I’m home from my root canal. I survived. But it was terrifying. I have never seen so many dental tools moving in and out of my mouth. My claustrophobia and fear of suffocating really flared up at times. I was just stuck in that tiny chair. As of now, I have no pain. The most painful part was getting poked and shot up with Novocain. Except for that, all I could feel was pressure and movement.
The drills were awful, like nails on a chalkboard. I could tell they were INSIDE my tooth, and they made this horrible high pitched grinding noise. Sometimes some really awful tastes got into my mouth. One was almost like drinking bleach and felt like it was burning my throat. Another one was incredibly bitter, like if you tried to chew up a tablet of Advil, only 20 times worse. I don’t know if that’s supposed to happen, but it’s not like I could talk and ask what was up.
I was upset that I had to pay for it all right there. I had a little flyer from my dentist that said I would be billed for the remaining balance after my insurance copay. I was not prepared to pay $260 right now!! Ouch!! I had to put it on my credit card, which makes me very unhappy. I’m not sure how much my crown will cost, but I hope my dentist will send me a bill for that, because it’ll take me a while to get all that money together.
For now, I will lay on the couch and suffer with my stroke face. I’m not in pain yet, but I’m starting to feel more and more sore. I hope I feel better by tomorrow. I am dangerously low on vacation time.