Going to the dentist

I hate going to the dentist. The very thought of it leaves me quaking in my boots. But since I am a reasonable guy, I go to the dentist twice a year just to get a check-up even if I don't have any issues with my teeth. I've had  that fear since I was a little kid. My mother took me to my first appointment. I was not scared at all. I still remember that the dentist was running a little late and I was calmly waiting for him. After about 15 minutes, a dental assistant came out and told me to follow her. I was asked to take a seat in the exam chair. The assistant put a dental bib on me. A few minutes later the doctor probed my teeth. After the examination she found a few cavities. At the time I did not have the foggiest idea how painfull it would be to have a cavity drilled (I had not been sedated). At the end of the appointment the assistant had me rinse out with mouthwash. Ever since then I've had a lot of dental appointments and all that time I've had to overcome my fear. Moreover, it's not that easy to book a dentist appointment so quite often I've had to clear my schedule. I have to say, going to the dentist can be a pain, in the mouth and in the butt. 

What do you think about going to the dentist? When did you have your first appointment and how was it?

Apr 13, 2017 2:12 PM
Comments · 3

Not that I want to tease you Andrey, because I understand your fear but last time

my dentist worked on my teeth, it was without anesthesia at all :') True story I promise!

The thing is I had decay in my front tooth that I didn't even know it's there and my dentist

discovered it in the yearly check up that I make every 2-3 years :) hehe  

She told me that the anesthesia injection is going to hurt a lot, even more than working

on the front tooth, so we agreed that I let her work on it without any anesthesia at all.

She started drilling and it was bearable, even though I saw a cloud of dust in front of my

face coming from my front tooth, but I was so amazed that it didn't hurt severely as I thought

it would :')

April 14, 2017
I believe you. Moreover, my wife usually has her teeth drilled without any anesthesia. She is able to tolerate this pain comparing to me. Once I had 5 anesthesia shots in a row because they had to remove the nerve in my tooth, but I felt pain even after my 4th shot. So everything depends on your pain threshold.
April 17, 2017
Honestly I'm not scared of going to the dentist. I know that everyone has weaknesses of theirs.
What I know is that the dentist can really be a pain in the ass. I cope with a pain pretty well but having a permanent retainer is the worst.
When the dentist bores your teeth the pain during it is passing. The pain will last maybe several hours to several days (depends on what type of a treatment you have had to go through) but retainer keeps you in pain and away form food denser than a gruel for a few days every month, because the dentist must to turn it up from time to time. I'm happy that my suffering ended up a year ago (I had been wearing it for 2 years)
April 13, 2017