The Brush-Off

via Daily Prompt: Toothbrush

This is an apt prompt today. I went to my dentist to have a tooth worked on that he couldn’t complete last week because I didn’t get numb enough, and he gave me the maximum amount he could, using three different numbing agents.

My jaw has been sore for several days now, and I had excruciating pain in a tooth above the tooth in question that I was thankfully able to relieve with hydrocodone I still had.

When I told my dentist my experience & asked if he would write me a prescription for today’s visit, he declined, telling me there was ‘no biological reason’ for that pain – so basically accusing me of drug-seeking.

Wow. First, I told him that it was localized, excruciating, pain, and that the medicine I had worked without return of pain. So fuck him and his idea that I’m pleasure drug-seeking. So totally fuck him.

I deal with pain daily, and don’t medicate it. If I am in acute pain, I have the right to try to stop it, or at least lessen it. Tylenol doesn’t help, and I cannot take ibuprofen, which doesn’t do much for me anyway.

What’s more, he knows about the red-headed gene issue. He knows I take more Novocaine than the average patient, and he knows my reactions tend to be more intense, as well as knowing tooth pain is one of the worst pains to deal with.

I’d buy drugs off the street if I wanted to get high, and I only wanted a prescription for a single dose of hydrocodone, which, by the way, makes me feel weird and uncomfortable, but does kill the pain.

Practicing good dental hygiene is important to me. I brush twice a day, and often after eating sweets. I floss regularly, and never miss check-ups, and he knows this about me.

So, I guess I’ll have to find a drug dealer willing to dispense one dose. How much will that cost me?




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2 thoughts on “The Brush-Off”

  1. One dentist I used gave me 30 vicodin for one routine root canal. The next, after 3 root canals, refused to prescribe any. I usually just need enough to sleep the first night. Just like everyone’s a thief in the eyes of store security, everyone’s a drug addict to certain medical professionals. Fortunately I rarely use pain meds so a triple dose of Ibuprofen plus a couple of marijuana joints solved the problem for me that night.

    1. Yeah, a hint could have been asking for one dose. Mouth pain sucks, and I so wish I could take ibuprofen or smoke weed, but can do neither. Sigh. That’s okay, I’m fine now, the pain resolved, but I’m going to need a root canal, but will probably just get the tooth pulled. I don’t have the funds and of the four root canals I’ve had, 3 had to be removed anyway. Thousands of dollars wasted. The best thing to do is have the tooth pulled and save for a replacement tooth, or get dentures – but those cause lots of problems too, and your mouth changes over time, so replacements are the way to go! 🙂

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