I wish I hadn't taken so long to seek help from Dr. Rice.
My experience with dentists has improved dramatically over the past few years but before that it was a draconian event. Crude, embarrassing, rough treatment was the norm for me.
Several years ago a very dear friend encouraged me to deal with long term damage to my teeth. Damage that is partially due to neglect and partially due to traumatic injury.
I didn't take my friend's advice and waited until things got much worse before I reluctantly made another dreaded visit to a dental specialist, Dr Rice.
Had I any idea how wonderful, caring, gentle and loving Dr. Rice turned out to be I would have gotten the help I needed and avoided the years of pain and dread.
Dr. Rice has comforted me to the place where the physical pain is muted by her skill and understanding.
I've been told for years that my fear of the dentist is more psychosomatic than fear of physical pain.
Dr. Rice has resolved any fear I have and although there's mild pain, she has purposefully caused the mental anguish to vanish.
I don't ever dread my visit to Dr. Denine Rice and her staff. From the e-mail appointment reminder a week ahead, to the arrival at her office, the atmosphere is one of friendly professionalism. The office staff greets you by name and the office wait is never more than ten minutes. My comfort is priority and I appreciate that, but equally I know that the latest in dental technology is evident all around. Dr. Denine takes time to show me the pictures of problem areas (before and after) and her staff actually take time to guide me in properly taking care of my teeth at home. They help me to recognize that home is "where the rubber meets the road." I now take seven to ten minutes to brush my teeth; there is no need to rush this vital job. I now understand that my oral health relates to my total-bodily-health. The hygienist is so gentle that I have been known to relax and take a mini-nap, to his amusement. As I check out, the staff takes care to keep me apprised of the total cost, the necessary insurance job is handled, and new appointments are managed. If necessary, an appointment is made with my primary care dentist. No sweat... just smooth all around. In summary my visit to Dr. Rice - no pain, just a lot of gain.
R. Rubio, Riverside
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