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By: Victoria H.
Daniel Allen, DDS Ideal Dentistry, PLLC
I am afraid of dentists and it had been 7 years since I had last seen one. I was scared and embarrassed and brought a friend to literally hold my hand. Dr. Allen came over to say hello to us in the waiting room, noticed I was quiet and asked if I was ok (not really). When I got in the chair, my friend told him I was afraid and he jokingly responded that he “spoke dentist” and he could tell when people stopped making eye contact. His sense of humor and calm demeanor helped me stay as relaxed as I could. I didn’t feel judged for being afraid or not having gone to a dentist in so long. He asked about why I was afraid and understood why someone could be scared. Dr. Allen made sure I was ok the entire time he cleaned my teeth and kept reminding me to breathe while chatting and joking with my emotional support friend. No other dentist has taken the time to explain what they were doing, why and the what the long terms effects of things could be. He showed me the x-rays and went through them with me to so I could see what he was talking about. I had 3 cavities which he offered to fill that day since there weren’t any other other appointments afterwards. Being brave, I agreed to get one of them filled and I’d come back for the other ones. The filling was done so fast and without discomfort or pain that next thing I know, I’d agreed and gotten all 3 of them filled! . After I was done, I went back to the waiting room and played with Dr. Allen’s boys while my friend got his teeth cleaned. Having a small pillow fight with a happy child was a great way to feel less anxious and, once I stopped freaking out, it seemed like a pretty cozy office. I will be sure to schedule future dentist visits here. The whole experience was better than I could have imagined and I am so thankful for the time Dr. Allen took to make me feel comfortable and explain what was happening.
By: Megan R.
Familia Dental
I have gone to Familia Dental here in NB, Tx three times now. I absolutely love it and recommend it to my co-workers. The first visit was for a deep cleaning on the right, second visit for a deep cleaning on the left, and third visit for six fillings. The dentist is very nice and the staff was very friendly and professional. The dental office was clean and neat. I'm used to ridiculously loud and obnoxious waiting areas with dirty kids running around (San Antonio) and this was a very nice change. The office hours are convenient for me since I work M-F 8-5, two appointments were at 6pm and one on a Saturday. I don't wait long in the waiting area at all and it never took longer than one hour, even for my six fillings. I plan on going back and will take my husband and son there as well.
By: marciebane
Olaf J.A.S. Haerens, M.P.H., D.D.S
My family has gone to Dr. Haerens for years for our dental care. He always does a fantastic job with our cleanings and explains everything in detail if any additional work is needed. Dr. Haerens is always so patient with my children that their cleanings are never a fuss. His office staff is always so friendly and helpful. We have dentists who are closer to our home, but we would rather drive further for the great care we receive from Dr, Haerens and his staff. Definitely an A+ office!
By: Jolene N.
Smith & Cole
I am Jolene Neighbors. I had an appointment with Dawn Brown (dental hygienist) today, December 8, 2016. Dawn has been my dental hygienist for several years, and she is the best! Both Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole have been my dentists for several years as well and are the best, also! I am so satisfied with the dental care I receive and the professionalism and helpfulness of the entire staff that I look forward to my dental appointments.
By: robert.r.jones.7
Olaf J.A.S. Haerens, M.P.H., D.D.S
My family, as well as my son's family, have been using Dr. Haerens for several years. We have nothing but the highest regard for his services. We are also aware of his countless hours of volunteer service to the community in helping those who are in need of assistance. We would highly recommend his office to anyone searching for a dentist in the area.
By: myvoicecounts
Gonzalez Alicia Dds
The Dentist is very nice and knowledgeable. The staff is friendly and courtious. Dr. Gonzalez explained the procedures and I got the dental work done. I was in and out in a very reasonable time.
By: shannnone
Rivercrest Family Dental, PA
By far one of the best dental offices I have been to. The staff and Dr. Barber are polite, caring, understanding and always help to have a pain free visit! Highly recommend!
By: theoneyouknow..
Gonzalez Alicia Dds
" I LOVE HER!!" Shes the best! i love how she takes her time and gives her all in taking care of her patients!! no matter what i know im always in good hands!!
By: jessebrooker52
Rivercrest Family Dental, PA
Staff are friendly and are carrying out their professional tasks. In my visits I've seen them as being consistent and friendly with their tasks with patients.
By: lizawoodard256
Rivercrest Family Dental, PA
One of the best dentist offices I have ever been to. Extremely friendly staff, very clean, best experience you can have at a dentist office!
Tips & Advices
  • If a tooth decays and the nerves or pulp (soft internal tissue which helps teeth develop) become inflamed or infected
  • If a tooth is cracked or broken and nerves are exposed
This generally depends on any specific issues you wish to address with your teeth. There are toothpastes designed to whiten teeth, fight cavities, decrease sensitivity, prevent bad breath, resist gingivitis, and those specific to children (with lower fluoride content). There are also toothpastes that offer “complete” protection by combining aspects of many of the above toothpastes.
It’s recommended to get a professional cleaning at least two times per year.
  • Desensitizing toothpaste numbs the nerves in the teeth that can cause discomfort.
  • Mouth guard can protect against grinding teeth during sleep.
  • Fluoride treatment can be applied by dentists to sensitive areas to numb teeth and strengthen enamel.
  • Root canal can treat problems in a tooth’s core.
  • Surgical gum graft where a piece of gum tissue is removed from a section of the mouth to cover an exposed root.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that can help you and your doctor determine if yours should be:
  • Wisdom teeth are pushing other teeth around, causing pain and misalignment
  • Cysts form around newly emerged wisdom teeth, causing jaw damage
  • Gums get inflamed and swollen, causing cavities and pain
  • Doctor determine from x-rays that wisdom teeth will cause problems in the near future

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