Dental Work and Procrastination

I don’t know about you, but I loathe going to the dentist. I mean, hate it. Worse than anything. Harder than childbirth and I did one without an epidural. I am not kidding. Exagerrating a little, but not kidding.

Today I sit here and half of my face is numb from my chin to my eyeball. I have never had a numb eyeball before and believe me, it’s weird. All because of a tooth that cracked and a filling I had 20 years ago when I was young and able to sit in a dentist’s chair without going through the roof at the first noise of a drill needed to be redone.

I put it off as long as I could. In fact, I had appointments scheduled in October of 2010 that I cancelled because of “scheduling” conflicts. Those conflicts include but are not limited to: I hate dentists, I don’t wanna go, I am chicken, I hate the drill, I have sensitive teeth. Need I go on?

But finally I bit the bullet and said, OK enough of this crap! That and the fact that my friend who comes from a long line fo dentists in her family told me that if bacteria gets under the filling through the cracked tooth, I may need root canal or worse. In other words, she scared the crap out of me so I went.

It only took 4o minutes, but it sucked. The sound of the drill, the cold water and colder suction just had me nearly jumping out of the dental chair. My dentist had to give me more juice – Novocaine – not because I was actually feeling anything but because he probably thought it would calm me down a bit. That and he had to revert back to the old-fashioned drill because the cold water in the modern ultrasonic drill makes me jump out the chair as well.

In any case, my advice to you. Just get it done. Putting it off makes it worse. More problems can arise and when you think of it, 40 minutes out of your day to save you from pain and root canal down the road it nothing.

I took my own advice and scheduled the deep scaling session I also put off from last year. Next week. Now that I got the drill out of the way, the cleaning should be cake – ish.


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