I had postponed my root canal because of pure cowardice, but today I finally sallied forth. And the doctor was really really nice and very gentle, and except for him having to numb me a few extra times (and feeling a little claustrophobic with his hands in my mouth & by my nose) it wasn’t that bad.
In fact, I spent part of the time grinning to myself because I was chanting a mantra during the claustrophobic times and the only thing that came to mind was my Episcopal rosary prayers – “Jesus, Lamb of God…” and the doctor is Jewish. Ha! And I was really mad that I didn’t get my camera out to document the event. Do you think he would have minded if I had taken a few selfies while he was digging out my old filling?
Unfortunately he wasn’t able to complete the root canal because he examined the tooth & apparently it has two rather significant cracks in it. So it needs to be pulled. It’s my next to last molar on the bottom left. Sigh.
Ironically, the last time I had that tooth filled several years ago I told the dentist that I’d prefer if he just pulled it.
In other news, apparently I have experienced Exploding Head Syndrome! One night last week as I was just about to doze off, I heard a loud crash in the ear that was on the pillow. I startled up, but realized that nothing had made the noise – it was all in my head. At the time I meant to Google "loud crashy noises in your head" but forgot all about it until I read SouthLakesMom’s post today. So I immediately went to the Google & what do you know! It’s actually a thing! From Wikipedia:
Exploding Head Syndrome is a form of hypnagogic auditory hallucination and is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals, ringing, or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.
Who knew such a thing even existed! Or MAYBE, what exploded was my tooth!
You know, I think I liked it better when I had garden variety hypochondria & the doctor always said I was actually fine.