, and he did something that has been long lost in the medical field – he made a house call. He came to my bedside and placed a temporary sedative filling which eased my pain. Later, after I recovered from the mumps, my mom took me to the dentist and he determined that my tooth would have to be extracted.

It was a beautiful, clear, sunny summer day. I can remember it like it was yesterday. We were on our way for a day at the beach, but first we had to stop off at the dentist to get rid of the troublesome tooth. I remember they put a mask over my face and the next thing I knew I felt like I was trapped at the bottom of a deep, dark well, swimming around in freezing cold water. The well was so deep that when I looked upward I could not even see daylight. I made my way over to the side and tried and tried to get hold of the wall to pull myself up, and my hands were just slipping and sliding down the sides of the green, slimy, moss-covered walls.

Now starting to panic, I started flailing about and just when things couldn’t get any worse, they did, as up out of the water came a terrifying sea dragon rapidly approaching me. Just before he got to me, I woke up with my mouth all bloody and full of gauze and the dentist said you’re all done and handed me my sorry-looking tooth.

Shortly after this dental fear experience, from when I was five years old, I have only wanted to be a dentist. Unlike most kids who wanted to be a baseball or football player, actor, fireman, policeman, cowboy or astronaut, I have never wanted to be or do anything else. This desire has given me a unique perspective toward everything else. Every waking hour from age five to age 26 was spent working toward that goal. Due to the trials and tribulations of everyday life, there were times when my goal was not easy to see. Still, not attaining that goal was never a possibility.

Since my graduation from dental school in 1983, I have spent my time learning from the finest, most knowledgeable, experienced, talented and wisest minds in dentistry, from all corners of the world, in hopes of becoming the best dentist I am capable of, for the benefit of my patients.


Wanting to Help “Dental Cowards” with Dental Fear

Due to my early experiences, I have been on a quest to ensure that my patients never have to suffer from dental fear, pain and anxiety as I did as a child. I can honestly say that we have arrived at a time where even the most apprehensive and fearful person can rest assured that they can have whatever dental care they need or desire, with complete comfort and peace of mind, and we have thousands of patients who can attest to this.


What We Offer: Sedation Dentistry

If dental fear is keeping you from enjoying good oral health, it’s time to talk to our team at Dental Care of Boca Raton about sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is the perfect choice for those who experience overwhelming dental anxiety because, with a range of options, you’ll be completely relaxed and care-free throughout your next dental appointment.

Don’t let your fear of the dentist stand in the way of your dental health. At Dental Care of Boca Raton, we believe that everyone deserves a bright, clean, natural-looking smile without worrying about the potential stress and pain of dental treatments.

We understand the needs of people who fear the dentist and do our best to help you feel at ease while you receive your much needed dental treatment. We’ll be happy to discuss the many affordable options available to meet your dental needs.


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