So my day of reckoning has come–I am getting a root canal. Seriously, this is about as frightened as I get. I think I’m fairly tough with most things, really I do. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, even. But this, this nightmare procedure, shakes me to my core.
It all started with a crown last week. I got to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for that one. Gotta say, that almost made it enjoyable. But every day since the crown, the pain in my tooth has gotten worse. Apparently it’s not uncommon for a crown to be the proverbial straw for your tooth, leading to the root canal. Honestly, one part of me is looking forward to getting rid of the pain, if only I didn’t have to go through an hour of drilling to get there.
I was hoping to get another dose of my beloved nitrous for the root canal, but apparently endodontists don’t go for that (I guess they want your nose free for something silly, like breathing). So instead I’ll be taking Valium to relax me.
psychotic runner, I asked if any of this would affect runs before or after the procedure, and made sure I’d be able to get in my 10 miler in the early a.m. The good news is that the root canal will not impact any of my planned runs. A girl has to have her priorities in order, right?
Who’s been through this before? Anyone else fear a root canal like I do?