Thank you Looby. So the local anaesthetic is supposed to stop you feeling anything, not just make your face feel odd then? I don't think I've ever had enough, then, as I've always still felt some pain while they work, but assumed that was how it was for everyone. I had thought of the taking a break thing - when I've had lengthy treatment before, such as during root canal treatment, I've always relaxed my jaw whenever they take their equipment out. In fact I do that for any dental treatment, just to relax the TM joint - I've always had trouble with it since I was a child so knew I had TMJ disorder, and have that on my dental notes too, so the dentist knows I need the breaks.
I have made sure that I have nothing to do for several days after tomorrow. In fact I don't have anything set until Thursday next week, and had a Tesco delivery today of lots of soup and apple purees so I have soft food to eat. I've also got a few DVDs set aside to watch, so I don't have to think, but can still be entertained. Think I've got everything covered, but it doesn't really reduce the pre-extraction anxiety. I've had wisdom teeth out before, but not other ones, and feel a certain trepidation about it.
Ah well, this time tomorrow it'll all be over - could do with a smiley here that's shaking with fear, lol
HMS (diagnosed 13/9/12 confirmed at UCHL 27/11/12), ME, FMS, autoimmune hypothyroidism
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