I think this might post might be my first “When I was a kid … ” story. Working at a dental office made me think about my lovely dentristry experiences when I was younger. These days when a patient needs to have all four wisdom teeth extracted, the patient is sedated during the surgery. When I was a teenager and needed my four wisdom teeth extracted, I WAS NOT SEDATED! I think the doctor just numbed me and went to town on my wisdom teeth. I remember being miserable and holding a dental assistant’s hand during the entire process. So not fun.
I think if I had the choice, I would’ve like to be sedated during the process. Sleep peacefully while the doctor pulled out my teeth, and then wake up with no memory of what happened and feel some discomfort. When I was a kid, was sedation not an option? Did my parents’ insurance not cover sedation? Did my parents think I would handle the pain and skip sedation? I highly doubt my parents would remember that event if I confronted them. Sometimes my dad and I remember things a little differently with certain memories. I’m guessing he doesn’t remember the finer details of my extractions. But that’s OK — I came through the procedure with flying colors and have a great short story to tell.