When state police responded to a report that a patient had assaulted his Harford County dentist, they went straight to the frazzled man in the parking lot.
Police arrested Aaron Abraham Newman, 34, of Havre de Grace on Tuesday afternoon after he told troopers that while he was being fitted for a mold for dentures he had a panic attack because he has a phobia of dentists.
According to charging documents, Newman was having an impression of his mouth taken at Forest Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in the first block of Colgate Drive when he became agitated.
He is accused of grabbing a dental assistant's arm and punching her, then taking a swing at the dentist when he tried to restrain him.
Newman removed the molding from his mouth and threw it at the dentist and stormed out of the office, according to the charging documents.
Newman, who lives in the 600 block of Girard St., was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of disorderly conduct. He could not be reached for comment.