Miss(ed) Manners

November 14, 2007

OW, Damnit

Filed under: Dentists — missedmanners @ 5:58 pm

Good God that hurt.

Apparently at some point during my life I developed an immunity to Novocaine. Either that or I’ve fried enough neurons through recreational chemical indulgence that the stuff just simply does not work as intended. I just got back from a routine filling and despite two giant shots of the stuff, I definitely think I felt every little drill bit.

Ugh. I’m glad that’s over.

There’s just nothing fun about the dentist, not to mention that it’s got to be the world’s least sexy vocation. There’s no dental hygienist porn, and that’s how you rate the sexiness of job. No letter to Penthouse Forum started off, “I’d never believed it would have happened to me, but as I lay there incapacitated with two mini vice grips sticking out of my mouth, I felt a hand wander up my leg.”

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the fact that the noble art of Dentistry has kept all of my chompers in my head. It’s hard to be suave when you’re lisping past summer teeth and gums.  It’s just that there’s such a negative stigma associated with the profession, who would strive for that.

I mean, you could go to the Doctor and be told you’ve got a week to live, or get a camera up your butt, or your mom could be targeted by a rogue plastic surgeon if you’re a rap artist.  And yet there are scores of television shows devoted to doctors.

Generally the worst that could happen when you go to the Dentist is that you’re subjected to mild, annoying pain that may linger for a few days. Where is the Dirk Mantooth, DDS program on CBS?

It would beat the shit out of CSI:Miami.


  1. Um. I do not think you have developed an immunity to novacaine. That does not really happen. But dentists miss their marks with the shot. Maybe it is time for a new dentist who does not miss.

    Comment by max — November 14, 2007 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  2. Maybe it is time for a new dentist who shares when he is holding.

    Mmmmmmmmmm…. hydrocodone and a Pabst Blue Ribbon… buzzy and smokey with a ‘floating livestock in the sky’ finish.

    Comment by grouchosuave — November 14, 2007 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  3. You’re both right. I actually got referred to the dentist by my ex girlfriend, years ago. She’s expensive, moderately skilled, stingy with the drugs but reaaaaaaaallly friendly.

    I guess I’m a sucker for pleasantness.

    Considering that I’m also a sucker for avoidable pain, my choice to stick with her and just complain makes even more sense.

    Comment by missedmanners — November 15, 2007 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  4. I will take a surly dentist who numbs my tooth with the first shot over a friendly dentist who blows the shot twice and then goes ahead and drills the tooth anyway sans pain killer.

    Comment by max — November 15, 2007 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

  5. Tell me about it… I’m just so addicted to whining… need to kick that first.

    Either way, my mouth is completely fixed now and I’m starting on an all candy diet so I can get a new dentist in a year or two.

    Comment by missedmanners — November 15, 2007 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  6. I have seen your Christmas festivities online. With that much sugar in your immediate future you will be finding a new dentist in no time.

    Comment by max — November 15, 2007 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  7. Don’t know about developing immunity to novacaine, but I was born immune. I have had teeth pulled buy several different dentists and have yet to get a numb lip. Same goes for stitches.
    I would rather the doctor just stitch instead of giving shots of novacaine. The cut already hurts and frankly the shots hurt about as much as the stitches.
    Apparently this condition is very rare because most dentist and doctors don’t believe me. The ones smart enough to realize I am not numb want to give me more shots. Believe me it doesn’t help, just irritates it more.
    I am wondering if anyone knows of a local anesthetic that is not novacaine based?

    Comment by jjrdcr — November 7, 2009 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

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