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So, my dad was awesome enough to add me back to his various insurances at the start of this year. I've been trying to take advantage of that fact, which led me to the dentist. You guys, I have not seen a dentist in eight years -- do not let this happen to you! I feel like I have been living at the dentist the last couple weeks.

I just got home from my third appointment (two more to go!) and the right side of my mouth is extremely numb. It turns out that I require a lot of their numbing shit to work for me; like, they started with numbing my cheek so that they could inject the whatever into it, then they had to inject the other side too because apparently I have an extra nerve (wtf), and then they had to inject them again because it didn't numb it enough to start, and then halfway through they had to stop and put a numbing solution on my tooth directly because it didn't take enough. Seriously, so much shit!

The outcome though, is that the entire right side of my face cannot feel a thing. Like, I got home and immediately got water and I cannot even feel the cold of the water if I swish it around in my mouth. So weird!

Also my cheek and chin feel like they're about the size of a basketball. ALSO this all resulted in half of my tongue being numb and feeling swollen as well. Fun times! (I am not actually swollen -- it looks perfectly normal when I look in the mirror. Just feels soooo strange.)

I have to say though, I'm actually pretty lucky in my dentist. I've been seeing the same people since I was a little kid, it's mostly all the same people in the office, they are super nice, and they have freaky good memories, because they remember things about me and my childhood that have nothing to do with my dental history and it freaks me out. More importantly than that, though, they are competent and not scary and never make anything hurt, which is pleasant.

And I will never go eight years without seeing them again, because holy shit, five appointments to fix this shit. I mean, I know I just got finished saying I like these people, but I don't like them that much.

on 2012-04-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I hear you! I had my fourth appointment as a result of not seeing them for five years. I'm done....for now.

on 2012-04-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (A:TLA Zuko Bzuh)
Posted by [identity profile]
Ugggggh. I haven't been to a dentist in about ten years. I just went a while without insurance and now I'm horrified of what they'll say so I get too anxious to even make the appointment. I know when I finally do go I'm going to live there for a month and be in debt out my ears. Like, I am legitimately terrified that my teeth are going to crumble right out of my head and I'm STILL more afraid to go to the dentist and fix any of it.

on 2012-04-24 06:38 pm (UTC)
theemdash: (SG-1 Sam/Cam)
Posted by [personal profile] theemdash
I go to the dentist every 6 months (and have my whole life) but I still one time had to fill 8 cavities. (You'd think that would have convinced me to stop drinking so much soda.)

Have fun with the weird, numb feeling! And watch your tongue!

on 2012-04-25 08:10 am (UTC)
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I made the mistake of not going for a while (and not taking proper care of my teeth) so I lived at the dentist from August 2010 to a couple months after. Yeah, that numbing stuff they gave me really worked well; I'd go to the dentist in the early afternoon and it'd sometimes take until bedtime for it to wear off completely.

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