Thursday, February 16, 2006

And Thou Shalt Be Filled

Another first. Today I had my first filling at the dentist. I’ve never had any kind of cavity before. The only thing I’ve had is x-rays, cleanings, flouride, and braces. So today, I went in for a filling to be inserted into one of my back teeth. After I thought about it for a while, I realized (before I left) that this meant I was going to have to get a shot and some drilling. You see, I’m quite ignorant about these things, so lest I be surprised by anything else, I called my mother and found out from her what to expect. It wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t particularly jumping up and down with glee either.

When I arrived at the dentist’s office and was called in, the first thing I found out wsa that I really didn’t know anything. In fact, I wasn’t even correct about which tooth they were filling. He put the cotton in my mouth and started rubbing on the topical anethetic and talking to me about what he was going to do. Then, la de da, he just pulled out that syringe and started to shoot me! AHHH!!!! OK, let’s just say I DO NOT LIKE NEEDLES! It was very stressful having him numb my mouth and I suppose that was the worst part of the whole thing. Well, except for when I mentioned that I was nervous. He said, “What!? You’ve had four babies! You can’t be nervous about a stupid little filling.” Oooooooh! I just wanted to pound his face and maybe somehow make him have a baby- then say- “What, you have a mouth full of fillings, what’s one baby!?”

It is NOT the same! I also think that everyone has there little sensitive spots and one of mine happens to be shots and needles and the like. It is not fun to me. I’d rather have a baby! Anyway, there’s not a lot of ways to drag this story out. The procedure went well and all through the event, the dentist kept saying he was almost done, so that was comforting…. somehow. And then I found out that they don’t do both fillings at the same time, so the other one I need, I’ll just have to come back another time for another thrilling time in the CHAIR!

Now for all you people out there that have not had this happen, I will say that I still don’t think dentists are scary- just ignorant. And perhaps you will get one that is as nice as mine was. It really wasn’t all that bad, just my own personal jitters, issues, and mental insanities.

Alright, now I’m off to do something besides think about my mouth. Yow!

10 comments:

Jane T. said...

Way to go, Mary!

Just remember that whole "I'd rather have a baby" thing next time you do. :)

DJ said...

Dentists aren't evil, just doofus's who have an overbearing opinion about their own greatness. I don't hate them either, but I sure don't like them...

TripleNine said...

If the choice were between having a baby, or getting a filling, I'm going to pick the filling every time! :)

I'm guessing that you aren't a regular blood donor, right? :)

maldrich said...

Donating blood?? Haha! NEVER!

Actually, I have a legitimate excuse for that as I have extremely low blood pressure and most of the time I would have to run around and do jumping jacks and such to even be allowed to donate, so I just save them and myself the trouble.

And I supposed having a baby is a little bit of a drastic substitution for a filling, but...well...that mouth stuff is pretty miserable!

Jane T. said...

Mary, you should tell the story about when Mother let you get your ears pierced. ;)

AmySita said...

i agree with jane you should tell the story about your ears. ;) Love you!

hesper48 said...

Oh my goodness, Mary, I can certainly sympathize with you! I had a molar pulled on Monday and even though I've been stuck with a needle many times before while having numberous fillings, I think this was by far the worst! It hurt sooo bad, and on top of it all, I had a bad headache at the same time. Probably have to blog a bit about the whole experience just to get it out of my system!

Brenda Jo said...

I can handle needles okay, but when I went to have 2 wisdom teeth pulled, I was so nervous that tears started rolling. This grandfatherly dentist thought I was in pain, but I told him I was just nervous. He thought a minute & said, "I don't usually do this..." and gave me a hug.

theMandMs said...

What is your normal blood pressure?

maldrich said...

Blood Pressure:

On a good day it's around 100/60, but often it is less.