It’s hard to be motivated at night. Especially when your used to having so much time off (yah know, slow holidays). But now that work is picking up, you just don’ t feel like working. But you know you must.
Speaking of motivation. It has been hard to write daily or semi-daily on this blog. I just haven’t had much to report. But I will continue to try.
Yesterday I had my first Root Scaling and Planning appointment with my dental staff. They are fantastic! It always amazes my wife and I how they know who we are without looking at a chart or schedule.
I walked in and Erica knew who I was and how nervous I am about dentists (this is only my 2nd appointment) and she put me at ease and asked how I was. She assured me that they would take care of me. I remembered to give her my new insurance info and she was thankful that I remembered (most people seem to forget).
Katie then came and got me and to start our 90 minutes of fun! Let me go back a minute to my first appointment.
I was extremely nervous about going to the dentist (and my wife just making the appointment and not asking me first didn’t make it any better.) She had her appointment earlier that day and warned them about me and made sure they knew how nervous I was. I was so nervous I made my sister take me.
So I walk in, and before I even say anything, Erica knows exactly who I am and instantly puts me at ease. I wait a few minutes (the rest of the staff was finishing a meeting) and then Katie comes and gets me and gives me a tour of the place. Which, by the way, is a beautiful building. On the outside looks like a cabin and the inside is a very upscale looking cabin‑y motif. I really like it.
Katie shows me to our room and starts the initial exam and cleaning. After doing a few inspections, she takes pictures of my mouth and shows me where I have some buildup and how red my gums were. The results… I had a bacterial infection. So we would not be doing a cleaning. It would be too painful and she wouldn’t be able to really clean. So we decide on a Root Planning and Scaling (2 appointments — 90 minutes each).
So she does the rest of the inspection, and then off to another room with another assistant (I can’t seem to remember her name though) and she takes x‑rays of my teeth.
Then the dentist comes in. A very nice guy who (like me) loves music. He is humming and stuff and I am trying not to giggle (my wife warned me that I may not be able to contain myself). He then proceeds to explain to me that my teeth are in pretty good shape.
When I bite down only 2 or 3 of my teeth touch and that will be a problem as I grow older (Amazingly enough, they don’t show a lot of wear though — he says it is because my tongue keeps getting in he way). So we will discuss getting that taken care of so that I don’t shatter my front teeth. Braces may be an ideal solution, but we are going to discuss all possibilities. If he can get my teeth to touch in a few other areas we should be good (He specialized in Braces for years, so I feel real comfortable with his recommendations)
So back to the current appointment…
I walk into the room and I am hooked up to the gas. She explains to me what to do and asks me questions to make sure I don’t get nauseous.
Once the gas takes effect, she numbs up my right side. I feel the pinch, but she wiggles her finger on my gums or cheek and I don’t feel the pinch as much. My other dentist never did this. A few spots need to be numbed up a little more. She even had to numb up a little bit of my left side because when she was working in the front I could feel it on my other side.
So as she is giving me that shot on my left side on the top, I grab the chair and push myself into the chair away from her, she quickly hurries and asks if it was painful. It wasn’t, but since it was at the top, I could feel it all going to my nose and all of a sudden I felt like I had to sneeze, I literally had to take a huge breath to get the feeling to go away. All I could think of was, “OH MY GOD, DON’T SNEEZE WITH A NEEDLE IN YOUR MOUTH!”
After I am all numbed up, she proceeds to check my gums (we couldn’t do that at the first appointment because I was too sensitive–Man, that makes me sound like a wuss!) Then proceeds to clean my teeth. I can’t feel a thing so it goes really quickly.
A funny thing happened during the appointment. She had me listen to a radio, but I couldn’t get the FM to work. I would flip to FM and get nothing. During a break, I ask her if I can bring my iPod to the next appointment. I proceed to tell her that the radio she had me put on sucks. I meant to say the radio (as in the stations) suck, not that individual radio. But since I wasn’t thinking clearly, I said, “because THIS radio sucks”. I proceed to tell her I am not a radio guy (hence buying the iPod) and that the FM doesn’t work. She tells me it does and flips a switch on the side. Here I had been pushing the on-off button. No wonder it wasn’t working.
On my way home I was thinking about that conversation and realized, I was kinda snotty! I am going to apologize at my next appointment.
Once we are done, she asks if she can try and take a few x‑rays over (we had problems getting my roots on my back teeth at the first appointment) so I said sure.
After that, I was lead back out to Erica who gave me my paper work and then I sat in the lobby until Amy came and picked me up!
When I got into the van Amy kept giggling when I would talk or she would tell me to smile and then giggle. The novocaine was still going strong so half my face wouldn’t work and it looked droopy so it made the other side of my face look like I was smiling. It looked funny! The kids were giggling every time I would talk.
Once we were home I waited a few hours until I could feel my teeth. I still couldn’t feel my lips, but I decided to try eating. I was hungry.
I grabbed my Turkey Bacon Chipotle sub from Davanni’s and proceeded to try and chew on my left side. I usually chew on my right (where my bite is) but I was having difficulty, food kept sliding over to my numb side and if anything got stuck between my cheek and teeth it was lost and I would try to fish it out with my half numb tongue and proceed to drool.
Drinking out of a bottle of pop was a different matter. I had to put the bottle to my lips and on my numb side I had to stick my finger against my mouth to make sure I closed gaps. I stilled dribbled.
I had to go to work, so I took a few more Advil and went to work. By the time I got there, I felt fine, but I could still feel the needle in my gums. Kinda like when you get a shot in the arm. It feels sore and you just can’t get comfy. But as the night went on, it seems to be more constant so we left early and I went home and went to bed.
Today I feel totally fine, occasionally my gum will feel sore. But other than that I am okay!
Well, I think I am long winded enough. Til Next Time.