Chronic back pain with excrutiating tooth pain...
I'm so skeered! (That's my way of pronouncing "scared", when I'm truly scared).
I have an appointment this afternoon with my oral surgeon, as I'm pretty sure I have an abcessed molar (lower left jaw, the tooth right next to where the wisdom tooth is).
I have been putting this off, due to experiencing back pain while laying in a dental chair. But, because I have not slept for 3 days due to the tooth pain... it's time to go.
I was planning on having this tooth extracted last December, but I fell and broke my back the month before. Go figure. What on earth was I thinking...
When I called this morning, the doctor worked me right in. I explained the tooth pain, the swelling and also let him know about breaking my back and having hardware in place.
He is an excellent oral surgeon, has worked on me before, but I'm a big fat baby when it comes to extractions. The two other extractions he performed on me, were very difficult. One extraction resulted in a drain being put in place for a week (bad abcess) and the other extraction took almost 2 hours to get the tooth out. He has always given me the twilight sleep medication... the truth serum stuff, I can't think of the name right now? It works well for me, but again... I'm just a big scaredy cat about this.
I have taken one of my Xanax (1mg) to calm my nerves and will take one on the drive over.
Sorry for complaining about this tooth pain, but I am in excrutiating pain right now. I am on pretty high doses of pain medication and they are not touching this tooth pain. I've been squirting orajel inside the tooth and around it all weekend, in addition to swishing warm salt water around my mouth throughout the day and night.
He will be able to numb me, right? I guess that's my biggest concern, along with laying in that dental chair with my sensitive back.
Thanks for listening... I hope to return with some peace-of-mind.