I am feeling a bit sensitive at the moment emotionally. Nothing in particular has happened, could be due to hormones but I have decided to focus on something positive; my painful dentist visit earlier today.
Firstly, in my town there have been loads of reports of people, in particular those who are homeless or street drinkers/drug abusers taking a substance called black mamba or mamba spice which causes them to behave in a strange and sometimes unpleasant manner.
This has resulted in problems for local businesses and many ambulances being called for people who have overdosed on the substance. I was apprehensive about walking to the dentist in the centre of town, convinced l would witness such sights for myself!
I was grateful that I saw none of the above, and noticed there was police presence at one of the areas notorious for it so that made me feel better. So onto the experience itself.
I saw my dentist today for a deep clean. I have had these in the past; not the most comfortable experience but something i have coped with before.
After the initial measurements and x-rays, the treatment began. Oh my goodness… I was not expecting that level of discomfort! The dentist explained before the procedure if I wanted a break to raise my hand. I didn’t want to prolong the experience any further, so i chose to reflect on mindfulness CBT techniques I had read and firstly, with effort, accepted the pain.
Yes it was uncomfortable and i wouldn’t have said no to anaesthetic, but I accepted it was happening and that was the worst it would feel. I also alternsted between focusing on my breath as I inhaled and exhaled, and the sensation of my feet making contact with the dentists chair. I had a lot of tension in my shoulders and upper torso (no surprises there) and so I worked on trying to relax that part of my body.
Finally the clean was over and the dentist commented on how well I coped with it. The pain didn’t get any easier, at times it increased but I accepted it for what it was and found strength in that.
Acceptance is a powerful thing and I look forward to trying this again! Now I have a new regime each night to help heal my gums. Also, I accepted I had a bad diet day by treating myself to a salted caramel brownie and some yoghurt banana chips on the way home!