Having spent about half an hour in the dentist's chair this week I had plenty of time to think of some questions that have always troubled me about dentistry.
Why can't they invent a dental drill that is silent? I think at least 80% of the anxiety I feel at the dentists comes from that high-pitched whine.
Why does my jaw hurt so badly for days after I get a filling? Could it be because I tense up the muscles in my neck in anticipation of horrible pain that never comes?
Why does the numbing agent they use last so incredibly long? My mouth remained numb for at least three hours after I was home. Causing me to mumble incoherently, and drool a little. Oh well, it provided my children with lots of giggles at mommy's expense.
Why do the ceramic fillings smell so incredibly bad? I was convinced they were pouring super glue into my tooth.
Lest you think otherwise I have a very good dentist. She is incredibly patient and kind to my children, and puts up with my dentist anxiety. I am truly thankful for the care she provides, but I don't think I will ever enjoy going to the dentist.
Do you like going to the dentist? Please tell me I'm not the only one with this phobia.