dental drama

so i get to the dentist and find out they don’t do gas. ‘because it’s like marijuana, you just want more’. look, lady, if i wanted some damn nitrous for fun i’d be over there in von’s huffing the whipped cream, i’m not in this for the fun. so, i have determined that i will not be able to work with this dentist. should have done this shopping around before i settled on one, but live and learn, eh?

so i’m going to pick up my records and see another dentist that gives you good pills beforehand. the nitrous would be nice, but as long as i’m on drugs when the tooth gets pulled, i won’t be picky about the particular kind of drugs.

as a person that has an infinitesimal pain threshhold, i’ve developed a pain philosophy — if pain can be relieved, it should be. period. i’m not one for toughing it out, and as such i’ve learned that i need to seek out doctors and dentists that understand this.

i’m sorry if this is getting boring, these toothy troubles of mine, i just gotta vent.

13 thoughts on “dental drama

  1. i’m not sure how i’d react to the being held down part, not sure it would bother me that much because i’d rather be prevented from moving (and getting hurt). i have this tendency to squirm — and bite. it’s a reflex. it’s why any dentist of mine is just plain silly to have me *not* all doped up. i’m a bad dental patient. bad bad bad.

  2. That just seems stupid to think that patients would get hooked on nitrous after surgery. PAH-LEEZE. When I had oral surgery done in high school, it’s not like I wanted to go crawling back to the office and begging for more gas once it was done! Sheesh.

    You’re not a bad patient! Being in pain and slapping a dentist is not exactly on the list of things I want to accomplish before I’m 50, ya know? :o)

    Best wishes on a quick resolution, a better dentist and a speedy recovery.

  3. long story short: good thing i went to another dentist. turns out it’s not any one tooth you can put your finger on. so having one pulled would have probably not solved the problem.

    bad news is, to solve the problem is more than i can possibly afford right now. however the infection visible on the xrays probably accounts for most of the increased pain i’ve had (it never felt good, you know).

    so if i take the antibiotics and avoid chewing, i’ll be able to last until i can afford to do that quadrant. and it is, the whole quadrant. no way to break it down.

    i’m completely done crying about this. onward!

  4. I was only put out twice for dental surgery and that was when I had a routine called “deep cleaning” performed on both sides of my mouth. The dentist used valium. I have had all my root canals and four teeth pulled using novacaine. I don’t recommend it for an extraction. The root canals, on the other hand, weren’t so bad without the gas. Once he punched the hole in the tooth and started draining the bad stuff, it became very boring. I realize, however, that you’re not me. I have this friend who says that she doesn’t need any anesthetic at all when the dentist goes drilling. She just puts herself in a state and makes the pain go far away. My present dentist tells me that he’s known many four or five such people. The rest of his patients need the shots. You need more.

    I hope you decided on a root canal. Many dentists will perform the initial treatment without charging you. This gets you out of immediate pain. You pay when you come back (in about two to five weeks) for the finishing touches. Most dentists send you off to a specialist to have this done. Beware of the guy who thinks he can service all your dental needs. He’s just trying to corner the market for himself, usually (unless you happen to live in a small town). The real pros use a microscope, though a few dedicated old timers still rely on the feel. I’ve had nineteen done (I know only one person who has had more) and I often fall asleep while the dentist rocks the file back and forth.

    Good luck to you. If you need the gas to knock you out, by all means use it. But it will be OK. Just act soon.

  5. And on the matter of the gas: addiction? Every time I’ve had a root canal, I’ve run into some medical doctor who’s wrung his hands and groaned that I shouldn’t take the stuff because of the danger of addiction. Studies actually show that not everyone is susceptible to addiction and that people who take narcotics for pain seldom develop a post-operative party craving. My dentists usually give me ten tablets of codeine for the pain and I end up flushing the last of the prescription. How could any one become addicted to that stuff, I ask, as I recall my loss of mind and the nausea the vicodine causes. The longest I was ever on it was a week (after the deep cleaning) and I can tell you that as soon as tylenol alone sufficed to control it, that’s what I took instead.

  6. ahh, well, no dental work for me, at least not now. thankfully the second opinion was of a more thorough nature — the first dentist would have done what i told him to do, which would have been wrong. i would have still had the pain, and been missing a tooth.

    i’m not sure how i’m going to handle this. normal people can get financing — i’m not financially normal.

    oh well. the antibiotics are doing a good job, and i have another whole prescription on hold at the pharmacy i can take, just to be sure, while i save my pennies.

  7. Let me recommend that you get either your dentist or your physician (if you have one) to prescribe you triazolam as a sedative to be taken about 30-60 minutes before your treatment to reduce your anxiety. This is referred to as conscious sedation. It has the effect of making you drowsy (without the risks of nitrous sedation) and it may make you fall sound asleep during the procedure; it may also cause some memory loss after it kicks in, so you may not remember what happened at your dental visit. You will need a ride home as you will be too drowsy to drive yourself. Usually a dosage of 0.25 to 0.375 mg one hour before dental treatment (administered orally at the office under the supervision of your caregiver) is ideal for most patients. Let me know if you need more info kd.

  8. My old dentist (in Alabama) would put headphones over my ears (little tiny ones) and let me listen to whatever music I wanted. Plus he always wanted to give me nitrous, which I sometimes took, but always hated. (I have control issues. lol) I’ve noticed the dentists out here don’t seem to believe in that stuff for some reason. I hope you find a good one, very soon. tooth pain is sooo bad. 🙁

  9. Having a good dentist who listens is very important. Mine won’t give nitrous anymore because it makes some people nauseaus BUT he does write valium prescriptions for before your visit if you ask. And they never ever do the thing the last 2 (EX) dentists did, lean their forearm across your upper chest or shoulder (don’t know how else to describe it but i bet you know what i’m talking about) to keep you from moving. I know it’s a common thing and many people seem to find it comforting, but it totally flips me out to feel like I’m being held down. You have to find someone who’s going to ease your discomfort not make it worse, that is absolutely your right as a patient and you have every right to vent!

    Oh, and I was playing with the poem generator. Got some amusing things, but i’m going to wait til the pentagon stuff drops off the front page before playing with it again – too many freaky things coming up, too.

  10. It’s a funny old world innit? At the mere suggestion of gas and sedatives you wouldn’t see my arse for dust! Give me the needle every time, I don’t mind it at all 🙂 I’m secure in the knowledge that once I’ve had it they could cut half my face off and I wouldn’t feel a thing. 2 years ago I was offered a general anaesthetic to have my impacted wisdom tooth removed. NO Way! I was far more frightened of that than having it removed under a local. Not many dentists here offer gas any more as there have been several cases of patients (mostly kids) dying whilst under. If you need to be out of it you’re looking at day surgery in the local dental hospital.

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