A Handle on the Situation

I don’t mind going to the dentist, but Stockton does. To make sure we go regularly, I schedule our appointments at Mayberry Dental back-to-back. It’s another thing we do together. This time it was uneventful: cleanings, exams, no cavities. We grabbed bagel sandwiches from the market in Mayberry and returned to our station wagon. As…

Little Boxes Made of Ticky-Tacky

I arrived early. The hiss of the air vent and the receptionist clicking through screens put me in a trance as I waited to be called back. I noticed the temperature of the office felt comfortable, but the lingering scent of previous patient exhalations waited around with me as the minutes passed. Disappointing. The dental hygienist…

Low Vision at the Dentist

Low vision changes a lot of things. Dental appointments are pretty much the same though. I bring my cane, but it is more to communicate my vision impairment to others than for me to navigate the familiar office. I hear the same sounds: scrapes, drills, and suction. The same cramped posture to swish minty mouthwash…