Dentists are evil, evil people. I don’t mean that in a world domination kind of way. I don’t mean it in a neighbourhood oppression kind of way. I don’t even mean that in a ‘your dog gets kicked on a regular basis’ kind of way, although that’s evil in its own way. Who kicks a dog when they can’t defend themselves? Anyway, by evil I mean our perceptions of them change depending on our experiences. You have the people who refuse to go anywhere near dentist Ryde because of things they heard as a child. Their friends had to go to the dentists and the stories they told made people shudder. Consequently, whenever you saw their signs in the shopping districts a little bit of bile rose from your stomach into your mouth
You know as an adult that the stories are outrageous and concocted from the vivid imagination of a child and the actual reality. Even so, you can’t help but feel a cold chill crawl its way up your spine, travel over your head and manifest itself as sweat on your brow. It was the talk about the dental equipment. It’s always the talk about the dental equipment. No matter who you are, where you live or when you lived, the stories consisted mostly of those heart-clenching, terrifying instruments of torture. Dental equipment can’t kill you, for sure. On the other hand, it has the potential to be really harmful to anyone foolish enough to play with it. That said, unless you knock out the staff and attempt some really amateurish surgery, no one’s life is at peril.
Anyone who’s watched Mr. Bean has seen the dentist segment. It’s an entertaining look with some realism. After all, a live-action television show has to have a basis in truth somewhere. However, not much seemed to happen so not much dental equipment was on show. There was anaesthetic gas and that was used in a predictable fashion if you’re genre savvy enough and correcting malocclusions. An x-ray of the teeth was visible – and confusing – to everyone, especially the main character. If you don’t understand teeth structure then you’d be lost. What I think I saw being used the most was the filling tool. It’s a pretty nasty piece of work for something so essential. However, that might be because the filling itself tastes disgusting, leaves your mouth numb and makes you unable to eat with the teeth it’s been used on.
A more exaggerated display in a television show would be The Simpsons. Not that it shows you much of anything. Basically it’s a discretion shot with the sound of drills and Homer screaming “This is so painful!” Yeah, that’s the sort of thing you hear from your friends
Dentists are still evil people, though. They just aren’t the murderous type. They’re more like the manifestations of the horror stories children shared during a sleepover.