This week I had two separate visits to the dentist, and I have one coming up next week. This week I had my last two fillings filled, one on the bottom right and one on the bottom left. My whole lower jaw was numb. They went quick and smooth. However, I had not been cleared to have the gas, so I was on valium for this procedure. Over the past few months I've been to the dentist several times. Once I had the gas. Twice I took valium. I prefer the gas.
Two days later, I had the first half of my cleaning. They cleaned the right half of my teeth. They numbed me up on that side of my mouth and went to work. That little water thing is high-pitched and whiny. The dental hygienist did have to put an extra needle or two into me. She used more anesthetic, because it went from pressure to pain at one point. But I didn't have to suffer through it on valium. I don't think that I would have been able to get through it with just the pill. My neurologist cleared me for the gas, so I used that.
After my cleaning, my teeth felt better. I wish hey had done the left half at the same time as the right. Then I'd be doing even better than now.
I have had a root canal and one filling, wisdom teeth extraction, four more fillings, and a cleaning. After next week I'll finally finish getting my mouth back to a healthy place. I've learned my lesson. Brushing and flossing are necessary. The other thing is that I am looking for dental insurance for the four of us. I'd rather have the insurance and be able to get the basics done when they should be. It is far more cost effective than leaving it until I have to go back and back and back again.
I'll keep you updated on what's going on with that, but other things are coming up as well. I have a WIC appointment and my final tooth appointment this week. I'll post about that later. I'm also looking into going back to school to get my teaching certificate; I'll keep you updated on that.