As a dentist we can imagine you get some interesting requests in your dental chair. But, what are the strangest dental requests you’ve heard?
In a profession that deals with a lot of people, we know professionals are bound to hear some interesting things. We know of people who go to plastic surgeons and ask to be turned into celebrities or Barbie dolls. Even someone who was turned into a tiger! However, when do we hear about the strangest dental requests that have been made?
Jeanne Bosecker, an American dental hygienist done just that. A few years ago she published a web article called ‘What did you say?’. This article talked about patients and their strangest dental requests. It also talks about how to respond to these requests professionally. We’re sure some of them you wont see coming.
“As hygienists we see and hear a lot of things in the chair,”
“We have to remain professional and choose appropriate responses. I keep a journal of what patients say to me, which might make a great book one day. It also enables me to refer back and review how I handled certain situations in case they come up again.”
In her article she discusses a particular patient who demanded she scraped harder. In the article she says:
“A 40 year old male patient came in and the first thing he says to me is he doesn’t want me to use any new scalers, just old school instruments and the harder I scrape, the better. He has rings of calculus subgingivally around each tooth. As I am scaling the calculus from under the gum-line, he is moaning and saying “Yeah! Scrape harder!” His moans were very much like sexual moans. I really was not sure what to say.”
In a similar vein, The Chicago Dental Society conducted a survey to find out the top 10 strangest dental requests they’ve heard. These were the results:
1. “Can you give my dog braces?”
2. “Can I keep the teeth you pull out of my mouth? I’d like to make a necklace out of them.”
3. “May I have an emergency cleaning visit? It’s my high school reunion and I need a bright, white smile to face my old boyfriend.”
4. Will you give me local anesthesia in my lips? I’m going in for permanent “lipstick” tattoos on my lips, and would like to avoid the pain.”
5. “I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so that I can keep the diamond in it?”
6. “Pull my teeth and just give me dentures.”
7. “I will pay you or your hygienist to floss my teeth at my office every day.”
8. “Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar I work at?”
9. “Please wire my mouth shut to aid in my diet.”
10. “Can you extract my tooth without anesthesia?”
Do you think you have a story that’ll top any of these? We’d love to hear them! Comment and let us know!