My name is Dr. Robert Haller, and I’m an Endodontist with Endodontic Associates. I’ve been there for quite a few years. We provide root canal therapy, surgeries, and any services related to the health of the dental pulp, inside the tooth. I specialize a lot not only in that specialty but in compassionate and gentle care with patients receiving a lot of additional training in sedation, relaxation techniques. That’s one of the reasons I particularly like working with Dr. Lepore, and that he provides a lot of very caring and compassionate treatment but along with very, very thorough examination and thorough treatment planning for his complex cases. I feel that getting the input of specialists is particularly important in complex dental treatment plans, and Dr. Lepore has often sent me thorough letters of potential treatment plans and requests the input of an endodontist for the preparation for these cases. I think that’s very important when you are planning out a complex case. When we have a complex dental treatment plan, I give input on the health of the pulp prior to the restorative work that Dr. Lepore is doing, and this helps prevent surprises and helps us to take care of the patient in a painless manner so that things are dong very methodically and are thought out by the patient and by the doctors involved. It’s very enjoyable when I get a patient who hasn’t had a lot of dental work; they have a lot of dental needs, and I get to relieve their pain by using several endodontic procedures, and when they return to Dr. Lepore, they have a lot of restorative needs. Occasionally I get to see that patient back, they may have a follow-up need in that particular area, and I get to see how they are so happy and so excited to be in a much better dental position than they were when I first saw them. It’s very enjoyable working with Dr. Lepore because his patients—I can just sense that they feel very cared for, and they are very relaxed coming from his office. Of course, I know that they are going to get good follow-up care after I have done the work that I need to do in preparation.
As a person with extreme anxiety (especially at the dentist) I have to say, this is one of the few places I have ever felt comfortable. Well, as comfortable as I can, that is. The staff has always gone out of their way to make sure I was doing okay and never made me feel like I was being ridiculous (even though I usually am). I am greatly appreciative of their patience, humor, and honesty.