Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hooray for oral pain!

So I made my first trip to the dentist's office in... well, let's not talk about that. Suffice to say, it's been longer than it should have been. All in all, not too much unexpected bad news.[1] But this is the first time in my adult life I've had to ask the question, "will the insurance cover that?" This whole private health care thing sucks balls, let me just say. OHIP for teeth!

Now, it's not that bad. Even if I had no insurance, I could probably afford to pay my bill out of pocket because of a number of factors, including saving for tuition that I no longer have to pay[2], a recently-arrived tax refund, and a few more cheques that are in the mail. (They swear.)

But it does make me think how I'd manage if I weren't young, healthy, employed, and covered by a loved one with a real job.

[1] So, uh, getting wisdom teeth pulled. Does that, like, hurt a lot?

[2] No, I didn't drop out. My scholarship has been renewed.


Anonymous said...

It's not too bad. I had mine out a couple of years ago, had to go to a specialist because the roots had grown down right by the main nerve in the jawbone. A little sore for a couple of days, but the painkillers they get you hopped up on should take care of that.

Congrats on the scholarship.

Anonymous said...

You'll likely get good drugs during the procedure, which will thus be extremely weird but not actually painful. Even better than the painkillers, for me, was the anti-inflammatory steroids they gave me - I felt ten years younger for a week afterward.

john said...

Good to know there's always narcotics to get us through life.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, actually it is odd when someone is yanking forcefully at the inside of your mouth with pliers, and you're hearing what sound like bone-splitting cracking noises, but all you feel is a little tugging.

But yeah, dental definitely needs to be covered. I don't understand how someone could define it as any less a part of overall health than 'regular' medical checkups.

ADHR said...

Insist on a surgeon. I had mine done (3) from an oral & maxillofacial guy who knocked me out for the procedure. No pain, no teeth cracking, nada.

That guy said...

I had my wisdom teeth out a few months back. They put me under the laughing gas, and before I knew it the procedure was over. It was no big deal, and I was eating normal food the next day.

celestialspeedster said...

I agree with everyone - you feel nothing. When I had my wisdom teeth taken out, they used laughing gas. I was out instantly and next thing I knew, I was being dragged to the car.

For the next few days, I clamped down on tea bags because they are a cheaper alternative to gauze for soaking up the blood. As I learned from Fight Club, you can swallow about a pint of blood before you're sick. Instead, I drank Boost - it was like dessert all the time.