Dentist Pulls a Gun On Patient During Worst Visit Ever

dentistIt is a universal fact that the waiting room at the dentist is one of the worst places on Earth. I don't care how they decorate it, or what adult contemporary classics are pulsing through the Bose speakers -- it doesn't matter. Knowing that your teeth are about to be anything from cleaned to operated on is enough to get the anxiety, and adrenaline, pumping. That's why I kind of understand when a patient got impatient after waiting an hour and a half and stormed into the dentist's office screaming and demanding answers. What I don't understand is why the dentist pulled a gun on him.

Believe it or not, things get even stranger in this Scottsdale, Arizona dentist office.


The patient was intimidated by the gun and decided to leave, but while at the elevator, had a change of heart and turned around.

On his way back into the dentist's office, the patient tripped over an internal railing and fell from the second story to the ground floor below. He reportedly landed on his head, but is in stable condition.

So let's review all the facts: a guy shows up for his dentist appointment at 2:15 p.m. when he was supposed to be there at 2 p.m. The receptionist told him he could wait, but that the dentist had moved on to another patient. And by 3:45 p.m. there was a gun wielding and a fall from two stories? That's some day at the office.

If the dentist wanted to scare the angry patient away, I don't think a gun was necessary. Just fire up that terrifying drill that makes that terrible high-pitched noise, or break out the pliers and the bib, or bust open a pack of that gross mold used to make a retainer, or worse, show him a picture of someone with stage 100 gingivitis and warn him that if he doesn't floss, this is what could happen. All those things are equally as scary as a gun, if not more so, right?

And man alive, what did that patient have in mind when he was headed back into the office after he was threatened with a gun? How did he fall over the railing? This sounds a little too Final Destination for me, like somehow death is going to get this guy. Who knows. All I now know is that, yes, dentists are scary, but dentists in Arizona are even scarier.

What do you think?

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