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Mission Accomplished

Okay, now that it's done lemme clarify that last entry a bit.

First off, I goofed. I'd intended to post it with comments turned off. Oh well. I went to the dentist to have a filling replaced. I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist.

No, that's not quite right. I have a terrible, irrational fear of getting fillings.

No, that's not quite right either. I have a terrible, all-consuming, brain-ceases-to-function terror of the 20 seconds while I'm getting the novocaine shot. Fortunately they do that first, so the rest of the procedure- the part where they're actually drilling into my head, smoke is coming out of my mouth, and angry mechanical noises are reverberating through my skull so loudly that my field of vision vibrates- is a cake walk by comparison. (For the record, angry mechanical noises coming from inside my head are strange only because they're angry. Usually the mechanical noises in my head are happy ones.)

I've always been petrified by needles in my mouth. The fact that I was able to sleep last night shows that I've made significant improvement in that regard. As a kid I'd start feeling sick days beforehand. I suspect that it's due in part to the fact that my first few experiences with novocaine were without the benefit of a topical anesthetic.

This dentist is awesome by the way, and his assistant is my new best friend. I didn't (couldn't) hide my apprehension at all, so she hooked me up with a hungry-man helping of the topical anesthetic goo, and when the dentist was delayed a bit she even gave me a little second helping. <3 <3 <3

After The Shot my panic drained out of me faster than I was afraid my pee was going to, and everything went smoothly. I asked the assistant how long the procedure would take, and she said that the dentist was usually pretty quick, so the whole thing would only take a half hour or so. In actuality, from the time he walked in begin until I stood up to rinse my mouth was almost exactly 15 minutes. Damn.

Oh, and as if I needed validation that I married the perfect woman, femetal sent me an SMS message suggesting that I pretend that the needle was the Gom Jabbar. She did this without having read my last post. :-)

Side note: Someone really needs to write a Jabber client called "Gom Jabber". ;-)

Note on my side: The left side of my face is still mostly numb. When I smirk I look like Billy Idol, and I can only wiggle the right half of my nose. :-)


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Nov. 21st, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I had a 6-year stretch where I refused novocaine for fillings. I hated the wearing-off-tingle feeling more than the pain. Dentists thought I was wierd, but whether to accept anesthetic is your own choice. I can deal again now, not really sure why I was so wierd about it then either.

If you see a shrink for anything else, you might want to work with them about your needle phobia. If not, you might want to think about talking with a therapist/counsellor about it. There's lots of other circumstances in life where you will need needles, and a dentist appointment every 6 months (ideally) is the most benign of them.
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
I know people who have decided to forego novocaine in situations like that, but as much as I'm afraid of the shot I think I'd be physically incapable of doing a procedure like that with no anesthesia at all. I commend your fortitude!

Strangely, getting a regular shot in the arm doesn't particularly bother me (though I choose not to watch). As a child I got lots of allergy shots, so I got over it pretty quickly and now it's no biggie.
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
heh, funny you mention the pee thing
I actually passed out from dehydration once 'cause I hadn't drunk anything for over 12 hours before oral surgery and had peed myself dry, and then I couldn't drink for several hours after.
Combined with blood loss, I feel down & went boom.
But I was afraid of losing it during surgery LOL
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
Wow! I was just kidding about the peeing thing!
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
I have a true horror of needles anywhere on my body, and the face & mouth are the worst, so it's already tough. Plus novocaine doesn't work right on me & I was having major oral surgery they couldn't put e under for, so it meant plenty of needle jabs. I was just afraid of losing it.
Did the same "no drinking" thing before my first skydive LOL.
Nov. 21st, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Your fear is more rational than mine, that's for certain. - ZM
Nov. 21st, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
My dentist gives me good drugs...usually Xanax...for any major procedure...never had a filling done by him, but the root canal was wonderful...I also got earphones and music of my choice...and I do not remember anything but them putting the headphones over my ears and talking around me...no shot memories, just them waking me up to go home...

I have a great dentist...and he is great to look at too...:)
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
funny, i get that reaction anytime a needle comes anywhere near me, or even on tv i'll start to freak a bit.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
My last 2 dentists had to order special novacaine for me. I metabolize it very quickly. Having your tooth and nerves wake up near the end of drilling sucks! So a big hats off to zandperl for going with out. WOW. I love the fear litany and use for some things also.
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