Why does the chicken cross the road? For this Clucker it was certainly not to go to the dentist. After a traumatic experience in my youth I was determined to never ever place foot or oral parts inside a Dentist office ever again.
So I brushed every day, twice on the good days and even pretended to floss on a regular schedule. My self-managed dental care program for the next 10, ok I’m lying, 20, ok still lying 30 years. And everything was just fine until about six months ago when I developed an infection in my gums.
Determined to not cross that road I researched every possible witch doctor cure on the internet only to come to the conclusion that I needed to leave the hen house, cross the road and go to a Dentist. After more research I decide on Knowlton Dental and made the call. Diane and Katie were able to work some magic and shrink the two week schedule backlog down to a couple of days to get me in to see Dr. Ed, hmmm wasn’t there a TV show...oh wait that was Mr. Ed.
The day of the appointment I was surprisingly calm, until I walked into the dental office. For just a moment I almost turned and walked back out the door but no, I crossed the road and I was not going to turn back.
I filled out the customary paperwork answering all the questions including the one that asked my level of nervousness, I circled that one 6 times. Krystal my Dental Assistant took me back to the treatment room did my x-rays and soon Dr. Ed came in. I honestly do not know what I expected. My inner fears led me to expect the worse but that is not what I got.
Dr Ed introduced himself and as we spoke, as he and Krystal listened to my story of not only what was currently going on but also why I had not been to a dentist in so long, there was no judgment, no shame on you. Instead there was a sense of understanding and a feeling of let's not hash the past let's work on a solution for the future. They made me feel at ease, well almost, even though I crossed the road, I am still a big chicken.
As it turns out, I am going to need a lot of work done. Over the course of several months I am looking at some specialized cleaning, extractions, the works. I’ve had the first series of extractions and yeah, going into it I was sweating bullets but the team walked me through it.
They let me know that I was in charge and at any time if I got too uncomfortable they would stop. Dr. Ed numbed the section he was working on and yes, with a needle. Was I freaking out? Inside my mind imagined the worst. But the reality is that Dr. Ed was incredibly gentle and the discomfort level was not bad at all.
I have much more work yet to be done. Am I nervous – heck yes (Big Chicken) but at least now I will cross the road. That is so long as it is crossing the road to Knowlton Dental. Thank you Dr. Ed, Krystal, Stacy, Diane, and Katie.