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Tooth Extraction Detachment

tooth-extractionGoing to the dentist epitomizes confronting fear for your own good. This is a story of my dental history and how it’s taught me what detachment is about. I’ve gone from hating the dentist to at least enjoying the fact that I do a lot better with my teeth now. It wasn’t until I had my wisdom teeth extracted that I really put dental work (and life) into perspective.

Growing up as a child, I remember I went to the dentist often and hated it. I never liked going to the dentist, largely because I took very poor care of my teeth. I often had cavities, but somehow I never learned how to take better care of my teeth. I just hated the dentist instead. This is just like getting all the signs of a problem without ever truly facing them, remaining in denial.

Later in life, I did a little better taking care of my teeth to where I rarely had a cavity. After I sustained this for a while, I realized things weren’t so bad. I went to the dentist more for regular cleanings and check ups, and every time, it felt a little bit easier. This is when we can face our problems and make life better in the process.

Once, I had my wisdom teeth extracted, and I chose to stay awake for the process. I figured as long as they gave me local anesthetic, there was no reason to have laughing gas or anything else. It wasn’t going to hurt, so why should I care? I remember the process and how weird the sounds were, as well as finally laughing right around the time they were getting the last tooth. They tilted me back further in the chair to help with bleeding that may have caused my slight delirium. This is the epitome of detachment: if you can put yourself in a position of painlessness, you can go through a lot more than you think you could, face life with assurance and learn a lot along the way.

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