I have had great teeth my whole life and I went in to see Dr Ownes for general checkups. During one of those visits he said I had decay in my back two teeth and needed a root canal. I was surprised since I hadn't had a problem, but trusted his judgement. What a mistake! He did sloppy root canal work on two of my back teeth. Afterward, for 7 days I had horrible headaches and pain in my jaw and neck that heavy narcotics wouldn't touch. He put me on antibiotics and the severe pain let up some, but I went back to see him and told him I was having an electrical or nerve sensation throughout my jaw and teeth on the side of the mouth that the work was done on. He said he couldn't imagine what it could be, and acted nonchalant about the whole problem. A couple of months went by and I saw him at the grocery store. I told him I was still in pain and having problems and he acted mystified. Desperate, I went to an oral surgeon who told me that I had nerve damage from the needle that was used to deaden the area when it was worked on, and that it had been inserted in an area of the nerve trunk that dentist were taught to avoid in dental school. I was referred to Emory school of dentistry where I might be able to have surgery to repair it, but that it was doubtful that it would help, and might even do more harm. A couple of years later, I started having pain in the teeth that had the root canals, so I went to an endodontist ( a root canal specialist). He tried to treat it with antibiotics before doing any work, but the infection became quite severe and the back tooth had to be removed and the other repaired because of the faulty work. The endodontist said that the work done by the previous dentist (Ownes) was shoddy at best, and that he doubted that I even need a root canal to begin with judging from the look of everything inside the tooth and jaw. I could have been treated with antibiotics and since there was very little decay, I could have done without the root canal at all that was done by Owens. He also told me that the nerve problem could have been avoided if he had been more careful about where he injected me. Fifteen years later I still live with constant sensation of electricity through my mouth from the affected nerve.
I should have seen a red flag when he pulled my son's tooth, who was in elementary school at the time. Owens said he deadened the area, but my son screamed at the top of his lungs in pain as it was being removed. When we got in the car he swore to me that he felt everything, and he didn't feel that the area was deadened at all. I thought we had just been scared by the ordeal, but to this day, at age 23, he claims he felt everything and that it was horribly painful. He had other work done by another dentist later, so he had something to compare the incident to. I should have believed him and stayed as far away as possible from Owens. He RUINED my mouth, and I guess I'll have to live with this painful situation for the rest of my life. Do your homework and check into the dentist for complaints before you go. I later found out from a friend who is a hygienist, that Owens has had numerous complaints filed about his work. It's too late for me, but I hope this review saves someone else from a situation like what I had to go through.
I have been seeing Dr. Nieves for over 10 years as my GYN, and pelvic pain specialist. I have Fibromyalgia and Interstical Cystits, and he has been excellent in treating me for all of these years. I started seeing him after one of his partners couldn't help me anymore in regard to my pain associated with the IC. I had every treatment there was for this terrible bladder disease, and when nothing worked, I was referred to him. He has made my life bearable through pain management. Otherwise, I would still be lying on my bed in fetal position in agony. He is the kindest, most compassionate man I know. He takes time with me, and listens to everything I have to say with patience and understanding. Although I still struggle with IC, I have hope knowing that he is in my corner to help me. I consider him a friend as well as my doctor, and like every other patient of his, I hope he never retires! He is truly special in this day and age where doctors spend less and less time with their patients. He always spends as much time as is necessary to deal with whatever issue I am having when I see him. I don't know what I would have done had I not been referred to him. I know my life is better as a result of his care. He has always treated me with dignity, and is genuinely concerned. I highly recommend him as a pelvic pain specialist and GYN.