I went through the holidays chewing only on one side which I had been doing for about a month . Yes, I know it's crazy but I really do have a fear of dentist. It's a fear that developed about 12 years ago when I was getting a root canal and the dentist accidentally cut my tongue and had to give me three stitches. Well, I had a filling put in back when I was in junior high and a tiny piece of it broke off which left the roots exposed to any air that went through a straw. You know what that means. PAIN! I went to the dentist and she told me I would eventually lose the tooth so I decided to just have her pull it with a local pain killer. Big mistake! The minute I smelled the dentist office medicine smell I knew I was in trouble. I became a bundle of nerves and I could feel my blood pressure going up. I told the Dr. I didn't want to feel a thing so to inject as much pain killer as possible. I thought I was doing great when I felt the whole right side of my face go numb so the Dr. starts pulling and pulling and yanking and the molar wouldn't budge. Every time she asked if it hurt I said it did hurt so she injected me with medicine three more times. She had to yank and pull and change instruments for about 15 minutes for the tooth to come out. She also had to give me two stitches. She said I had very strong bone and wide roots. I wish I had been totally put under for that extraction. I left the office with the whole right side of my head very numb and when that wore off the pain in my jaw lasted a week and a half. The last time I had an extraction was when I had my Wisdoms pulled and that was a piece of cake. Having the I V sedation was AWESOME! I woke up and it was all over. At least I am no longer having severe pain I was comparing to labor and I am able to use a straw with my tea again.