I received a weird, yet accurate observation from the dentist while getting a filling this afternoon (it was supposed to be quick, tiny and minor and ended up being a huge long drilling project). Initially, the cavity appeared small so she said I probably wouldn’t even need to be numbed. And I was like thank god, no shot. She was like, “Really? People in Manhattan always want to be numbed.” Apparently, she also works on Long Island, which in her words is much more blue collar, and no one wants shots.
I’m genetically blue collar (though librarianship has been called a pink collar profession, you know along with teaching—low paying women’s work) and it disturbed me that this could be told from my aversion to anesthesia. Amusingly, when I told James that originally the cavity seemed small enough to have it filled shot-less, he was like “no way, you have to get a shot.” He just had a filling on Tues. and while also scared of needles, is more scared of feeling pain (not that I’m some crazy modern primitive pain seeker). Different upbringings.
For the third time in my life, I think I’m going to cancel a wisdom tooth (teeth—three in total) extraction. One, because it seems too expensive even with insurance (maybe I’m delusional and cheap—I have no clue what dental procedures should cost). I don’t have $700 lying around. But even more importantly, I don’t want a freaking I.V. I was under the impression that this was optional, but the receptionist insisted in that bossy way peculiar to Eastern European women (I can never tell if it’s a language/cultural miscommunication or if they’re all kind of harsh and pushy) “the doctor will give you an I.V.” like it was a fact. And I was like, “well, I don’t want one” which elicited a stark, “yes, the doctor will give you an I.V.” What the fuck? After that, I refused to make an appointment, which they try to get you to do on the spot (I’ve always found dental practices to be very sketchy in comparison to doctors offices). But yeah, a Manhattanite would be thrilled to be knocked out, needle in arm. I googled wisdom teeth extraction and everyone was going on about how they were so relieved to get an I.V. during the procedure. Ok, whatever, freaks.