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renniekins
renniekins
Tooth Torture
I have a terrible phobia regarding dentists. For a generally very brave and tough person, I fall to pieces at the idea of any kind of dental work, even cleaning. At least, internally I do. I manage to keep up a somewhat-strong facade, sorta. I try.

I had a dentist appointment this morning. I hadn't been to the dentist in almost 2 years. My old dentist stopped taking my insurance, and the hurdle of finding myself a new dentist was just enough of an excuse to keep me from taking care of it. I didn't want to, so I put it off. And put it off. I enjoyed 21.5 happy dentist-free months, until my guilt finally got the better of me and I did the necessary work to pick a dentist, switch my insurance plan to him, make an appointment, and go.

My stomach hurt all morning in anticipation. I carefully brushed and flossed before work, and didn't eat or drink anything, in the hopes that they would glance in my mouth, pronounce it perfect, and let me leave unmolested.

Obviously it didn't work that way. It wasn't that bad, I suppose. No cavities, at least - what a relief!! But I truly hate the poking and scraping required. I spent the whole time lying in the chair, my hands clasped so tightly the knuckles were yellow-white, trying to maintain a neutral expression on my face and do what I was told. Meanwhile inside my head I was whimpering, "Stop it! Ow! Leave me alone! Aren't you done yet? Hey, ow! You already did that tooth."

Finally the torture ended, and she (the hygienist) relinquished my mouth. My teeth felt all crunchy, polished and clean, if achy. She told me to floss more often, and come every six months. The actual dentist visited just briefly, to glance about, mark a couple of x-rayed teeth to keep an eye on, and tell me to come back in six months. Then they wickedly charged me $5 for my suffering, then they let me leave.

The bastards didn't even give me a free toothbrush.

Current Mood: sore sore
Current Music: Little Shop of Horrors

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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: June 6th, 2002 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
My dentist gives me a ziplock baggy full of prizes, like a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and cinnamon flavored baking soda gum.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 6th, 2002 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm jealous! These people, they gave me a sample toothpaste, but that's it. All my other dentists have given me toothbrushes, floss, etc. I wasn't hugely impressed with this one. But he's on my DMO, which means I hardly have to spend anything to see him (why pay for torture?), and he's convenient to my office. *shrug* I guess I'll stick with him for at least a little while. Finding a new one is a pain.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: June 6th, 2002 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Did you tell them you're scared? It's good to do this. They don't know if you have a huge phobia and if you tell them, they often treat you better and schedule time to baby you a little more. Which we all deserve, god knows.

I guess I'd better get to a dentist.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 6th, 2002 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mentioned on the phone that I was scared, but not in person. Trying to put up a brave front, and all... I'm just glad it's over!! (:
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 6th, 2002 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the women I scuba dived with in Michigan was a dental hygenist, she'd bring samples of toothpaste and toothbrushes on all our overnight trips.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 6th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I wish she'd send me some; I was looking forward to a new toothbrush.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 6th, 2002 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Well, since I haven't heard from her in about years it might be a little hard, although I could dig through my dive logs to find her name...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 7th, 2002 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Well, I guess I can use my existing toothbrush for awhile longer.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: June 6th, 2002 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hah! Strong facade my left kidney! Hehehehe. I'm very proud of you and happy that you went... but you're saying guilt got the better of you? Your boyfriend harassing you didn't have anything to do with it, eh?

I have had a bad hygenist that made me feel like "ow, stop, you already did that tooth!" but fortunately after my regular one's maternity leave they sent me back to her. I do think you should 1. look for other dentists in your plan or 2. look at paying a little more money and switching plans.
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