Patient Story: Gene Murphy

Let’s be honest—scheduling a dental appointment can be stressful, especially for someone with a history of dental anxiety. Gene Murphy felt this way until he met Dr. Robert Tart at Midlothian Dental Center.

Gene Murphy is a retired soon-to-be grandfather living in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Lindsley. He worked in the Information Technology (IT) consulting industry for over 40 years, and now spends his days relaxing and traveling. He and his wife have two adult daughters, Alison and Taylor, and two wonderful son-in-laws.

Gene and Lindsley enjoy living an active and adventurous lifestyle. Recently, they completed a month-long trip to Vietnam, as well as a 3-week safari through Southern Africa. Their next trip to South America is already in the works! For Gene and Lindsley, traveling brings immense pleasure, and they want to spend their retirement years seeing the world. However, with such an active and “on-the-go” lifestyle, prioritizing dental care isn’t always easy.

One year ago, when they first relocated to Richmond, Gene and his wife were on the lookout for a new family dentist. They came across Midlothian Dental Center through a referral from their son-in-law. Gene was admittedly nervous to schedule a dentist appointment due to his childhood experiences with dental anxiety. His past visits were, in his words, a “nightmare” – full of pain, stress and fear. This kind of dental anxiety is, unfortunately, fairly common among both children and adults.

Dr. Robert Tart was determined to make Gene’s dental care experience a positive one. Even though Gene’s visits are usually nothing more than routine cleanings and check-ups, Dr. Tart takes his time to ensure Gene is comfortable. Gene praises Dr. Tart, stating that he is calm, easy to talk to, and gentle. Gene also commends the entire Midlothian team, noting their friendliness as second to none. In his words, from the moment you enter Midlothian’s state-of-the-art facility, you will experience exceptional customer service.

Additionally, Gene can rest easy knowing that his dental appointments are flexible to accommodate his schedule. Now he can spend more time exploring the world, and less time worrying about his teeth!

With his dental care squared away, Gene has so many reasons to smile. He and Lindsley are currently looking forward to their next adventure. Additionally, they are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their two grandchildren, as both of their daughters are expecting baby girls later this year! 

Here at Midlothian Dental Center, your care is our priority. If you have a busy schedule or dental anxiety like Gene, don’t let it deter you from coming to see us! We take pride in accommodating a wide variety of scheduling preferences, as well as catering our care to fit every patient’s specific needs. Call us today at (804)794-4588 to book your appointment!