Boy was I ever in for a surprise! I just stopped in my dentist's office today to schedule an appointment with the dental hygenist. I had a dentist appt back in september, and he told me that my teeth were really in need of a deep cleaning. I have gone to the dentist every year of my life for cleaning, always the DENTIST did it.
Anyway, she had time available today to get me in. I was expecting a "cleaning" like I have always had. Ya know..the "fingernails on a chalkboard" scraping kind. WRONG. The hygenist told me that I had numerous calcifications of tartar UNDER my gums, and would have to have a root stripping or something like that. I can't remember what she called it.
SO, she has to NUMB me to clean my teeth! And it was still painful! And now, even though my entire mouth is still numb, and my son laughs at me because I am drooling all over myself and can't talk right.
She told me that I had moderate to sever gingivitis, and said I was lucky I came in sooner than later on, because it could have easily gone down into my roots and bone around my teeth!!!!
She also told me that NO DENTIST is trained to clean teeth the correct way
I thought that was their job????
So anyway... it is really bizarre because my mouth hurts, yet it is numb from my cheekbones and nose down to my chin!
Does anyone know how long it takes for lidocaine to wear off??? I had my last injection around 2 PM and it is now 5:30.... I am feeling it get tingly now, but it is annoying!
The other thing that really annoys me is when they use the lido with epi in it! That stuff really gives me the shakes and makes me feel like I am having a panic attack! I think from now on I will tell them that I am allergic to the lido with epi so that I don't get that reaction anymore!