The whole tooth

Steve Kendall | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Jan-2018

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After dodging it for a while, I found myself in a dentist’s chair.

Of course I was expecting a lot to be done, but in the end it wasn’t too bad.

The great thing that has moved on since I last attended is a Netflix screen on the ceiling, this is probably so the dentist can’t see it and be distracted. The last thing you want is the dentist watching the action scenes and drilling into the wrong bit.

Subtitles were on too, so I didn’t miss any of the dialogue when the action became too noisy in my mouth.

Anyway, if you have been scared in the past by a dentist, things have moved on.

In my younger years I was tortured and terrified by dentists, I can only guess, but some seemed to enjoy the power at my expense, both physically and literally.

Gone are the injections that feel they are done with 20 centimetre needles, all I felt on my last visit was the gentlest of touches following some numbing cream.

That really is progress. 

All of the work was done with care and concern, and what’s more was explained to me before, during and after the event.

I have actually been twice in the past two weeks, it’s almost like I am enjoying it.

How Rebecca and Chloe can remain happy while staring into my mouth amazes me, but it’s all done with the utmost skill.

To you out there who are good patients and regular attendees, this is old news to you, but to me it’s a revelation.

Progress of the best kind.

The whole culture has changed, no dark and dreary surgeries, bright lights and very clean is the order of the day, so distant from my horror trips to the school dentist in the 1970s which mentally scarred me. They have a lot to answer for.

Of course I have been since, but the improvement was limited.

Ahead of my recent couple of visits I had barely any apprehension of the upcoming visit, previously I would have been quaking in my boots at the mere thought of it.

Maybe I knew things would have moved on, as surely they must have, and I was right to be calm.

Now I can’t say it would be my choice of the way to spend an hour or two, but if you have to go, you have to go, and it’s the perfect chance to catch up on the latest episode of your favourite Netflix drama, minus the drama in your mouth.

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