So many times I've heard people faced with doing something utterly unpleasant say that they'd "rather have a root canal" than do whatever bit of unpleasantness. Sometimes the utterly unpleasant is really bad, too. This may be part of the reason that root canals have such a shady reputation as something really awful, painful, horrible and generally not a happy way to spend a couple hours. Others say they are not that bad anymore, really not much different from having a filling in terms of the pain afterward, other than the whole mouth agape for 2 hours thing. Oh, and the 4 or 5 shots I've read it can take to numb if the nerve is still alive. Mine's alive, along with the nerves connected to my fear of needles in the mouth-al area.
I've never known whether the horror stories are true or if those in the "just like a filling" camp were the real truth-tellers because I've never had a root canal.
Soon I'll know.
The endodontist I saw on Monday said at the point I am now (extreme cold sensitive - they did a test that brought tears to my eyes, but not to tapping), he'd normally recommend a wait and see approach for about another month, but that since I am leaving in, um, under 3 weeks for Japan, he's pretty sure I'd need a root canal in the end anyway, and dental work in other countries can be kind of a mixed bag, even aside from the language barrier and differences in pain management.
I'd rather be doing a lot of things on Tuesday morning, but I'll be having a root canal.
What would you rather be doing?
If you are looking for someone to listen to your non-scary stories about how positively swimmingly (oh, and for me, I'd rather be swimming) your own root canal went, you're in luck, your search is over because I'm all ears.