No, that's not a picture of my living room, but rather, a picture of my dentist's living room/office space. Homey, isn't it?? Well, I finally got around to seeing the dentist, and thanks to everyone in DF who assisted me in my search. Joy linked me to a great list from the Embassy website, which others might find useful.
Besides the living room, most things were similar. The dentist had all the regular dentist-y stuff like the reclining chair, x-ray machine, hanging light, and spit sink. I'd never been so relieved to see all those things in my life! And, for the most part, a cleaning in Mexico is just like a cleaning in the US. Well, okay, there are some noteworthy differences. It can't all be the same...
- After I made my appointment, the dentist himself rang me to introduce himself and get to know me. I was a little taken aback and maybe rude to him for asking me personal questions without ever having met me, but I suppose that was the point of the conversation.
- The dentist usually has an assistant working nearby to suction, spray water, mop up stray drool, etc., but this dentist did not. He had an assistant, but she didn't act as the suctioner/mopper. He had THE TOWEL! Let me just tell you that a towel under the chin still leaves the chin and part of the neck a perfect conduit for drool to flow out your mouth and down your face. It wasn't too bad, I guess, just messy and unexpectedly wet.
- And finally, for the most "Mexican/Developing Country" difference: the power went out in the middle of my cleaning! Fortunately his equipment was backed up by a generator, and the assistant moved in with a flashlight so we could carry on. Like I said, this is a resourceful country. (Imagine having that happen to you while you're in the middle of a root canal or lengthy procedure?!?!)
What was really memorable was that the dentist took some time to tell me about himself, his practicing philosophy, and really cared to get to know me. And he cleaned my teeth himself. If my teeth could talk, they would say they were thrilled with the VIP and gentle treatment. All in all, a smashing success! No cavities, either. :)