First thing she said was "I hate dentists". How is it ok to say to that to someone when you meet them?
Then I go to put topical on. She moans and jumps up from the touch of the cotton roll. Haha. Such a princess making all this fuss.
Actually, this is normal.
One thing I find when I teach hundreds of dentists is the idea that anxiety for visiting or having dentistry is unusual. Or abnormal.
It is the common belief that having dental checkups should be just like going to the doctor. Or the optometrist. And any patient that exhibits fear, anxiety, phobia, emotion is an insult to our impressive technique and vast knowledge.
I want you to think who else you allow in your mouth? Who else are you comfortable, besides your dentist, assuming you have one because a lot of dentists exhibit the same hyprocrisy of not going to the dentist very often, putting their fingers in your mouth?
Who else do you allow to touch your tongue. Your lips. Your cheeks. The secret parts behind your second molars?
You know who. Your spouse. Your lover. Your sexual partner.
The mouth is so incredibly intimate that we only allow our most intimate lover to touch it. The kiss is in many cultures more intimate than sex. A part all bound up in deepest emotions and feelings and intimacy.
And you want to cut it. Poke it. Needles. Look at every tiniest fold. And criticise the owner for it's dirtiness. Lack of maintenance. Like a slave trader parading his naked merchandise before the rowdy crowd of buyers. Look nurse, she hasn't been in for twenty years and look how filthy her mouth is.
So don't think it's unusual next time the patient says "I hate dentists" (translation - I'm scared), or act weird, or jumps, or cries, or moans.
The only thing abnormal is expecting everyone to be completely fine with it all.
Dr Lincoln Harris has been completely focused on excellence and quality from the beginning of his career as a dentist. He established the first private dental practice in Bargara – Harris Dental Boutique in 2000. Since graduation he has trained extensively in Aesthetic Implant Techniques and Full Mouth Rehabilitation to attain immense skill and knowledge. With his vast dental knowledge Dr Harris coaches and trains dentists from all over the world on complex aesthetic dentistry, surgical techniques and business management. Dr Harris is the founder of RIPE. Restorative Implant Practice Excellence: Full Protocol group an international forum of over 70,000 members worldwide. The purpose of the group is to share information and excellence in the dental industry. He has also lectured in multiple cities throughout Australia, North America, Asia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Europe.