When I was a kid, all the kids in our neighborhood ran around till sundown. We left our house at about 10:00am and wouldn’t get back home until 6:00pm.
Now when I look back at some of the things we did, I don’t know how we survived.
One time in particular was a pretty scary moment. Our grammar school had these huge black top grounds, where we would play during recess. After a huge snowfall, the school would clear the snow and push it in the corners of the playground.
This would create these huge snow hills. We would then dig snow tunnels inside these massive snow hills, that were as high as a 1 story home. We would every free moment, over many days, creating these forts and snow tunnels.
As we were digging through one, a childhood friend of mine, had one of the tunnels collapse on him. We had 6 guys working on this fort. Once this tunnel collapsed on Jeff, all of us grabbed a shovel and frantically began digging to get Jeff out.
I remember my heart was pounding out of my chest and I never dug as fast as I did at that moment. It took about a minute to get him out but it seemed much longer.
His face was completely red from the snow contacting his skin.
After that day we never did anymore snow tunnels. I was terrified of snow tunnels and to this day, I will not allow any kid to get into a snow tunnel.
This traumatic event caused me to change my behavior.
For many people, a traumatic dental experience will cause them to avoid the dentist.
This is a very common fear and about 30 to 50 percent of Americans avoid the dentist.
At Dente, we recognize this fear and offer Anxiety free Dentistry to these patients. Anxiety reducing pills are given to these patients.
This helps the patient relax during the appointment and makes their appointment the best dental appointment they’ve ever had.
Emilio “Avalanche” Couret