“When sitting in Dr. Ryan Yamashiro’s dental chair at DAP Health, Robert Coughlin says he has gotten emotional enough to cry.

Coughlin laughed when asked how many times he had cried in the dental chair.

“I think he knows who I am,” Coughlin said. “I just get so overwhelmed sitting in that chair.”

The emotion Coughlin feels is not fear, apprehension of drillings, or root canals. Living with HIV for decades, Coughlin said his treatments at dentist offices were degrading, whether it was having the room covered in plastic or being refused services when they saw his HIV status.

It is different when Coughlin sees Dr. Yamashiro at DAP Health…”

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