“Now, you want the nitrous oxide, right?”, asked the dental hygienist.
“Yes, please”, I responded. My hands were already balled into fists.
Wikipedia: dentophobia or individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by previous traumatic dental experiences.
The latter is the category I feel I fall into. I’m not going to bore you with horrific old stories of needles hitting a nerve or anything like that, just suffice it to say, I have “dentophobia”.
I like to think there is an upside to everything. This particular silver lining is called nitrous oxide. It’s not exactly a high, just a nothing feeling. So much so that the 45 shots I got in my gums and cheek for a recent root canal didn’t even faze me. Even when I think the dentist did hit a nerve and a jolt of electricity went through my tongue, I didn’t flinch. Amazing stuff. I would enjoy my life so much more if I could wheel a canister of it around during the day the way oxygen patients do.