Crystal W. from Raleigh, NC (Source: Yelp)
I’ve been a patient here for maybe… 8 years or so? Perhaps longer. I’ve always had a great experience with Dr. Foy and each and every hygienist. I had some long-standing issues that were addressed with several early visits, including multiple root canals, so all I can say by way of recommendation is that I kept coming back. I had a traumatic experience just before starting with Dr. Foy with a different dentist being really rough on a root canal and not listening to me, and suddenly, I found I had developed a fear of the dentist, which I had never had previously. There was a lot to do, but the appointments were broken up in a way that they were bearable in terms of length and soreness afterward, but not so broken up that I felt like not much was getting checked off my to-do list with each visit. Dr. Foy went to extreme measures to be gentle and patient with me and my dentist-phobia and I found that after a few visits, I no longer had that particular fear. After that was all cleared up, I became a routine patient just coming twice a year and always very happy. When I had my son, I started taking him to a specialty pediatric dentist at 6 months but he always hated it and wailed and was scared. I think it was just overwhelming and overstimulating. They were kind to him but he just hated it. When he was 3 1/2, Crystal mentioned I could try bringing him in to Dr. Foy’s and I wondered why I hadn’t thought of that before. His visit with Crystal was literally the first time he not only didn’t cry through the whole exam, but that he also laughed! She was able to gently encourage him not to be afraid of the equipment (she showed it to him and let him “slurp” some water out of a cup with the tool that does that). She also encouraged him to cooperate enough to where he actually got an exam. His previous 6 visits at the pediatric place, it was really only them sort of having a look while he screamed. He got a little toy from the bin on the way out and a high five from Miss Crystal and he was so happy. The real test was 6 months later when it was time to go back. He was happy to go in, not afraid, and was already talking about what flavor of fluoride he wanted to choose and how he’d like to do well enough to earn a toy from the bin. I really think that this practice is the place to go for people who fear the dentist. Just tell Dr. Foy in advance and she will really work with you and make it OK.