Along with millions of other people in the world, I am terrified of the dentist. Whilst I am normally ok in most situations and can control nerves, with a dentist appointment, I feel like I am going into the lion's den.
Consequently this fear of the dentists lead to a ten year span of not attending. Although I have never needed anything more than a scrape and polish, after a bloody and painful session (together with numerous horror stories from other people having more serious procedures) this was enough for me to avoid attendance. Over the years the fear grew, unnoticed and unchecked.
Two months ago however my hand was forced. I managed to knock a tooth loose and was left with no other option but to go to the emergency dentist and ended up having to have the tooth out. I have had two appointments since then, getting my teeth back in order and after this third appointment, a realisation had hit me.
Dentists aren't evil. They aren't like they used to be. You can have local anaesthetic. It doesn't have to hurt. If you are reading this and are scared of dentists, re read that line. Because it's true. There doesn't have to be any pain anymore. You just need to find "your" dentist.
The dentist I had years ago was very much of the old school who focused less no making sure you weren't in pain and more on playing God with a drill in his hand.
The lovely lady I have now explains everything that needs to be done in advance and makes sure I am calm before even going near my mouth. I have treatments coming up soon and I already know I can have local anaesthetic if I want it and I only have to raise a hand to make anything stop.
Considering, at the moment, that I have never had anything major done to my teeth you may be laughing at me now saying "Just you wait!". If that is true, leave me in my wonderful new dream, I beg you.
I don't want to go back to being in tears in the dentists waiting room. So have a heart, if I'm wrong, don't tell me.