Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sweet Sweet Sedation


Yesterday I underwent a root canal. As I have mentioned on previous occasions, I HATE the dentist. I do not think hate is really a strong enough word. I am really truly traumatized by them. I wouldn't consider myself a person with phobias, with the exception of dentists. Whenever I think of going to the dentist I basically want to curl up in a ball on start screaming and crying. Its really that bad. Even cleanings are bad, not as bad as drilling, but bad. So when I get diagnosed with something really bad like needing a root canal I pretty much lose it. I've had one before in my life and I was pretty sure I was not going to survive it. I cried a lot, before, during, after. It was bad. A year or so ago I was told that I would most likely need another one, but it wasn't urgent yet, so of course I didn't do anything about it. A few weeks ago my new dentist told me that if I didn't do it soon I would be regretting it with major pain, so I finally scheduled it. But this time, I had picked a dentist who does sedation dentistry. Its not full on anaesthesia or anything, but it was worth every cent!!! I took one pill before bed, one an hour before my appointment and then they crushed two pills and put them under my tongue at the office. I was a little loopy and sleepy, but very calm, something I am NOT at the dentist office in general. I also got laughing gas and Novocaine, so I didn't feel anything, and mostly slept through the procedure. I was in and out and didn't really think I slept that much, but when it was over I definitely didn't think I had been there 4 1/2 hours. They were able to do everything (a couple of fillings and the root canal, usually a two appointment thing) in one sitting. I am sore today and a little quesy from the antibiotic they are giving me, but I seriously can't remember anything about the root canal. When I try I can't remember if what I remember really happened or if I dreamt it. Its fabulous! I wish they could erase the memories of my first root canal. I can remember getting to the office and the first 45 minutes or so when they were drugging me and getting me to relax, and checking my blood pressure and stuff, but otherwise, I remember waking up and drinking apple juice. I came home and slept for a couple hours and that was that. I will forever be grateful to those little pills and I will never suffer through major dental work again! Why didn't I know about this option sooner!!! Sure my jaw hurts from being forced open for 4 hours, but it would have hurt if I was awake too cause I would have been tense and stressed, and crying! Hooray for drugs. Hopefully it'll all heal well and the crown will go on well and fit right and everything and this tooth will cease to be an issue for me. But all I know is, I love sedation! Okay, i'm done now. :)

4 comments:

Summer said...

I'm glad it went so well! Who did you find to watch your kids?

emily said...

wow, that's awesome! did you have a traumatic experience when you were younger or something, or have you just always hated it?

Diane Owen said...

I've always hated it, but I did have a particularly bad dentist when I was a kid that made the bad scars I think...

my neighbor came and watched the kids while Ryan dropped me off at the dentist and then my mother-in-law helped Ryan with the kids the rest of the day. Thank you!!

BensonFam said...

Oh my goodness - I wasn't sure whether to laugh, cry or cheer for you. All three actually, at different points in your post. I'm so glad things went well. Let me know when you feel up to playing!