That's how the left side of my face feels. The side where I had a filling put in a few weeks ago after an old one chipped back before Christmas. The dentist said that the filling was awfully close to the nerve and if I still felt pain after a couple of weeks I would have to get a root canal. I've denied it and ignored it and pretended that it wasn't true, but my back left upper molar - #15 - freakin' hurts. So tomorrow at 4:00 I'm headed to the endodontist. I just about started crying when I made the appointment today. No offense all professional practitioners of oral care, but you are my archfoe, my archenemy, my archvillain.
I just looked this up on Wikipedia: "Dental fear refers to the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. A pathological form of this fear (specific phobia) is variously called dental phobia, odontophobia, dentophobia, dentist phobia, or dental anxiety. However, it has been suggested that the term "dental phobia" is often a misnomer, as many people with this condition do not feel their fears to be excessive or unreasonable and resemble individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by previous traumatic dental experiences."
Supposedly 75% of all adults experience some form of dental fear.
I was hoping they could put me under all the way - gas me or anesthetize me or whatever it takes to put me in unconscious oblivion - but they said no. One endodontist said he could give me valium but that I would need somebody to drive me home afterwards and it couldn't be done until next week. So I'm settling for laughing gas. The nurse said they use it on little kids.
Yep, that's sounds about right.