Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gas or Novocaine?

When you go to the dentist to get your cavities drilled, the doctor will ask you, "Novocaine or gas?" meaning, "Would you prefer to have your gums numbed or your brain temporarily disabled to the point that the discomfort in your teeth will only confuse instead of hurt you?" The only correct answer to this question is, "Both." The dentist and his assistant will at first laugh at your answer, but if you lie on your back with a straight face there will be an uncomfortable silence for a moment, and then they'll give you both. After a few times, they might try to tell you that your insurance will only cover one or the other. Just tell them you'll pay the $20 for gas out of pocket. They rarely send the bill.


  1. What strikes me here is the imagined frequency of your visits. It seems like a lot of cavities for one man to have. I guess you got a sweet mouf.

  2. I went through a phase. Coincidentally, it was around the same time my dentist was going through some serious financial problems as a result of his costly divorce.

  3. Makes me excited to finally make that dentist appointment. Thanks Rocky.