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    You’re sitting on the “comfy chair” and your mouth is wide open. Your view is partially blinded by the strong light and your glasses, if you wear them, are probably dirty. In any case, you can just look right up in front of you and asked not to articulate your neck. You feel a part of your body itching and the chair is not so comfortable after all, because after a while your back muscles begin go get painfully stiff. He handles some high-precision (at least you hope so) tools that vibrate at mostly ultrasonic wavelengths.

    Basically, you’re totally powerless and the communication is all from his side. He’s the one that has to gain your trust. He’s the one that needs to take off your stress as much as possible by showing he has full control of the situation. You hope he’s not just a good actor, but being a dentist is probably also about acting a little bit.

    So, how does your dentist attempts to have you loosen up a bit and get your sitting time less unpleasant? Has he a good sense of humor, or is he talkative about what’s going to happen in your mouth? Is music playing, or are there other distractions for you to focus on while he does his job? Were you able to guess the breast size of the female assistant by the end of your session?

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    Fortunately I manage to avoid the dentist apart from a yearly checkup. That said I had two fillings three days ago (not from decay) and they didn't play any tricks. They didn't even try putting five or six tools in my mouth and then try to make small talk.

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    I go in, exchange the basic greetings, get straight in the chair, do what needs to be done, explain what needs to be explained, then leave. There are no special tricks my dentist tries on me. She simply does her job, and does it well with as little wasted time as possible.

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    Mines just gets me high on wht they have and puts on the tv and I watch and giggle myself into oblivion till he's done

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    ive been to two different dentists both with different tactics (i moved so had to find another dentist).

    The first dentist i had was amazing. He was in, had a look and did what needed to be done really quickly. In fact, he was so quick that my mouth muscles didnt even get sore at all. It felt like he had done everything in about 2 minutes (even though it was probably longer then that). So for a while, i had no problems with a sore mouth. And he never had to do any fillings or anything else in my mouth (because i take pretty good care of my teeth and i saw him every year for a regular clean). The only down side to him being so fast was that my gums always bled. They werent painful or anything, but after he was done and i would rinse my mouth out, there was always blood. That would happen with my other family members that saw him too. But it was good that the trip to the dentist didnt really take a lot of time. Some of my family members still go to him for any major work (it is actually cheaper to fly back to where we used to live and see him then it is to go and see a dentist in our own town. And, we know that the kind of work he does only ever has to be done once because he makes sure that its done perfectly).

    When i changed dentist however, that was a different story. He took much longer to clean my teeth and that was the first time that i ever felt the muscle in my mouth become sore. That being said, he was extremely through and never missed a spot either. He also had the added advantage that my gums didnt bleed at all after he finished cleaning my teeth. So, this second dentist really needed to have distractions for his patients. Of which, he had the best way to distract me. Built into the chairs is a monitor that he had hooked up to a computer to stream tv series to (i actually watch an episode of the making of doctor who cause i am a total whovian :P). He also used the screen in the beginning to show me the inside of my mouth (he has a camera attached to one of his tools) and he explained what it was that was there so that was pretty neat too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddedPuppy View Post
    I go in, exchange the basic greetings, get straight in the chair, do what needs to be done, explain what needs to be explained, then leave. There are no special tricks my dentist tries on me. She simply does her job, and does it well with as little wasted time as possible.
    Pretty much this for me.

    I've got terrible teeth (combination of genetics and not taking great care of them for a bit) so I'm in there quite a bit... and even before that was never too apprehensive about the whole thing. Assistant will usually engage in a little small talk / minor questioning (how are you today / on any medication or any changes in medical history), dentist comes in after a bit, does her thing, I go out and pay whatever token amount my insurance decided not to cover (I have good insurance, but there is always some stupid thing they don't cover, so I end up with a bill for like $3.50 or something) and contemplate what kind of jello I'll be eating for dinner..

    That said, I know one person who is so terrified of the dentist they are actually perscribed ativan before their appointment. So I guess that's the extreme other side ;p

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiammaverde View Post
    You’re sitting on the “comfy chair” and your mouth is wide open. Your view is partially blinded by the strong light and your glasses, if you wear them, are probably dirty. In any case, you can just look right up in front of you and asked not to articulate your neck. You feel a part of your body itching and the chair is not so comfortable after all, because after a while your back muscles begin go get painfully stiff. He handles some high-precision (at least you hope so) tools that vibrate at mostly ultrasonic wavelengths.

    Basically, you’re totally powerless and the communication is all from his side. He’s the one that has to gain your trust. He’s the one that needs to take off your stress as much as possible by showing he has full control of the situation. You hope he’s not just a good actor, but being a dentist is probably also about acting a little bit.

    So, how does your dentist attempts to have you loosen up a bit and get your sitting time less unpleasant? Has he a good sense of humor, or is he talkative about what’s going to happen in your mouth? Is music playing, or are there other distractions for you to focus on while he does his job? Were you able to guess the breast size of the female assistant by the end of your session?
    Try doing the same with fibromyalgia and painful muscle cramps from small fiber neuropathy.

    I try to have a signal for the dentist that my jaw muscles are cramping and i need to relax my jaw muscles.
    Another trick is to have the dentist use a rubber jaw brace on the side away from where he is working.

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    Doctors, Dentists, Physicians, Psychologists, Practitioners and the like all go through patient handling courses in etiquette, common practices, tricks of the trade, and laws regarding these measures. All (assumably) have made the grade but their real-life practice is the tell-all. There are varying grades of talent in this field and their practice lends to the type of client that returns or recommends them.

    I have an extreme fear of needles and appreciate the practitioner who can quickly sense it and get me through it. There are doctors/dentists who are in the practice for the love of science and medicine and there are those in it for the humane side of it. While they each may contain both ends of interest, it is easy to tell which side they lean to.

    I was run over by a drunk when I was 2 years old. So, with the months I spent in the hospital and the eventual trips to specialists while healing, it is no wonder that I have had anxieties regarding anything to do with hospitals or clinics altogether.

    Godbless those that take humane practices seriously like the nurses who entertained me with stories and puppets and the ones who bought me stuffed animals out of their own pockets (I sill have the plushies) to help ease my pain. (sorry if I am off-topic but I think about them often and hope to thank them one day) This topic is near and dear to my soul.

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    My dentist used to play this particular Simpsons scene on the ceiling TV right before he started work. He would even mimic the tappa tappa tappa. He had this wonderful baritone voice that would put you in a trance, then he'd start jacking teeth out of your mouth. Really quite surreal.

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