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Let me start by saying that I was definitely someone who feared anything dentist-related.
It wasn’t always that way, of course, it developed after several painful dentist visits and an increasing distrust and fear of the practice as a whole.
Despite increasingly deteriorating teeth, depression because of it, and even damage from an accident, I continued for years to postpone making appointments for much needed work. I always made excuses and sometimes even canceled appointments that I had made.
Of course eventually, it got to the point that I couldn’t put it off any longer. It was affecting many aspects of my life, from missed time at work due to infections and pain, to embarrassment due to physical appearance.
I figured that sedation was my best option. I didn’t want to be aware of, or feel, anything.
After many Internet searches and lingering procrastination, I contacted Leff, Weiss, Waldee and Associates to set up a consultation visit for a game plan that I could actually follow through with, and finally remedy my years-long dental problems.
While my nerves were definitely on edge sitting in the reception area, I can honestly say that it was too soon change. The staff was noticeably cognizant of patients like myself. My nerves relaxed a bit. And continued to do so through my consultation.
The date was set for the work to finally begin. It approached and my nerves built…but not to the point that I would consider not going through with it. This alone was a huge step for me.
Needless to say, I was flawlessly sedated and the extensive work was performed.
I awoke with no recollection of what had occurred, like a missing piece of film. I was totally pleased, of course. Internally, I was ecstatic.
Years of anxiety and depression seemed to recede along with the lingering effects of the sedation.
I barely said a word to my neighbor, who was kind enough to safely retrieve and deliver me home from my doctor’s office. On the ride home, I was simply busy reflecting on the relief and gratification I felt.
But mostly, I was thinking of the needless years of suffering I had put myself through.
This was a new chapter for me.
I knew that I had finally turned page!
I've been a patient of Dr. Waldee for a number of years now. I have always found Dr. Waldee and his staff to epitomize professionalism, care and concern for the health and well-being of his patients. The office equipment is state-of-the-art, ensuring the most clear and concise x-rays and the ability to diagnose any problems early. I am pretty high maintenance, requiring a mouthful of Novocain for just a cleaning - while needles in the mouth is likely no one's idea of a good time. Dr. Waldee and his staff are calm and in good humor, so the patients can relax and feel confident that the experience will be a pain-free as possible.
And then I required a gum graft, performed by Dr. AJ. Both Dr. AJ and his nurse were terrific, performing a difficult procedure while I'm in the stratosphere on nitrous. Really not my idea of a fun day, but I was again, impressed by the skill, humor and caring of Dr. AJ as well as his nurse.
Dear Dr. Weiss & staff,
I can't thank you and your excellent staff enough for the best treatment and care you provided to me during my recent root canal surgery. As I had mentioned to you, I am petrified of needles and you and your staff understood my anxiety and nervousness and worked with me with the most understanding and compassion starting from the beginning to the end to make my surgery totally worry-free and comfortable - it is well worth the 3hr drive each way!
Rakesh J. Sheth
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