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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Boo Berry, Jan 28, 2020.
Dentistry has come a longassed ways in the last 40yrs. Going to the dentist now is cake.
Yep, let alone a 30 min conversation.
Anyone who helps keep me from getting jacked up teef is okay in my book!
I have dozed off in the chair waiting for the dentist to come in. No big deal to me. What you need to be terrified of is the bill.
I've got literally 10s of thousands in my mouth. At this point, I'm only scared of the bill.
Depends on the hygienist.
I avoided going to the dentist for several years and went in for a cleaning. I expected it to be bad. The hygienist did a good job and it was only a little uncomfortable.
I went back six months later and had a different hygienist. She was a corn beast. I had brushed at least once per day and flossed every day, so my teeth had to have been in good shape. She scaled my teeth for -- I'm not joking, and I did look -- 40 minutes. Hard. My gums bled for hours and my teeth were sore for at least two days afterward.
When scheduling for a third one six months later, I had the scheduling lady NOT set me up with the corn beast, who was the default. Went with some other hygienist and it went well.
Be assertive and don't take any crap. It shouldn't be super uncomfortable.
I had an orthodontist send an instrument clear through my left cheek when I was twelve, and tried to hide it from my parents with a regular bandaid. Because he did not treat the through-and-through puncture properly, my own mouth goo gave me a systemic infection that landed me in the hospital for a few days. I didn't go again until I was 54 and thankfully only had one small cavity that was handled by a new dentist fresh out of school. I've gone back yearly now with no further issues. HH
Mrs Boo is so sweet... I came home to find my favorite cookies and a sarcastic note.
Not terrified but I don't like the Novocain injections. I did almost have a panic attack once when I went in for a cleaning and the dental hygienist that had been taking care of me twice a year for 16 years had left the practice and I had to use someone else.
my sentiments exactly- I can’t stand dentists. Reminds me of a bad experience when I was a kid.
These ******* nowadays should be thankful the dentists don't use those drilling machines they had back in the 50-60's. You know, the ones with all the belts and pulleys.
Later on it was only the initial pr!ck with the Novocaine needle and that damn suction thingamajig that pinched your lip that was uncomfortable.Now neither of those are issues as they put something on my gum, to numb, before the needle and they don't use that suction thing anymore.
I used to be afraid of the dentist...
1. In 1969 I had a root canal that involved 5 sessions of manual routing.
2. In 1973 an Air Force dentist removed an impacted wisdom tooth, with a hammer & chisel.
Two trips to the ER to get the bleeding stopped.
3. In 2006 I had a 7 tooth bridge put in.
4. In 2018 I had a Sinus Lift:
Cut the gun down the whole side of my face and peel it back.
Insert a lift (spatula) to lift the Sinus. (Three "patches" to the Sinus)
Build up the jaw bone.
Put everything back together.
Next month I will get a whole Implant upper. Am I scared?
I have no more Dental fear, there is no "Unknown" left.
But the bill still sends chills down my back.
I could trade in my mouth for a new Escalade.
I kind of do self hypnosis at the dentist. I'm not scared of 'em but having a tooth pulled two weeks ago was not pleasant at all. Haven't lost one since I was a kid. I don't recommend it.
Why not just go all out and ask for a happy ending?
Not afraid. To those that hate the scraping, most dentist have a ultrasonic device that eliminates most of the work. It's messy but it works.
I've had wisdom teeth cut in half and chiseled out. I was told to take an aspirin if I needed it. I have some crowns, but all my teeth/roots were in my head (except wisdom) until I broke a root a year ago at age 67, and it was pulled. The one implant was priced at $3K, so I declined.
I did not know dentists gave pain meds until I was in pharmacy school.
I feel rather helpless positioned in that chair, but I accept it for a great set of choppers. My three month cleaning was yesterday. Age 67 with all original but one. I would prefer to go to my grave this way.
My cleaning lady says I have very healthy gums. She comments on them every time. I use a little floss pick every time I eat anything, and twice a day AM and PM.
More terrified of Mr. Tooth decay!