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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Wood View Post
    When I was young, we were very regular dentist visitors. One of my father's best friends from childhood is a dentist, and his father was a dentist, and his son was, at the time, becoming a dentist. Later in my teen years, "young Matt," the son, became my regular dentist, and he is good. On the couple of occasions when he's had to drill on me, it was like it didn't even happen, and that was even without using Novocaine (needless to say, these were occasions in which he didn't have to drill deep). He's just that excellent with a drill.

    When I was about 23, my wisdom teeth came in, of course creating some fairly serious pain for me on a Friday afternoon. I called Matt's office and explained the pain and he said he had been expecting my wisdom teeth to start causing me problems soon, based upon my last X-rays. He called in a script for me and told me to come in Monday morning, which I did. This experience taught me that I cannot take hydrocodone, because I had a horrible reaction to it, so I basically traded out the hydrocode for Jack Daniels for the rest of the weekend.

    Monday morning came, and Matt took one look at the X-rays and said that yep, I was going to have to get my wisdom teeth taken out. He set up an appointment for the next afternoon with an oral surgeon, someone whose son I had known in middle school.

    Bear ye in mind that I had never had any form of surgery or indeed any medical procedure more intense than a couple of stitches and a splint at this point in my life. I had never been under any form of anesthesia in my life, and honestly I didn't know what to expect, but I put my faith in this oral surgeon to take care of everything and I didn't really worry about it.

    In I go to the oral surgeon, I've been NPO for 12 hours, filled out all of the forms, etc., etc. I got up into the chair and they started the IV, and there was the expected "count backwards" business. So I counted backwards and felt myself lifting off the table and everything was supposedly fine.


    It wasn't.


    The paralytic that they administered worked just fine. I was good and paralyzed. The anesthesia that was supposed to put me under .... didn't.


    I wound up going through the entire procedure of having my teeth ripped out of my skull while I was wide awake, but paralyzed. I could hear and feel the teeth getting drilled on, then crushed up with a pair of pliers, and then yanked out of my head, each for four teeth. There simply are no words to describe how incredibly horrible that experience was. It's worse than anything I can think of in any horror movie. To this very day, nearly twenty years later, I have nightmares of that incident and wake up screaming about once every two weeks or so.


    I've been back to the dentist one time since that experience, and I damn near went homicidal during a 30-minute cleaning. I can't even go in the door of a dentist these days.

    That would have me think twice before going to a dentist again also.

    I had foot surgery once and they did not use enough local.

    I felt the knife hit the bone of my foot....I about kicked the doctor...
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    1. Orajel only works the first day of pain. Your gums develop tolerance to it quickly. It's a substance that is similar to cocaine, back when doctors used cocaine as a topical anesthetic. When it stops working, gargle every 15-30 minutes with whiskey. It's your decision whether to swallow it or spit it out, but it will help with the infection.


    2. If half your tooth falls out, sooner or later it is going to hurt. It's going to abcess and your gum will "bump out", as my dentist refers to the bump of pus that grows on your gum on the other side of the abcess. Dental abcesses are the second worst pain I have ever experienced, the worst being gall stone pain.


    I hate going to the dentist, but it hurts more not to go. I have to get 4 cleanings a year, 2 from my dentist and 2 from the periodontist. I've had all the dental work done that I can short of having all my teeth pulled and getting dentures. I had orthodontics as a teen, I've had my wisdom teeth pulled and I had periodontal surgery. It all sucks, but the up side is that dentists can prescribe vicodin or tylenol 3s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    1. Orajel only works the first day of pain. Your gums develop tolerance to it quickly.
    Oh boy! Are you ever correct noonwitch! I am living in "a world of hurt" at the moment. (half-hearted-smile!)

    When it stops working, gargle every 15-30 minutes with whiskey. It's your decision whether to swallow it or spit it out, but it will help with the infection.
    Ooh! I like that suggestion! Have run out of brandy to take before going to bed, in order to finally get some rest. Of course, I'll "swallow" it after ... why not ... should get to the blood stream faster! ...

    If half your tooth falls out, sooner or later it is going to hurt. It's going to abcess ... etc.
    Correct again, Dr. Noonwitch! (smile!) 'Tis indeed what I have.

    Managed to get an appt. for 9:30 this morning due to a cancellation, can you believe, the luck? Had x-rays and all the prodding and poking etc. done ... and now have an appt. with a specialist in "Endodontics" whatever that is ... to have a charming root canal done 3 days from now, in a nearby town.

    And from there ... back to Mr. ABC's dentist again for crown work. Oh the joy of it all escapes me! At least new dentist has given me a prescription for Amoxycillin (who cares how I spelled it) to take care of the infection ... and tells me as soon as I have the root work done, the pain will go away!

    Dental abcesses are the second worst pain I have ever experienced, the worst being gall stone pain.
    Oh you poor thing! I can't even imagine what that must have felt like. This pain that I am going through at the moment, is wild and wooly enough!

    Hopefully, you will never have to go through it again, noonie!

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    My biggest issue is the Novocaine doesn't last. They have to give me six shots of it before I even start to get numb, and that wears off pretty quick. I have very sensitive teeth. So the littlest things poking and prodding them hurt like crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    WTF. Are you shitting us? That is incredibly horrific.

    Are you saying you felt it too? I can't imagine you didn't pass out from the pain.
    Yep, though the pain was dulled a bit. But I was paralyzed and wide awake for the whole, horrible thing. And yes, it was incredibly horrific. There's a reason why I still have wake-up-screaming-in-the-middle-of-the-night nightmares about it twenty years later. Alfred Hitchcock and Wes Craven together could not have dreamed that horror up.

    Needless to say, I threatened the anesthesiologist (anesthetist? I never can remember which is which) in the pre-surgical for my hip with hunting down her, her family, her family's family, her friends, people she barely remembered from high school, and all of the aforementioned's dogs, cats, hamsters, and goldfish and doling out the most horrible deaths imaginable if I had the same experience while they were sawing off the top of what remained of my femur. Fortunately, they managed to get it right when they were replacing my hip, so no one had to die unnecessarily.
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    Adam ...

    Was thinking about you yesterday at the specialist's office while "white-knuckling" it in the chair, practically *inverted* ... strange position to be in for so long.

    How beyond horrific for you. Ugh!

    While my experience yesterday in no possible way, can equal yours, it was not so pleasant either.

    Good old "Murphy's Law" kicked in and screwed up everything. She could not finish my appt. due to my tooth "erupting" ... will not go into the disgusting details.

    So naturally, have to go back again in a couple of weeks time. I'd say about 50% of the pain has subsided however, thank goodness.

    Is reason I came in this morning and posted the test in The Lounge. Still need to keep myself distracted.

    Guess that subject should win in "The Lead Balloon Contest," huh? ...

    Nevermind ... is time to dose myself with 2 more aspirins and a quick "whisky" swirl that noonie suggested ... which DOES indeed work to numb the gum!

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    To whom it may concern ...

    This shameless attention whore that I have become lately ... being of still fogged mind, and sound body, do solemnly swear to not talk about my blinking dental problems anymore in here, or elsewhere in Conservative Underground.

    Signed, this 3rd, day of August, in the Year of our Lord, 2012.

    ~ ABC ...

    (Besides, I really don't have the time. Have a dinner party for 10 to prepare for, coming up one week from tomorrow. Have buckets of stuff to plan, shop for, etc.) ...
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    What a bunch of wimps!!!


    I love going to the dentist! I have a high pain threshold...
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    What a bunch of wimps!!!


    I love going to the dentist! I have a high pain threshold...
    Oh my!

    Had a partial frontal-lobotomy performed, at any point, have you, darlin'? ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABC in Georgia View Post
    Oh my!

    Had a partial frontal-lobotomy performed, at any point, have you, darlin'? ...

    ~ ABC
    I figured you dropped off your teeth and went out for a couple of drinks while they were fixing them.
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