Having to have wisdom tooth removed. Fear of dentists, fear of strong pain killers!!

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Jennara
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   Posted 7/2/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to have a wisdom tooth removed and I'm scared.  I'm also scared of the strong pain killers they will prescribe.  Very scared!!!!
 
Any advice?
 
Jennara

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   Posted 7/2/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Jenna,

You do not have to take any strong pain killers.  You may receive a pain killer RX but that does not mean you have to have the Rx filled  hun.  Just use whatever pain med you normally use, Ibuprofen or Tylenol...........

I have had many teeth extracted and never used anything stronger then Ibuprofen and yes they were removed by an oral surgeon.

You are going to do fine. 

Gentle Hugs

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   Posted 7/2/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jennara,

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled. Was knocked out and felt like a zombie for a week. Was given 3 different types of meds to take and I have no clue what they were. Except I know one was an antibotic and I'm going to guess that one was a pain med. Boy did they keep me sleeping for the whole week. I was up long enough to eat some ice cream and went right back to sleep. Hubby and my mom woke me up to take the meds. And since I was so out of it I had no clue.

Everyone's pain thresh hold is different. If you are worried about what the doc will be giving you ask in advance. Talk it over with him on what you feel comfortable taking. You can take tyenol and motrin together. But motrin can and will cause tummy problems.
But do talk this over with your dentist. Before the visit. That way you are prepared at home if you decide not to take what he has offered. And he knows what you are doing at home. And can give suggestions what what you should do. Including hot, cold compress and how much meds you can take.

Take Care
Cary-Ann

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   Posted 7/3/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jennera,

I had 2 wisodm teeth out 4 weeks ago, i was really freaking out in the dentists chair and was ready to say "im sorry i cant do this" but as soon as I had the pain killer i was fine. Honestly, i felt no pain form the operation, once i had the injection i was really relaxed. For about a week and a half i had some pain and couldn't really eat much. I drank alot of milkshakes and smoothies. Now im fine no toothache and no problems.

I didn't get any antibiotic to take just 400mg ibuprofen to take afterwards. Towards the end of the week i also used Oraljel very occasionaly ( before i went to bed usually). Oraljel is jus topical gel like bonjela but numbs the mouth alot.

Let us know how it goes, I hope everything turns out ok

Badfish :p
 


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   Posted 7/3/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I would suggest you fill the pain medication just in case you should need it, but if you are able, just take the Ibruprofen. Everyone's pain tolerance is different, so maybe you can get away with just taking the Advil or Aleve type meds. Good luck and I too am sure you will be fine.

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   Posted 7/3/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had all my wisdom teeth out as well.  Was knocked out for it and don't remember a thing from the surgery.  I didn't have to take the painkillers but had the prescription filled just in case I needed it.  I was able to control the pain nicely with just Tylenol.  I hope all goes just fine for you.  You don't have to use the painkillers they prescribe if you don't need to.

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   Posted 7/5/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my wisdoms out in the chair- had a little bit of happy gas, but didnt need prescription painkillers. just used over the counter pain meds with codeine. worked for me. im terrified of the dentist too- you arent alone!
 
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Aries8
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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd rather give birth than go to the dentist. I lost part of my tooth last night due to a huge cavity. I put off going to the dentist when I have problems. I don't mind the cleanings and x-rays. Now I'll have to make an appointment and I'm terrified, also! Maybe we can get each other through this.

I had my wisdom teeth pulled many years ago. That night I went to the drive-in and ate pizza. I didn't need any pain medication after. Nanners and Kitt had good suggestions that you should take note of. As Kitt said, you don't have to take the medication if you don't want to and Nanners had a good suggestion of filling the prescription just in case. You don't want to wake up in the early morning hours in pain and not have anything strong enough.

Do you have an appointment already made?
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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, I got knocked out for mine as they had to be cut out. I took xymel and ibuprofen and anti biotic. I was grand after a week. I was bricking it at the time but get through it. You wil too, if they're giving you lots of pain then just focus on the end result.
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Jennara
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! Thank you for your responses! I find now that I am going to the dentist tomorrow morning, that I am also terrified of being put to sleep!!!! I hear this is what they do and it terrifies me! I dont know what to do! I want to think that I'm just being silly but I am so scared that I will get sick from the stuff they use to put me to sleep and I'll like choke on my own blood in my sleep or something. I'm allergic to codine so thats out. I havent been seen by the dentist yet. Tomorrow is the first visit. I'm in such tremendous pain though and I know its my own fault for putting it off for so long but I am so terrified right now!!!! Am I going to choke on my own blood in my sleep or get so sick from the med that I throw up until I die? I do know that stuff they use to put you to sleep, it makes me sick. I've had surgeries before. I'm so terrified!!!! Please help!!!!

Jen

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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,

Take a deep breath girl. First off remember the dentist will be in your mouth. And know what is going on. If your going to get sick he/she will know quickly and be able to react to it. Also if things go to astray while your under they can wake you just as easily.
What they give you to knock you out is different then surgery. It is short term and is very easy to handle.

Your not going to choke. They keep that suction thingy in your mouth and your body still functions like your asleep.

Don't over think this. I know its a very scary thing. But a lot easier now then it was even 10 years ago. These dentist are trained much much more. They know what to do and how to do it. Remember your not their first patient to have their wisdom teeth pulled. So keep that in mind.

They gave me some funny gas before putting me under to help me relax. Which was a good idea. I did get grumpy from it. Or more so my feelings came out "true" and I snapped at the nurse when she asked how I was. And I slurred "what do you think? I'm as good as to be expected". Doc came in and I was out in seconds. Pretty much as soon as they put the thing in my arm. ( I didn't look or I would of freaked out.)

Took a nice nap and they woke me up to take a second x-ray to make sure it was all gone. Slept on the way home and did for some time after that.

Best part. All the ice cream I could eat. Hubby kept me stocked for 2 weeks. Boy was I in heaven. Now I feel guilty for asking for any..lol

Take Care
Cary-Ann

Jennara
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm getting ready to leave for the dentist. Thanks Cary-Ann! Thank you everyone! I'm not sure if they are going to take it out today or not but if they dont I'll come on here when I get home and let you all know when they are going to. If they do, I'll let you know when I'm feeling up to it. I'm so scared! I'm trying to think all the positive thoughts I can! The iv is scary enough! The drills and all this stuff being in my oh so sensitve mouth, thats REALLY all freaking me out! Talk to you in a while.

Jen

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   Posted 7/7/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Jen,

My thoughts and good vibes are with you. I know you are going to do fine and remember by this afternoon this will all be behind you.

Good luck and stay brave.  Think of all the good things in your life.

Wishing you the best,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 7/7/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
How did your dentist appt. go today??
 
I went to the dentist today and had x-rays done. Talked to the dentist. I found out all the things I need to have done and how much it will cost. I feel better knowing I'm getting the work done. I was a little shakey during the visit but all went well. I thought about all of you and what you'd be telling me.
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Jennara
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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I didnt have the tooth pulled yet. I have to go somewhere else to get it done. The tooth is in there weird or something. It will be over a week before it comes out. That just gives me more time to obsess! I'll try not to but I know myself!

I feel so alone! Nobody around me understands! They couldnt! They dont suffer with this! Everyone just says, "Stop worrying"! I feel so alone!!!!

Thank you everyone! I'll keep you updated on when my apt is. And I'll get on here good tomorrow and help others in anyway that I can! I dont know you all that well but I love you all!!! Love is not a word I just throw around! You guys really mean alot to me even when I just come on here and just read what you guys talk about. This is the only thing I have to hold on to that makes me feel less alone! I still do though!

-Jen

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jennara,
Sorry to hear you didn't get your tooth taken care of today. Its hard when you have more time to think and work yourself up over it. Its hard but you really can do it!

I was terrified of the whole process when I had my wisdom teeth removed, and my oral surgeon wouldn't give me valium or anything to take the edge off. I ended up having my best friend come with me, they let her hold my hand till I was asleep, I was so scared I was going to die or choke but it was a little prick in my arm and then I woke up all groggy in the chair... then I was home. I had a rough first night because I did take a percocet and it wound up making me sick... which is not fun after having 4 teeth out but besides that I was ok. The pain wasn't bad, I put ice packs on my cheeks and took some tylenol. To be honest by the next night I was sitting around with some friends eating pizza (in really tiny awkward bites but I don't like smoothies). And it stinks when people are like "Oh its no big deal" because no matter how small it may be it feels like a huge insurpassable mountain!
Just remember when you start stressing over it that its a really routine surgery and the people will be taking care of you and are totally knowledgeable and can deal with whatever happens. Deep breaths!!

Come vent anytime, I feel for you because I remember what a ball of stress I was and it really stinks!!! *HUGS* You aren't alone!
~Dixi

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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Jennara please do keep us posted. I have two wisdom teeth that are also in sideways somehow and the oral surgeon (when I was in to have a molar extracted) told me I would have to have them removed if they cause any pain. So I pray that they don't cause any problems I am scared of the dentist no matter what the issue. Good luck and I know things will be fine.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you couldn't get your tooth taken care of today. I know you'll be fine. Actually, if you go to an oral surgeon, I found that they are better. I had to go to one. I was so scared, I almost turned around in the parking lot to go back home. I'm glad I didn't. He was wonderful! Took him about 2 minutes to pull my tooth. I never felt the shot. I couldn't even tell that I was numb.

You'll be fine. Just stay in the present and don't think about the appointment yet.
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Jennara
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I'll just have the surgery. You guys have really helped me so much! I feel alot better having discussed this with you all! With all of you saying that its not that big a deal, I feel much better! I'll keep you posted! Just know that you've helped me tremendously!

Thank you!

-Jen
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