Admittedly an appointment is never going to start well when he comes to the waiting room and calls for “Katie?”. My name is not f**king Katie you pillock, and if you can’t read my notes accurately or pay attention to detail should I really be trusting you with something as irreplaceable as my teeth?
Anyway I sat down and he asked me if I had been having any problems or was in any pain. I said “no”. Big mistake. He proceeded to force my jaw open wide enough to fit in an orange then got a pointy metal stick and stabbed at my gums repeatedly. He tried to persuade me that the pain was because I hadn’t been flossing and that if I did so regularly then my gums wouldn’t be so sensitive and bleed when poked. I can see he might have a point if he was just referring to the gums between my teeth, but he was using me as a pin cushion and no amount of flossing is going to stop that hurting. In fact I consider it a good thing for flesh to hurt when assaulted with a sharp object, it shows the flesh is healthy and nerves working properly. I’m not talking about sensitivity to touch, but being jabbed at with a sharp needle like point.
Next the dentist told me “I’m just going to give your teeth a bit of a clean”. Note: he didn’t ask. There was no consent involved in the process. He just grabbed a whirring bit of kit and shoved it in my mouth, the nurse proceeded to stick a vacuum cleaner in my mouth and they fought a battle with my teeth, gums and tongue to leave me in pain. “It may be a bit sensitive”, feck off.
The chair was straightened, by apron removed and I was handed a note to take to the front desk. I left with tears streaming down my face to hand over £18 to the receptionist. “I’ll see you again in a few months” Mr sadistic dentist called after me. Not a chance.
My daughter is at an age where I should start taking her to the dentist to show her there is nothing to fear. I think I might need to find another dentist.
I now have toothache.