Listen, after I wrote before about my dental anxiety, a billion people wrote me to say, “I was scared, too! It wasn’t so bad!” and “Go see Dr. ______________! He’s really gentle!”
Here’s the deal, guys: I never, ever planned on visiting a dentist again. Like, ever. I hate the dentist. Discussing going to the dentist makes me break out in a horrendously unattractive rash, and can even push me to the point of tears. I hate it, and truth be told, I barely survived my last experience a few months ago.
But, I’ve had this pain. Not normal pain. The sort of tooth pain that makes me want to slit my wrists. I sat on the couch and pulled my hair this morning, trying to distract from the pain, if only for a short while. I don’t even want you to know how many ibuprofen I’ve taken in the past 5 days.
So, today, I bit the bullet and called a few places to see who might be able to help me in the semi-near future. The first two places were a bust, but then I called an office that was SO DARN NICE. They encouraged me to come in, get looked at, and at the very least, promised me some pain medication so that I might be able to sleep tonight, which would be a GIFT. Best of all, she didn’t bat an eye when I told her I have severe dental anxiety, and right away said, “Oh, we can give you nitris or valium, or both. No problem.”
I went in, and true to her word, they set me up on nitris for my exam and my x-ray. Even better, she’s all, “Hey, want to watch something?” and then proceeded to put on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. You really haven’t experienced the Bluth’s until you’ve seen them while high on nitris. The rest of the exam went okay, though, I will be returning this week for a root canal which I’m not exactly stoked about. But, I have some pain meds ’til I get that done.
All in all, I still hate the dentist, but hey—any dentist who recognizes the importance of calming me down and showing me hilarious television while inflicting severe pain on me is a WINNER.
Also, thanks to the pain meds, you can expect lots of blogs that read like they were written by this guy: