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When we began to talk, Paul confided, “As far back as I can remember, all the way back to being a little kid, I needed to be ‘knocked out’ so ANY work could be done when I went to the dentist. For the past three years now, that’s all changed.” Paul has been supported by Passavant Memorial Homes since 1993. In fact, for anyone who is a regular visitor to the Rochester campus, Paul is the one guy that everyone knows and immediately recognizes. Always outside, in all kinds of weather, he’s either cutting grass, raking or blowing leaves, or helping clear the snow so everyone has safe passage in the winter. Obviously not a timid guy, Paul just didn’t like going to the dentist. No sedation – no dental work was his motto, and he stood firm. Paul’s experience with even routine dental visits was not unlike that of many other folks.
Due to his long association with Passavant, Paul was among the first consumers to be treated under Accessible Dental Services’ (ADS) two-year pilot program after it began in December 2006. During the pilot phase, all patients were individuals supported by Passavant, and all patients were treated at ADS Dental Director Dr. David H. J. Pavasko’s office in Murrysville, PA. After the pilot phase, Paul continued to attend all of his regular visits and he was sedated for every appointment. Over the past three years, as Paul immediately mentioned, things have changed. After seeing Dr. Pavasko and the ADS team for his dental care, Paul has softened his stance and he is now a non-sedation patient.
We asked how Paul now feels about going to the dentist and he readily shared, “Everyone at ADS has been very nice and helpful to me by teaching me how to brush my teeth better than I used to. They also give me a new tooth brush every time I have an appointment so I can throw my old one away. Now when I go for an exam and cleaning, I just sit back in the chair, close my eyes and think about things I like to think about while they work on my teeth.”