No stranger to the dentist chair, having had braces twice, gum surgery three times, multiple mercury fillings and too many crowns for a kid who studiously brushed and flossed, I went through one of my greatest fears today. I had dental work done without any freezing. I have come to live in complete terror of going to the dentist in the last decade as it typically takes two days for my body to recover from the assault.
A few years ago a friend referred me to the amazing dentist Dr Abbas Tejani in Kerrisdale. He is gentle, kind, adept, but mostly he is truly focused on what I need in order to have my dental work go smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. When I went in today, I tentatively brought up the idea of doing my crown & superficial fillings without any freezing. I shared with him that it typically takes me a couple of days to recover from any dental work and I had read that likely my dental-hangover issues were more with the medication for freezing than the dental work itself.
He looked at me, and said, “I can do whatever you need Ruth, are you sure this is what you want?” I wavered, being the chicken liver I am, with an incredibly low pain tolerance, and I said, “I think so”. He perceptively said, “We can do it any way you want, but it could be painful”. I grimaced, and I was about to cave, when he said, “Let’s proceed without any freezing, and you tell me if you feel any intolerable discomfort, and I will use some freezing to complete the work”.
I searched for many years to find a dentist with the capacities of Dr Tejani & his kind and thorough assistant Sharon. They totally supported me in the crossing over the threshold of one of my greatest fears, and now having only invested 1 hour of my day for dental work, rather than spending two days recovering from the trip to the dentist as I have done in the past decade, I am delighted to go about my day.
I am grateful I had the courage to put voice to my concerns, and I am ever so grateful that Dr Tijani and his team were able to support me on my dental journey.
Where is it that you need to ask for and receive support?
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