A bike accident at the young age of 16, sent Matthew Snipper down the path that would leave him changed far beyond the whole new set of teeth that he needed. The process was long and painful in every way. For nearly a year, Matthew needed to see a dentist and an oral surgeon three times per week. He had head gear, neck gear, and braces. His mouth was so swollen it was painful to eat. In the end he had his new teeth, but he also had a very real phobia of what he called “the house of pain”.
Most of us believe that lightening never strikes the same place twice, but for the unfortunate Mr. Snipper, years later, a serious motorcycle accident again resulted in significant loss of teeth and those that were left were fractured or broken. Matthew’s dentist referred him to Dr. Blende and he went reluctantly. The team he met with recognized that his dental phobia was very real and discussed his case honestly and compassionately. Complete dental reconstruction in one day, sounded like an impossible goal, but Dr. Blende’s confidence in what his team could do reassured Mathew and left him knowing it would be an experience that few people in the country could have.
After a couple of preliminary appointments and case planning Matthew underwent a 16-hour procedure, under general anesthesia, at Kaiser Hospital, where Dr. Blende is chief of the dental division. Mr. Snipper says he doesn’t remember much, other than waking up to find out it was done! The recovery was nothing more than a couple of days of minor discomfort, and he has had no problems, no bite adjustments, no pain, and he hasn’t looked back.
Mr. Snipper shared that “the results now are much better than what I had before, and the process far superior, but perhaps the greatest joy was when my 8-year old daughter just looked up at my new healthy mouth and smiled.”
When asked about the healthcare staff who worked with him, Matthew exclaimed “The entire team did everything possible to set up the case for success, and exceeded my expectations. Dr. B is cool, but even the after-care is amazing.”
Matthew has truly overcome his phobia and is overcome with gratitude for the exceptional job of Dr. Blende and his team.
Awake: Carmen and Gail were looking for a new dentist when they moved to San Francisco from Ohio.
Emergency: The emergency room at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) called The Blende Dental Group because Chris required emergency dental work in the hospital.
At home: Due to her dementia, leaving the memory care unit at Age Song was not an option for Sarah Marie.