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Dear Dr. Reber:

You are a wonderful dentist, sunny personality, and you call me "cutie." I like that about you. But. When I tell you that I have a high threshold for pain - which I do - that really doesn't mean you should ignore cues my body is sending you. Example: a clear sign that the NOVOCAINE has worn off is me holding my breath and tearing up. And also grabbing my own forearms in tight fists.

That was the longest frakin' root canal and crown replacement of my life. I felt every bit of it twenty minutes in. And that was a two hour appointment.


Dear Self:

No one passes out ribbons for tolerating pain. Ask for more goddamned pain relief next time. Yes, you've had natural childbirth, passed a kidney stone... Drugs are you friend. Have you forgotten?

Quit being a dumbass,


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Feb. 6th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
::pets you::

I once had drugs wear off me right in the middle of gum surgery. Woe indeed.
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
ACK. You know, then. Oh god the drill and the SHARP METAL PULLING THINGS THAT PULLED MY GUMS BACK.

I have a headache just TYPING that.
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
When I tell you that I have a high threshold for pain

Ah! That was your first mistake, grasshoppah. Don't ever tell the dentist that. Even if it is true. Drugs are your friend, yes!

::pets you, for root canals are not easy::
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
Front tooth. Four nerves right up front where it's thin.

WHY?? I love drugs. I'm seriously going to try and not throw up now.
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
omg, the only root canal I ever had was on a front tooth. I was eleven, though, so I think the guy was taking it easy on me. He was very gentle.

Drugs = of the good. Did he give you any painkillers for the aftermath? (Probably not, because he's like, "I took out the nerve; why would there be pain?" Oh, dude. There's pain.)
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
NO. I didn't ask for a prescription because I wanted to get HOME and be OUT OF THERE and I can call later, but I've ALREADY FELT THE WORST OF IT.

*rocks and rocks*
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
::holds you close::

The only good thing about it is that it's over. Ibuprofen is your friend! (But don't take more than six per day without explicit permission from the doc, yes.)
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
I would never tell the dentist I have a high threshold for pain! Of course I hate going to the dentist so much that if they would give me gas for a cleaning I'd take it! It's not even the pain for me though. It's the noises and the tastes and the person poking in my mouth!
Go find some alcohol. That will help you forget the pain!
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
I said it so they would do more than just the crown. I wanted the root canal and the two cavaties filled so I don't have to keep COMING BACK.

It's all my fault, but alcohol? o_O more like sleeping and LOTS of ibuprofin. Alcohol will make me puke. Again.
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Awww. Poor Stoney.
Writing pr0n will make you feel better... :)

Feb. 6th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Oh. That's a great icon. I've been watching your icon for...er...a while now. Yes.

*stumbles away*
Feb. 6th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Everyone seems to get mesmerized by it...
It is stealable with credit given and I can put different words if there was something else you wanted it to say.
Feb. 7th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
I didn't realize you had made it yourself. *applauds* I'll steal it as is, and will of course give you credit when I use it. Yay!
Feb. 7th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
Thank you. *blush*
Yeah, I'm spending hundreds of dollars on Adobe software and college classes so I can make LJ icons... Mommy would be so proud!
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Feb. 6th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
THE HOOKY SCRAPEY THINGS??? She grabbed my gums and pulled them BACK AND OUT with them, then JAMMED PLASTIC FORMS up around the root to hold the gum away for the crown.

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Feb. 6th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
I drove home and threw up in the bushes. :(
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Ow ow ow ow ow, just imagining this is making me hurt. I did the same thing during my wisdom tooth removal, trying tough it out after the meds wore off. I had never actually whimpered in my life until that day. ::shudders::
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Gah, wisdom teeth. All four were impacted (see business people? That's the proper use of the word: impacted.) and I was VERY GLAD to use drugs then.

I'm so DUMB.
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
Only two of my four were impacted, but they all came out at once. The first one wouldn't go - I could actually HEAR him break the tooth and he just couldn't pull it out. Eugh.
Feb. 6th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Eeek! I heard nothing because I opted to be put to sleep. I would rather have them do god knows what when I'm not conscious than to be awake and know the horrible things they are doing. I think I made the right choice. I was eating sandwiches that night.
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Oh, god, you poor thing! And yes, never ever tell any kind of medical practitioner -- particularly dentists -- you have a high tolerance for pain. That's just ... gah

*snuggles and loves*
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
There were hooks. And jammer thingies. And NEEDLES. And drills.

Why do I think I need to be tough???

*lays head in your lap*
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
::hugs and snuggles::
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
*cuddles against you*
*makes you rub my temples*
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
GAH! *cuddles you* *offers booze*
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
OMG, shoot some more drugs into me. I hate having my mouth poked at. Not sure why. My dentist is so goooooood. She gives me shots that don't hurt and everything. I love her. Of course, I can't feel my mouth for a good part of the day.

So sorry you had a horrible time.
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Feb. 6th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Wah! *pets you* The dentist was probably rubbing his hands in glee - phooey on him!

Here are a bunch of dentist jokes (no guarantee on funniness, however):

Patient: How much to have this tooth pulled?
Dentist: $90.00.
Patient: $90.00 for just a few minutes work???
Dentist: I can extract it very slowly if you like.

A lady goes to the dentist. In the chair, the dentist notices a little brown
spot on one of her teeth.
"Aha, caries! I'll have to drill this one out!" says the dentist.
"Oh no, I'd rather have a child!!!" cries the lady.
"In that case, let me adjust the chair first," replies the dentist.

When a new dentist set up in a small town he quickly acquired a reputation of being the latest kind of "Painless" dentist. But a local lad quicky disputed this. "He's a fake!" he told his mates. "He's not painless at all. When he stuck his finger in my mouth I bit him - and he yelled like anyone else."

Then there's the woman who goes to the dentist. As he leans over to begin working on her, she grabs his balls. The dentist says, "Madam, I believe you've got a hold of my privates." The woman replies, "Yes. We're going to be careful not to hurt each other, aren't we." - ooh, this is a good one for your next appointment.
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
You're a silly silly girl.
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
I am such a big baby when it comes to going to the dentist.
nitrous oxide is your friend.
*sends you percocet*
Feb. 6th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Poor Laura! *pets furiously*

I'm so the opposite with dentists. Doctors, it can depend, but dentists are very quickly made aware that I need of the novicaine, lots and lots of it. Um. I had a super-bad dentist when I was a child, so I am not shy about needing the dental TLC.

This reminds me that I have been avoiding (purely for financial reasons!) the handsome but stern Dr. Dan. I should make an appointment with him forthwith.
Feb. 6th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
I needed painkillers just reading that.

Ah, yes, lesson learned, Kwai Chang Fang. :::tucks you in:::
Feb. 6th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, you poor thing. Root canals are horrid enough with drugs, let alone without them. You have my sympathy, dearest. *hugs*
Feb. 6th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
I actually asked a dentist to pull a tooth without novocaine once, because I had my nursing pictures, pinning, and graduation from college later that night...it hurt less than the fucking toothache...but anytime after that, I am ADAMANT about novocaine...don't ever ever EVAH(!) tell them that you have a high pain tolerance...I think that it's a sign for them to underdose and yank and tug and try to make you cry....

Always remember...drugs are your friend...be one with the drugs...OHM.....

*pets you and hugs you* Poor stoney.... *pets more*
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Feb. 6th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
dear stoney,

pain is not your friend, dorkus.

in other news, have you seen VM lately? and how logan and weevil are obviously dating?

Feb. 6th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)

I mean, pets you and looks of sympathy!!


Feb. 6th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
OWIEOWIEOWIEOWIE! I hurt just reading about it. *sends you drugs*
Feb. 6th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, baby, how ghastly.

::cradles your feet because your head is probably too traumatised to be touched::
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Feb. 6th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
*kisses your poor mouth*
*makes sure to do it with lotsa tongue*

I have a very low threshold of pain, and I make sure the doctors know it. I tell them I want lots of drugs and that I'm scared, which always makes them be very careful. They still use infant needles with me at some places.

*has no pride and slobbers all over you again*

The weird thing is, once they start, I'll never ever say it hurts, even if they're asking and it really really does. Huh. Weird.
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