Dentist update: I went to my appointment today and the experience was actually very pleasant and easy. I have an excellent dentist and I made it through the filling in less than 20 minutes. That being said, I had to drive through the most horrifying snowy weather I’ve ever experienced in my life. It took four times the usual amount of time it takes to get to the dentist’s office. I’m probably lucky to have made it there and back alive.