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I giggled at a dentist’s office today. SAY WHAT!!!!

So after my root canal treatment, my orthodondist told me, you should be numb for a good number of hours, so maybe get a smoothie or something for lunch, I numbed you enough for a 450 pound gorilla!  (He wasn’t lying!)

gorilla

And ladies and gentleman, this was the only time I have ever had a real laugh in a dental office, I hope it will not be the last.

My orthodondist Dr Evan Lynn is great, his bed side manner and how he dealt with a super nervous patient was beyond comparable to any other medical care, that I have ever gotten from ANY medical professional, ANY where else in the word. He explained part by part, what he was going to do, told me how long each part was going to take, what the burning smell was going to be about, why it occurred, etc etc. Throughout the procedure, he asked if I was alright, stopped immediately and did not reproach me or get irritated when I raised my hand for him to let me take a moment to compose myself. He even reminded me once or twice to continue breathing!   He was so kind and really a good person. I say that because of how patient and nice he was to me, as well as how he was super polite and thanked his assistant helping him throughout the procedure. He had a patient immediately after me and even tho he was 20 minutes late, he took all the time he needed to make me feel safe and comfortable. He’s one of the first? dentist who took time to ask me about the about the roots (pun intended) of my dental phobia and then calmly and professionally assured me that he will take good care of me. Even the injection was relatively painless. To be honest, I’m not afraid of needles, I’m afraid of the drill, more specifically a drill that touches an un-numbed tooth, the pain LITERALLY SHOOTS THROUGH YOUR BRAIN. I cringe every time I think about procedures I did in Singapore when my dentist refused to give novocaine and mocked me for being a pansy.

But today, I am formally erasing those bad memories from my head, because I realized if you find the correct oral surgeon/orthodondist/dentist for you, there is literally no pain. I had a (GASP) almost pleasant experience during the root canal surgery, his demeanor and professionalism made me trust him, and it not an unpleasant experience. My usual dentist (who’s also the sweetest lady I have ever met, Dr Park who I have told everyone I met in NYC about and its so hard to make an appointment with her now, but good things, MUST SHARE!), had actually prepped him before I even came into the office and told him about my fears and he did such an excellent job in making me feel safe and comfortable. 8 hours later, I am still in awe of how nice and kind they both were to me.

Kris was there with me the whole time, he’s the world’s best husband. When we got married, he told me that he will always take care of me, and it is in times like this, that I am reminded of what an amazing man I married. Never once did he laugh/mock/chid me for my fears, but instead he comes with me for every appointment and holds my hand every single time. I’m not going to lie, the extent of my dental phobia is somewhat hilarious. The uncontrollable shaking, sleepless nights and countless nightmares! He is really the most dependable person in the world! It is really easy to say that you will love a person in good times and in bad, but not many people actually follow through in bad times!

It has been a very trying time, first the wisdom teeth extraction, then today’s root canal and another possible another root canal AND/or major cavity filling looming in the near future. I have the worse dental genes! The allergies I developed from the antibiotics, and the pain that woke me up for nights because of the abscess in the root has been no walk in the park. I woke up one day and I was like covered in hives and a ear was getting bigger than the other. I was thinking to myself, OMG I FINALLY MUTATED!!!!

BUT!!!!!! Despite all the shitty times, I’m very glad for a husband who’s there for me all the time, a family who listens to me whine across the oceans and true friends that have been texting me non stop before and after procedures to make sure I’m alright and of course finding good people in the dental profession that I actually trust. I feel very lucky! I decided to cancel spring break vacation in order to pay for the huge dental bills, but its okay I’ll have more time to work on my papers. I’m kind of behind schedule these days because of all the freaking out, lack of proper sleep at night and the pain that has been gnawing at the jaw.

I am hopeful tho, that maybe after these series of good experiences. I will believe that dentistry is not supposed to be a hellish experience and that its possible to not shiver constantly in a dentist’s chair!

Today, I accept that as I age, life is not going to always be easy. But I am confident that with my own mental strength and the support/love I get from the people around me, I will be better and braver than I was yesterday, everyday.

pain is real but so is hope

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I was tooth raped again today. Tooth was drilled,  had 2 injections, my gums are bleeding and my lower left jaw feels numb & violated.

My old root canal was thoroughly molested. Re-shaved, re-drilled and X-rayed. I still hated the process, but this new dentist was thorough and very gentle and kind. I like kind people. They make the world a better place.

Like my husband. He’s the kindest person in my life. Despite being sick, he came with me stood and waited for 1 hour 15minutes as he watched the dentist work on me. He’s very kind, very loving and very patient. Next time I’m grumpy and upset with the world over my multiple tooth issues I must remember his great love for me.

KRISTOPHER RYAN BEEEVERS! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING GOOD CARE OF THE SUPER GRUMPY BEAR WITH THE TOOTHACHE. YOU ARE THE BEST! I DON’T THINK I CAN EVER FIND A BETTER HUSBAND IN THIS WORLD THAT IS AS AWESOME AS YOU. IN MY NEXT LIFE I WANT TO MARRY YOU AGAIN!

PS: Everyone in the dental clinic was raving about how supportive he was as a husband. If only all husbands were like that. My husband will never do that. Blah blah! I think he might have blushed a little. His goofy grin and cute adorable shy face! I must remember to smother him with kisses later.

 I feel a little out of it, must be due to the medication or fear. In any case, hello bed!

#KILLMENOW

The dreaded day of visting the dentist has arrived.

I have one potential root canal and 7 cavities. I brush and floss, but apparently I don’t have the same superior genes as Kris. My parents teeth are terrible too, so I guess I’m just one of those unlucky ones.

I swear to God, I do take care of my teeth, mouth wash(2x), floss (1x) and brush(2x) daily. Kris doesn’t even do that, he just brushes twice a day. And not even as thoroughly as I do!

I’m down in the dumps, this has got to be one of the worse days of my life.

I’m not even being melodramatic  I hate the dentists. I hate the drill and all assorted equipment in there. I think this fear developed from my crazy wisdom tooth extraction from 2 sides of my lower jaw a few years back.

I wish they can just give me a GA and just knock me out.

But with like everything else sucky in life, I just gotta suck it up and it’ll be over.

There are much worse medical conditions in the world to be diagnosed with.

On the bright side, the root canal will probably solve all the composite problems in my left molar.

In Singapore they don’t usually do an X-ray and as such, the problems are much worse at the end. Right now apparently I just have tiny cavities between my teeth in a couple of tooth and that should be relatively painless.

The problem is in the US, they schedule another visit for cavities and what nots, so then you got time to raise money to pay for the dentist and if all else fails, you can sell your first born to pay for dental treatment.

Even with my existing dental insurance, I’m still looking at a cool 1000-2000 US dollars.

23rd May 2013 is the day they will drill into my molar and determine if its really a root canal, but from the X-ray its not cool at all. NOT COOL.

But I will be brave *thumps chest*

Mr Robot was also very nice, he gave me lots of hugs and told me, “Don’t worry I will accompany you on all your dental trips.”

*Awwwww*

3 more dentist visits, OH JOY!