Patient Review by Vicki S
Shout out to Stephen Fragale, DDS, root canal specialist, and Capitol Endodontics. I had to have a root canal today. First one ever (gasp!). Scary, right? To say I was terrified would be an understatement (childhood dental trauma). I’m scared to death of going to the dentist and any dental procedure. Plus, with red hair (yes, it IS my natural color) and light eyes, I’m very hard to numb. I knew I was in for torture, the likes of which Charleston had never seen. But get this: NO PAIN! None. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Dr. Fragale and his assistant were amazing. Both professional but with great bedside manner! His assistant humored my request to hold my hand and sing “Soft Kitty.” Gave me really cool, black sunglasses to wear to keep the bright light from bothering my eyes. I felt like one of the “Men in Black.” With a soothing voice that explained everything he was going to do and what I’d feel before he did it, I soon was so trusting and ecstatic from the complete and total lack of pain that I no longer cared! I was visibly shaking when he started but by the time he was done, I was grooving to the satellite radio “Might as Well Get Stoned,” and for a split second would forget that “a little wider now,” was directed to me. And get this. When it was all over, he explained that instead of the usual three nerves that most people have in their teeth, my tooth has FOUR nerves. Apparently, it’s rather rare (occurring only .4% of the time) and a real thrill for a doctor to encounter. I told him I didn’t mean to brag, but I always had been an overachiever. While it’s not something I’d do for fun, it was entirely a positive experience. I cannot thank them enough. Not only was I saved from torture, the music was groovy and the Men in Black glasses obviously bestowed superhuman bravery powers upon me. It was a great day.
- Vicki S
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