Dr. Jason Bongiovi
I have A LOT of experience with fear of the dentist, but not because of the reasons you may think. This is my 16th year practicing pediatric dentistry. I graduated from Medical College of Georgia Dental School in 2005, completed my pediatric dental residency in 2008, and started my private office, Pediatric Dentistry of Forsyth in 2009. I worked for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for 10 years as part of their Craniofacial Team, treating a variety of special needs patients from Autism Spectrum Disorder to Cleft Lip and Palate to Cancer and bleeding disorders.
So treating all of these patients for the past 15 years has given me a ton of experience in treating pediatric patients that come in with anxiety and fear. There are very few situations that I haven't treated or seen in a pediatric dental office. But... that isn't what drives me to offer comfortable and tear-free treatment. The truth is I've dealt with high anxiety since I was 10 years old, and while I had a GREAT dentist growing up, I am just as fearful (or more!) of going to the dentist as any child who sits in my chair. I don't like laying back with my mouth open. I don't like any instruments being used. I grip the handles of the dental chair tighter then anyone you've ever seen. For the record, I know the dentist (my wife, Ashley) pretty well.
Every time I treat a patient, I understand where they're coming from. I understand being scared or unsure of the dentist... leading to my mission of creating positive dental experiences for all.
When I'm not alleviating anxiety in myself or my patients, I have three wonderful boys Max (12), Owen (9) and Pace (6). We spend our weekends running around to lacrosse, soccer, tennis and every other sport under the sun.