Sedative Dentistry: Making Dental Visits Painless
As a small child I went to our friendly elderly dentist in our small city. This was in the late 60's when sedative dentistry was not commonly practiced by general dentists. I don't know what it is but unlike some of my playmates whose baby teeth would just fall off, mine seemed to be indestructible and so when I was seven years old, my mom brought me to our dentist since one of my permanent front tooth was already growing behind the baby tooth. Needless to say, after my tooth extraction, our poor dentist lost some patients waiting for their turn that day. He then informed my totally embarrassed mother that he will be referring me to a modern clinic in the next city for advanced dental work since I also had a decaying molar that needed to be removed as well as major orthodontic work. A few months later, off we went to see this new clinic. They had a beautiful, air-conditioned office with several chairs and I was assigned to a young good-looking male dentist who smiled a lot. When my mom told him that I am afraid of needles, he assured me that he will not be using any needle if I did not want to. I was asked to open my mouth and when I did, he placed something inside and that was the last thing I can remember. I went home with the molar gone, a temporary mould placed on my bottom teeth to help push out my 2 crooked upper front teeth and most importantly, a painless experience. I eventually had to have braces and retainers placed and continued to go to this clinic until I graduated from college. The last time I went to see my now middle-aged dentist was when I was in my early 30's to have an impacted 3rd molar removed and yes, under mild sedation. My old dental record was still there which stated my age as 8 years old at the time of my first visit. It made me a little teary-eyed. I know it's funny to be nostalgic about your dental history but hey, I had the best dentists who made my fear of dental work a thing of the past. They are all gone to heaven now and I can only belatedly say, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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