Dental Truths

June 30, 2011 — Leave a comment

In general, the following are true:

  • The dental office has “pretty smiles” photos strategically placed throughout the facility…and always where you can see them while sitting in the chair and receiving “counseling” from the dentist.
  • The magazines in the dental office are predominantly geared toward female patients…or at least it seems that way.
  • Most offices have a child’s “play area”, though some may be better than others.
  • The dentist will be at least 12 to 15 minutes late for an appointment.
  • The “here we go” tease. You know, you hear “<insert name>, it’s your turn!”  Then, you’re ushered to the room to wait another 10 minutes…or longer.
  • The dental assistant will engage in pleasant, small talk, attempting to mitigate the dentist’s tardiness.
  •  The dental assistant WILL place the ice-cold bib chain on the patient’s bare neck rather than outside the shirt collar.  “Oh, is that cold?”  <tee-hee-hee>
  • Once it’s your turn, the dentist will also make pleasant, small talk, thereby attempting to further mitigate his tardiness.  [The thing is, he’s a nice guy and you know it’s probably not his fault he’s running late…]

There are probably other “dental truths”, but these are a few that came to mind as I was waiting for my 45-minute delayed appointment today.

Oh, and I have another appointment tomorrow…!

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