Wayne dropped me off at the endodontist and took the kids to a McDonald's with an indoor play area just around the block.
I was so panicky that I actually started crying in the chair, waiting my turn.
I had my iPod and earphones to block out all the sounds. The doctor guy, Dr. Appelstein, kept trying to reassure me that it would be easy, but it wasn't working. Especially when he started poking around my mouth to determine for himself what work needed to be done.
Imagine my surprise and happiness when he surmised that tooth I'd been sent there to treat did, in fact, need a root canal, but that it was the tooth next to that one that was actually causing me the serious pain.
So I went in for one root canal and ended up with TWO! Yippee for me. I guess the benefit there is that I only had to deal with one set of numbing shots. The downside is that the co-pay for one root canal was $155. The second one added $115 to the bill. I was really happy at that point to have dental insurance. Without it, one root canal is like $1K. Still, it was $100 I hadn't planned on spending.
The procedure actually wasn't that bad. It's uncomfortable to sit with your mouth wedged open for a long time, saliva collecting in the bottom of your mouth with this big rubber sheet stretched over your face but I didn't feel any pain. The worse part were the sounds and smells. I took care of the sounds with my music.
I hope the endodontist guy got a chuckle out of my root canal playlist. John Mellencamp's Hurts So Good, Bon Jovi's Bad Medicine, Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, Bad Things by Jace Everett (that's the theme from True Blood, FYI), Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, Can't Smile Without You by Barry Manilow.
Yes, I have Barry Manilow on my iPod.
The numbness lasted into the evening... still, I've got ibuprofin. No better painkillers prescribed and I didn't want to ask for them.