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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Becoming One with the Horse


Today I had an experience that made me feel as if I had become "one with the horse."

I've been having a little sensitivity in a back molar since late last week, so I had an appointment for today to see the dreaded dentist. Really not all that dreaded...I haven't had to have any work (except for the twice yearly cleanings) for over 5 years. So, really I feel pretty lucky. But, my mouth was throbbing so bad that it would wake me up in the middle of the night. I knew something was wrong...figured it was a root canal procedure that would be needed.

So, the assistant takes the x-rays and gets everything all set up for Dr Matt (young cute kid). He proceeds to test, poke, and prod. Then has Ann the assistant take another x-ray suspecting a decay on the tooth. After the x-ray and more poking and prodding, he starts working my jaw forward, back, and side to side. Ouch!! The side to side going to the right with my teeth clenched found the problem!!

I needed my tooth floated!!! Yep, as we get older, our mouths start changing and we can develop high spots where the bite does not come together well anymore. Stress can be a factor in bringing out the issue. Do you think it could have been 5 extra people and 3 extra dogs for 4 days over Thanksgiving in our house?!? Probably. I know I keep my teeth clenched when stressed, and this time it "sprained" my tooth!

So, he files my tooth just a little and polished it off. It seems to have worked!! It's still sore because it has to heal, but the bite is better.

Then he suggested that I take a anti-inflammatory to quicken the healing process...he said that I probably had some on hand as an injectable since I had horses, but he said that I would probably prefer the oral. I agreed on the oral, but didn't quite get what he was really talking about.

But when I got to the pharmacy and picked up the prescription of Dexamethasone I was laughing my ass off!!! I got it now! Of course I have Dexamethasone on hand for my horses if they have an allergic reaction. I learned that one the hard way a couple of years ago when Toby got hives and the trembles from his West Nile vaccination.

So, I got my teeth floated and am on Dexamethasone...just like a horse.

It feels good to be "one with the horse."

7 comments:

kdwhorses said...

LOL!! Glad it is better. I dread going to the dentist!

Sorry I have been MIA, our internet this past week has been so weird! Actually have it tonight and trying to catch up with everyone!

Love the tree! I guess at least she didn't roll on the dead head! UGH!

Andrea said...

That is hilarious! I'm glad it turned out to be something minor.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I never knew people went through teeth floating. Wild!

I really thought I was going to open up your blog and read something about some kind of psychic connection you had with your horses. Not a dental post. hehe!

Thanks for the smile.....the brand new smooth and comfy smile :)

~Lisa
New Mexico

Tracey said...

I'm glad you can sit there and not feel dread. I went last week and nearly went into shock. Yup...had to ask for a blanket because I was getting so cold and shaking.

Glad your floating went well. At least they weren't pulling your wolf teeth :)

The Wife said...

How funny....had your teeth floated!

Reddunappy said...

Isnt it funny how alike we are to our horses.

Pony Girl said...

Cute post!! I dread the dentist. I need to go in for a cleaning. I've been going to the same dentist for 30 years (well same clinic, my childhood dentist retired a few years ago.) Now it's out of town which makes it harder to get there. I hate going because they always tell me I need to have my two upper wisdom teeth out and I have to have oral surgery. And I'm terrified. Wish I just needed a floating, LOL!

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