Were you a Guggenheim Dental Clinic patient?
Many patients over the years have mentioned the Guggenheim Dental Clinic as the source of their paralyzingly dental fear. The “Guggenheim” was a public program that provided access to dental care for New York City children for decades.
Children from religious based and public schools were transported to the clinic. Raw fear was communicated amongst the children. Interestingly, I’ve encountered people from all over the world who were treated in similar circumstances resulting in extreme dental fear. I feel that a lack of parental support, and supervision, as well as authoritarian treatment, were key factors. Lifelong fears were instilled for these early school-age kids.
While former Guggenheim patients may never forget their memories, a series of good experiences as adults can help. Discussing these experiences with a trusted friend or professional is also beneficial.
If you were a Guggenheim Dental Clinic patient, I understand, and I’m here to help. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call. We can work together and provide a home for your dental care. 212.974.8737