First Visit to the Dentist
Well after years of deliberation the day of reckoning had finally arrived, the start of my exstensive treatment to remove my 20 amalgam fillings. The previous day I had paid a visit to my chiropractor in the hope of getting some pain relief from my fibromyalgia which at the current moment is growing in it's intensity and frequency. He worked exstensively on my neck and shoulders but unfortunately this gave me a funny turn which left me fighting to keep myself from passing out; so nothing funny about it really. As a result of this treatment I was not feeling at my best to face the ordeal of the day when I arrived at the dentist for my 4 o'clock appointment.
At 4 o'clock precisely I was called into the surgery for an expected 50 minute session, the dentist spent some time explaining what he hoped to achieve during this session and told me to hold my left hand up if I required him to stop at any time. He then administered the first of the 3 adrenalin free anethestic injections which made me shudder due to the sharp pain, but thankfully this soon passed and I felt nothing with the following 2 injections.
I rejoined my hubby in the waiting room for no more than 10 minutes before being recalled into the surgery to commense the treatment. Well they were certainly taking all possible precautions to protect themselves with numerous layers of facemasks and goggles and high suction equipment. For my own protection I had to take garlic tablets with each meal for a week prior to treatment and charcoal tablets half an hour before and immediately after the treatment.
I was made as comfortable as possible in the chair, a small oxygen mask placed over my nose for the entire procedure so I could breath mercury free air whilst all the drilling took place. Large volumes of cooled water was used to keep the amalgam temperature as low as possible and high suction equipment used to safely remove any debris. Cool damp cloths were placed over my face to prevent absorption through the skin of the mercury vapour and vaseline was applied frequently to my lips for comfort.
All the time the dentists worked speedily and reassurred and encouraged me every step of the way. After the initial pain associated with the first injection I felt no pain whatsoever which was a great relief. The dentist showed me the finished work which I was totally satisfied with and due to the amount of work carried out I didn't get out of the surgery until 5.35pm considerably longer than first anticipated.
Considering what I had just been through I came out feeling not to bad at all, to be greeted by smiling hubby and my parents who were over from Spain for the week. Maybe it was the combination of the oxygen and the relief of not having pain that put me on a small high. I am actually looking forward to my next appointment when I can have more of the amalgams removed which I'm sure have contributed towards my present condition.