First one to diagnose me with TMJ and I’ll be getting an orthotic* for it. He had me hold my hands on the side of my jaw so I could feel how the jaw joint is basically all fucked up (been that way as long as I can remember) and then had me move my jaw in a different way so it didn’t do the clanking that it does and apparently that is what it’s supposed to be like all the time.
And that my friends, is what is and has been fucking up my teeth for most of my life. And no one else was arsed to do something about it, cause, IDK, I guess it guarantees return visits…
But legit the horror on his face as he asked, “OK, you feel your jaw doing that? [Yes] And that’s just…normal for you? [Yup] And it’s not painful? [Nope] Are you one of those people who can’t feel pain?” [Definitely not]
I’m gonna have to have some work done, but it’s definitely cheaper than my last dentist and we’re gonna be trying Valium the night before & Lorazepam the morning of to tackle the anxiety. Given all the various and sundry warnings about it that I had to sign, I asked the gentleman who basically runs everything how bad was this gonna fuck me up, and it seems it’s just like being drunk, so at least that is something I have experience with. And honestly, I’ve often thought it would be ideal to just get hammered before a dental appointment.
And it does make me remember that in my much younger years, there was one time I pounded a rum & coke at lunch before an appointment, and I sailed through it…so, this might work.
Still pissed about decades of dentists ignoring the TMJ, tho.
*Don’t call it a night guard! It does something different! But you do wear it at night! LOL.