So, I went to my awful, dreaded dentist appointment today. It appears that I am in pretty bad shape :( I need all 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out and a root canal on top of that. This would be the obvious reason that I have been having so much pain lately. My wisdom teeth are pushing all of my other teeth forward, hence the horrendous jaw and face pain and clenching of my teeth at night. Also, one of my molars that was filled a few years ago has decay in the core of the tooth, so they will have to do a root canal. I'm sure that this is what has been causing the throbbing and awful sharp pain. Needless to say, I am a very scared girl. I hate dental procedures. There's just something about all the metal, swishing, noise, instuments and hands all up in my mouth, face and down my throat that freaks me out and makes me extremely uncomfortable. I think that I have dentist phobia- seriously. When I was about 10 I had a tooth that needed extracted and my dentist was drunk and he pulled the wrong tooth (Idiot). Well the tooth that was infected developed an abcess and my whole face was so swollen and the infection was really severe, it was awful. I ended up being in the hospital due to the infection and it was just really traumatic. Ever since that incident I am so scared to go to the dentist that I'll put off pain and discomfort until I can take it no longer. It has gotten to that point recently- I am in constant pain and it's causing headaches, migraines and even pain in my ears. I just can't take it anymore that I caved and went to a dentist. Obviously they advised me never to wait that long again because it could get a lot worse if not taken care of.
On top of all of that- my insurance doesn't cover all of the expenses so in the end we'll be forking out around $1,300 in co-pays! I say "we" because my dear parents are going to help me with the cost (Thank the Lord). That is so much money that I definitely do not have right now. Dental and medical care is so expensive- it's ridiculous!
So, in the next week or two I'll be facing one of my greatest fears. Thankfully, they will sedate me for the wisdom teeth extraction. I've had a root canal before and they take a long time but they're really not too painful- just annoying :(
So, if you think about little me and my teeth dilemma in the next week, say a little prayer ;) I can do this- I am ready for it to be over with!