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AFRAID OF
DENTISTS?

STEP 3

 

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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.

 

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