Today, I had oral surgery. I was sent to the surgeon to get one wisdom tooth that was partially impacted removed. Once I arrived, they decided to remove all of my wisdom teeth.
Zach and I left at 7:15 am to go to the Surgeon’s office. He waited for me in the waiting room, and I went back. This was the most efficiently run doctor’s office I’ve ever been to. For Huntington locals, I highly recommend Mountain State Oral Surgeons. First of all, I was able to fill out all my paperwork online prior to my appointment, so that made things go by very quickly. I was taken back, they did an x-ray of my whole mouth.
Next, they took me into my exam room, hooked me up to an EKG monitor (so I could hear my heart beat in the form of a beep). The doctor came in, introduced himself and looked at my mouth, at which time he said he suggested just going ahead and taking them all out.
Next, one of the office staff came in to discuss my payment options. The total bill was a bit of a shocker, but she said that my medical insurance will cover some of it most likely. The rest I’ll be responsible for, since I don’t have dental insurance. I went ahead and payed the bulk of the bill at that time and then they will charge my insurance and I’ll pay whatever is left after that’s taken care of.
Next, two new nurses came in to hook up my IV and give me the meds to put me to sleep. She was very nice, and they started talking about workout DVD’s, which as you know I’m very interested in, so I joined in the conversation.
This is the funny part: She said, “Ok, I’m going to put in your IV now, you’ll feel a pinch” — that’s when I heard the beep on my monitor start to speed up. Then she said, “Ok, now I’m going to give you the medicine and you’ll start to feel sleepy.” That’s when I heard the beeping on my monitor slow waaaaay down. Haha.
After that, the rest is history. Next thing I knew, I was…well, home. I vaguely remember waking up and somehow Zach was there. I know I cried because later I felt dried tears on my cheeks, but I don’t remember that. Zach said that the nurse said, “She’s not going to remember any of this, so you need to pay attention.” I also remember barely being able to walk. They pushed me to Zach’s car in a wheelchair and even once we got home, I had a lot of trouble walking to the couch.
All in all, it took an hour, tops. I was pretty amazed at how quickly it all went by. I’m in a marginal amount of pain right now. I’ve been icing my mouth, and I just took my first pain pill, so the pain is subsiding.
Let’s just talk about my fabulous fiance for a second. Once he got me settled on the couch, he went to the grocery store to fill my prescription, and also rented me a movie from the Redbox and bought me TWO kinds of ice cream. Then he came home, got me some ice cream, and then went back out to get my prescriptions. What a guy. He’s also staying home with me today, and even though we’re currently doing our own things, it’s really nice to have him here.
I’m not sure when I’ll be able to eat/talk, or go back to work….or anything, but for now I feel pretty much like laying on the couch is the extent of my activity for at least 24 hours.
Question of the Day:
Have you ever had oral surgery? Tell me all about it!