A couple of weeks ago I shared with you how I went to the dentist because of a wisdom tooth that is giving me fits. This dentist was very nice, but as I mentioned in that blog, he doesn’t do any sort of sedation dentistry, so referred me to dentist number two and sent me on my way with a prescription for antibiotics for the infected gum.
Last Monday I visited the sedation dentist, whom I really like a lot. They did a lot of x-rays, and were really very cool about the fact that I am a dental wuss. The new dentist told me that the molar that dentist number one was going to pull could simply be crowned if I decided I wanted to keep it. Well, YEAH, of course I want to keep it. Oh, and there is also the added bonus of a handful of *sigh* cavities that need to be filled, as well. Turns out, my insurance only covers IV sedation for two or more extractions. Well, tough. I want to keep that molar. Then I find out that the IV is almost $300 per needle jab, and I’m nowhere near what you’d consider wealthy enough to just drop that, twice, because everything needs to be done over two visits, which is fine. I opted for the much more affordable Valium/NO combination.
So on visit one, we’ll have the wisdom tooth pulled, a deep cleaning on that side of my mouth, and the cavities on the left side filled. The next visit is the other side of the deep cleaning, the crown, and the remaining fillings.
All I can do is hope like hell that the Valium is going to be as good as that Halcyon was a couple of years ago. I’m not terribly concerned about what they do, as long as I’m not aware of it. Make sense? 😀
Armed with all of that information and a good feeling about the staff there, I told them to schedule me. And they did. On April 10. A month away. Some days the unwise tooth bothers me a little more than others, but today? Ow. Just OW! Yeah, I kind of think today has everything to do with Karma.
I have a friend who was scheduled to have a wisdom tooth pulled. We’re friends on Facebook and over in a weightlifting forum. At least I HOPE we are still friends. This morning I saw her Facebook post about the extraction. I hadn’t seen her around the forum lately and shared with the other girls that she was getting a tooth pulled with nothing but Novocaine. Now, most of us are all friends on FB, and I was thinking some of us would go over to Facebook and wish her luck. Then, not thinking (which is what I do so well), I stated that my sister just had a wisdom tooth pulled in that manner last week and it was horrible for her, and that just Novocaine was what gave me my total fear of the dentist. I guess I also (incorrectly) assumed that it would be AFTER her extraction before she saw what I’d said, because I didn’t want to freak her out. Well…as my luck would have it, she DID come in, and DID see it. BEFORE her extraction.
Dar, when and if you see this post, please accept my humble apology. I am so sorry I threw that TMI out there before your appointment. I, of all people, should know what it’s like to read something frightening before going to the dentist. And please know that I will stand in solidarity with you on the ice cream diet. I suspect I’ll be on the same one in about four weeks.
It sure seems that there has been a rash of people in my circle of friends having problems with their teeth. I’m not sure why that is, but all of them absolutely have my sympathy. A toothache is no fun, that’s for sure.
And I never thought I would ever say this, but I hope my dentist has a cancellation, because honestly? I can’t wait to get in there and have them get this tooth out of my mouth. Eating isn’t much fun anymore. 😦
Also, if any of you have (or know someone that has) done the Novocaine/Nitrous Oxide-thing, please let me know how that worked? Pretty please?
Until next time…