You’ve just come from the dentist. You were a little worried at first but by this point your head is pumped full of Novocain, your lip is totally swollen, and you are just feeling fine. Despite the fact that your head was just full of drills and your mind is full of horrible memories, all you can feel for the moment is a brilliant, if slightly lethargic, calm. However what about a couple of hours later? What happens when those crowns begin to roar, those fillings begin to fill, and the after effects of those horrible drills begin to gnaw away at your core? What is the individual to do? There are some things you can do to help prevent pain from coming, alleviate pain when it’s arrived, and increase the healing following your dentist visit.
1) Fill Up: Don’t eat or drink, if possible, after your dentist visit; the biggest vehicle of accelerating pain received in the dental chair is unnecessary activity in the oral area. So before your dental visit, eat! Then the rest of the day you can fast and sit around and moan at your pain. If indeed you must eat, don’t eat anything too tough that you need to chew into, don’t eat anything too hot or too cold, and don’t eat anything too cheesy or chewy. Whether or not you’ve eaten; the pain is still likely to come, head fast for relief.
2) Ibuprofen: Definitely a good remedy for my pain; store brand ibuprofen is fine; Advil is better, but whatever works on your pain, keep it close by. When my pain was present from my last dental visit, I was still hopped up on the Novocain…until I stood up. It was that sudden, my phone rang, I stood up, and the pain came rushing in. Even better if you take the pain meds in advance of the pain. Unless you’re medically advised against it or addicted to pills, don’t worry about the labels; take a couple more pain meds than suggested and you’ll speed the road to recovery of normal.
3) Ice, Rest: If you’ve found the pain and you’re still wheeling, rest! Get an ice pack, your teddy bear, and the remote control. Certainly don’t invite your landlord over to fix something, buzz about the house, go to the post office, grocery store, drive twenty miles to pick up your wife and sit in a Starbucks. Certainly don’t write any Associated Content articles either! You’re in pain; Associated Content will not help your pain! You should just rest! Recuperate! (Unless writing for Associated Content brings you some kind of relief. In which case you’ve probably got your head elsewhere, anyway.)
Follow these steps to a fast recovery from dental misery; fill up and fast, take the meds before you need them, and ice it and rest. You’ll relish the dentist and capitalize off every opportunity to lay around and be waited on while you’re “in pain”!
(***NOTE: I am NOT a doctor; all advice included in this article is for entertainment purposes only,is completly first person, anecdotal, and in no way constitutes approved medical advice***)