This is the a response to my posting of Sept. 16, “Novocain doesn’t work for me.”
Absolutely fascinating Doctor! You are the first who has actually made that connection even when I did not mention it in my email. It is an unfortunate fact that as a child I was a ward of the county and subject to the welfare medical care available at the time. My siblings and I were removed from our natural parents custody and sent to different homes. I was particularly fortunate in that the people who took me in were fine Christians who gave me an outstanding start in life. It is also true that the dentist I had as a child was (I truly believe) a sadist. As I have reviewed the experiences I had as a child in the dental chair, I now know that this sadly disturbed individual derived some sort of perverted pleasure from inflicting pain on helpless children. Of course, when I told my parents that “I don’t like the dentist!” they dismissed it as normal childhood anxiety and did not give it any weight. I do not blame them at all. I hold no bitterness toward anyone. Not even the dentist himself. My Christian heart still hopes he found a healing somehow. I do believe that it is a combination of anxiety and the conviction that failure is inevitable because of a long string of dentists who have promised painless procedures and failed, each in their turn to deliver. I will take the advice you gave and seek out an appropriate dentist who might help me end one of my life’s greatest embarrassments. Thank you for your thoughtful reply to my email. Are you at liberty to recommend such a dentist in the greater Cleveland Ohio area? I would be very interested in any thoughts you may have along this line. Thanks again for your help and understanding.
– Kenneth from Ohio
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