Murdo Girl…Numbing

I went to the dentist yesterday to get my teeth cleaned. Before that, I got my eyes checked. I’m really hard on contacts, but glasses are uncomfortable because of the wide distance between my eyes.

Back to the dentist. I hadn’t been there in a while…a long while. And I paid for it yesterday. He said I had to have a deep cleaning which involved getting my gums really numbed up. He showed me how much this would cost. I gulped and suddenly remembered why it’s been a while since I had darkened a dentist’s door.

Then he started with the needles. There were six of them shooting awful tasting stuff into my gums. The dentist and assistant left me alone while my face puffed up to three times its normal size. I felt like I was going to start floating toward the ceiling. I was wishing I had eaten a bigger lunch because it was going to be days before this was going down and I could feel anything below my cheekbones, again.

The dentist began his work as he sprayed water into my mouth while the assistant used a suction hose to suck it up. I remembered the second reason I hate having my teeth worked on. I choke easily. I tried to relax, but it wasn’t long before I choked and water went up my nose. The dentist raised my chair up and told me it was important that I sit still. I said,”Ischanesill, Indwondin.” The dentist said, “What?”

The assistant said, “She said she can’t stay still, she’s drowning.”

So they raised my chair a little and I did my best to get through it. I only grabbed at the water hose once and said, “Shwo dona!, glub, glub.”

We finally finished with that ordeal and the receptionist brought me the estimate for the six minor fillings I needed. She said, “Would you like to come back on Friday?”

I guess my sign language told them that if they let me go, I wouldn’t be back.  When they told me they would have to numb me up again on Friday, I pinned myself to the chair. They found room in their schedule to finish-up, right then.

Thirty years ago and now. Yram has whiter teeth


I had been there three and a half hours…Then came the moment I had been waiting for. I got up from the chair and reached for my purse which held a coupon that said I would get my teeth whitened for free if I got x rays and a cleaning.

The assistant said, “Oh, that’s not the professional cleaning, that’s where we make a mold of your teeth and give you a whitening solution to put in the tray made from the mold.”

I sat in the chair and pointed to my teeth. The dentist, assistant, and receptionist were beginning to understand me. They took the mold and I pick up my tray on Monday.

I figure I’m good for three or four years, which is what I told Kip when he saw the bill. He wasn’t happy, but I think he was slightly relieved that I had gone to the dentist and hadn’t been somewhere to get a botched up botox job on my lips. He doesn’t know I’m into the natural look.


9 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Numbing

  1. Bill Francis January 25, 2019 / 7:39 pm



  2. scoper07 January 25, 2019 / 9:40 am

    By the looks of your crown, it appears you were able to eat something. We get our teeth cleaned every 6 months so hopefully we won’t have to have the same procedure as you. We have a wonderful dentist but I still don’t like to go. I can’t stand the shots.


    • Mary Francis McNinch January 25, 2019 / 9:51 am

      The shots are bad, but the choking is worse. I used to be so faithful 07. I think I’ll try the every 6 months thing again!


      • scoper07 January 25, 2019 / 11:17 am

        I can sympathize with the chocking. When I was in college I was friends with a basketball cheerleader to was going through dental hygienists school. She needed to make an impression. She told me that my teeth were really straight and asked me if she could use me. We went to her lab and she mixed up the goo. When she was filling the form she put too much in and a big gob was leaking in the back of my mouth. I was gagging and she asked if I could hold on a little while longer while it set up. We made it through it but I honestly thought I would suffocate. It probably wasn’t as bad as I thought but I didn’t like the experience. I felt sorry for her because she wouldn’t stop apologizing. So I understand your pain MG.


    • sanjuan831 January 25, 2019 / 9:52 am

      Yes- good idea, Scoper dude; we go every six months for cleanings also. I miss my dental insurance we used to have when teaching. (The wealthy people up on the hill looking down on us in our neighborhood are all dentists and landowners.)

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  3. sanjuan831 January 24, 2019 / 9:32 pm

    That dentist really put you through the wringer. Whatever the cost, you and your teeth are worth it.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch January 25, 2019 / 9:53 am

      I keep telling Kip I’m worth every dime of the cost to maintain me.


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