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Conquering Dental Fear!

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Behold – the culmination of conquering fear! Couldn’t be prouder of Hunter.

Hunter has had both a paralyzing fear of the dentist (particularly of getting shots) & the need for a LOT of dental work; to the point that we had to resort to general anesthesia on two occasions.

About $5000 worth of sedated dental work later (not exaggerating), we started Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a therapist here in San Diego to deal with the problem. With her help, and the help of our very good friend James Spalenka (who just happens to be both a dentist and a very generous soul); we took Hunter through many stages of exposure therapy.

We started with just looking at dentistry photos, and moved through handling dental equipment, to visiting the dentists office ‘just to say hi’, to watching videos of others getting shots, to watching his dad get a shot and then, finally to this video here, which shows Hunter getting a real, live shot, voluntarily, solely for the sake of accomplishing our therapy goal. There was no dental work involved here.

It’s a video only a mother would love, no need for anyone to watch it, but really had to share. This is a kid who, previously, absolutely panicked at the mention of the dentist and who did not believe it would ever, ever be possible to not be afraid; to the cool-as-a-cucumber kid you see in this video.

What a champ!

Behold – the culmination of conquering fear! Couldn't be prouder of Hunter.Hunter has had both a paralyzing fear of the dentist (particularly of getting shots) & the need for a LOT of dental work; to the point that we had to resort to general anesthesia on two occasions.About $5000 later (not exaggerating), we started Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a therapist here in San Diego to deal with the problem. With her help, and the help of our very good friend James Spalenka (who just happens to be both a dentist and a very generous soul); we took Hunter through many stages of exposure therapy. We started with just looking at dentistry photos, and moved through handling dental equipment, to visiting the dentists office 'just to say hi', to watching videos of others getting shots, to watching his dad get a shot and then, finally to this video here, which shows Hunter getting a real, live shot, voluntarily, solely for the sake of accomplishing our therapy goal. There was no dental work involved here. Its a video only a mother would love, no need for anyone to watch it, but really had to share. This is a kid who, previously, absolutely panicked at the mention of the dentist and who did not believe it would ever, ever be possible to not be afraid; to the cool-as-a-cucumber kid you see in this video.What a champ.

Posted by Celenie Singley on Saturday, January 23, 2016

Behold – the culmination of conquering fear! Couldn’t be prouder of Hunter.Hunter has had both a paralyzing fear of…

Posted by Celenie Singley onĀ Saturday, January 23, 2016

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