May 13, 2003 in Health

An Uncontrollable Tongue

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I have a fat lip. Really, the whole right side of my face is bloated and I can’t feel anything. This is what I get for going to the dentist. Well I really didn’t have a choice. The filling from a tooth cracked and so it needed to be replaced. But instead of just removing the old filling and replacing with new, I needed to get a crown which was 3 times more costly. In any event, while getting my mouth ready to replace the temporary with the permanent crown, I needed to be injected three different times. I kept failing the cold water test. At one point, the dentist joked he would have to put me under local anesthesia. Normally, I would joke right back but I really didn’t think it was funny. Then during the procedure, which was supposed to be really simple, my tongue became uncontrollable and kept getting in the way. Thus requiring three people holding various tubes and dental appliances in my mouth. The whole episode was perhaps the worst I’ve had in a dentist chair. I got up feeling cold, shaky and totally disoriented. Here’s hoping I don’t have to go back anytime soon. If I hadn’t been going to my current dentist for 6+years, I’d probably be looking for a new one.


  1. May 14, 2003 at 10:18 am


    That’s really awful! Hang in there. I’m super sensitive and come out of the local anesthesia really quickly – they usually have to give me 2-3 shots to make it through a filling. Ugh.

  2. May 13, 2003 at 11:43 pm

    Leigh Hanlon

    You realize, of course, that by using the phrase “an uncontrollable tongue,” a great many people are going to Google their way to your blog looking for something else.

  3. May 13, 2003 at 11:15 pm


    Yeee-Ouch! I am totally empathetic. I also spent time in “the chair” this afternoon. I’m truly feeling for you.

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