My dental history might be described as "years of fear" . . . until I discovered Dr. Abougoush at Summerland Dental Centre.
Fifty years ago when I had my first fillings the science was still crude and pain pierced the "freezing" barrier regularly. That experience fixed me with a very negative and fearful mindset about dentistry. I was not only phobic about the freezing needle, but terrified by the sound of the drill echoing in my skull.
In trips back to dentists all the way from St. Catharines to Edmonton I've been impressed at how the technology has improved. Coming to the Summerland Clinic integrated those things in my mind. From the first meeting, Mike and his assistants, Carly and Amy, showed me that they were interested not just in fixing teeth, but in making the experience a positive one for me. They encouraged me to talk about my fears, and gave me the feeling that the treatments were not just something they were doing to me, but that they were a healing process that we were doing together. That cracked the old mindset. When it came dental procedures I can say my experience there was totally pain free, including freedom from the psychologiocal pain of fear. This dental team included the whole me in their wishing to do a good job, and the result was an excellent rapport amongst us all. Plus my whole mouth got fixed better than I ever imagined!