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…
I was totally knocked out with anesthesia when they removed my wisdom teeth. They warned me that I would probably be weepy/emotional when I came to. Um, no– I was BELLOWING and laughing my ass off, thought everything was hilarious.
I’ve had a root canal with just Novocain, and several cavities filed (to my shame, haha) and it’s no big deal. I think that the antibiotics will take care of the bulk of the pain you’re experiencing– been there, no fun!
I know that with the Halcyon/gas mix I am a fairly happy camper. I even txt with no recollection, and do selfies. It’s shameful, but I’m rather looking forward to the trip, and then the added benefit of that pesky tooth being gone, as well. 😉
Good luck with your tooth! You could amuse yourself in the meantime with this:
This is not the video I posted! What the hell WordPress/YouTube? Ugh!
Bwahahahahaha! Janie, THIS is a hoot!
I know, I love it! She’s quite adorable 🙂
She sure is! “Did I win enough to buy a house?” 😀
Well, I’ve got our “Adventures in drinking” draft ready. All I need to do is post. Still in?
Ah yes! So exciting! Who said we’re productive?! Haha!
It only took me a couple weeks to get it worded right. 🙂
And here I have been on my lazy ass mostly painting my nails and drinking Captain Morgans.. So I will reblog this post with the most amazing introduction ever. This is why you are AWESOME Julie!
LMAO! I SO need to paint my nails. They look a mess! But I can tonight, LOL!!!
I’m just imaging you in some dungeon, shackled up and writing by candlelight while I was lying on my ass eating Cheetos haha.
I promise you I wasn’t…I am the worst about neglecting my nail polish, LMAO! No worries, LOL…I’ve been out and about, during the light of day, and everything…But did sound good…Woe is me. *snort*
Haha! I’ve been a bit neglectful of my blog for the last few days but I’m so tired and I’ve been at the gym so I’ve been good in one way 🙂 but all the drinking I will inevitably do at the weekend will probably cancel that out haha!
LOL…I know, I have weeks like that, too!
While not what you originally intended? This one was quite educational…. *shudder* 😉
Yeah, I don’t know how that happened! But it wasn’t on purpose, although it certainly looks that way!
so THAT is how implants are done. 😀
Educational if nothing else ha 🙂
I was good until he said it was screwed into the jaw…. o.O
So sorry! You must’ve been like “whyyyy Jane?!”
LOL! All the more motivation to get my ass to the dentist REGULARLY from now on, fear be damned! 🙂
I’ve done the novacaine route without sedation. I was soooo worked up about it – I’m a big baby. I got a few shots, and there wasn’t much of anything there, other than a pinch. I closed my eyes for the procedure, and I didn’t know it was over until my dentist said it was over. I didn’t feel a thing.
You are so lucky…! That is how mine was SUPPOSED to be…they lied. 😉
I’m sorry to hear that! I hope that it wasn’t too bad. 🙂
It was the reason for my 20+ year aversion to the dentist…it was THAT bad! LOL…but thanks to sedation dentistry, I can go in with a little confidence. 😉
There’s nothing to forgive!!!! We’re all good, so no worries. Plus it was the truth straight up and I suggest sedation for the masses. Never stay awake. I do read you guys, I just haven’t had the luxury of responding like I can with the quick posts on Facebook. Which may sound creepy but it’s true. I think of you guys and wish I didn’t travel as much do I could keep up cause you guys are super awesome.
I just feel terrible for even letting you see something like that prior to yours…Hope you are feeling better soon!