Uncomfortably Numb
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:41 pm)

My jaw has been numb since 9am. Yesterday I had my semi-annual dental checkup and cleaning. I had lost the top of a filling last week or so, and it had to be repaired. I have a new dentist, since my old one retired. I'm now older than my dentist.

That aside, my new dentist is a nice guy. He uses a new anesthetic to which I found I'm as equally resistant as the old stuff. Unfortunately, the way to find that out is to get a shot of it, then have the dentist start drilling. He instantly hit a live nerve. So he gave me a second shot and a few minutes for that to take effect. Then hit the nerve again. I got a full third injection after that and about ten minutes later was completely numb. I am just now starting to get some feeling back on the right side of my face.

The sad part is he had to drill for literally five seconds, just enough to clean up the edge of where the partial filling fell out. The whole thing cost me $20 after my insurance cut in. It really was almost no work! Such a high price to pay in numbness though.

I missed out on a nice free lunch too because I didn't want to bite my tongue off or take a chunk out of my cheek.

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  1. Mae says:

    My uncle is resistant to painkillers. He has to take an antihistamine (Benadryl, for example) for them to work. When he had knee surgery in the hospital, his morphine wasn't working so he kept pressing the self-dosing button. Finally they gave him Benadryl (I think it might have been over the counter 50 mg) and whoosh! The morphine worked and he was sort of over-dosed at that point. So see if you can take 2 Benadryl next time they go for a drill...if it doesn't make you too sleepy.

  2. Scurvy Jake says:

    I never heard of that, I'll have to try it next time, thanks!

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