At the risk of making this a MPSIMS topic, I mention that I once had a root canal with no anesthesia of any kind.
I didn’t know any better at the time, but the dentist was a sadist. There’s no other word to describe it. Not only did my teeth get worked on, but I lost every nail on both hands from gripping the sides of the chair. (Mostly to keep from screaming, but also to keep from getting up and slugging that dentist, he kept saying to me, “SHUT UP!”)
BTW, he did a bad job and I wound up not only ultimately losing the tooth, but having tons more work on top of it, including a fixed bridge. Thanks, Doc.
It took a LONG time to get me back in a dentist’s chair, I was phobic for many years. And my current dentist told me that with everything available to dentists today, there is no reason why anybody should be in that kind of agonizing pain.
Let me repeat that, a little tip from Dr. Peter Silver, DDS:
“There is no reason anybody having dental work should be in agonizing pain.”
your humble TubaDiva
Another quote from Dr. Silver:
“I get to hurt people all day AND I GET PAID for it! Is this a great job or what?”