Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Unexpected Art

A couple of weeks ago I had my twice-yearly dental checkup and cleaning. During the x-ray process the hygienist discovered I had a small cavity in one of my teeth and scheduled an appointment to fill it. That appointment was today.

I always have the same hygienist for my cleaning appointments. His room is the first one you come upon when you go back into the office area.  Today, though, I was led to a different room by a different hygienist.  After I got settled in the chair she clipped a bib around my neck.  The procedure started with the application of a numbing gel to the area so I wouldn't feel the local anesthesia needle.

The hygienist left the room until the numbing gel was fully effective.  While I was waiting I looked around the room.  My dentist is an avid photographer who also travels extensively. The office is filled with his large prints of exotic locations and animals.Recently he's also installed large TVs in the examination rooms, which show slide shows of his work mixed in with stock dental slides. 

It wasn't until I looked straight overhead that I noticed another photo. This one, attached to the ceiling right over the chair, was of two hummingbirds at a feeder.  Looking at that print was a great diversion while the dentist was drilling away.

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  1. Sounds like a pleasant time even if it was at the dentist.