Widsom Teeth: Done!

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So my final step in preparation for pregnancy has been completed.
Or will be when I stop looking like a chipmunk.
I’m still waiting on the maternity coverage to get issued, but it’s supposed to start March 1st as far as I know.

The thing that weighed heavily on me was the whole wisdom teeth ordeal. I knew I had to get them out before pregnancy, since they’re all impacted. The price was an issue. $2800 just to pull 4 of my teeth. Yikes!
I had finally found a dentist that accepts both my dental plans, so my out-of-pocket so far has been $585, which isn’t miserable.
The problem was I really didn’t like him that much. He was weird and treated me like I was ten, asking questions that you’d only ask a little kid to keep him entertained. He had no bedside manner ( is there such a thing as bedside manner when it comes to dentists?) and was just downright strange.
It’s like he didn’t listen to a word I was saying and was moving soooo slow, and  kept repeating:
-“We’ll get to that!” 
– “No! Answer my damn questions!”

So after the first visit I was seriously debating scrapping this whole wisdom tooth idea and if they get infected during pregnancy, then so be it. The alternative was to pay $2800, or to get them  out with this weirdo!
Later as I discussed it with my husband who had been present at the initial appointment, we had come to a conclusion that the doctor HAD to be Asperger’s. He was just not normal in the way he talked, was so focused on this one thing he knew and just didn’t make any sense or listen to us. Now, people with Asperger’s tend to be really good at the one thing that they do, so I figured the fact that he’s a weirdo doesn’t mean he isn’t a good oral surgeon. So after a few hours googling him and talking to his receptionist, I decided that what the hell, the guy had been in business for 21 years, and all he does is pull teeth!
Oh by the way, another thing that irked me about his office is {brace yourself}
THEY DON’T DO EMAIL! or anything digital for that matter!
They still do Xrays in FILM! I volunteered to email them my panoramic X-rays from the previous dentist, so that I wasn’t charged an additional $150. AGAIN!
And I couldn’t because they have no access to email or anywhere they can download it from. He was blown away that i showed him my panoramic Xrays on my iphone and could zoom in 🙂

That just blows my mind! I love technology and to think that some businesses don’t email…I’m sorry that’s just absurd.

Anyways, I’m getting sidetracked…

I decided that I really needed the damn teeth out, because otherwise I’m sure they’d drive me crazy in the future, especially when pregnant. I sucked it up and went for my scheduled appointment yesterday.

It wasn’t THAT bad. Or I just have sedative induced amnesia. It kind of felt like getting a root canal done or something similar. A few times he had to REALLY pull and that sucked, but I was kind of loopy so it didn’t bother me that much.
The first day the pain was manageable. I took half the Vicodin pill they gave me before bed, since it was starting to really hurt and I woke up towards the morning to go to the bathroom and suddenly felt really nauseous and  collapsed.
I felt like a huge wave of heat hit me and sucked ALL the energy from me and then I had broken in sweat and “fell” on the floor. Hubby was there by then, since he heard me almost throw up ( sorry for the details), and covered me with the blanket as I lay on the floor. I’m telling you I have never felt anything like this in my life. The absolute lack of strength and energy that made it impossible to stand…it was crazy.
Hubby told me that my blood pressure must have suddenly dropped because of the sedative and the Vicodin combined with the fact that I hadn’t eaten or drank a thing since 10 pm the night before my surgery.
That made me want not to take any more Vicodin even more, and I don’t like strong pain killers to begin with.

I’ve been on 800 mg of Ibuprofen every six hours since then and have felt quite a great deal of pain, but honestly I’d rather suffer than take Vicodin again.

So for those, who have not gotten their wisdom teeth out yet, it’s not as scary as it seems. The whole process is pretty painless, it’s the recovery afterwards that can be a bitch, but still manageable.
I had all 4 teeth out at the same time, so all four surfaces of my mouth hurt. I am running a low grade fever and look like a total chipmunk, but my doctor said it’s completely normal.
I have no numbness or any other complications that we are always warned about.

All things considered I am happy I got it done and the dentist turned out to be pretty good and responsive despite his lack of social skills.

Picture below: me looking like a chipmunk {photoshopped, but that’s pretty much what I look like right now}

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  • Reply
    February 23, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Oh, you poor brave thing, get better! It takes a lot to find a good dentist. I had to go through several until I found mine – gentle, professional and definitely techno – savvy 😀
    (off to vote for your page!)

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    February 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Yay I’m so glad you got it over and done with. They didn’t put you out during the procedure? That’s probably why it was so cheap! Yikes. I’m glad you are on the road to recovery and also one step closer to making that baby! 🙂

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    Miranda H.
    February 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Th best things is you don’t have to do it twice! Now that its out of the way you wont regret it! After my recovery, which took WAY to long i stopped getting AS many migraines due to the pressure in my mouth.

    I would have hated doing anything dental when i was pregnant! So it was best you didn’t risk it….

    I would not have trusted an office without email…. soooo weird!

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    Ambrosia Clark
    February 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    You are the cutest chipmunk ever! I got mine out in October and am still healing though. It takes time for these holes to cover back over which pretty much sucks! Good job for just handling it friend!

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    March 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Hey there, I found you through your selfie blog. I was reading this and felt so bad about how awful your recovery was. I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth out when I was 25. I had no swelling or pain. I even went to my work formal Christmas party the next night. It’s crazy how different we all react to procedures.

    Talk about living in the dark ages. No email??!!!

    I’m having to lose weight to prepare for a hopeful pregnancy. I want to wish you luck in all your preparations and then getting pregnant.

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    April 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I just got mine out 2 weeks ago. I felt so blah and suck of energy during the healing process. Isn’t it a great feeling to know it’s DONE though??


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    August 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I have all my wisdom teeth in my mouth and never thought of removing them… Why would people remove them?? They r just teeth, sitting there doing nothing lol or you had some sort of situation with them? You looking stunning if as a chipmunk lol

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      August 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can be easily infected and since we were getting ready to start trying for a baby, that’s not the risk I wanted to take.

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        August 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        Ohhh I didn’t know that happens! Awful! My wisdom teeth really itchy but that’s it lol glad your done with it!! 😉

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