I drive over 60 miles one-way to my dentist, and I live in an urban area with probably hundreds of closer options... I've been seeing this same dentist (tiny small-town practice) for about 15 years, and every time I have to take half a day off work to get there and back for my twice-a-year appointments, I wonder if it isn't time to just switch to a closer provider, especially since my dentist is "getting up there" and is probably close to retirement.
And then I read threads like this.
I've had a few fillings and a crown over the years, so he's had to numb me maybe half a dozen times, and never once did I feel ANYTHING. You all are now giving me a panic attack........
get searching while you still have the alternative!
Originally Posted by Bristol Bay
Try setting your broomstick to fly at a lower altitude.
I spent my lunch yesterday calling endos and then other dentists (that had good ratings). None could see a new patient for at least 2 weeks. None.
Meanwhile the pain was nearing epic proportions. So I called the original dentist and went in. After 5 or maybe 6 shots the tooth was not fully numb but they went a head to try and get the root. That was the most god awful pain I have ever had -but then the root was out.
I did have multiple nightmares last night about the procedure-waking up grabbing my face! But today I feel normal (just a little sleep deprived).
I will now work to find a new dentist and establish myself as a patient.
Thanks tons for the advice and your time-I am so glad this is over!
Thank you kind person! I have Assurant (PPO). They are as useless as tits on a mule!
Originally Posted by CatchMeIfUCan
So sorry you are going through this!!
Who is your dental insurance through? I work in group dental insurance so can help you with this if you need it. Please tell your insurance company who the dentist was that suggested 15 fillings - they should be audited and removed from the network. Also, go to your insurance company for help - they can get you pre-treatment estimates, give you literature, and general advice.
Do what Brookes said, except go to a specialist in network. You shouldn't have to pay more depending on who your coverage is through.
I can't believe the she didnt send you home with perscription pain meds to get you through. My dentist feels no one should be in pain ever. I mean thats what drugs are for.
I had this happen and I can tell you I commiserate with the pain you are in.
Very long story short, I had a tooth that was giving me pain, my dentist ( whom is no longer my dentist) couldnt see me for 2 weeks. So I paged through the phone book until I found some "emergency visit" practice. Same experiance, tears, pain couldnt get me numb. I survived the "filling" vowing to never return to the quack and all seemed fine for about 2 months. Then the same tooth abcessed. Went to a specialist, and the tooth needed pulled. Tried numbing but that really wasnt working ( Someone said when they are that far gone, sometimes numbing doesnt work) either way, knocked me out dreaming of rainbows and butterflies. Seriously, best decision I have ever made.
Depending on the location of the tooth, I would be careful of the $, time and pain you are putting yourself through just to end up needing it pulled anyway.
I would still go see an endo. From your story I'm worried that something else is amiss. Didn't you say the other tooth next to it was starting to abscess?
I have had numerous root canals and never once experienced the level of pain you are discribing. (Rough kid, I broke almost all my front teeth. Needed many root canals as I aged a bit) I have always had them done by an endo. My endo also says alternate advil and Tylenol every 4 hrs to stay ahead of the pain. I've been perscribed the pain meds in the past, but this works better for me.