When I was a youngster in Wisconsin, my parents were religious about my brothers and I visiting the dentist every
six months. I dreaded it. Being picked up early from school and going to the dentist filled me with dental anxiety. Cavities? I prayed no. I promised I would never eat another piece of candy again if I could just get away without a cavity.
The receptionist called my name. I remember how nervous I was. I approached the chair in the cold dreary room. Did it always rain the day I had to go to the dentist? It felt like it. After my teeth were cleaned, my dentist entered. He had no bedside manner and never spoke to me. I held my breath until my mom was called into the room, she would be the first to hear the news…… Sound familiar?
Fast forward to adulthood. I had let my teeth go and was seeing the result of that. Time? Fear? All of the above were holding me back. Statistically, American’s have put their oral care on the back burner. 38% of Americans haven’t visited a dentist in more than two years. It is a known fact that in the professional world, oral hygiene and a pleasant smile make a difference. Memories of anxiety as a child a coincidence? I don’t think so.
The key to getting back in the dentist’s chair is starting with some research. That’s exactly what I did. My Marilyn Bridge had fallen out of my mouth. I was mortified. Right smack next to my front tooth I now unfashionably wore a gaping hole. As a former mystery shopper I was ready to
interview my next dentist. After asking around my town of Palm Harbor, Florida for dentist recommendations and doing research online, I found a candidate, Dr. Paul Caputo DDS. This Palm Harbor dentist blogs to ease patients dental fears and educate. He had also written a piece about Marilyn Bridges. That really impressed me but not nearly as much as meeting him in person and his incredible staff. I understood why he had come so highly recommended.
When I called to make my appointment with Dr. Paul Caputo DDS, the receptionist was very kind. I explained my dilemma and she listened patiently. She soothed my dental anxiety and got me the earliest appointment possible. My appointment had arrived. When I entered the waiting room, I was greeted immediately. I filled out the necessary paperwork and then settled in to my seat with a stack of up to date magazines. I was called almost immediately. I was shown to another beautiful, relaxing room to wait for Dr. Caputo DDS. Honestly, I felt like I was at a spa rather than the dentist.I didn’t wait long and Dr. Caputo arrived. We were to have a consultation; turned out to be a very friendly yet professional meet and greet. He told me about himself and took time to listen to my dental fears and concerns. I never felt rushed. Dr. Caputo DDS really put me at ease. He took me back and showed me a gorgeous
piece of art he had in the room. There was a wonderful element of human kindness that radiated through the office. I had never experienced this before at any doctor’s office. Dr Caputo DDS explained every thing he was doing before he did it and gave me time to process the information. He was very gentle. I had no dental fear. It was obvious to me I was in good hands, even the sounds of the tools didn’t phase me. My Marilyn Bridge was put back in place just like that. Dr. Caputo DDS voiced some other concerns and made some recommendations for my future oral care.He walked me to the front where he introduced me to some of his staff. Everyone I had met had been with him for at least ten years. That is always a good sign.
I walked out of the office with a big smile….my tooth was back and I had just found myself a Palm Harbor dentist, Dr. Paul Caputo.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A