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Is Painless Anesthesia (Painless Dentist) the Work of the Devil?

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:01pm

I'm sitting is a 3 day meeting on complications in dental sedation and compromised patients while I ran into this wild quote from the first president of the American Dental Association back in 1860. This clearly shows how the concept of pain control and anesthesia has progressed!
William Henry Atkinson, originally a physician,felt that to eliminate pain is "to do the work of the devil!"

“I think anesthesia is of the DEVIL, and I cannot give my sanction to any Santanic influence which deprives man of the capacity form recognizing the LAW. I wish there were no such thing as anesthesia. I do not think man should be prevented from passing through what God intended them to endure.” Sacred Pai n

Dr. Gibbs provides sedation dentistry, comfortable dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry for patients in the Chicago area. He sees patients from Wheaton, Naperville, Lisle, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Schaumburg, Roselle, Elmhurst, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Warrenville, and Downers Grove. Contact us at Also visit us for information on implants and relaxed sedation dentistry at YouTube LiveWithoutDentures He also publishes a separate informational websie on dental implants at

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