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The dental team at Waddell Family Dentistry made a list of reasons patients fear the dentist and then designed a practice expressly to cross out each one. It replaced metal drills with Waterlase hand pieces, which reduce the heat and vibration caused from metal rubbing against teeth. Before each procedure, team members educate their patients on what to expect, fielding any questions and arming them with detailed aftercare instructions. For patients who feel especially nervous, they administer a variety of oral and IV sedations and measure the half-life of each in accordance to the length of procedures in order to minimize posttreatment grogginess.