my First Root Canal Experience

 Em (@emily)10 years, 3 months ago

So I just got home from my first root canal–and it was nothing like I thought it would be. It was actually *awesome* haha! I had a lot of mini adventures in my head while I was there.. but came up with a question, and point (that I’ve already understood…but better "realized" today), if people wouldn’t mind commenting to either…
1) Does anyone know how bad nitrous-oxide REALLY is for you? I’ve tried to briefly research this before…but never come up with much. When I talk to people it’s, "dude it kills like a zillion brain cells everytime you do it!" But… really, is it really that bad? Does anyone know the effects on the body? I’m assuming it’s not "good" for you (hypoxia at the very least), but is it any worse than alcohol I guess is my question?
2) Where your attention is, IS your reality. What do you think? I’m obviously speaking subjective reality here. I believe in the idea that "now" is all that exists-we don’t really have to get into all of that. But, your subjective reality is all that you “take in” and where you’re taking it in from…is from wherever your attention is.
First I’ll illustrate this subjective reality incase that’s confusing to anyone…then I’ll explain what I mean by this attention thing if you’re not getting it.
During the root canal… the dentist’s subjective reality is that he’s drilling a hole through the roots of my tooth. At one point…my reality (with the help of the mask), was that G-Love was playing to an epic battle scene in which the dentist was controlling a massive machine gun on my tooth that was shooting away all the bad vibes in the rest of my mouth (and my mouth was way huger in my mind than usual). Two very different subjective realities :)
Now onto attention—at one point the album on my ipod stopped playing. All of a sudden.. the drill sounded really loud, and then I could start to acknowledge the taste of blood in my mouth. I’m thinking.. shit I don’t wanna focus on that! I wanna go back to that battle scene, that was cool! I got the ipod going again & all was well.
I guess I’m making a point, or hoping to start a discussion…that you can focus your attention wherever you want it to be (sometimes that’s easier or more difficult obviously). If you focus your attention on cool fun stuff-your reality is cool & fun. If you focus your attention on negative things…your reality will be negative. If you have this awareness…you can change what you focus your attention on. Any situation can be viewed in countless different ways…it’s just more fun to view things positively.

June 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Haakon (5) (@hawcon) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

Ipod while at the dentist’s… why haven’t i thought of this before?! Usually I try to “meditate” and focus breathing (till I get choked by that damned water or whatever in my throat) :p
But hey, good post Em! :)

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Matt P (16) (@mkp843) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

I like that a lot, ‘where your attention is, IS your reality’ .. I think that makes a ton of sense.. And that there is a lot of power in being a pathological optimist lol .. I think you still have to couple it with knowledge… I mean you can be the optimistic person to ever walk the planet, but if your dumb as a rock I don’t think your going to go very far.. But that aside, I think staying optimistic takes practice and is beneficial for your motivation and your relationships. Remaining optimistic even when circumstances change, like when you ipod went out, might be really good, maybe there is more to optimism than we know.. I’m pretty sure there are scientists looking into the power of optimism now, you could probly youtube it (my favorite resource lol)

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Em (473) (@emily) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

Yes, but what about the person with down syndrome? They’re not going to go very “far” either…in whichever terms I think you meant…but they’re happy right? So long as you’re happy, what else matters? (oh god I think the tylenol 3 is gonna make me sick haha–but the swirly colors in the toilet will be pretty! Pathological optimism at it’s best!)

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Matt P (16) (@mkp843) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

Well I suppose, that’s an exception to a rule I think.. It’s the help of others that makes them go far imo.. Not to put any negative connotation on their existence.. That’s not my point at all

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Em (473) (@emily) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

Haha I know–yeah I’m getting nitty gritty myself :) Pathological optimism coupled with a little knowledge–I think we’re on to something here :)

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Matt P (16) (@mkp843) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

Indeed I think we are!

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Em (473) (@emily) 10 years, 3 months ago ago

Ha thanks Alexa :)
I really really am dying to know the extent of the negative effects nitrous-oxide has on us if anyone knows? Would it be ok to do in moderation? I don’t have a tank at home or anything..but sometimes I get the inkling for whip its a little more than once/year.

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Obviously, you’re not a golfer (605) (@donjaime23) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@emily, Nitrous oxide isn’t bad for you at all.

AT. ALL.

In fact, it’s so harmless, most US states allow basic-level EMT’s to administer it to patients without any clearance.

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