Profiles in Dental Courage: How to Completely Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

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TechnoMagic Publications, Apr 6, 2014 - Self-Help - 134 pages
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Optimal oral health requires regular visits to the dentist-so why do so many Americans avoid scheduling that vital appointment? Harvey Passes, DDS, has the simple answer: fear.

For forty years, Dr. Passes has watched as his patients struggle against phobias that result in unnecessary stress and preventable oral health problems. In this funny and compassionate how-to memoir, he presents his unique personal approach to the dental profession, showcases various patients who have successfully overcome their phobias, offers helpful techniques to those who fear the chair, and gives tips for improving oral health through this exclusive experience.

Dr. Passes's patients refer to him as the Singing Dentist, and many credit his pleasing voice and vast repertoire of songs with creating the warm, relaxing environment that has finally allowed them to become comfortable in the dentist's chair.

Whether you're a mother who is unintentionally risking your child's developing teeth through poor diet, or an elderly person who thinks dental health worries don't apply to you, Profiles in Dental Courage will help keep you informed about oral health.

Most importantly, if fear of the dentist is getting in the way of your oral health, Dr. Passes will convince you that your phobias, while common and understandable, are not insurmountable.

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About the author (2014)

Harvey Passes, DDS, never meant to become a dentist. He landed a recording contract with Columbia Records, but his family thought dental science would be a more practical career path. So Dr. Passes attended the New York University School of Dentistry, where he learned to combine his love of people and performing with a long and influential career in dental science. A compassionate man by nature, he quickly recognized the very real trauma of dental phobias and their effects on patient health. He founded the Dental Anxiety Control Center at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, and developed groundbreaking new strategies for helping patients overcome anxiety without medical sedation. He has authored books and articles on cosmetic dentistry and dental technologies, including the dental laser and lectured to dental professionals around the world.

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