Down in the mouth

“Some pains are physical, and some pains are mental,” said Ogden Nash, “but the one that’s both is dental.” Still, there’s nothing to be gained by avoiding it.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 May 2012 · 8:14 am

    I’ve never had nitrous – refused it when offered (claustrophobia issues for the mask, and control issues). But the Novocaine does make me feel like crap for the rest of the day after getting shots – mainly racing heart and sick to my stomach.

    Which reminds me. I think I’m due for a check-up. Ugh.

  2. Andrea Harris »

    1 May 2012 · 12:15 pm

    Huh, I take to Novocaine like a duck takes to cocaine, or something like that. I mean, I’ve never felt any ill effects from it, and it wears off pretty fast. I guess I’m just lucky.

    I got knocked out once, for some tooth removal. Unlike the Novocaine experience, being knocked out left me stoned for the whole day. I had to have a friend stay with me to make sure I didn’t choke on my own drool or something.

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 May 2012 · 1:40 pm

    Apparently they put epinephrine or something in with the Novocaine, so it doesn’t dope the person up too much. Or at least that’s what my dentist once said, and then commented, “You’re really sensitive to epinephrine, aren’t you?”

    Yes. Yes I am. The fact that I was shaking in the chair tipped you off, maybe?

  4. McGehee »

    1 May 2012 · 1:43 pm

    My last dental appointment involved the use of gas. I drove myself home afterward, which also involved the use of gas but that’s neither here nor there.

    Apparently I’m half-gassed even when stone cold sober so I was less of a risk.

  5. Tatyana »

    1 May 2012 · 10:17 pm

    aaaawww, that brings up memories I’d rather forget…

    How do you feel now?

  6. Dan B »

    1 May 2012 · 11:42 pm

    Could be worse: you could have just broke up a personal relationship with your dentist, and woke up missing something else.

  7. Teresa »

    2 May 2012 · 11:54 am

    I’ve had so much novacaine over the years it’s a wonder I haven’t od’d on it. Never had a root canal, but I did have a cap put on once that required 5 shots of the numby stuff to get the tooth settled enough to peel my fingernails from the ceiling. Heh. I don’t even get “minor fillings” done without having them juice me up… I know my teeth.

  8. CGHill »

    2 May 2012 · 8:25 pm

    Well, there’s still a bit of sensitivity along the jaw line, and on the off-chance that something got infected during all that tool-pushing, I’m taking a cycle of antibiotics, but otherwise I have nothing to complain about — until, of course, CFI Care (not its real initials) decides not to assume responsibility for 40 percent of the bill.

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