Are you Afraid of the Dentist? A Dantesque scene that I will never forget is portrayed in The Boys from Brazil, a 1978 British-American film based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin. It depicted the notorious Dr. Mengele (Gregory Peck), a Nazi physician who used prisoners of war for his scientific experiments, poking the dentures of his victims with a rudimentary and noisy drill. Uggh!
I must confess that from my early childhood I had animosity towards dentists because I associated them with moments of suffering. In the same way, I never considered the aesthetic role of dentistry professionals to be unnoticed.
Nowadays, considering the important advances that have been made in terms of techniques, materials, and instruments of intervention, my perception on the subject has given an 180-degree turn. Patients in modern dental centers now care more about the aesthetic and functional elements than about the pain a treatment could cause.
Nowadays, going to the dentist is more of a relaxing-wise experience because the office environment usually offers ergonomic chairs, proper temperature, and musical atmosphere. In addition to comfort issues, sedation methods and the sophisticated instruments used are a guarantee of tranquility and peace of mind for the patient.
In fact, new dental technologies such as laser equipment have managed to combine mechanical efficiency with substantial reduction and even elimination of pain. In addition, laser technologies, being significantly less invasive, allow for a shorter recovery time of the patient.
For all these logical reasons, do not be afraid to go to the dentist and think with the author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, the ineffable Miguel de Cervantes, that “a tooth in a man’s teeth is a more valuable an asset than a diamond.”