The Deed Is Done

Posted by ZenMom Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Today was the day.  The deed is done.  After much anticipation, I had my very first root canal.

And I have to tell you, it wasn't so bad.  Now my opinion may change once the Novocaine wears off, but judging by what transpired, I'm not sure that will be anytime soon.

Unfortunately, I'm not a very good patient.  I've had many a dentist frustrated with me because no matter how much Novocaine they pump into me, I still flinch at EVERYTHING.  I could still hear them, trying to stay calm as they spit the words from between their gritted teeth.  "You still feel that."

Luckily this guy was a pro.  He tried once, no luck.  Twice, the same.  But there was no knashing of teeth, no frustration to be heard.  By the third try he wised up and brought out the big guns.  As a result I felt nothing.

And I mean nothing.

That's a good thing right?  Well...there were a couple of minor side affects.  Like the fact that I am currently numb from my eyeball (yes, my left eye was literally hard to blink) down to my chin.  I kind of look like someone went a little wild with the Botox -- on just one side of my face.

I couldn't smile if I tried.  Or blink.  Or talk.  But, hey, I can still type so all is good.

Now the fun will really begin once the kids get home, which is any minute now.  There will of course be the requisite pointing.  Plus the laughs.  And one must not forget the we're laughing with you jokes that will follow.

I'm getting tired just thinking about it.  And as I type I feel the slightest throb starting to creep into my frozen jaw.  Hmm, maybe its time for those pain killers the dear doc prescribed.  What a nice guy.

 And after that?  There is no after.  Just lots of snoring...and probably some good drooling added in for good measure.
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  1. Glad it went well. Being someone who has had so many root canals they have lost count, you have my sympathy, especially when they hand you the bill!

  2. I haven't had any so far, but my husband has, and my brother. My brother's dentist did something wrong, lost something in his tooth. I don't know HOW, but they gave him a prescription for antibiotics and told him if he had any trouble with it he'd have to see an oral surgeon, and were calling him EVERY DAY for two weeks to make sure he was ok. I'm convinced now that if I ever need a root canal, I'll just skip that and have the tooth pulled, and get one of those dentures that they implant.

  3. I'm new here. Hi.

    This is so good to know as i am SURE I will be in this situation at least 23 times.
    following your ass now.

  4. I'm a total pansy when it somes to the dentist, so I got all freaked out just reading your post! I'm really glad to hear it went well!

  5. Glad to hear that it went well! I had a similar experience. The pain really came when I got the bill. But I was so doped up on painkillers it didn't really matter anyway. And the drooling while at work afterwards was particularly lovely, since my coworkers were too polite to laugh at or with me directly, but most certainly called a general meeting after I was gone so everyone could get in a good hundred belly laughs on my behalf. I drooled so much, I kept having to wipe my neck the rest of the day. Anyway, happy to hear that you survived. Merry Root Canal and a Happy New Year.

  6. Susan Fobes Says:
  7. I hope everything is ok. My personal belief: pain from your feet, teeth, or back isn't something that allows you to sail through your day!

  8. Theta Mom Says:
  9. Hope everything is alright, sounds that way. Certainly no fun, though!!!

  10. If you get a minute, swing by my place today, I have something for you that just might put a smile back on your face (If the freezing has finally come out) that is!

  11. ModernMom Says:
  12. Oh !! You are the first person I have ever heard of to say "root canal" and "not that bad" in the same sentence! Yeah for you!
    I find the dentist chair to be a scary place. shiver.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following! Following you right back:)

  13. kys Says:
  14. I'm glad it went ok.


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