Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 85: Can a Dentist's Drill Help You Lose Weight?

"I intentionally scheduled my dentist visit for a Thursday afternoon so I could reap the benefits of not eating much for dinner."

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Yesterday I went to the dentist to have two crowns put on, one on an upper tooth and one on a lower tooth. I have an aversion to going to the dentist. I guess I associate the dentist's chair with pain, discomfort, and the whirring sound made by what I regard as an instrument of torture, the dentist's drill. And I feel this way even though I go to a first-rate dentist who is reasonably sensitive to my feelings of dentist dread.

I was in that chair and shot up with a sufficient amount of novocain for two hours. Not fun. Not fun at all. The dental assistant gave me an iPod with head phones to drown out the whirring drill, and I appreciated the gesture, but even though there was a fair amount of music on it, by the end of my stint in that chair, I was reduced to listening to Cat Stevens' Greatest Hits over and over again. I wasn't being followed by a moon shadow. I was being followed by a damn dentist's drill.

But I am focusing on the down side of a two-hour visit to the dentist. There is an upside as well.

It's kind of the ultimate good news, bad news proposition. The bad news is that I was in that chair for two hours. The good news is that I couldn't really eat much for dinner last night because after the numbness of the novocain wore off, one side of my mouth was so sensitive.

I must admit, I intentionally scheduled my dentist visit for a Thursday afternoon so I could reap the benefits of not eating much for dinner the night before weighing myself for this post. Is that bogus? What would they say about my gambit at Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous? Have any of you ever used a visit to the dentist to help control your weight?

The Weigh-In

This week started with me jumping on the scale on Monday and discovering I weighed 219. Egads! That terrified me, though as the week progressed I was on a steady downward path. I was at 216 for last Friday's post, and I was really hoping to get back into the negative weight loss column today. Here goes: 216. No change. Next time I might have to ask the dentist to drill harder.