My trip to the dentist.
Yesterday I went to the dentist. Since moving outside of the US my teeth aren’t very happy because of no fluoride in the water. This has happened to many of my expat friends. Before I moved my teeth never had issues and I never had a terrible time at the dentist. Since I have been in Switzerland I have had dentists who think that my mouth is a waterpark and attempt to drown me. Dentists who yelled at me because the root of my tooth was crooked. He didn’t want to hear that I had braces to fix my snaggletooth! Lastly a dentist who pulled out my molar and left in my wisdom tooth because she thought it was a good idea. Another fun fact about this is these dentists would remove my teeth and even if it was a hard extraction with lots of drilling and and shifting and pulling, send me home with only 2 painkillers. Suffice it to say dentists scare me now.
Yesterday I had an exceptionally nervous stomach so all I had was my morning coffee because I really didn’t want a caffeine headache to go with my up and coming mouthache. I went to my appointment at 11 and sat in the waiting room….and sat…and sat some more. It was only 15 minutes but as each moment ticked by I found myself more and more nervous. I finally enter the room and meet the doctor who reminded me of one of my first camp counselor. (Yes I do remember that far back.)
So I’m leaned back and getting all my shots which never really bothered me. The only problem is my mouth seems to be wired all sorts of crazy. The entire side of the tooth was numb but when she would try to grip it I would feel it. So I had to have my entire mouth numbed.
Honestly this was the least scary trip to the dentist. Her drill wasn’t so loud it felt like it was boring a hole into my skull. The hygenist didn’t try to drown me. It did take about 45 minutes but it didn’t feel that long which was pretty impressive.
So we are all done and she’s telling me everything is fine and I need to come back next week. She sends me home with a care list, gauze, a cold pack, and 16 painkillers. Finally a dentist who gets it! Not that I am desperate for painkillers but my pain does last longer than a day.
Finally a dentist that gets it!
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