I was at the dentist again yesterday for a three-hour crown prep (three crowns.) To make the time pass while two people had two hands each in my mouth, along with eight to ten pieces of dental equipment, I listened to Pride and Prejudice on my iPod with the volume turned way up.
I think this may qualify as a pain control breakthrough. The time went by much more quickly than it usually does and I swear the pain was less because of those delightful words. Try it next time you have to undergo dental torture.
My reward -- you know I always get a reward for dental visits -- was some Tillamook Mountain Huckleberry Ice Cream. I swoon.