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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Ha! http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08...
I knew it.
As chronicled in song, I did in fact bite the dentist. I also amazed dentists by begging for second and third shots of novocaine. They kept saying "You couldn't possibly still feel this," but I did. I did. I have proof, now. Or at least some justification.
I may be a wuss about pain, but at least now I can say its genetic.



message 2: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i agree! my youngest is an 18 year old son who is built and looks like a Viking complete with a fiery red beard and yet he moans and complains about every scratch and bruise. he says "owwww" before stuff even happens


message 3: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Well, I've known some redheads that were pains. But ... uh ....


message 4: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
I love that you bit the dentist, Sarah 3.83


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Thanks. I was nine or ten, and he deserved it, refusing to give me enough painkillers while pulling two teeth that were clearly not ready to go. I warned him, too.


message 6: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I'm a redhead, terrified of the dentist, but was told by my physicians that I have a high pain tolerance...


message 7: by Sally, la reina (last edited Aug 07, 2009 09:25AM) (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
I do not like the dentist. I once had a root canal done incorrectly. It continued to get infected, so my crap dentist would remove the crown, drill some more, put in "softener" re-cap it, and reschedule me for three months down the road. At which point the smelly, painful process would begin again.

I hate the dentist.

Edit to remove slashes.


message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I have never even had a cavity, but it is my worst fear that I will go to the dentist, they will have a look around and tell me I need a root canal, then they will start the procedure, but not give me the proper meds, and I will feel the whole thing. That is my fear. I HATE the dentist!!!


message 9: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Well, that wouldn't happen. You'd have to reschedule with the periodontist first.


message 10: by Heidi (last edited Aug 07, 2009 09:38AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments I love going to the dentist. I like to get my teeth cleaned. No sarcasm.

However, when I was a kid and would hear that I'd have to get a shot, I'd escape to the lobby area of the doctor's office and have the whole team of doctors and nurses chasing me down as I hid under chairs and tables and crawled through people's legs. :) One time I kicked the doctor so he asked the nurse who was trying to hold me down to do it instead. I kicked her, too. They still gave me a sucker after the visit. I didn't expect to get one. My mother could probably verify all of this.


message 11: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments my dentist, Tom Prather, has a crooked mustache. perpetually. it drives me crazy when i am looking up at him from the chair. he wears these weird magnifying glasses like something from "Honey I Shrunk The Kids". the 'stache makes me batty but i don't hate the dentist


message 12: by Heather (last edited Aug 07, 2009 09:38AM) (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I had to be strapped into a bed and held down by nurses once too. I was two and had shoved a rock up my nose. No one could get it out so I had to be rushed to the ER...

Sally, good to know that my fear can't be realized in the way of my terrors. I still hate the dentist though...


message 13: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
My dentist honestly seems like a nice guy. He blinks a lot when talking to me and has this soft looking blond hair.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Sally wrote: "I do not like the dentist. I once had a root canal done incorrectly. It continued to get infected, so my crap dentist would remove the crown, drill some more, put in "softener" re-cap it, and resc..."

I once had a root canal done without painkiller. The dentist still shakes his head whenever he sees me.

The pain was more breable than the needle, I absolutely fucking hate needles.



message 15: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments Somehow I doubt I could ever like any dentist, even if it were the most beautiful man alive, I would still hate the dentist.

Jim, that's crazy. I would take 100 shots over going to the dentist once.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

I can't give blood for the same reason.



message 17: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
No, I know what Jim's saying. It's a fucking 8 inch needle to the mouth. It alone hurts like a motherfucker and you have to just lay there and stare at it while it hurts you in the face.


message 18: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I can't give blood because of the weight requirement, but otherwise I would, it's such a great thing to do.


message 19: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Giving blood, even a drop makes me spin, vomit, and pass out hard.


message 20: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments I don't mind needles, but I would mind them if they went anywhere near my teeth. There's just something about anyone messing with my mouth that really freaks me out...


message 21: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Well, imagine that 8" piece of iron jammed against your upper right incisor and bottom left gum while he pushes 20 ccs directly into your flesh.


message 22: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments *dies inside*
What are you trying to do to me Sally? LOL

But seriously, that is one of my worst fears come to life...


message 23: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i don't mind shots or needles. i once, after nearly severing my thumb, gave myself a local anesthetic shot in the thumb (with the crazy blessing of the doc in the clinic)and pushed the really thin needle clear through my thumb and accidentally squirted the numbing stuff into the faces of the mortified nurses standing too close. i didn't feel a thing. they went ape-crap and began pawing their faces. one seemed to have a bells-palsy like droop to her left side lips for a short while


message 24: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
I hate the dentist.

I've honestly asked them to pull all of my teeth and give me a set of dentures in exchange for never having to go again.


message 25: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Kevin "El Liso Grande" wrote: "i don't mind shots or needles. i once, after nearly severing my thumb, gave myself a local anesthetic shot in the thumb (with the crazy blessing of the doc in the clinic)and pushed the really thin ..."

Oh, Kevin. You just made me laugh out loud. Really, really laugh.




message 26: by Heather (new)

Heather (heatherjoy) | 384 comments That's a thought Sally....


message 27: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Kevin wrote: "one seemed to have a bells-palsy like droop to her left side lips for a short while "

Oh SHUT UP that is not true! You story teller!


message 28: by Heidi (last edited Aug 07, 2009 10:07AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments The only reason it made me laugh is because we just had a major panic around my office on Thursday last week when my coworker was stuck with a needle after a blood draw. I had to drive him to the clinic to get innoculated immediately after the stick. And they drew his blood to have it tested. THAT wasn't funny, but I can totally imagine the panic after the nurses were stuck with the needles.

Or are you making this up? Because if you are, then THAT SHIT'S NOT FUNNY, KEVIN!

:)


message 29: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments BTW, in case you were concerned after reading that, my coworker didn't contract HIV or any other bloodborne diseases. :)


message 30: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments totally true. at Med-One in kokomo, IN. that is the day i went there twice in 4 hours. first for welders burn of the eyes (from staring at a welding operation like a bug drawn to a porch light) and then just hours later for a partially severed thumb. the young doc couldn't figure out how/where to give me the shot in the thumb and i said "give it here" and he did. i jabbed it into my thumb and pushed the plunger. the needle had gone clear out the other side and sprayed the stuff into the faces of two nurses standing there watching with dismay.

i am a reg a Med-One and they all have good Kevin stories there


message 31: by Heidi (last edited Aug 07, 2009 10:11AM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Okay, then it's a great story. Poor panicky nurses. :) I'm chuckling as I type this. WHY am I chuckling as I type this?


message 32: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments heck, i gashed my melon one time and a buddy superglued the wound shut. it then expanded like i was growing a horn and i had a near golf ball size right on top of my head. bleeding stopped though


message 33: by Lori (new)

Lori Is it safe?


message 34: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
"your melon" = skull?


message 35: by Jackie "the Librarian" (last edited Aug 07, 2009 10:38AM) (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments My dentist looks and sounds like Al Gore, but apparently he's Republican.
I have to get a couple of fillings replaced next month, and I'm not looking forward to it. :(


message 36: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments yes. my skull. i ducked when i should have dipped


message 37: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I had a few years where I didn't go because I was so scared...my new dentist is a wonder. I haven't had a cavity since I was a kid, but I did get a toothache last year and I needed to have a filling put onto a spot where the root was exposed. The dentist did some magical thing where he shook my lip and gum repeatedly while he gave me the shot, and I have to say, I didn't feel the shot at all. It probably also helped that I had no idea what he was doing at the time.

Kevin's dentist's mustache reminds me of the dental assistant who worked with my orthodontist. She had two birthmarks on her chin, and if I looked at her right, everything she said looked ridiculous, like her chin had eyes, and her mouth was upside down.

Like so: [image error]
It was excellent distraction.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Hahahaha!!! Anything to keep your mind off what they're doing with sharp implements is a good thing.

My dentist numbs the spot that's going to get the shot with some topical anaesthetic first before the injection. I REALLY appreciate that.


message 39: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i am sitting there the whole time thinking "are you kidding me....does he not see how crooked that is....maybe his mouth is not straight and that is the deal....what if he tilted his head?"

my friend works as a dental hygienist there and once when i went in to get a teeth cleaning by her i ate a small package of Oreo's in the parking lot before i went in. i got back and sat down and opened up and there was all the black crud on my teeth. she didn't say anything but put the little hooky deal behind my front tooth slightly into my gum and put a little pressure to it. i levitated off of the chair. like she lifted me straight up. last laugh was def hers


message 40: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Oh dear god.


*puts head between knees*





Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments That'll teach ya, Kevin. Do not mess with the hygienist, as they have the pointy metal instruments.


message 42: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
I once had a hygenist (or whatever they're called, the one who does the pre-scraping for the dentist) who kept poking me harder and harder: "That can't possibly hurt. You are exaggerating. I don't believe this hurts that much."
As I was writhing around in the chair, kicking my legs up. At one point I actually got out of the chair and just looked at her.

Such a bitch.


message 43: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments that's right jacks - when the pointy thing gets ahold of you time to fly right


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Sally, man that sounds AWFUL! I think you should have bit her!


message 45: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 1009 comments I don't have red hair... and I still hate the dentist...


message 46: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments You should definitely have gone the biting route. It's soul-satisfying.


message 47: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
*adds "biting prowess" to list of things about Sarah 34 that rock*


message 48: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments SO, I guess I'm in the minority here (loving dentist visits).


message 49: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Heidi, I think you might be in the minority anywhere on that one.


message 50: by Heidi (last edited Aug 07, 2009 12:32PM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments I really DO like getting my teeth cleaned!

The only exceptions to enjoying a visit to the dentist's office would be 1. having to do the flouride rinse (I always get sick) 2. having to bite down on the mouthpieces for x-rays because I have a childsize mouth and they keep giving me damn adult size bites and lastly, 3. when I've had to get my tooth sanded to get a (I forget what they're called - but's like a fill-in extension) on my incisor that I chipped in the 2nd grade put on it - the sander cut it a bit too close to the nerve in my front tooth and my teeth were all sensitive for a couple of months after that.

But I really do like getting my teeth cleaned.


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