I feel ashamed that I am about to break the age old tradition and let out a secret that the world has kept since the beginning of time. Root canals aren't that bad. I liken it to a really deep cavity. I have zero pain right now (exactly 24 hours later) from the root canal in my molar. Although, I am experiencing some pain from the gingivoplasty (read: trimming of the gums). My dentist was a very happy guy with very dentist-like jokes/humor (in other words, thank goodness he's a dentist and not a stand up comic). The assistants were a riot.
Let's start from the beginning. From the moment I arrived the assistants, like twin sorority sisters, welcomed me to their humble endodontics practice. The interactions between them two and also them and the dentist were like straight out of SNL.
Assistant One: "Welcome to Dr. (Awesome) Endodontics, please wait while we get the dentist."
Assistant Two: "Yaaaaaah, welcome. We'll be right with you."
Assistant One: "Do you like the music? We chose this XM station for you.."
Assistant Two: "Yaaaaaah, XM music station for you with Miley and Justin Bieber..."
Apparently Assistant Two has Bieber fever. Perhaps I should assume assistant one has it as well from what I know of them.
The dentist is super friendly and very skilled. He welcomes me and fawns over my Nook (see Anthony? A total payoff getting the Nook).
Dentist: "Look here, ladies. She's got books on that!"
Assistant One: "Yaaaaah, it's the Nook. My friend has one."
Assistant Two: "Yaaaaaaaaah, the Nook. Mine too."
As we get set up the dentist informs me elementary school style that my tooth will be isolated in a "little hat" and my mouth will be protected by a "little cape". Suddenly we've gone from SNL to Sesame Street. However, I appreciate this as, I have little experience with dentists at all and I also find Sesame Street pretty enthralling. Once I am numbed up and my tooth has been converted to Count Tooth-ula, the dentist sets up his tools and the assistants line up next to trays. It's amusing to me that he has two of them and based on the movement of their face masks, they are aggressive gum chewers.
The dentist occasionally cracks a joke or pun, which on it's own would be bad. But the whole visit turns back to SNL as, after each joke, the assistants theatrically stop chewing their gum and simultaneously give the dentist an exaggerated "REALLY?!?!" stare. It's hilarious.
Despite the persona, the assistants are highly skilled. They react quickly and work diligently. This impresses me more as these comments escape from the pair:
Assistant One: "Oh my gaaaaawwwwwd, I am so tired..."
Assistant Two: "Yaaaaaah, so tired..."
So, as the procedure is going on, I feel pretty much nothing aside from the initial trial and error numbing. Although I will admit, at one point I smelled something burning. I also saw smoke. It was a little upsetting, apparently my mouth was on fire! It's okay though, the assistants quickly "irrigated" the area. After some prodding and digging, the dentist filled me up, sliced and diced my gums, and sent me home.
With painkillers. (Yay)
And a piece of paper telling me to eat soft foods. (Boo)
Good thing bread is soft. (Silver Lining)