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It's the evening before my wisdom teeth extraction. I figured that I would share what I could actually recall from my dental procedure last Saturday.

My doorbell rang early, and I opened the door to two GRINNING coworkers - Elizabeth and Lori - saying that they wanted to both be with me as I was going through everything. We checked in - I had a MONDO caffeine headache at this point from not being able to drink my half a pot of daily coffee, and my stomach felt like it was digesting itself from hunger.

I got escorted to my room - a dentist chair facing a giant window with a swarm of trees (I LOVE TREES!!!) and a huge bush with giant pink flowers - by a sweet, tiny blond assistant. She says that they decided to give me Ambien instead of Halcyon "since it works faster" and since they were falling behind. She leaves to get the meds after hooking me up to the heart monitor.

I hear the heart monitor in the room next to me: Beep..... beep.... beep.... beep..beep..beep..beep!beep!beep! I hear people racing in and a woman yelling "WHAT'S WRONG?!? WHAT'S WRONG?!? Tell me what I can do!!!" This.... isn't overly encouraging.

Nice blonde lady comes back, gives me two Ambien and says they'll turn out the lights and let me rest and relax for an hour before putting in the iv drip. After feeding me the pills, an angry assistant comes in and demands why the nice wonderful assistant was taking her clients. Sweet lady replies that she was just helping out where she could, because angry lady was super late, and they were really behind. Angry lady kicks out the wonderful sweet one and sits with the bright lights on for the majority of the hour, angrily flipping pages in some chart or magazine. I was worried that I wouldn't ever relax, though the tree leaves were suddenly shaped like Big Bird and seemed to be telling me something... Eventually, the light was turned out. After that, I remember....

- The doctor coming in and saying to the assistant that they normally give Benedryl to the patients in the iv drip, but since "this one lady" pops it like candy, they'll be using morphine. I went to ask if he was talking about me, which is when I discovered that I was, indeed, drugged, as I could barely speak English. It came out more like, "Izzy tllllll mmmmm..."

- The student who was to give me the iv sat at my arm. I remember the doctor saying something to him, giving him instructions. He almost poked me a couple of times, but would stop and look up for further instructions.

- A scraping feeling, as they were doing my planing (deep gum cleaning). Whenever they would do the gums between my two upper teeth, it still HURT. I heard the cleaning lady say "OOH, we're still a little tender there, okay!"

- I woke up almost completely and had my head lifted up and was looking around the room. The dentist came in and said, "Oh, it looks like you're back with us!" The assistant replied, "Yeeeah, let's give her another bag."

- I hear a drill and feel it start to dig into my tooth. I panic a bit, as OMG THEY HAVEN'T NUMBED ME. I'm about ready to throw a fit.... when I realize I can't feel a freaking thing.

- Two women sit me up and put on my jacket. I remember them sitting me into the wheelchair and that it began to move.

- I then saw the inside of Lori's car.

- I'm suddenly inside my livingroom, and Lori is trying to make sure I have everything I need on the couch. "Do you want me to move this table so you can see the tv?" Liz poofs into my livingroom for one second and says only, "DO YOU HAVE LISTERINE?!?" then poofs away.

- I couldn't sleep, so I stumbled to my desk chair and played Sims2 on the PS2. I get angry and my Sims starve to death because I can't form a coherent thought enough to figure out where the farking newspaper is - I have no money and can't get a job, so I can't eat and die.

As far as what really happened after my coat was put on and I was wheeled into the waiting room....

- Lori had pulled her car up to the curb. Elizabeth was the one that helped me out of the wheel chair and into the car, giving me encouraging statements the whole way.

- Liz helped me into the house, holding my arm and talking to me the whole way.

- Apparently, I was playing Sims2 in the training mode - I had to accomplish just a few easy tasks, then I would have been promoted to a new area where newspapers are delivered and I CAN get a job and LIVE.

I'm more than a bit nervous about tomorrow, worried that I'll wake up completely in the middle of getting my teeth ripped out of my head. Loverly Daniel says he will take me and pick me up, so that's one less stress, at least. As long as I get up before 830, I can eat and drink a little something; otherwise, it's a nice starvation run until 230 pm. I don't think that waking up that early will be an issue, as I wake up normally around 7 on my days off.



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May. 15th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
That's what happened to me last time! They kept trying to numb me and kept trying to numb me, and FINALLY when they gave me the last possible shot they could (I think they have to stop at six) I was numbed enough to where I wouldn't scream with pain.

Due to this difficulty to numb... this is why I will probably always do the iv sedation for this type thing.
May. 15th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
What are they knocking you out with for the extraction?

I went to a plastic surgeon for my wisdom teeth. I got the good IV sedation, and Vicadin for the pain. They don't hesitate to drug you up in places like that. :-P
May. 15th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Wisdom teeth extraction was probably the easiest surgery I've ever had. I purposely chose an oral surgeon who didn't believe in IVs or knocking patients out completely. All I remember is the happy pill, the laughing gas, sitting in the chair with lots of people around, my dad helping me in the car, and passing out in the chair.

My teeth were turned sideways, impacted, and huge. Apparently they had to break them to get them out. Could have fooled me! Didn't feel like they did that much work.

You are going to do absolutely fine. I'll be sending you good vibes tomorrow. :-)
May. 15th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Good luck with the tooth! BIG HUG!!!!!!
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May. 15th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think the pain and gore of the aftermath is what I fear more than the actual procedure itself. Granted, if I could deal with all the gross that occurred after my sinus surgery, this should be FIIINE.

Except I cannot handle spit.
May. 15th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I can relate (if you have read my dentist entries from a couple of weeks ago). Hopefully the wisdom teeth thing will go better. I just got some type of shot in the arm/ IV and remember getting sleepy immediately. Then I got wheeled out, was put in my parents' car and the ride home was like all La La land. Then I was so groggy the rest of the day...
May. 15th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Well, hopefully the extraction goes well. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. :) Good luck!
May. 15th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Morphine, eh? What luck. XD
May. 15th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
That's a completely different experience than I had. I had my four taken out. All I did was sit in the chair, they put the iv of drugs, but I was awake and coherent for the whole thing. Seriously, the coolest/weird thing I've ever felt is something being pulled from my skull. Then I hopped up and they were like no no no you have to lay down. And I was like,"Foine". So I waited and then 15 mins I walked to the car and went home and watched tv.

The pain after the good stuff wore off and before I was allowed to take the precription stuff was the worst part for me. Mostly what sucks is living on puddin and applesauce for awhile.

You are my brave little toaster!
May. 16th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh such fun. Ah yes, I still remember getting mine out. All four at once, on nothing but locals. Wheee. Wasn't too bad. Top one's had come all the way in so pop...pop, and they were gone. Bottom's ones were much more difficult. The roots had fused at the bottom and so after much cracking and consternation, that one and finally the one growing in sideways came out.

Man, that one socket must be doing weird things in anticipation of your big day tomorrow.

Still, sometimes it takes two shots for getting my lower teeth drilled. Don't know why. The nerves just refuse to go to sleep.
May. 16th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'll be thinking about you Aubbers hon! I'm sorry I didn't post a comment sooner, what helped me through my wisdom teeth pulling- bags of baby peas. If you put these in the freezer they feel just like a bean bag ice pack, very soothing! :) Rest up and feel better soon!
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