Answer: It depends on what kind of painkillers the dentist is offering.
Doesn’t seem to me to be any real choice in the offered options. The dean took away my nitrous oxide tank a few years ago.
Easy: The damned faculty meeting.
My periodontist is always painless during the tissue grafts, I have fabulous painkillers afterwards, and I’m always the BETTER for it.
Can’t say that with faculty meetings, alas.