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03 August 2009 @ 08:22 pm
 
Root Canal, Day One: The Bad and The Good.

The Bad:

~feeling fairly certain I was going to upchuck either on the way there, or on the dentist himself.
~panicking, but fierce.
~having to be injected four separate times before I was numb enough that I wasn't in pain.
~finding out that two sessions aren't going to be enough to finish the procedure...
~...because my canals are very close together, whatever that means. No, wait: it means I've got at least two more sessions before we even talk about a crown.
[EDIT]~as I grow less numb, the juncture of my right jaw and neck hurts in a big way. My boss (who's also a Dental Hygienist) tells me it's from the shots.
~no prescription drugs. It's unlikely I'd take them anyway, but it might be nice to know it was an option.
~my mouth tastes strangely bitter.


The Good:

~a dentist with a sense of humor who, it turns out, also has wonderful chairside manner and excellent technique. I barely felt the (four!!) injections.
~a sweet and understanding assistant. She was seriously wonderful.
~being completely numb. I've never had a procedure (where I was awake) that they administered novocaine effectively; maybe I have a high tolerance. Whatever. They scheduled extra time into my next appointment to allow for that.
~getting the worst of it over with. At least I know what to expect now, and it's nothing I can't deal with.
~allowing myself mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner. I'm sure I'll regret it tomorrow, but at least I won't have a gnawed right cheek from trying to chew on my food. I'm still considerably numb.
[EDIT]~my boss from the gym (see above EDIT) called to check up on me. She's such a sweetheart.


The Strange and Unsettling:

There was a TV in the room, tuned to network news (CBS? maybe?) Early on, sometime after injection #2 as we sat waiting for the numbness to take hold, there was a story about adults in the professional workforce who clown part time. They travel abroad to less fortunate areas to share their clownish antics (or demonic capering. same thing). "I want to do that!" my dentist exclaimed. I turned my head to look at him. "Seriously, I think I'll quit this and go become a clown!"

"So," I said, "You're going to leave all of this for the only profession that could possibly scare me MORE?"
 
 
 
rabu-rabu-zura?kiarasayre on August 4th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I had to go to work with half of my mouth numb the other day after getting a filling. They put me at customer service. It was not fun.
Aifacat: Awesomeaifacat on August 4th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
o.O at the clown comment, lol...

I think I needed more than four injections for my root canal, so don't you worry about that! I think I was given a script, but I don't remember needing to take anything except maybe Advil. I suppose they've removed the thing that would hurt, lol...

But, at least except for the crown - IT IS DONE!
Janet: teagoodnite_gracee on August 4th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
Keeping my fingers crossed that everything continues to go well. Once you're feeling better, remind me to tell you the story of spontaneous root canal.... but NOT while you're mid-process!