Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pricey Procedures

I went to the dentist on Wednesday morning for the beginning of my root canal. It could take 2 or 3 more visits for the dentist to finish everything. He has to see. The part that we weren't ready for: the pricey price tag. I don't even want to tell how much. I just have to say that I am very thankful for our tax return; otherwise, I would have cried.

Once seated in the dentist chair, I tried to relax. Not very easy, I must say. But the chair was comfortable. I had been worried that my shoulder would be uncomfortable and aching during the procedure. I got several shots, heard and smelled the drilling, felt the filing, tried not to swallow anything (including the cotton), and felt like they were going to tear the side of my mouth. But, not as bad as I thought it would be.

When the dentist was done for the day, he raised the chair and the room started to spin. That is when the dentist lowered the chair again. He tried to raise it again a little while later, but I got dizzy and nauseous again. I lay down on that chair for quite a while, but then I realized that it wasn't going away. I had to just grit my teeth and try to get home. I got up, rinsed my mouth, and leaned on the wall as I walked back to the waiting area.

The car ride was not enjoyable. We live 40+ minutes away from the dentist's office. I just wanted to lay down. I kept thinking about what I would grab if I were to throw up. I can take the pain, not the dizzy nauseousness. Pray for me, please!!

Observations from the dentist's chair:

  • a little piece of hair on your face makes your life unbearably itchy
  • is it possible to choke on cotton?
  • your mouth can only be stretched so much
  • has anyone ever bitten the dentist when his hand was in their mouth?
  • you cannot fall asleep during a dental procedure


  1. Hahaha. So true. My dentist told me i have very hard enamel. She had to change the drill bit multiple times. She asked me if i drank a lot of milk. Growing up in Korea, i did't. I told her i ate a lot of anchovies growing up!


    1. Love that! Shows that we don't need so much milk! Just myul-chee!