The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Dental plan! Lisa needs braces. Dental plan!


Yeah, so, I haven’t been to the dentist in a really long time — a really, really long time.

I don’t want to say exactly how long it’s been, but I think the last time I went to the dentist people were all excited about this new thing called an iPod.

Yeah, yeah. I know. I know.

I had a million excuses for why I couldn’t go to dentist. When I worked at The Examiner, I was too busy to go to the dentist. After I quit The Examiner, I got a job that didn’t have a dental plan.

Eventually, I got a job with dental coverage, but then I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was going to Kaiser once a week sometimes more, and the last thing I wanted was another appointment for something that I thought of as elective. After I kicked cancer’s ass, I got knocked up. Excuses, excuses.

Well, now I have a job with dental coverage. I’m cancer free. I’m not knocked up. I had no excuse. So, I finally went to the dentist.

How bad was it?


No, not that bad.

Honestly, it could have been worse. There is nothing wrong with my teeth that isn’t fixable. A deep cleaning in the back (that sounds naughty) and a two fillings for now; one tooth has a crack so a crown is definitely in my future. I got off easy considering how long it’s been since my last dental appointment.

To his credit, the dentist was really nice to me. He walked me through what he was doing, explained what I needed to do and why, and he didn’t talk to me like the neglectful stupid asshole that I am.


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

7 thoughts on “Dental plan! Lisa needs braces. Dental plan!

  1. I HATE the dentist. I’d rather get a pap smear than go to the dentist, for real.

    Also, I’m disappointed that vid wasn’t the 10 minute version.

  2. I went to the dentist a couple years ago for the first time since high school. Four pulled wisdom teeth, a root canal, and a filled cavity later, I was set to go for the next ten years.

    Wait, does that make me a neglectful, stupid asshole?

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