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A pain in the mouth December 17, 2010

Posted by mareserinitatis in dental surgery, personal.
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I have been making an effort to post something every day, preferably something intelligent, useful, stimulating…or at least amusing.

Tonight, I’m going to tell you about my day because it’s the only thing that’s been on my mind. I had dental surgery today, and I have to admit that it was really as bad as I was afraid it would be. (Yes, I was pretty freaked out going in.) It involved extracting a tooth deep in the palate of my mouth that should have come in when I was 9, but failed to do so. Now that it’s been sitting there, tangled up in the root of an adjacent tooth for 25ish years, they’ve said the chances of moving the tooth with orthodontics were very slim.

The doc gave me some sort of medication through an IV that was not supposed to knock me out completely but would put me in some sort of sleepy state that wouldn’t allow me to remember anything. Unfortunately, the tooth was more difficult to extract than they had anticipated, and so the surgery took longer than intended (on the order of 3x). This meant the medication wore off before the surgery was finished. I didn’t realize I had been asleep and woken up again, so I didn’t know that I should try to let the doctor know. I just kept wondering at what point I would forget.

I remembered the last 15 minutes of the surgery, which was, of course, the worst and most painful part. (The tooth came out in many pieces.) I did have local anesthesia, but even at that, I grunted a few times (there was something in my mouth) to let him know things were hurting. I began shaking profusely, and when things were finally over, I was sheet white…and I am fairly certain it wasn’t from the meds.

I have never really had good experiences with dental procedures. (I swear they hit a nerve every damn time they give me local anesthetic, which is almost as bad as the work on my teeth.) I am even more uneasy now given I have a lot more of this stuff coming up.

Anyone else want to share some *positive* dental stories so that I don’t have to freak out about things?

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1. FrauTech - December 20, 2010

I got knocked out completely for my wisdom teeth. I remember them asking me if I was still awake and all I could mumble was “going” before knocking out entirely. I woke up asleep on a bench in another room and still wonder who got me there (I’m no small person). I think struggled to keep food down for several days and after that had trouble eating from the pain caused by opening my jaw. But the surgery itself was pretty breezy!

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mareserinitatis - December 20, 2010

Wisdom teeth was a lot less traumatic. Much more like your experience. However, they had me at the hospital for that. This one was in the dental clinic, and the surgeon can’t use full blown anesthesia because they don’t have the equipment there to resuscitate someone who crashes. I guess that’s what I get for opting for the cheaper surgery.

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