So I broke my tooth a few days ago, and I knew, despite the fact that the pain was almost non-existent, that it was time to face the music and call the dentist.
I haven’t been to the dentist in years. It’s gotten to be one of those things…I knew I should go, but the longer I put it off the more embarrassing I knew it would be to finally go in. I HATE the dentist. I hate how they lecture me about flossing, etc. I probably don’t take as good care of my teeth as I should, which just adds to the shame.
But I’m going. I’ve moved towns since last time I went, so I had to find a new dentist. I found one that I think looks pretty good. She’s on my dental plan, and she’s got all kinds of certifications and memberships, etc. And a cool website.
Best thing, she does something called “sedation dentistry.” Apparently you take a pill before the appointment, and it relaxes you so they can do six to seven hours worth of work at once. They don’t completely put you under, since you’re still responsive and aware, but they say on the website that you feel no pain, and don’t remember anything afterwards. That sounds great to me…get everything done in one appointment instead of going back two or three different times.
My appointment next week is just an exam to determine exactly what all needs to be done, and then I’ll set up an appointment to get the tooth fixed and whatever else is needed. I’m sure I’ve got cavities, and my gums need work. Who knows what else there’ll be. Probably a root canal or two, and my wisdom teeth have been needing to come out for a long time.
So, I need some confidence-boosting here. Please tell me your dentist & teeth horror-stories, and how you got through them. Anybody else embarrassed by their teeth? Anybody ever try this sedation dentistry thing? Know anything about it?
Also, last night the broken tooth really started to hurt. A few Advil have sort of numbed the pain, but it’s still there and I’m starting to wonder if I can make it until next Wednesday to see the dentist. Anybody have any home remedies or over-the-counter pain medication that might hold me over the weekend, at least?