Once upon a time I scoffed in the face of people who had teeth pain. That day soon went away this week, when I experienced the worst pain of my life. I tried to wait it out, but it came to a point where it made my ear hurt, neck hurt, and headache. I was popping Advils every 2 hours. I finally made an emergency appointment with my dentist, who suggested a root canal with a specialist, since it was too complex of a situation for her. She referred me to Dr. Malek, right down the street from my house. The next morning I called Dr. Malek’s office bright and early at 9am. They were able to see me at 11am, not sure for a consultation, but for the real deal! Within those 2 hours they were able to look up my insurance, give me info on what was to happen, etc. Everyone at Dr. Malek’s office is great, from Stephanie, my first point of contact on the phone, to his dental assistant, who was able to answer all of my questions, and helped calm my nerves a bit.
When it came time to sit in the chair and start the work, I was so scared, my body was literally shaking and all clenched up. Dr. Malek talked to me the ENTIRE time, telling me what a good job I was doing, how we’re almost done, how it’s just a little noise, just like an encouraging personal trainer would at the gym. Any time I made any inclination that I was in pain, he’d stop to see if I was okay. If I wasn’t, he’d inject me with more pain killer.
To be honest, the root canal is probably the most painful thing I’ve ever gone through. There’s no NICE way to numb the nerve before taking it out. However, the Dr. Malek and his staff went out of their way to give me a great experience. I ended up doing 3 root canals in the course of 45 minutes, and was only away from work for a total of 1 hour 45 minutes. With one of those hours being lunch, I only had to really take 45 minutes off from work.
This was yesterday. Last night and this morning I had some soreness in my mouth, but nothing like what I had been experiencing. And right now, I feel great. Nothing hurts anymore. I love Dr. Malek, but don’t love getting root canals, that’s for sure. If you have to do it, come here. They’ll see you asap, and make the whole procedure QUICK, but unfortunately not painless.
San Jose, CA