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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

D (Dentist) Day: Toothache Pain and Root Canal Anxiety

Well, today's the day, and I'm so nervous about the whole root canal adventure! I go in at noon today to have this procedure done, but I'm literally having to fight the internal anxiety I'm feeling.

One of my molars cracked a while back, and about a month ago, it abscessed. My lower jaw began hurting tremendously, as the swelling and infection took over.

The pain was incredibly intolerable, mind-nu
mbing . . . just awful! I have birthed four children, including twins, and child birth is a cake walk compared to this pain!

I went to see my dentist
a few weeks ago, and was placed on antibiotics at that time. He also gave me Tylenol III for the pain, which did nothing but make me dizzy yet still in pain.

The area
continued to swell, and became even more excruciating after being on the antibiotics for five days. So, I ended up going to the ER.

I was already suffering tremendously, with tears streaming down my face uncontrollably. The ER doc walked into the room with a 15 gauge needle, and said, "We need to lance that abscess!"

"WHAT? You're going to stab my mouth with that yarn darning needle?!?"

"Yes, Ma'am"

"Where's the novacaine?"

"The infection is too severe, Ma'am, and the novacaine won't help. It will hurt really bad at first, then you will
feel so much better as the infection drains out."

Stupid me!

I opened my mouth and squeezed the armrests on the chair as tightly as I could.

"Here we go! Be as still as you can!"

I think I scared the kid in the next room when I let out the most painful scream! He kept pushing the needle in, and I swear it hit my jawbone. I couldn't take it anymore!

I pushed his arm back and jumped up out of the chair! I was surprise to discover his family jewels were not harmed in the process.

I was tre
mbling as the pain overtook my body, and was crying like a baby! It was awful!

They sent me home with stronger antibiotics and Vicodin for the pain.

Two days later, I was scheduled to go back to my dentist for the root canal. However, I had to cancel because I had picked up some virus at the ER, and couldn't keep anything down. Go figure, right?

The more powerful antibiotics ended up wiping out about 80% of the infection, the swelling went way down, and the pain is very minimal, now.

However, knowing that I'll be in the dentist chair again in a little under two hours, has my anxiety level at its peak.

The dentist had said I needed a root canal and a crown. I had asked him if he would settle for a lifetime supply of novacaine and a tiara, but it was a no go.

My husband keeps reassuring me that all I'll feel is a pinch when they inject the novacaine, but I'm still scared I'll feel the pain.

I know . . . I know . . . I'm a baby! But, I just can't help the anxiety I'm feeling.

"This won't hurt a bit!"

"Yah, right! I'm still scared!"


The Four Week Vegan November 24, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

Good luck. You will do fine. Shoot if you let that ER doc do that, you can face anything.

Cindy November 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

That sucks! So sorry. I had a root canal last month. The pain wasn't that bad before or after. I have needle anxiety, so that was the worst part. Makes me wonder how people dealt with toothaches in the olden days, because shots of whiskey don't seem like they would help much. Hope you feel better soon.

Thornhill Dentist May 12, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Having a root canal is not as bad as people make it out to be. Most instances, there is no discomfort. Hope it works out for you.

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Teeth whitening April 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

Well, I haven’t experience the root canal procedure yet and I don’t even dream of having that but my friend told me that it was really just a quick twinge of pain and nothing you couldn’t handle it, while my aunt which also undergo with this kind of procedure and for her it was really horrifying experience. So I think every success of this procedure would depend on how your dentists do the job or how they handle things like that.

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Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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