Throw Out Your Gold Teeth And See How They Roll

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I had a lot of fear about getting my bottom wisdom teeth out. Despite the necessity for my health, I put the act off for more than a decade. The recent Diane Rehms conversation with Stephen King was a masterpiece. The reason I bring this up is that remembering all the Stephen King stories of my youth convinced me that I should not go under for the procedure. There was too much to chance entering the void, risking a forever tether to the dark side. I did a decent job explaining the whole Stephen King thing to the nurse while I was on laughing gas. I know she understood that I was silly and afraid.

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The other thing is, the laughing gas is amazing. I had entered the surgical center with a woman quite advanced in age. Later, I learned the other patient was over 100 years old. Dr. Johnson and his team made sure I was totally comfortable for the extraction, and it was over so fast. In between teeth, I began making noises, and the doctor said, “He wants to speak! Take everything out!”

wisdom tooth extraction arthur mullen 3rdarm chicago red foot sculpture water tower michigan ave

They got my mouth clear of all the stuff, and I asked, clearly high on laughing gas, “I’m all turned out: did you say that woman was 100 years old or that she had 100 wisdom teeth?!” And because of the laughing gas and the novocaine, I did not even feel the stinging slap of rejection in the stone faces of the team as I slowly stopped giggling, and like a child of wonder slowly arrived at the realization of being totally alone in my amusement. The healing went really well with great instructions and support from my older sister.

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