You can find compassionate dentists and people who work in your mouth in both flavors.
My dentist is a very caring guy who has always been up on the latest technology, much of it aimed at making the patient as comfortable as possible. For example, he has been using the wand thing to inject novacain since it was new technology and I believe there are a lot of dentists, etc. who don’t bother with it despite the fact that it’s less invasive (my theory on that is it is more expensive and that’s why other dentists don’t do it). It’s a lot better for kids (doesn’t freak them out like a needle), but nice for adults too. It’s not all psychological, but part of it is that it’s nice not to see someone coming at you with a big needle of novacain.
He should also teach doctors, dentists and people in general about the lost art of having a good “bedside manner.” Probably a lot of it is he is very genial, and a bit of a well kempt hippy (ponytail, but, he’s older than me, it’s grey, and it’s a short ponytail).
I just wanted to check in here since I am getting a tooth pulled out of my head Thursday. Cracked tooth that I had a root canal on a long time ago. Root canal is still good but appears the crack has worsened (with some pain resulting). Not looking forward to it because I’ve had root canals before, but nothing compared to the experience of having a cracked tooth yanked out of my head a while back. Not so much the pain (they fix you up for that), but, with teeth that are in pieces it is hard to get them out. You can just picture it as my head in a vice, someone standing on my chest and wrenching it out with a pair of vice grip pliers. OK, I am exaggerating, which will probably help when the actual event is going on. Cheers!