So I have a lot of teeth related issues and have for awhile now. All my wisdom teeth are impacted and my front teeth are either chipped or the enamel is gone. I am not the best at taking care of my teeth, I know this. Though I am trying to do better, I have stopped drinking soda. I only drink water, milk, and tea now. Though tea is basically water and milk combined…at least for me.
About year ago I tried to go to the dentist as my mouth was in a ton of pain out of nowhere and I also had an ear infection pop up on the same day. It was terrible. I made an emergency appointment to go see a dentist and find out if they had something for the pain I was in. Well the dentist I saw then kept treating me like I was stupid and would also talk to my husband instead of me. Like somehow me mentioning I was Autistic made him think less of me or something. I only mentioned it because I wanted him to be aware of sensory issues and why I have them. Anyways the way he treated me pissed me off and kinda put me off from going to the dentist for well a year now. Dentist offices already scare me and cause me to shutdown, I don’t need to be treated terribly on top of that.
So for the past year I have been dealing with the pain by taking Goody’s Headache Powers as pain medicine and using a face caddy cold pack thing. Which works most of the time anyways for pain control. If any of you are wondering about the headache powder, I cannot swallow pills at all. So powder is sooo much easier for me, on top of that the flavor I get is Mixed Berry and it tastes like a pixie stix.
Fast forward to this past Saturday (Feb 11th), the left side of my mouth decided it wanted to be in pain for 24 hours. And my body decided it was going to ignore all medicine I gave it to make the pain go away. And my cold pack was only sorta helping. I did however discover that music helps pain go away, so music (The Beatles) was making the pain vanish or at least be bearable pain…
On Sunday after I awoke after I had finally fallen asleep after laying in bed awake from 11pm to 1pm…I emailed my old childhood dentist in Columbus. I live up in Cleveland. I let them know my maiden name and how long I had known the dentist (since 1994). And also in my email I told them I was autistic and explained why I prefer not to do phone calls. (Since I did not get my diagnosis until 2015, they did not know I was Autistic. The last time I went to their office was in 2006-2007.) My dentists wife is the secretary there and she made me so happy by letting me make the appointment via email. And she even worked with my schedule of when I will be in Columbus. So I have an appointment next week to get x-rays and then we will discuss where to go from there on removing my painful impacted wisdom teeth.
I am happy I finally decided to contact them instead of looking for a dentist near where I live. I feel a lot better and less anxious about this appointment since I know them. And I know they will take my sensory issues and accommodation requests seriously. I will likely request using the lead apron as a sort of weighted blanket if he can do the wisdom teeth removal there. And possibly see if I can have my headphones and my music playing as well.
Anyways expect an update next week sometime with more on getting my mouth fixed.