Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I am not good about going to the dentist. By "not good" I mean I haven't gone in years. Yes, I know that's not smart, but don't worry. I've learned my lesson. Last week I was having some tooth pain and I though that maybe it was really just sinus pain since my allergies have kicked into high gear lately. When it got worse I had to break down and go. One small x-ray later (yes, I wore the vest) the verdict was root canal. This would be bad enough, except when you are pregnant, it becomes a bit more complicated. You can't be sedated and your pain medication options are much more limited. Also, you have to take frequent breaks because you can't be on your back for long periods of time. The dentist really seemed like he was on top of the whole dental work while pregnant thing, so I felt ok about it. I went in at 1pm and got out at 4pm. With all of the breaks and the fact that the tooth in question is one of my very back molars, it took 3 full hours. I made an appointment to get my teeth cleaned before I left the office.

I feel like an idiot. It's really my own fault for not going to the dentist more often, but the pain I am feeling right now has scared me straight. So, make me feel better. Tell me your dental nightmares. The stories will go well with my liquid diet.

On a happier note, I was given the Honest Scrap award by Delenn!

Here are the rules:
Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.
Show the winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Scrap.” There’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.

List at least 10 honest things about yourself.
The list:

1. Although I brush and floss twice a day, I have not been to the dentist in ten years. Yes, I am stupid.

2. My mom and I have never had a good relationship and I'm afraid I won't know how to be a good mom to a daughter.

3. I really wish I could go back to teaching, but I don't think I could be a good parent and handle the stress of the classroom...... or the crappy pay.

4. I would eat Indian food every day if I could.

5. There are times when I wish I could escape my life for just a few days, but I know I would just end up missing my husband and son too much.

6. I am compiling lists of information and instructions for my husband in case something happens to me during my C-section.

7. I really, really, really miss my friend, Teal. I know she hated Houston, but I wish she lived closer.

8. I am really afraid that breastfeeding won't be any easier this time.

9. I used to think that people who made friends over the internet were weird. However, in the past few months I have have made some really great friends online. I'm glad I was wrong.

10. I would have a hard time living without my iPhone.

Ok, I officially tag/award:


Get to it, Ladies!! In the mean time, I am going to go and pick up the Girl Scout cookies I ordered. I can't believe they came in today. I am so hungry and tired of drinking my meals. The cruelty of it all!!!


Stella said...

I'm actually pretty good about the Dentist. Although I had my wisdom teeth out in college and the experience was HORRIFIC! I only had two to begin with and they were impacted. They were pulled and the pain meds made me black out so I couldn't use them. Then, both "holes" got infected and my entire face swelled up and my jaw locked. I ended up back in the dentist's chair 3 times in a week and had to have these special medication inserts put into the holes from my teeth. I was so squeamish that I couldn't remove the inserts and had to have the campus nurse remove them for me.
It was the worst experience!!! Thank God I don't have anymore wisdom teeth!!

I hope your pain lessens soon!!

Mel said...

I had to have a root canal just over a year ago and I don't think I would have been able to handle it without the sedative. Even then, I was still far too aware of what was going on and was able to feel things I didn't want to. I am glad you got it done and over, though. And if it makes you feel any better, I am an anal retentive dental appointment keeper (literally at my cleaning every 6 months on the nose for the past 10 years) and I still had to have one. Teeth suck.

Delenn said...

First off, I can really relate to number 2. My mother and I do not get along and, baring some early up bringing triumphs, I find my mother is NOT a role model for me. However, I actually found that I had confidence in my role--mainly because I think about what she did and do the OPPOSITE. :-) I do think that if you are THINKING about being a good mother, that is very good and you are on your way to maintaining a good relationship.

I also love Indian food--I think I would alternate with Chinese food tho.

OKAY, dental nightmare:

Aside from having braces for 3 years....

Okay, when I first moved 800 miles away from home, we found I still had 2 wisdom teeth and that they impacted. We did not know many docs/dentists, so we found one (I love my dentist) and he recommended an ortho surgeon to take the wisdom teeth out.

We had moved 6 months before, I was unemployed, but I was starting a new job within the week. I went, and as they were putting the gas on, I heard someone say “Oops!” and the next thing I knew—I was having vivid dreams about my new job—anxiety dreams, etc. I was higher than a kite—someone had set the gas to 1.0 instead of .10!!

So, after the procedure, I woke up throwing up! It was not fun at all! After I recovered a bit, my husband drove me home, and I got car sick/sick from the gas—and we stopped and I threw up in front of a car dealership on the road to our apartment. We never went to that ortho surgeon again—and we always looked at that car dealership as my memorial to oral surgery.

P.S. I have since had 2 root canals with the bestest guy in the world (also recommended by my dentist. And they went swimmingly well.

Wishing you a good recovery!

seussgirl said...

Okay, you asked for dental stories...(and I go every 6 months!) but I had a retainer in high school with 2 false teeth on it, and I wore it so long without getting permanent teeth that they had to scrape back my gums where it had grown over my teeth before they could put in my bridges. Ugh.

And I hear you about your mother/daughter relationship fear. I am terrified that if we have a girl I won't know how to relate to her in such a way that she won't resent me all of her life. But you're already a great mom to your son, and there is no real reason to fear that you won't adjust that to a daughter!

Fertilized said...

I am terrified of the dentist. I haven't been in years either. I am very sorry for the pain and inconvenience.

You will be a wonderful mother to all your children.

Enjoy the girl scout cookies

Christa said...

I was like you and hadn't been to the dentist in probably 10 years either. But that was a long time ago. When I was about 20 or so I had to go in, since then I've been really good about going on for cleanings twice a year. Well I haven't been good the last two, I was due to go back in Sept, still need to do that. Anyways, after some xrays years ago it was determined I only had one wisdom tooth. It finally decided to break through about 4 years ago. I HAD to get it pulled the week of Thanksgiving. Totally sucked. Anyways, it had hurt so bad I wasn't able to eat. On an empty stomach it got pulled and I took the antibotic they gave me. Woke up in the middle of the night puking and stressed that puke pieces would get stuck in the hole of where my tooth once was.

There you go.... you asked for it. :)

Soralis said...

When I found out I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled I swore of the dentist for 10 years too!

I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled just after my boys were born, I put it off so long that one of them got really nasty!

Good luck!

Sarah said...

i have a kid dentist story. Vincent had to have 2 teeth pulled and 2 fillings. The 2 pulled teeth are because he has a small mouth and we are trying prevent brace time. ANYWAY, they filled his tooth on one side and when it came time to pull the other, he said, "I'm kind of shy of doing that right now." Needless to say, we got the good drugs to finish at the next appointment. And, it was all good.

Becky said...

My story is similar to Christa's.

For most of my life there was no sign of my wisdom teeth on xrays. My mom only ever had one removed, so I just figured that's how I would be. One day, a few years ago, after a week of an aching jaw, one of my wisdom teeth broke through. Not fun to be 25 and teething. So, I went to the dentist, determined that it needed to come out and we'd so the rest as well, and we were set. Until the day before the extraction when I got a call that, surprise, my dental insurance through my parents expired 10 months back. The one tooth had to come out, so we had to pay out of pocket, and the dentist said he was sure the other three weren't going to show up, so I decided to wait on those until I had insurance. A month after the first tooth was pulled, the next one broke through. So, I had to have that one (and at that point the other two as well) pulled, in a seperate outing, again out of pocket. Which wouldn't have been so expensive except I'm a fucking wimp and needed to be put out both times.

My children, should I ever have any, are gettings those bastards pulled in their teens.

Katie said...

Just before getting my root canal, the dentist thought it might not work because my roots are 'curvy' but he wanted to try it anyway. So I had a root canal JUST FOR FUN because it DIDN'T work and I ended up having to get the tooth pulled (a whole different horror story).

Teal said...

I miss you too Kate:-( a lot:-( :-(

You are a great mamma. You are not your mom (bless her heart.)

I am so sorry about your tooth. YUCK!

Anonymous said...

i had all four of my wisdom teeth until friday (three days ago). i noticed a large hole in the lower right one the week before which put me in the dentist's chair early monday morning for the first time in about three years. obviously, it was a cavity, and obviously, it needed to come out along with it's mate on the other side.

i spent an entire week being a nervous wreck about it and it ended up going fine. i was eating girl scout cookies two days later (so, yesterday. in fact, i just polished off the box).

but, my story is a rarity...i've always been told that i'm a bit odd.

darcie said...

Thanks for tagging me - I'm pretty behind in my blogging...I have to think about it if I am ready to share 10 'honest' things about myself though...
You are going to be a GREAT mom to a little girl - that's the best part about this motherhood thing - we get to put what we learned from our pasts...both the good and the use ~ it's not always easy, and it's not always fun - but our kids love us regardless.
I am so glad to have met you too - even if it was via the creepy interwebs. You are a blessing in my life.

Courtney said...

Thank you so much for the Honest Scrap award. Obviously, I have failed to fulfill my obligation, and for that I am sorry (didn't want you to think it went unnoticed). Hope the teeth are feeling much better by now and you were able to eat plenty of cake with Luke. :)

Kristen said...

When I had my wisdom teeth extracted years ago, I was in a lot of pain after the drugs' effect had worn off (I have a weak tolerance for pain, actually), but the experience was worth it - having something that gives you pain and sleepless nights for a long period of time now gone at last. Months after the operation, there were no signs of mistake nor recurring pain, just as expected from the professional dentist (Charlotte clinic) who did the procedure.

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