Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bad Chore Ahead by Angie Ledbetter

I have dental phobia brought on by years of dentists not believing I am anesthesia resistant. Even after 14 shots once, I could still feel the heart-stopping pain of drill biting into nerve. The same thing happened with the epidurals I was given during the births of my three children. Not one of them worked, so it was natural childbirth for me.

Having finally found a dentist who believes me, and who has concocted a cocktail of three different medications to numb my mouth for at least 20 minutes, I am eternally grateful.

Today while I sit sweating and shaking in the dentist's chair for a regular check-up, I'll call up all my reserves to keep myself calm. Among the most prominent weapons in my arsenal will be listing and re-listing the many things for which I am grateful. And when it's all over and I'm back in my car on the way home, I will truly feel gratitude for my good dentist and that the dreaded appointment is over.


Kathryn Magendie said...

I have weird reactions to the dentist I always ask, "do you have to numb me; i can take it without..." and they say, "um, no, you can't...." Yes yes I can, really! I hate being numb!

So, they give me just a tad, and I still feel it a little...but better than the alternative.

Angie Ledbetter said...

I'd much rather have your "condition." :) *shudder*

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the trip. Not always a lot of fun.

Barbara Quinn said...

Best of luck with the dentist and I'm so glad you found a good one. May any future anesthesia pour numbingly into your veins. I'm super-sensitive to it and am ill for a day or so after, but at least I don't feel anything. Hugs..

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks, Oren. :)
And you too, Barb. Funny how differently people react to anesthesia, isn't it?

Patresa Hartman said...

Resistant to anesthesia???? OH ANGIE! I'm so sorry about that. I adore anesthesia. Really love the stuff. If I knew how to buy it on the street, I would willingly become some kind of anesthesia junkie.

Angie Ledbetter said...

LOL, Patresa. It's not that I personally resist taking/using it, it's that my body doesn't seem to absorb it! I wish it would.

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