Going to the dentist

I am an experienced dental patient. My teeth have never been in the best condition, so I can almost guarantee that I’ll be in need of a filling whenever I have a check-up. I went to the dentist today for a filling I knew was coming. Over the years I’ve had extractions, braces, root canals, caps, and several fillings. Sometimes I wonder how it’s possible that I still have a mouth full of teeth. Sometimes I wish I could just get falsies so I don’t have to worry about it anymore. But any dentist I see still insists that my teeth are pretty good, overall.

My extensive experience has allowed me to develop a couple of techniques that help make the dental visit go more smoothly. (I usually cope with fillings much more easily than a clean. All that water and the tools whizzing the plaque off.. it’s making me shiver just thinking about it.) I love a dentist’s office that has an interesting ceiling. My previous dentist had a pressed tin ceiling—gorgeous! Lovely patterns to focus on. Alas, my new dentist has a plain white, modern ceiling, so I just have to find a spot to keep looking at.

The other thing I do is squeeze my right thumb with my left hand. It keeps the brain focused on that rather than the drilling or the needle or the whizzing.

When I sat in the dentist’s chair today I thought to myself, “I’ll do a blog post on what went through my head for the time I was at the dentist”. After fleeting thoughts about the school athletics carnival tomorrow and some hare-brained schemes, needless to say, most of my thoughts were about this blog post. Exciting, non?

What keeps your mind busy while you’re at the dentist.

3 Comments

  1. The gas keeps my mind occupied. I keep trying to keep track of the song playing on their radio but the gas makes it all phase in and out.

  2. I keep planning to take some panadol 30 minutes prior to a dental appointment as this really takes the edge off everything but I mostly forget. I spend the entire time in the chair trying -and failing- to relax my neck and shoulders!

  3. I don’t go, well not much. Prevention!! Brushing, brushing, brushing ( I use a baby brush to get into those tiny tight spots ) also I floss often, chew gum ( promotes saliva which is good for teeth, a dentist said ) and keeping the gums firm by brushing them also. I’ll do anything to avoid that chair !!

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