They were called Inquisitors in the Spanish Inquisition, now they are called....

@Debs_place (10525)
United States
September 19, 2008 5:49pm CST
Dentists! Yes, these are the people who performed torture. They did something we now call waterboarding - shoving a rag into someone's mouth then pouring water on it to give the 'illusion of drowning' Don't you think this is similar to what a dentist does? Can you think of any other profession that so many people fear? I must admit, I am deathly scared of the dentist. Yet, I went yesterday. As they shoved copious amounts of cotton gauze into my mouth, and 4 tools at the same time - water, suction, drill and mirror I am told I have no reason to gag. Right! I know we need to go to the dentist and I know they are a necessary evil but there has to be a better way. Do you fear the dentist? Can you think of any other profession that makes people scared? Do you agree with me?
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I am not scared, but I am definitely against going to the OB/GYN. I do go, but I hate them sticking all those weird instruments where they don't belong! And its even worse when you're pregnant. I have this bacterial thingy going on that I had since birth the doctors tell me, and this can mess up the urine tests that they do. So what do they do? Use a catheter!!! They have me begging to go to the bathroom the old fashioned way, just so I don't have to feel that thingy being forced where it should be exit only. I'm in there talking to the nurse like "Please let me go pee! I have to pee right now!!! It will only take me a second you don't have to go get it! Give me one of those wet naps to wipe it, I will clean it I swear! Just let me pee!!!"
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I have not had a catheter when I have been conscious but you are right..that is an out hole. Yes, OB/GYN is not good but not near as bad as the dentist.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
20 Sep 08
The ONLY thing I can think of that's worse would be to have an appointment with my dentist & OB/GYN on the same freakin day!!!
@1hopefulman (28512)
• Canada
19 Sep 08
Not my favorite way to spend my time but without them our smile wouldn't be so pretty. And I do hope that some bright star invents a better way of making sure we have a mouth full of healthy teeth.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Sep 08
You got that right. We want our teeth to look good but it would be better to do it without pain. If someone makes it pain free ...I will have them nominated for a nobel prize!
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
I don't much care for dentists either, and I think you make a really good point. I have fantastic teeth that I take care of, so I really don't think I've had a need to see a dentist in a long time. I am growing my wisdom teeth though, but they aren't bugging me enough to need to do anything about them.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Well, I was out of work for a few years and things went from not to bad to just terrible in that time. Not having an income, I could not afford the dentist and now barely having an income, I still can't afford the dentist and have to depend on the mercy of the insurance company.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Sep 08
LOL I never thought about them like that, but you do have a point hehehehe ALthough personally I am not completely fond of dentists I never feared them. Back home I was actually not worried at all. It's funny because back home they did most everything without anesthetic - except for major work or extractions. They even did root canal without the darn needle. But it didn't hurt. Ok they took longer to do it. One would have to go there 3 or 4 times before the root canal was done. The same with fillings. But no needle and no pain. When I came in here I was surprised that they used the needle for everything. To me it seemed that it was just so they didn't have to be that careful. If you're anesthetized then even if they mess up a bit we don't notice because we don't hurt. I still don't fear dentists that much, but I am not thrilled to go either. If I could choose, I would prefer to find someone like back home that didn't use anesthesia as much.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
20 Sep 08
It takes 3 visit here at least for the root canal ...and I could not do it without anesthesia...where are you from? I will never go there. I prefer to be in space for even a cleaning.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Sep 08
LOL what if it was without anesthesia an without pain? This was in Portugal. Now they'll give you the needle unless you ask not too. Not all dentists will do it, which reinforces my idea that using the anesthesia is a safety net that allows them not to be that careful.
• United States
20 Sep 08
Though I like to take care of my teeth properly, I have always hated going to the dentist. To me the rooms have always looked like a torture chamber with all that medical equipment hanging about, and I really despise that darn drill. So anymore if I am going in to have work done on my teeth, I have the dentist put me under, otherwise nothing would get done if I was still awake. When I was a kid it took 4 nurses, another dentist, and my mom to hold me down when they would turn on the drill, and I'm pretty much the same way today while awake and that thing is turned on. Don't know why it scares me so much, it just does.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
20 Sep 08
You are absolutely right, they leave those tools of torture in plain sight, the noise the drill makes is just awful. It is a dreadful place.
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• United States
20 Sep 08
I swear, every time I enter the examining room at the dentist's office, I can feel my teeth trying to run and hide..lol! I don't know where my fear of them arose from, since even as a child I had a pretty high pain threshold. Each of the dentists I have had over the years have always treated me well and made sure I was comfortable and not feeling anything, but the moment that drill would come on, one would think the dentist was trying to kill me.
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20 Sep 08
Hi Debs_place, Strangley enough I was never scared of going to the dentist, but its the people who puts the fear into you, I'm sure you didn't find it too bad did you? Tamara
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I have passed out from the pain, I have trigeminal neuralgia and when I asked the dentist to stop and said I was pain, he told me to suck it up, I was fine. Next thing I knew he was done. I could not drive for 45 minutes, I sat in my van and cried. I am scared the dentist will trigger another episode. It is awful to me
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• United States
20 Sep 08
I am terrified of the dentist. I am the biggest wuss there is when it comes to pain from the shoulders up. Every time I have to go to the dentist, I think of the Steve Martin character in Little Shop of Horrors. That is how I feel about dentists.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
20 Sep 08
Well it is good to know that us wimps are not alone. THink we need to form a support group?
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• United States
20 Sep 08
*LOL* I am not sure any amount of support is going to keep me from being a wreck when I go to the dentist, but we can try.
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• United States
20 Sep 08
hey friend we are both in the same boat as a child i was taken to a dentist who was deaf and while he was working on me he turned off his hearing aid and continued to work giving me no anesthetic these days i am an old woman and still terrified of going to the dentist
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
20 Sep 08
I fear solicitors is the same thing LOL! It's one place that I don't want to go to! Dentists, well I have to admit that I used to go regularly twice a year, only because I found a compassionate dentist, now that I have moved away I haven't found a new one and dread going to find one and I am hoping that my teeth don't start to ache! What about people who take your blood, for blood tests, phlabotamists, I think, some of them I am sure delight in stabbing you with a needle, I've had a bruise once or twice when they haven't done it right or been too savage! But I watch horror films so surely I must be brave enough to face the dentist right?
@gemini_rose (16193)
20 Sep 08
I am not scared of the dentist, well I am a little bit. I have to go for a check up next week, I have not visited a dentist for quite a few years so I really hope that I have no problems!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
20 Sep 08
I am still nervous around dentists. I am glad when he says no cavities. I remember getting the needle and those little needles taking out the bad stuff, when I got all those root canals. And the sound of the drill, and his cord was frayed and I thought I am going to get an electric shock. And when you get fluoride treatment and having that stuff put around your teth. Vrey scary.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I have a very considerate dentist, and I am not afraid to go. On the other hand the bill makes me go gray. I fear lawyers, and for about three years I fear the local police. That is a long story and may just be my paranoia kicking in.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
I am not scared of dentists and I may have scare one or two in my lifetime because they could not pull my tooth out. Tough little bugger did not want to get out of my mouth.
• United States
20 Sep 08
I will have to agree with you. I used to be very scared of dentist and then I happened on the one who is my Dentist now and he makes his patients feel very comfortable. I have needed three root canals and have not been afraid at all. I didn't know that was what dentist did way back when. But it sure sounds somewhat what the dentist does now just not as drastic. I am comfortable with my dentist now but if I had to change dentist I am not sure what I would do. I still don't care for dentist but at least I have found one that is really good.