The first time I went to the Japanese dentist, I was surprised by how modern everything was. I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t be, but that’s what I had imagined. As modern as everything is, it’s still different from going to the dentist in the US. For one thing, you leave your shoes at the door and wear the slippers provided, then you kick off the slippers when you are in the dentist chair.
For another, you don’t have to call ahead. You just show up and give the receptionist your dentist card and your insurance card and they take you in the order you arrive. I’ve only been a few times, but I’ve not had to wait long on any of the times I’ve been there. The dentist and his main assistant speak some English, but the receptionist only speaks Japanese. I thought about what to say to her ahead of time and practiced in my head a little and she seemed to understand about my chipped filling.
In the US, dentists always want to inject me with novocaine, even though I always refuse it. The Japanese dentist didn’t even offer it. I would not have wanted it even if it had been offered, but I was surprised that the dentist drilled out the rest of the old filling without wanting me to have it. I thought he would replace the filling and I’d be done, but no. The assistant took an impression, then the dentist put in a temporary filling and said that’s all for today. I’ll return early next week to have the filling finished. I think it's going to be a special, perfect filling.