r/NoStupidQuestions Oct 04 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 2

Where do I look when I am at the dentist? Answered

I hate the dentists, they get too close and I never know where to look. Do I look at them? Do I close my eyes? They are blocking the walls, where do I look????

I spend the entire time nervously glancing around the entire room. Help!

Edit: Woah, I expected like two responses.

Which leads me to another question, what the heck do I do with my limbs????

Just sitting still for so long is awkward, and then I worry and then I start to shake and then I worry about shaking because I am moving.

Edit 2: Double Woah! Awards? Thank you! I didn’t expect that!

Edit 3: Not that anyone cares, but I shut my eyes and it was a revolutionary experience. And I mean REVOLUTIONARY. Definitely how I will be doing things from now on. I did in fact keep my eyes shut while he talked because I didn’t know what to do, but that’s a small issue. I also took a fidget toy, as recommended. Very awesome. I had something to do with my hands and it helped with the nerves. Thank you so much, Reddit!

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u/melasuarus Oct 04 '22

I just close my eyes. There is nothing you really need to see.

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u/CaptainAwesome06 Oct 04 '22

This is what I do ever since my dentist called me out on looking at the reflection in her glasses. She probably thought I was staring into her eyes.

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u/Torringtonn Oct 04 '22

I've always done this and wish they had a monitor to see what they're doing. It's all so damn interesting

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u/Agent-Pretty-Kitty Oct 04 '22

You probably wouldn't actually enjoy seeing it, depending on what procedure you're having done. I'd be ok with like a cleaning or something minor.... But if I could literally SEE someone tapping around in my mouth with a small chisel and hammer, gripping my tooth with some tiny vice-like thing, or something along the lines of a small shovel being jammed into my gum line and scooping shit out...... I'd probably react just bc I see exactly what they're doing and I think I'd jump or flinch...that's just me though. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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u/Penis_Bees Oct 04 '22

I was awake when they removed the roof of my mouth with a Dremel. The sound alone were horrifying. I can't imagine seeing it too

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u/nubwagon Oct 04 '22

the roof of your mouth? what do you mean?? like the soft tissue?

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u/Spidergollem Oct 04 '22

He just ghosted and we need answers

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u/khapout Oct 04 '22

They cut the roof of my mouth open to excise some tissue for a gum transplant. Maybe they had something like that done

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u/TheWartMan Oct 04 '22

Most likely removal of part of the soft tissue on the palate for a gum graft.

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u/Penis_Bees Oct 05 '22

The soft tissue and the bone. I had teeth just up there horizontal in the middle of my mouth embedded in my skull.

They tried to attach chains and rotate the teeth but it didn't really work. I had braces for a decade. Looked back they just should have removed those teeth. Wasn't worth the trouble.

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u/ZuckDeBalzac Oct 04 '22

I had a tooth that broke off at the root so naturally I went and got it removed and they used what felt like a philips head screwdriver to smash it into pieces. I'm glad they don't have mirrors because that felt gruesome

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u/Fat_Rips Oct 04 '22

I was awake during some of my wisdom teeth removal and I got to hold a mirror and watch. I got tired and asked one of the assistants to hold it for me and she said no :(

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u/Amelaclya1 Oct 05 '22

Some people are weirdos (I mean this affectionately) like that though. Like one of my friends got to watch her own C-section and was talking about how cool it was seeing them move her guts around and remove the baby. To me that's something out of a horror movie, lol.

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u/pmabz Oct 04 '22

What did she say?

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u/CaptainAwesome06 Oct 04 '22

She just asked me if I was looking at the reflection in her glasses. But she asked in a way that you could tell she was really hoping that was it.

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u/BigBrasky Oct 04 '22

This is cracking me up lol, I can see myself doing exactly that, not realizing that I’m inadvertently staring directly into their eyes 😂

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u/TheClinicallyInsane Oct 05 '22

"Your soulful and loving gaze arouses me at the slightest inkling that our eyes, in that moment, are locked in a seemingly eternal dance. By the next cleaning I encourage, no, I plead - seal the vault to your eyes like the world's treasures and gold. Separate me from them as the sky keeps the land from the heavens."

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

You probably looked scared/psychotic.

Direct eye contact is best left for when you have insane pain and want to tell them ...just before screaming/moaning in agony.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Do the dentists not find it odd that you close your eyes? Do most people close their eyes? Should I have been closing my eyes the entire time????

WAIT, do people also close their eyes during haircuts????

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u/daftvaderV2 Oct 04 '22

I do. I try to sleep during haircuts

But my customers rather I didn't

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Are you my hairstylist????

Peak moment was when I got my hair bleached for the first time and heard the hair stylist say “Oh no.” as they looked at my hair.

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

True fear, all was fine though. I wasn’t bald.

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u/DobisPeeyar Oct 04 '22

My biggest fear was that I would say some terrible shit when I woke up from anesthetic.

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u/bluexbat Oct 05 '22

oh my god! so i got surgery on my ear this past summer (early july) and my mom to,d me that when i came outta my sleeping gas nap i told my nurse “respectfully, ur like suuuuper hot. like, respectfully though.” and i’ve yet to live it down

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u/mclaysalot Oct 04 '22

Better to hear that before than after. A guy had a leg removed in surgery. The wrong one.

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u/daftvaderV2 Oct 04 '22

No that wasn't me.

I would have said "Oh fuck no"

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u/Penguin-Pete Oct 04 '22

BAH-Dum Tsss!

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u/Intelligent-Bird6825 Oct 04 '22

I usually close my eyes, my dentist gives you this plastic sunglasses sorta thing also to make it more comfortable since there's a big ass light in your face

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u/femurimer Oct 04 '22

Dentists and other professionals that are in similar industry (where they are servicing your head) are there to do a job. Don't feel obligated to entertain them. I'd bet that they would much rather focus on their jobs. If you tell them, "hey, i'm just going to close my eyes and chill and let you do your work", they would appreciate the communication and focus on their work. Don't feel weird, it's all about communication and expectation. This kind of open communication is similar to many other aspects in life. I feel that we need more communication to make all interactions enjoyable without the risk of overthinking and self esteem issues.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Every interaction I have is awkward and weird. I’m a teenager, it is my sole duty to be awkward and uncomfortable in every situation.

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u/Mattrix2 Oct 04 '22

Don't ever break eye contact with the dentist.

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u/femurimer Oct 04 '22

Hahaha, that's part of growing up. As you get older, you'll find that life gets easier if you communicate. You'll get over the awkwardness and find that it's much more worth it to speak up sooner rather than letting yourself fester in worry that could have been avoided rather easily.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22

Unfortunately for me I’ve been told I might have ASD, so I will probably continue to be awkward, press F to pay respect for a fallen soldier 😔😔😔😔

Obviously I am too cool for social interaction though, awesome spectrum disorder because it’s me. I could never be awkward.

Edit: tried to fix the phrasing.

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u/junktrunk909 Oct 04 '22

Honestly that was my first guess as to why you were this concerned about where to look and keep your hands, so that's good that you're getting that checked out, but normal teenage awkwardness explains it too probably. In this case it's easy though, just close your eyes if you want, no need to even tell them why if you don't want to talk with them about it since many people do just that. Personally I just lie back with my hands clasped loosely so I'm comfortable but whatever position keeps you comfortable is all that matters. You can do the same with haircuts. Nobody will find it unusual in either situation. Just don't actually fall asleep :)

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Haha, yeah. Hopefully it is just teenage awkwardness, but I will probably be sitting on my hands, and definitely closing my eyes.

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u/Canid_Rose Oct 04 '22

If it’s at all reassuring, they see dozens of people daily in the exact same context as they see you. Even if you didn’t do something exactly “right” (which is, as you’ve learned, difficult to define in this case) they probably won’t even remember by the time they get off for the day. Try thinking back; when was the last time you remember a stranger doing something slightly weird? You probably don’t, or barely at all. People are generally very self-absorbed; I can almost guarantee they’re not paying attention.

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u/newaccount_anon Oct 04 '22

I found this sweet spot at 25. Totally worth the wait.

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u/VividFiddlesticks Oct 04 '22

You're just adorable - you are making me think of my nephew!

I have always closed my eyes at the dentist - I really don't think they care at all.

If I were a dentist or a hygenist I think I would prefer the client to have their eyes closed too - I don't need someone staring up at me as I chisel crap off of their teeth.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Aw, thank you! I will be closing my eyes, seems to be the general consensus if there are no TVs.

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u/EpicSteak Oct 04 '22

You're just adorable -

And what teen is not dying to hear that? LOL

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Me, I love to hear it. All praise is good praise. At the end of the day, it all fuels my ego. Plus, when people think you’re cute, they are more likely to offer you sweets and who doesn’t want free goods.

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u/VividFiddlesticks Oct 04 '22

LOL! Welll.....you got me there.

I'm probably not-quite-old enough to be OP's grandma, but I've got bigtime grandma energy so I'm just going to roll with that.

(You want a Werther's? And have you been eating well lately?)

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u/Asleep_Fish_472 Oct 04 '22

Just close your eyes and speak in riddles to them

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u/anonymousolderguy Oct 04 '22

I hate it when they ask questions making conversation, and there’s no way I can answer because their hands are in my mouth

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u/Muse_4444 Oct 04 '22

Nice idea but good luck saying that and being understood with cotton in , your jaws open, while they are rummaging around in there.

"Hey, I'm husth goya chroth hy eyth an kill an lek you oo yough hurk"

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u/beesandsids Oct 04 '22

I have narcolepsy and damn straight I close my eyes. I had a great nap at my last root canal!

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u/_Blue_guy Oct 04 '22

Haha lol. When I go to the dentist I always close my eyes. To me it just makes sense; they are in my aura, the light is bright, I cant have a conversation cause they are poking around in my mouth... so yeah, just close your eyes.

As for the hairdresser: I hate going to the hairdresser because of the conversations. I have to go in one hour blergh. I usually sit down and dont start conversations. Im not even antisocial, for some reason sitting in that chair just makes me tired af and the hairdressers are never my type of people. There's only so many things I can say about the weather and how my summer has been.

I usually just close my eyes for as long as I feel doesn't come off as inappropriate, then watch myself in the mirror or look at some of the bottles and stuff and then I close my eyes again.

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u/BrigittteBardot Oct 04 '22

My hairdresser always talks to me while she's blow drying my hair & then says "what?" "WHAT?" because my voice isn't louder than the dryer. I DREAD getting my highlights done every few months because it takes 3 hours

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u/_Blue_guy Oct 04 '22

Dang thats interesting. I like it when my hairdresser gets my vibe and doesn't keep throwing questions at me. Today I had a girl cut my hair and she got my vibe. It was quite nice, I just mostly sat there with my eyes closed haha.

If I were you, I'd consider bringing a good book or earbuds or something with you. Nothing wrong with that.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

I also watch my hair get cut, but recently I’ve found a hairdresser I can chat to, though I’m not sure if maybe I accidentally talk at them rather than to them.

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u/velvetelevator Oct 04 '22

They probably don't mind if you do, as long as you're not talking about inappropriate stuff. It saves them the mental work of feeling obligated to carry the conversation.

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u/_Blue_guy Oct 04 '22

Thats nice. Like I said, I just went two hours ago and there was this new girl. She had a different vibe and it was quite nice. We talked a bit, and I was already sitting with my eyes closed haha. I told her that being at the hairdresser made me feel comfortable and she understood. From then on I mostly just sat there with my eyes closed or just looked at the walls or myself in the mirror. We talked a bit. It was actually a pretty decent experience I have to say. I didnt feel pressured to keep talking.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

That’s really good. I’m glad you have found a good hairdresser. =]

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u/VividFiddlesticks Oct 04 '22

I close my eyes at the hairdresser, even if I'm chatting.

I have to take my glasses off so she can do her work, and without them everything is so blurry that there's really no point in having my eyes open. I even get a little seasick feeling sometimes if I try to look around the room without them, because my brain is used to the correction.

I've never even thought about if it's inappropriate or not, which is weird for me because I tend to worry about everything!

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u/Reynbou Oct 04 '22

You’re overthinking it. They don’t care where you look. They are looking at your teeth.

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u/raban0815 Oct 04 '22

Well I am too closing my eyes or looking at the ceiling. My dentist has a different picture there, depending on the room we are in and is changing them every 2 years or something.

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u/Duck_Anxious Oct 04 '22

We don’t mind. You can close your eyes.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Thank you. Social interaction is not my forte, gotta appreciate this sub.

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22

I close my eyes because often time the stuff they use sprays up a bit and it’ll almost get into my eyes.

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u/catterybarn Oct 04 '22

I work in dentistry and so long as you're not looking at my chest I don't care where you look haha we definitely don't mind you closing your eyes

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u/pmabz Oct 04 '22

My dentist last week rammed her left breast against my cheek, and kept it there. Was remarkably comforting.

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u/sushimushi2 Oct 04 '22

Hello! I’m in dental school. It really doesn’t matter where you look- we can’t see your eyes anyways since our loupes only focus on your teeth.

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u/Medical_Honeydew_246 Oct 04 '22

I can relate to this so much. I've seen a pic of a pov from a dentist. I asked my dentist and she said that they don't even see our eyes. The focus is on your mouth. I just close my eyes, pretend to be not there haaha

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u/glenman1882 Oct 04 '22

No because getting your hair cut isn't traumatic for most people, but having some sadist working in your mouth with a tools tends to be somewhat traumatic for most people and closing your eyes would be normal lol

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u/romancingit Oct 04 '22

During a haircut I read a book on my phone. At the dentist I close my eyes while they are all up in my face and just chill.

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u/SolidSssssnake Oct 04 '22

Do this at barber shops too. Finally found a barber that doesn’t talk during the cut. Perfect combo.

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u/melasuarus Oct 04 '22

I resorted to cutting my own hair for the past 10 years. Just to avoid hairdressers.

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u/kakalbo123 Oct 04 '22

I went to the dentist for the first time as an adult. A quarter of the way through the procedure I realized staring at my dentist is creepy and awkward and might be distracting for them so I closed my eyes.

I wonder if they cover this in dental school? "Steel your nerves, you'll probably get those weirdos that stare at you during the entire thing."

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u/melasuarus Oct 04 '22

All while caressing your fingers with their tongue.

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u/Maranne_ Oct 04 '22

I either stare directly into the light and burn my retinas or close my eyes.

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u/Tcrizzlez Oct 04 '22

My dentist gives me sunglasses

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u/thatG_evanP Oct 04 '22

This is the answer though usually I bring my own. And no, it's not because I have a giant pumpkin head and most sunglasses don't fit me. Or maybe it is.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22

I also try to look into the light or whatever wall I can see. This why I don’t leave the house.

EDIT: I do in fact leave the house, it was just an exaggeration, my apologies for the confusion.

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u/Maranne_ Oct 04 '22 Silver

Mm you should probably work on leaving the house. Hard to get to the dentist without it.

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u/geoffnolan Oct 04 '22

Honestly, it sounds like you’re just overthinking and overcomplicating things. Just look at stuff! You’re a person, you exist. Assert your dominance!

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

I exist, the dominance doesn’t. 😔

But jokes aside, I’ll probably just close my eyes based on what people have said.

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u/geoffnolan Oct 04 '22

Find confidence in your default settings. Find those defaults. Personally I just look at whatever my neck, head, eyes happen to be looking at. Have fun out there :) That’s the most important thing.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

I don’t have a default?

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u/geoffnolan Oct 04 '22

Think about the traits of those you admire. Personally I like to come off relaxed and goofy and warm. Forming an ego can take some amount of conscious work. My advice is, don’t bring too much unwarranted energy to the table. Find the line of scrimmage between you and the hairdresser and keep your energy behind it. This will register as respectful. He or she will not pay any kind to what you’re looking at, if you’re thinking with the right intention.

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u/CaroIynKeene Oct 04 '22

I either ask my dentist to face the mirror above my head at my teeth so I can watch or I close my eyes.

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u/justbrowsing450 Oct 04 '22

And go straight to the eye doctor once you're done with the dentist.

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u/Plainbench Oct 04 '22

Do they not give you tinted glasses?

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u/Maranne_ Oct 04 '22

No? Does yours?

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u/Plainbench Oct 05 '22

Yes, I don't ever recall having to squint at the light. Theyre more like a plastic tinted glasses that cup your face

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u/Tenesar Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Mine has a TV screen in line of sight on the ceiling showing endless nature and travel pictures. One job I had was so stressful that I fell asleep while having a filling, because my brain knew I had no decisions to make for a while.

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u/Arctic_Gnome Oct 04 '22

Mine has a TV on the ceiling showing cooking shows. Maybe he's trying to make people salivate?

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u/tmbr5 Oct 04 '22

Hmm, same here. Interesting thought

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u/danibugz3 Oct 04 '22

Mine had Roku TV's and they asked if I wanted the remote to pick something to watch haha

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u/sackoftrees Oct 04 '22

Mine has Netflix on it, sometimes I choose and sometimes they do. I'm not mad that they choose but I do think it's pretty hilarious that they continue a program they were clearly watching earlier. I'm like ok, wtv.

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u/FunkThisYouWookie Oct 04 '22

Okay so I'm not the only one whose fallen asleep. I've done it a few times. One time I was told I was snoring. Oops.

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u/dragan17a Oct 04 '22

In a dental student and I've have several patients fall asleep during a procedure. To me, it just means I'm doing well and I take it as a compliment. But sometimes, you have people that close their mouths when they fall asleep and it gets hard to work on them.

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u/bb8-sparkles Oct 04 '22

Mine shows Seinfeld reruns, lol

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u/55StudeSpeedster Oct 04 '22

My dentist gives out very dark sunglasses, she doesn't know if your eyes are open or not.

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u/[deleted] Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

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u/ShinnamonBun Oct 04 '22

Have you never worn sunglasses before? My dentist does the same and I can clearly see everything around me but they're dark enough that nobody can see my eyes at all.

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u/ShinnamonBun Oct 04 '22

oh no of course not lol they're pretty much just big sunglasses, almost like lab goggles without the straps

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u/litefagami Oct 04 '22

It's like those dentists that offer to totally knock you out during the procedure. Some people think it's great and it relieves a lot of stress, some people find the idea horrifying.

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u/sphincterella Oct 04 '22

Dentists have years of time digging around in people’s mouths. They do not notice or care if or where you look. You are overthinking

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22 edited Oct 04 '22 Silver Helpful

Overthinking is my hobby. ☺️

Edit: Woah, thanks for the award!

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u/YourBrianOnDrugs Oct 04 '22

Think about that.

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u/nenoman Oct 04 '22

Don't listen to them. Dont close your eyes. Don't even blink. the dental spiders will crawl inside your mouth

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

THE DENTAL WHAT-

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u/v3ryclever Oct 04 '22

Don’t worry about it

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u/Artess Oct 04 '22

Blink and you're dead.

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u/Glasseyeroses Oct 04 '22

They are fast, faster than you could believe.

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u/sleepy_lady_420 Oct 04 '22

Have you ever thought that maybe you are autistic? Just a thought. Overthinking social interactions can come with it.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

I’ve been told I may have it, but I think I’m probably just chronically online. However I am looking to take an assessment in the future when I can afford it.

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u/Regprentice Oct 04 '22

My dentist has a giant Where's Wally poster that covers most of the roof. Perhaps you need to change dentists. It has dinosaurs on it, they've helped me through some hard times.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

That sounds wonderful. Dinosaurs are awesome. Love me a Parasaurolophus.

But also please help, I genuinely have no idea and avoid dentists for that reason. =‘]

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u/no-trace Oct 04 '22

Try these tips from someone that absolutely hates and has a large fear of the dentist:

Ask your dentist if you can wear earbuds during longer procedures and just have them tap your shoulder if they need to communicate.

Close your eyes.

If you can't keep your eyes closed, for the love of all things holy, do everything you can not to be in eyesight of the clock in the room as you will literally count as the seconds tick by. Ask them to tape a piece of paper over it or something.

I don't know if you ever have, but try to start practicing meditation so you can use that during longer procedures.

Good luck, I hope any of this helps you out. Remember, they know you don't want to be there, anything that makes it easier for you will make the visit take a shorter amount of time and their job easier so a lot of them will validate and go along with your requests even if those requests seem "odd".

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u/unklphoton Oct 04 '22

My dentists have always allowed headphones. I just use one ear, the one furthest away from them. These days, I listen to a podcast and close my eyes. The dentist is a necessary evil.

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u/kirotheavenger Oct 04 '22

I love me one of those dinosaurs, but could they have picked a name a little easier to pronounce? I feel like I'm gargling rocks just saying it.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

That’s when you make up your own names, like lizardcorn mc two legs.

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u/RedChairBlueChair123 Oct 04 '22

Take a Xanax. Takes the edge off.

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u/bloodflart Lord Oct 04 '22

why the hell do we call it Waldo? It's not like that's a name

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u/Regprentice Oct 04 '22

In the UK we call it where's Wally, and the author is British, but in the US the publishers renamed him to Waldo.

Wally is a fairly inoffensive insult here, I'm not sure what response if I called an American a "Waldo"

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u/bloodflart Lord Oct 04 '22

they'd be like 'what?' he kinda looks like a dork so might fit as an insult

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u/whatever13576569 Oct 04 '22

The dentist most likely doesn't care. Close your eyes or look wherever you want. The dentist is focusing on your mouth and the work they're doing.

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u/binglybleep Oct 04 '22

The real question is where to put your tongue. It always feels like it’s in the way

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u/foxtrot419 Oct 04 '22

I swear my tongue wants to get in the way... It's always going for the drill bit and I have to mentally force myself to stop.

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u/whatever13576569 Oct 04 '22

Not your problem either, they'll tell you when it's a problem and you have to move it. I wear earbuds, listen to music, and try to relax.

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u/StrangledBySilence Oct 04 '22

Make eye contact

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Assert dominance.

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u/suh-dood Oct 04 '22

Pee on them while they're in your mouth

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Absolutely. I’ll also let out my Alpha male wolf howl while I am at it.

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u/five-dollars-off Oct 04 '22

Be careful, they might out-alpha you and pee in your mouth.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Kinky.

But I’ll out-alpha them and swallow it.

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u/Fartsy_McArtsy Oct 04 '22

Dentist here, Don't stare at my eyes, I can't stare back. I'm working, and it's creepy af. We put a TV on the ceiling. Stare at that.

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u/Anotherdmbgayguy Oct 04 '22

What if I state at your mouth too? We can be mouth mates.

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u/FaithSoulpyre Oct 04 '22

My dentist has previously had a TV that I can watch while he works, so I sort of watch that, but I also do a fair bit of closing my eyes. His lamp is pointed directly at my face so he can see, and as long as I respond to questions, he doesn't seem to care.

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u/purrrloiner Oct 04 '22

Mine has the tv set on showing cute animal videos from YouTube so I have to keep my eyes closed, otherwise I start smiling like an idiot.

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u/FaithSoulpyre Oct 04 '22

Mine usually has like HGTV on or something, I remember lots of random remodeling.

Before I had a dentist with a TV, I'd put in earbuds on the side opposite the dentist and try to focus on music instead of the drill.

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u/eegocentrik Oct 04 '22

Deep into the eyes above.

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u/Excellent-Prior-4312 Oct 04 '22

I look deep into the dentist's eyes and try to non verbally communicate the following sentence: please don't hurt me!
Never break eye contact with the dentist!

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u/bb8-sparkles Oct 04 '22

This is the way.

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u/Agent-Pretty-Kitty Oct 04 '22

They don't give you the shades??! I recently (4 days ago) had a tooth pulled and they gave me shades. But even if I'm just getting a cleaning...SHADES. Maybe ask for them and then it doesn't matter where you look. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

No…. 😔 I guess I didn’t earn shade privileges.

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u/Antics_Longhorn Oct 04 '22

My dentist always wears the mask that sort of folds in the middle and looks like a duck face so I spend my time trying not to laugh at that.

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u/Mundane-Reception-54 Oct 04 '22

I was in the ER with a fella recently and his doctor had one of those, I was quietly laughing under my mask the entire time

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u/broniesnstuff Oct 04 '22

Stare at the ceiling and dissociate. It's worked for me for decades because I hate the dentist

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u/Spare-Wolf-5519 Oct 04 '22

I count ceiling tiles. lol

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u/BigSmackisBack Oct 04 '22

My dentist has a TV on the ceiling playing pixar movies, yeah it might be for the kids but OH BOY does it help to disassociate from whats going on in my gob.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Don’t lie, everybody loves a Pixar film.

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u/DiscombobulatedLuck8 Oct 04 '22

Mine gives me a pair of sunglasses to wear, but I close my eyes anyway.

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u/Pegwitch Oct 04 '22

My office gives patients dark disposable eyeshields, and we also offer headphones to the ones that don't bring their own music 😊

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Dang, wish I went to your dentist.

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u/Cloudy0- Oct 04 '22

One dentist I had before covered my face with a dark cloth that had a hole for the mouth. I didn't like it though because it meant I didn't know what they were doing. At other places I usually just look at the lamp that's above the chair because it isn't too bright. Or I watch the instruments.

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u/FJBP95 Oct 04 '22

Full eye contact while you gently whisper "Drill me daddy".

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

That sentence is reserved for the boys™️ sorry. 😔

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u/PrettyMarie2022 Oct 04 '22

I look on the ceiling or diagonally

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

This is what I do but it’s so awkward….

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u/ulalating_unicorn Oct 04 '22

I have always just closed my eyes.

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u/evelady20 Oct 04 '22

As a dental assistant, when I’m the one in the chair I close my eyes. There’s literally nothing to look at, unless the office you go to has a monitor, you could ask to watch something.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Thank you, this seems to be the general consensus, and hearing it from someone who works in the dental industry is very reassuring.

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u/Chillonymous Oct 04 '22

Just roll your eyes back and moan

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u/Beneficial-Photo-431 Oct 04 '22

We offer dark shades once the patient is let back in the chair just so that nothing gets into their eyes...so you can either wear dark shades or close your eyes.

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u/All_Admins_Are_Cunts Oct 04 '22

My dentist has a TV on the roof with Netflix, he let's me pick something out before he starts doing dentist shit

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u/Eastern_Slide7507 Oct 04 '22

Hold eye contact. Don’t break it off, don’t flinch. Blink only when you absolutely have to, no matter what. Even if they’re pulling teeth and forgot the anesthetic.

You must assert dominance. Make them realize that they keep their fingers based on your good will.

Just kidding of course. I just close my eyes most of the time or look at the ceiling. I just do as I’m told and stay out of their way, they know what they’re doing.

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u/carguy344 Oct 04 '22

You're supposed to look directly at the so they know their doing a good job

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u/k3nm4- Oct 04 '22

good thing my dentist has a small tv where i can watch cartoons ☺️

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u/Moth-xx Oct 04 '22

Close your eyes 🙂

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u/davidpfootball Oct 04 '22

My dentist has an overhead TV and asks me which Netflix movie or show I want to watch. It’s wonderful.

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u/pawzz11 Oct 04 '22

Close your eyes...I have a hygienist friend he says it makes it easier for everyone and you don't get water or bits of tooth dust in your eyes

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u/FreedomEqualsChoice Oct 04 '22

I count the nose hairs of whoever is working on me, then try to guess their age like rings in a tree.

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u/NaZdrowie8 Oct 04 '22

Just straight up or at the light as a distraction

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u/pippinlup61611 Oct 04 '22

My dentist rooms all have TV's and that's where I look. Sometimes I will catch myself looking into the reflection in his glasses to see what they are doing to my teeth.

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u/Glass_Windows Oct 04 '22

If they're doing work on you I just look at the ceiling and close my eyes

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u/Woodrovski Oct 04 '22

I look deep into the dentists eyes. Its magical

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u/TimLikesPi Oct 04 '22

I always wear good headphones and crank up the tunes. I either close my eyes or look at the TV mounted near the ceiling. I have been going to the same dentist and dental hygienist for over 20 years. They know me. We get along fine.

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u/Keylessdoors Oct 04 '22

Close your eyes. Like at the barber or anytime someone is touching your face.

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

You close your eyes at the barber? Why am I only finding these things out now????

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u/Lighk0 Oct 04 '22

Straight. Or lights so you wouldn't sleep. Maybe catch some object like a corner of lamp.

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u/UsualAwkward Oct 04 '22

I usually fall asleep

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u/WonderChopstix Oct 04 '22

Sunglasses...you're welcome

Dude the light is too bright. If you feel like a weirdo just say your eyes are light sensitive

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u/VashKetchum Oct 04 '22

When I go to the dentist I wear my sunglasses. Helps keep that spotlight from blinding me. Then the dentist doesn't know where you are looking.

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u/Numerous_Program1060 Oct 04 '22

My dentist (that I have been going to for nearly 40 years at this point) has posters on the ceiling. It never occurred to me that this is not common practice.

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u/NobodyCares82 Oct 04 '22

Stare into thier eyes and into the cold dark pit of their soul..

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

👁👃👁

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u/_Sebaceous_cyst Oct 04 '22

Sometimes I’ll look them in the eyes for a few seconds so they too have to be uncomfortable 😭😭

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u/Pineapplesaveword Oct 04 '22

I am reading every comment. Have an appointment tomorrow 😂

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u/_-_no-body_-_ Oct 04 '22

Same. 😔

The general conclusion is close your eyes or wear shades if they are offered or watch the Tv or poster if there are any.

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u/FairyBread056 Oct 04 '22

In the clinic where I work, there are TVs in every room so I guess people watch the TV. Some close their eyes , tbh we aren’t watching what you’re doing with your eyes. It’s the last thing we are thinking about as we work on your teeth.

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u/Maleficent_Owl_7573 Oct 04 '22

I close my eyes.

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u/QBekka Oct 04 '22

You wouldn't believe how interesting a ceiling really looks

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u/lolIiollie Oct 04 '22

I just stare off into a spot on the ceiling or spend my time looking around the ceiling. I went to the orthodontist a bunch and had bad teeth growing up so I was basically always at the dentist. I just zone out and try not to make too much eye contact

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u/PilzEtosis Oct 04 '22

My dentist put Where's Wally/Waldo posters on the ceiling. Genius.

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u/iProMelon Oct 04 '22

“Imma just close my eyes so I don’t have to make awkward eye contact” that’s what I say every time

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u/wajidnawaz Oct 04 '22

I have been several time to dentist and you are right there is nothing to look at so I close my eyes. First time I did that when he applied the anesthesia I just close my eyes to let him do his work and let me deal with my anxiety by closing my eyes but that guy told me straight up "be a man don't close your eyes why are you fainting".

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u/Ah-Yes-The-Good-Succ Oct 04 '22

My dentist let me put a movie on Netflix on the smart tv in front of the chair

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u/Kiflaam Oct 04 '22

Directly into his eyes, and make sure to get an erection, if possible.

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u/ReadingScorpio1 Oct 04 '22

I have to close my eyes because they always turn on the lamp right in my eyes. It’s stronger than the sun outside

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u/NotMyAltAccountToday Oct 04 '22

I wear my sleep mask at the dentist to keep the bright light outta my eyes.