Addressing Chemical Sensitivities

Addressing Chemical Sensitivities

Many allergic and chemically sensitive people feel like they have been treated as difficult patients. Dr. Farnum understands that it is the allergies and sensitivities that are difficult. He and his staff are happy to work with you to the best of their abilities to address concerns about your visit and ensure that your needs are met.

  • During your appointment, you will be Dr. Farnum's only patient, and only he will work with you.
  • The protective protocols followed in the office limit exposures to all patients.
  • If you are concerned about a possible reaction to dental materials and would like to be tested, Dr. Farnum will work with you and your doctor, or can refer you to a doctor, for evaluation to determine the best materials for you.
  • Please contact the office with your specific concerns so they can be addressed.


    Kristi Mattson, M.D.
  • Kristi Mattson, M.D. recommends Dr. Farnum:

    Many patients with Environmental Illness and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities have heavy metal toxicity. If you and your physician are making plans to have your mercury amalgam dental fillings replaced, you will want a dentist who uses appropriate protocols to help protect you from further mercury exposure during the procedure.

    Dr. Farnum is highly skilled and experienced in providing excellent dental care to the chemically challenged population. Dr. Farnum's office may be more accessible to certain disabled MCS patients because he is a sole practitioner and can offer a high degree of flexibility to his patients. Environmental concerns may be more easily addressed through options such as open windows, air filters, being first patient of the day, waiting outside prior to the appointment, using personal oxygen, and so on.

    Based on personal experience, Dr. Mattson strongly recommends Dr. Farnum for his superb skill and experience in all dental procedures and his compassionate and creative artistry in the precision use of gold for dental applications. Dr. Kristi Mattson encourages MCS patients to consider using Dr. Farnam's high quality gold for their dental restorations. However, each MCS patient should be independently tested through blood antibody and/or other sensitivity screening prior to placement of dental materials.

    Dr. Kristi Mattson is a Medical Advisor to the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL) of Southern Arizona. The local chapter of HEAL is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 to provide information about the harmful effects of chemicals on human health. HEAL educates the public and helps members learn how to cope with the challenges of living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. For more information about HEAL go to

    Kristi Mattson, M.D.