Terrible day-Dentist

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Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/7/2005 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I really, really hate going to the dentist, but I've had a toothache for over a week and I finally relented.  Couldn't take the lpain anymore.  My back molar was infected and since I couldn't shell out nearly a grand for a root canal, I had them pull it.  I've never had a tooth pulled before, (well, wisdom teeth when I was a kid but I was out for that.) and scared to death.  Had a huge panic attack in the chair.  The novacaine made me feel like I couldn't swallow and I flipped out.  I think the dentist was more scared than I was.  He kept wanting to give me IV sedation but my insurance won't pay for that.  Oh well, I survived.  Vicodin works wonders but makes me really hyper.  Thanks for listening to me whine.
Ellie

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/7/2005 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm sorry, Ellie.  No fun getting teeth worked on (or pulled!  Yikes!)

I just had to get a couple of crowns last month, but I somehow don't have a fear of the dentist, just a morbid fear of losing a tooth, lol!  Luckily, he's really cool and a good guy (he's OC really bad on meds, so we have a mental illness in common, lol)  he let me pay it out.  

Vicodin used to make me hyper and euphoric when I wasn't on meds, but now it just makes me sleepy and blah.  I don't take it, I'd rather have pain. 

 Curious, was it novacaine or nitrous? (laughing gas)?   Novacaine doesn't affect the central nervous system, but it hurts a good bit going in, that's bprobably what did it.  Nitrous can do a number on panic, tho.



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kittycat27
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   Posted 9/7/2005 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Ellie. I had my wisdom teeth out at 20. sad It was scary for me, beings I don't even have a cavity. Never had a tooth filled! So yeah i don't like Dentist offices'. I think they gave me novacaine and then gave me vicodin for pain. I used all the vicodin, I think i didn't need it though but took it ayways. haha I can't take it anymore either. Blah Blah

Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Still alive. Still hurts but not as bad as before it was pulled. Toothaches stink. Glad it's over with now if I could gather up the courage to eat all would be well. I'm afraid I'll dislodge the clot and end up with a dry socket. I've heard very bad things about that. Vicodin really doesn't fix all the pain but I don't seem to care as much at least.

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
ooo yeah!  You don't want that.  I'm sure he did recommend bland soft foods, like potatoes, soup, pudding, rice, oatmeal, etc.  I'm glad you are better!

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Danarx
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Just and FYI, there is epi (or something similar) in the novacaine to keep it localized - by constricting the blood vessels. This constriction can increase your heart rate and increase anxiety. I've almost passed out when they had to do a lot of dental work. And it definately increases my anxiety.

(((((Ellie))))) I've had my share of aweful dentist visits. Luckily I was able to get a root canal on my last tooth that gave me trouble. But I have three in my mouth that are cracked all the way down the middle. Hopefully they will not separate, but my mouth is a mess. Next time they should give you an oral sedative before you go. They gave me triazolam before they pulled my wisdom teeth and it's cheap!!!
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Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! Potato soup sounds good. Think I'll try to find a good recipe. I hadn't even thought of potatoes. Potato soup rocks. Especially with lots of onions. Can you tell I'm starving to death. A little loopy from the vic too I think.

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Oops!  *blushing* I should have known better than to step on your territory, your the expert! yeah    thanks for the info.

Yeah, Ellie, I love! potato soup!  Tapioca pudding, too, yummmmm!


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Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Dana. Yep, I've done the root canal thing a few times. This was a rear molar and noone will see that its missing plus a root canal is a little pricey right now. Also you would know, can I take my Klonopin with vicodin. Can't get my GP to return my calls
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