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Afraid of the dentist?

 

 

People often joke about being afraid to visit the dentist. However, it is no laughing matter. The sound of drills, the pointy dental instruments, and the thought of pain terrify millions of people to such an extent that they neglect their oral health for years – sometimes decades or more!

In this audio file Mr. MacEnroe goes to the dentist. He knows he should visit the dentist, but fear does keep him out of the dental chair because he is not very good at tolerating pain.

Click on the speaker and listen while you check the audio transcription. Enjoy this informal conversation !!

ASSISTANT:

If you just could wait in here a moment Mr. MacEnroe.

MACENROE:

Thank you very much... Good afternoon.

SMITH:

Good afternoon. Are you here to see the dentist?

MACENROE:

Yeah, unfortunately. I hate going to the dentist. This is like a nightmare for me.

SMITH:

Really?

MACENROE:

Yeah. Have you been to this dentist before?

SMITH:

Well, uh, not actually, but I've seen, uh, several others in this city and, uh, unfortunately I've had some, uh, very bad luck.

MACENROE:

I'd rather prefer you not to talk about it, but...

SMITH:

Well, let me just...

MACENROE:

I'm feeling a little nervous you know.

SMITH:

Let me just tell you. It, it, it, uh, just a few stories. All right?

MACENROE:

Can you make them short?

SMITH:

Of course. Of course.

MACENROE:

And with a happy ending or something?

SMITH:

Of course. Of course. Of course. Um, well, uh. just about two months ago I was going in for a simple cleaning. Right?

MACENROE:

Yeah.

SMITH:

And, uh, well I was having my teeth checked and cleaned and before I know it I'm, uh, being put to sleep because the doctor thinks I need a root canal. Right?

MACENROE:

Huh? "I need a what"? Oh, don't, no, don't, don't carry on. Tell me, tell me another one 'cos that sounds too complicated.

SMITH:

No, no, no, no, no, no. Not bad. Anyway, he puts me to sleep, right?

MACENROE:

Well, I supposed that's an advantage if you're, if you're asleep then you, you don't realise, but I suppose the worst thing is when you wake up.

SMITH:

Yeah, yeah. At the moment you don't, but as soon you wake you realise that, um, something horrible and tragic has happened.

MACENROE:

No?

SMITH:

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

MACENROE:

No. I'm sure it can't be as bad as you're... you're saying it is.

SMITH:

No, that's it, well, yeah it can be. It can be even worse. Yeah.

MACENROE:

Oh.

SMITH:

Yeah. Yeah.

MACENROE:

You're making me feel much better actually 'cos, 'cos when I came in the room I was feeling nervous and now I'm like hysterical really, but never mind if you, if it makes you feel happy to carry on telling me these stories and make me feel worse then, then go ahead.

SMITH:

May I?

MACENROE:

Yeah. Well, why not? As long as you're enjoying yourself, then that's the only important thing really.

SMITH:

Anyway, all right. I, I, I had the root canal, right?

MACENROE:

Yeah.

SMITH:

I wake up and I realise that, uh, my , um, you know how they, they put the bibs on when you go to the dentist to...

MACENROE:

Yeah.

SMITH:

to to sop up the...

MACENROE:

Well, I haven't been to the dentist for a while, but, yeah, tell me.

SMITH:

Anyway, they put these bibs on you, right? To sop up any saliva or spit or... or blood that, y'know, that might come out of your mouth.

MACENROE:

Blood?

SMITH:

Yeah, blood. And perhaps some...

MACENROE:

Have you, did you go to a dentist or did you go to a butcher?

SMITH:

Well, um, he called himself a dentist, but, uh, what he did to me was, was really the work of a butcher.

MACENROE:

All right. It's been quite nice weather recently. Hasn't it?

SMITH:

Yeah. Yeah.

ASSISTANT:

The dentist will see you now, Mr. MacEnroe.

MACENROE:

Really? Um, thanks. I think.

 

 

 
 

Dentist vocabulary: definitions

ACTIVITY 123: Match the following definitions with the names choosing the appropriate alternatives from the menus. Then check the answers.

1.

A napkin tied under the chin of a patient while being assisted

2.

Absorb, soak up or take up as if with a sponge

3.

Dental appliance consisting of substances inserted into a prepared cavity in a tooth

4.

An incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums

5.

Removal of unwanted substances from teeth

6.

A clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the glands
of the mouth

7.

Clear liquid expelled or ejected from the mouth

8.

The fluid that is pumped by the heart

9.

The tissue of the jaws that surrounds the bases
of the teeth

10.

The passage inside a tooth through which its nerve and blood vessels enter the pulp cavity

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