I’m still a little dopey because of the pain meds but, all in all, I’m doing pretty well. The extraction itself was actually no big deal. They spent about 10 minutes getting me comfortable and hooked up to the blood pressure machine that checked my BP every few minutes, beginning the nitrous oxide, and then applying the topical anesthetic. Dr. Spingola began injecting a ton of local anesthetic because of the lingering chronic infection. That took about 5 minutes. As soon as I was really enjoying the nitrous and after the local had done its job, he began to, as he put it, tease the tooth out. A minute or so later it was done with only the tiniest twinge of pain. He cleaned up some of the nastiness that the infection had left behind then lightly packed it with gauze while I was receiving oxygen to clear the cobwebs from the nitrous. His assistant explained the contents of the care package that they were sending home with me after which, I left. I had left the house at 7:55am and was home at 9:10. The pain hit about 3 hours later when the local completely wore off. It was bad but not nearly as bad as I had expected. I took a pain pill and went to sleep for a few hours. The pain meds managed the pain fairly well but didn’t knock it completely out but from past dental experiences, I know that it could have been so much worse. As it got later, the pain did increase and I wasn’t able to go to sleep until after 3:00am. Today, the pain has been much less…a bit more nagging rather than sharp pain. But it’s increasing now that it’s later in the day but it’s still not too bad but I don’t think I’m up to getting on SARK’s SWW call tonight. Dr. Spignola is a miracle worker. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to him if I ever need his services again. I’m glad that I went with the nitrous rather than sedation because that would have definitely been overkill. And I’m proud of myself because I didn’t have a complete meltdown before it was done. I was nervous and felt dread but no meltdown. For me, that’s a huge thing because of my major dental-phobia. I think of the reason I didn’t go off the deep end is the fact that I had the initial evaluation appointment on Monday and he pulled the tooth on Wednesday so I didn’t have a lot of time to get crazy about it. Well, I think that I need a nap since I only got about 4 hours of sleep overnight and the pain pill is making me very tired. I do think that by tomorrow I’ll be operating at about 90 – 95% though. I might not even need pain meds after tonight. Fingers crossed!
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