May 31st, 2007

butterfly - Pushing Pixels

"I definitely need a long, slow root canal."

I got two crowns done on me poor li'l molars yesterday, and still feel a bit like I was punched in the jaw. My dentist said I was a great patient, which surprised me--I mean, I'm not like the masochistic patient quoted in the subject line (played hilariously by Bill Murray in Little Shop of Horrors); I don't like getting crowns. But what he meant was I didn't complain or freak out; I just cooperated. Don't most people cooperate?, I asked. Well, he said, a good half of them need a lot of calming down throughout; maybe one in ten just lies back and says, "OK, do what you got to do; I'll be quiet."

Hm. I suspect he was just being nice to me, but then again, we all hate and fear that drill, right? So I'm doing my own research. Please tell me:

How well do you handle getting dental work done--something long and involved, like a crown?

I like it. I think it's interesting.
1(3.2%)
I'm neutral on it; it's just another appointment, like an office meeting.
2(6.5%)
I dislike it, but am able to lie still and cooperate, and it goes smoothly.
20(64.5%)
I'm nervous and they can tell. They frequently have to pause to soothe me.
3(9.7%)
It pretty much puts me in a panic. It's an ordeal, for me and the staff, every time.
5(16.1%)