Dentist Debacle

Well…I went to my dear dentist’s office yesterday. No one likes going to the dentist, but I found a new dentist here in Nash and I really don’t mind him or his staff. I mean no one enjoys sticking needles or drills near their faces, right? But this staff is super nice so it lessens the misery slightly.

Also, the thing I discovered last time at my dentist visit is that they give you this little magical potion called nitrous oxide…which makes you feel like you are flying in a magical land of bliss…except it kind of makes me feel queasy–which I also discovered the last time I visited.

So, yesterday I went back and before he started I explained that I didn’t really love the queasy feeling I got from the nitric oxide. He promised they would monitor me closely and he went ahead with it (you know where this story is going…)

There I was–off in la-la-land listening to Patty Griffin on my iPod–with this in/over my mouth:

This is a weird/new contraption that they put over your mouth to make sure nothing foreign falls down your throat, etc. So there I was, feeling saucy from the awesome drugs they gave me, listening to good music…AND THEN…

I push pause and try talking to my dentist “I don’t feel good, I feel like I am gonna throw up.” He’s all precious and older and like okay…and then…

I throw up all over myself.

But if we remember to reference the lovely contraption they put in my mouth to keep things from falling down my throat…

…that also means that nothing could come up from my throat….yes…it was one of my most claustrophobic moments ever and I was throwing up with this thing covering my MOUTH!

So there’s my embarrassing story of the week. The nurse-helper-assistant girl said she’d never seen a more graceful puker. Haha…I think she was trying to make me feel better….I politely excused myself and went to the bathroom to remove the throw-up from my shirt, neck, pants and shoulder….

The WORST part of the whole thing is that because of my little puking incident, he didn’t get to do what he was supposed to do so now I have to go back 😦 Boooo…..

Alright–sorry for my gross puking story….

Until next time.


32 Responses to “Dentist Debacle”

  1. Anakellya Says:

    That made me feel a little uneasy haha! :$ so I feel so sorry for you! damn.
    I’ve never been scared of the dentist… but now I am! :L
    so on a final note, summer warnings:
    – stay away from canoes & the dentists?

  2. Rianabrien Says:

    O.M.G worst dentist visit…now m even more afraid to go there…i hope ur next visit will b more…succesfull

  3. Keri Reck Says:

    You poor girl… Next time insee you, I’ll give you an anti-queesy tip!! πŸ˜‰ aawww…. Poor kate!! (illegal)

  4. Pam Says:

    it’s a good thing i like you Kate—-my absolute worst fear in life is vomit
    or anything related to it. so reading about it right now wasn’t too pleasant. but at least yours had an exciting story to go with it. i hope you’re feeling better. and ironically, as i was finishing reading your story, i passed a teeth whitening place in the mall. oh irony….

  5. Lnda Says:

    Is it wrong for me to feel bad for you….but then be laughing at the whole story when I read it? lol. I’m sorry Kate, but it’s kind of like watching someone fall down, even if they’re hurt, I’ll laugh if it looked funny.

    Sorry you have to go back and do it over again though 😦

  6. gypsygies Says:

    OMG poor Kate! How aweful.

    Totally beats the time I unexpectedly ralfed all over a bus stop in Portland, OR. I never had to see those people again. YOU have to go BACK. Poor Kate!!

    I’m so sorry! At least you did warn them…

  7. 1wildegirl Says:

    Dear Kate, that has to be one of the most embarrasing things ever. Whatever possessed you to share this story? (Did you lose a bet?) Ha ha. Just kidding. Mad props for sharing (?). I don’t even know what else to say. But I’ll bet they’ll take you more seriously next time!

    PS. I should’ve read this BEFORE lunch, but oh, well.

  8. Ciara Says:

    Wow, brutal!

  9. erin Says:

    wow, sorry kate. that absolutely sucks 😦

  10. Jaclyn Says:

    ewww…that must have been awful…that reminds me of when I had to have oral surgery (the reasoning behind that is a loooong story, lol), but they gave me pills to knock me out and they made me really sick…I was almost passed out when I leaned over and threw up all over the floor, a nurse walked by and saw and I kept apologizing, then they stuck oxygen tubes in my nose, put an IV in and the next thing I know I’m waking up and it’s all over πŸ˜› …except for lots of pain in my mouth, but they gave me vicodin for that, lol. The recovery process for that was a little over a year long and I had to go back several times…so that was kind of embarrassing, even though I was drugged up and don’t even know which nurse witnessed it.

  11. Emzy Says:

    I love that you have shared that kate, youre such a legend haha. Im scared to death of dentists, so i feel your pain, that juice sounds funky, may need to get me some of that πŸ˜‰ haha
    So sorry that u have to go back, least u said they seem sweet, im sure theyll forget all about it πŸ˜‰

  12. AdventureFan Says:

    Shoulda taken a J&K mug along for the adventure and snapped some pictures. (See how well you have trained your fans?)

    Okay, sorry about that. Hope all is well now. πŸ™‚

    PS — the chemist in me can’t let this one slide, so I apologize ahead of time for the boring, hair-splitting lecture… nitrous oxide (NO2) is laughing gas, as you say, but you called it nitric oxide (NO) later, and that is something different. Nitric oxide was actually voted “Molecule of the Year” by scientists in 1993 because of its newly discovered role in erectile dysfunction (and prolly also because almost everybody doing the voting was male), i.e., I believe Viagra works mostly by increasing NO levels in sex organ tissues. Anyhew, I think you may have gotten a slightly different sensation if the dentist were administering NO to you. LOL

  13. Tiffany Black Says:

    HOLY CRAP!!!!! I gagged and cried with hysterical laughter at the same time…and proceeded to tell this story to my other employees who couldn’t decide if they were going to laugh or gag or both….

    but we all think that has to be the most awful thing to happen!!!!


    maybe they will write a prescription for an anti nausea medication for next time.

  14. crystal Says:

    i HATE the dentist. my guy is evil..seriously, i think he makes up crap just to get to me..i’m glad he’s not as high tech as yours though..we don’t even get the happy gas…and i would flip if they tried putting that blue contraption in my mouth! thanks for sharing your funny stories kate! πŸ™‚

  15. cha Says:

    Ohhhh Kate ! It makes me laugh because I’m sure it could happen to me sometimes ! Thanks for telling everyone your story and for teaching me some new English words I didn’t know with GREEEAAAT pictures πŸ˜‰ Seriously it helps ! Thanks againnnn !

  16. Amanda Says:

    I’m on a road trip with my family… and they were wondering why I kept quietly laughing, and then “awwing”/”ewwing” at the same time, in our back seat. So, I read them your little story (the fam adores JK by the way), and they think you are one of the most endearing people… which is kinda hard to top because I get called that on a daily basis πŸ˜› Yeah, they found your gross little mishap somewhat adorable. Go figure! Hahaha. I think maybe it’s your storytelling though, and not the actual throwing up that they found adorable. However, that absolutely sucks! I just get loopy off of the drugs (a la David After Dentist), never sick. *knocks on wood*

  17. Danielle Says:

    Awwww! I feel for ya girl, nobody enjoys puking, so to have your mouth obstructed would be horrendous!!! I’m sure you were a good sport about it though lol

  18. Boston_Holly Says:

    Oh dear. Kate I feel for ya. But I do love that you have no filter and shared this with us. Your blog is like a really good public service announcement. See, had I not read this and my dentist whipped out that contraption to catch errant dentist stuff, I would have said, “oh, that’s cool and makes a lot of sense!” Now I think I may politely decline both that contraption and the nitrous oxide and just take my chances. πŸ™‚

  19. I'm just sayin'.... Says:

    Aww, poor Kate. It’s bad enough having that thing over your mouth but then throwing up in it, that had to be just awful. You’re a trooper, if that had happened to me I wouldn’t go back, screw it, I don’t care if the damn tooth rots out…. Just READING it made me claustrophobic and sick to my stomach.

    Good luck on your next appointment!

  20. Stephanie Says:

    I was eating some eggs while reading this!!!! Not anymore! Funny story I never had this gas usually the needle to make you numb is what I get. Maybe eat some saltines before you go to coat the stomach!

  21. Abby Says:

    Kate, that is just terrible. Most of my dentist stories are pretty bad, but that surly topped them (I passed out one time after having my 4 front teeth pulled as a child bc I saw all the blood, yuck).
    I guess the blue thing confuses me, how do they do anything to your teeth if it’s all up in your junk? Anyway, I would not want that in my mouth regardless of laughing gas or not.
    Keep up the good spirit, you sure have had some pretty tall tales this summer!

  22. jess Says:

    aw kate that sucks! if it makes you feel any better i ran out of a movie and was running into the washroom but as soon as i opened the door i puked all over this little old man who was cleaning the bathroom at the time…i clearly ignored the cleaning sign on the door but i didn’t even make it past the guy. sooo embarrassing sometimes!

  23. Selena Says:

    Awww…Kate. 😦 Well, that was some story! It didn’t cause me to laugh, but definitely made me feel sorry for you. That had to be so awkward, but sometimes stuff just comes up (quite literally in this case!) and there’s nothing you can do about it. I wouldn’t be surprised if other people hadn’t experienced the same or something similar though. At any rate, I hope you’re feeling better now and that future appointments won’t make you sick. Good luck!

  24. Katharina Says:

    Oh god that must have sucked. But this is an awesome story and I’m greatful that you shared it. I’m sorry I laughed about your misery.

  25. Rebecca Says:

    awww thats awful! you poor thing. What a horrible experience. I could’t imagine anything worse at the dentist. I hope next time it’s a better experience.

  26. cassie Says:

    oh man, that’s horrible 😦 I’m sorry you had to go through that traumatic and horrifying event at one of the WORST places in the world!

    But.. maybe next time he will listen to you when you say you don’t like the queasy feeling you get and he’ll actually give you something different so you don’t repeat this incident. & if he doesn’t listen, tell him you don’t want that awkward contraption so that if you throw up again, you can tell us all how you threw up all over him instead of yourself… at least he’ll deserve it haha.

    Hopefully you were able to erase that crap filled day and replace it with some pretty awesome friends, food and fun!! ❀

  27. Regine Says:

    Aw Kate, don’t feel bad or embarrassed (although I would’ve felt as claustrophobic as you did during the incident)! 1. I dread going to the dentist too, so I definitely feel for you. 2. I’m a nurse where people wake up right after having surgery and the nausea/vomiting is common after anesthetics – that includes nitrous oxide – so you’re not the only one who gets that way. Hope your next experience is better and that you get what you need fixed!

  28. Khitam Says:

    I am wanting to go to Dental School so I have to shadow a lot of different dentists. I have not witnessed that contraption, it looks awful. Usually we place a piece of gauze so nothing falls down your throat. If he was just filling a cavity, I find it really ridiculous to use that obnoxious looking contraption.

    I plan on being a kick ass dentist…just thought id throw that out there

  29. Dentist in Beverly Hills Says:

    wow man that looks like a restrainment device.

  30. Heather Says:

    so, im just curious where this dentist is? cause i really want a dentist in nashville that knocks me out. i dont want to feel a thing when i go. I HATE the dentist.

  31. Amos Says:

    The device is a dental dam.

  32. Josephine Roy Says:

    Oh Poor Kate! Hope you are okay now. Going to the dentist has always been an unpleasant experience for me and until now I got three teeth plucked out! :/ Hope you feel better soon. πŸ™‚

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