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jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 11 18:32:44 EDT 2005
--- Otter Perry <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com>
> On Friday, June 10, 2005, at 04:15 PM,
> minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> > Early 1960s in southern England I remember
> anaesthetic for serious
> > dentistry being introduced, but not on the NHS.
> My mother tried to
> > avoid
> > having it if she could, because she preferred
> pain-at-the-time to the
> > feeling when it stopped being numb and reckoned it
> wasn't worth the
> > cost in
> > her case, but she paid for me to have it because
> my teeth were so bad
> > and I
> > was so unhappy about going to the dentist.
> I had a filling done in Sheffield in 1965 -- private
> pay -- and the
> gave me aenesthetic, not that I would have let him
> near me if he hadn't.
> When he started working, I informed him that it
> _hadn't worked_ and he
> gave me another shot, which did work.
> My mother scorned local aenesthetics for dentistry.
My dentist in the early '60s used anaesthetic,
administered by many, many, needles (he never seemed
to find the right place) which ultimately were only
partly effective. I suspect that it was just all those
needle jabs making you so used to pain that a filling
seemed only minor in comparison. I can remember
feeling very happy when I went for an appointment in
about 1964 and found out he had died. It was 1973
before I went to a dentist again, in which period
dentistry had changed somewhat. Fortunately my teeth
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