I've had problems off and on for the past four years with my wisdom teeth (I'm a 24 year old female). I've had two infections due to my erupted teeth collecting junk between the gums and tooth... but now my biggest worry is that my fully erupted tooth (which has grown out sideways towards my cheek) is now constantly rubbing my cheek and causing a lot of pain, it may be infected, I'm not sure, I have an appointment booked for next week).
I know for a fact now that I'm going to need to get it extracted. Since it's in such an awkward position, it's going to have to be smashed to be extracted. Here in Canada it's illegal for the dentist office to put you to sleep during the procedure, and I'm absolutely FREAKED about about feeling this being done... not the pain, but the actual shattering of the tooth.
Has anyone else been in my situation? I had someone suggest to me to ask the dentist for a prescription for Valium (or a drug that does the same thing) to take a couple of hours prior to the procedure. Would this help?? I'm so scared (not to mention a little broke).
Don't worry! (I know, easier said then done, right? I know exactly how you feel .) It's really not nearly as bad as you think it will be. I had mine pulled with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) on Friday. I was so worried about it that I lost two weeks of sleep and drove my coworkers crazy. Now that I look back, I don't know what I was so worried about. I would schedule the appointment to get them out as soon as possible because the waiting was the worst part. I had to wait for two weeks and I was an abolute wreck by the time the big day came. When I walked into the office I was crying and shaking like a leaf. The oral surgeon that I went to spent about half an hour talking to me just to try to get me to relax. Once he gave me the laughing gas I was completely fine. I remember most of what went on, but the gas had me so relaxed that I didn't even care. I do remember sitting in the chair thinking I would feel awful pain any minute, but it never happened. Everytime I had a filling I always felt the drilling so I was sure this would hurt terribly too. Here he pulled the tooth and stitched up my gum and I didn't even realize the tooth was gone! I didn't feel a thing! I would definately go with the laughing gas, it worked wonders for me. I hope everything goes well for you. Let me know how it goes, ok. If you have any questions I'd be glad to try to help. Hey I'm the biggest chicken in the whole world and if I can get through it I'm sure you can too!!!
LMAO! I have booked an appointment for Saturday. It's going to be the initial exam BUT they will extract it if I want right there. Nitrus Oxcide sounds woooonderful. Usually if you go in for the Examination and have to go in for the extraction on another day (or later in the day) the dentist can write up a prescription for a drug (that will basically give you the same effect as the laughing gas, but in a pill form). I got even more scared because the dentist I called (had this guy as my CHILDhood dentist!! WOW I didn't even think he was still around) said that they may have to do the procedure RIGHT after the xray. (never even though of laughing gas).
I'm still shaking like a leaf and annoying the hell out of my co-workers... even more so than yesterday when I thought i had to wait two weeks for it to be done.
What prompted me to call another dentist this morning was that last night i went to the doctor, just to be sure that there was no infection (Advil & Normal Tylenol 1's *with codine* did not help AT ALL). There is no infection, the gum around the tooth is NOT swollen (only my cheek from the tooth rubbing against it), but SHE told me to get it pulled ASAP, and wrote me a prescription for Tylenol 3's. EVEN THOSE ARE"NT WORKING!!! I just feel a little "happier" but with all the pain. I can't take two because I would scare the **** out of my students (I work at SAIT and register students for upgrading)...I'm scary when I'm high.
ANyway I'm rambling on cause I'm nervous as heck (lol doesn't matter how many people tell you it isn't as bad as you think, it's still freaky hehe).
Believe me, there is no way you could be as nervous as I was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've alvays been the biggest chicken in the world, especially when it comes to dentists or needles. I had so many people tell me that I would be fine, but I just couldn't make myself believe them. By the end of the two weeks, I drove everyone of my coworkers totally nuts! Some of then still aren't speaking to me! The day before the surgery was the worst one for me. I was shaking so bad that I couldn't do anything. I just about dropped a whole pan of gravy on the floor because my hands were shaking so bad I couldn't hold on to anything. Then I had to try to run the cash register which didn't go very well either. I couldn't hit the right buttons and I think I overcharged half of my customers. My boss got mad at me because I was pacing back and forth and wearing out our new carpet.
I don't know what I was so worried about. Now that it's over I look back and laugh at myself. It was realy no big deal at all. I really enjoyed getting all the attention and I even got to eat ice cream for breakfast! I have to get the other three taken out in a couple of months and I'm not at all worried about it. In fact I'm almost looking forward to it, My mouth feels so crowded and I almost gag myself whenever I try to brush them so I know I'll be much happier once they all come out. (And the laughing gas was sort of fun too! )
I hope everything goes well for you. Though it is hard, try not to worry. You'll be fine! Once it's over, you'll look back and wonder what you were so worried about too. Again, if you have any questions I'll do my best to help.
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Thanks I'm more nervous now that it's going to be on Saturday instead of a couple of weeks.
I woke up this morning and my tooth didn't hurt as bad. So I'm thinking "Maybe I don't need to do it". My fiance is ******! LOL He told me that I might as well go through with it because my tooth is still sore (not that stinging sensitive feeling all the time anymore, but it still hurts to open my mouth all the way, swallow, talk too much or chew), and he is sick of hearing me whine and complain.
But the good thing about NOT going through with it is that I will save $250 (Our birthdays are one day apart... mine is the 26th of April and his is the 28th). I feel bad that I will be using the money I was saving for his birthday present for it, but he still insists on putting money away on layaway for this ring I have been lusting after for my birthday (makes me feel one inch tall). He told me that the best birthday gift for him will be me to stop annoying the hell out of him. LOL
(Another year I won't be able to celebrate my birthday, last time I did I was 17... Pregnant at 18... had my daughter so I couldn't at 19 or 20... then pregnant again at 21... kids at 22... Blizzard locked us in our apartment when I was 23... so I figured that it would be different this year... LMAO!!! Now I'm going to look like a chipmunk, and won't be able to drink or eat good stuff heheheh).
You're awesome thanks for all your help. Have any kids yourself??
I have a 5 year old daughter, and a 2 year old son.
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No, you don't want to chicken out! It might feel better now, but It will start to hurt again sometime and then you'll have to get it out anyway. I was supposed to have mine done five years ago and I chickened out. I would have saved myself alot of pain and frustration if I did it right away!
*nods* I Agree, after speaking to students here at work for 3+ hours, Im in a considerable amount of pain again. I spoke again with the dentist to be sure that they booked enough time for me for Saturday just in case I DO need it pulled (that is if they can actually do the extraction there... they may need to send me to a specialist if they can't pull it, at least that's what the receptionist told me... I thought that was more for the bottom ones... all well I just hope they can get this thing out of me, It hurts too much).
I was thinking it might be best to go directly to an oral surgeon? It depends on how much pain you are in. I was under extraordinary pain so I just went right to an oral surgeon and they took it out the same day. It was in bone and next to my sinus and oral surgeons are experienced to do work if it is a difficult extraction. I received the same response when contacting dentists that were not oral surgeons, they said they can only take it out if it isn't in bone. I'm not sure if yours is or not since at least yours is out breaking skin. Mine was all the way up my gums.. very far up. I was lucky enough to find an oral surgeon that took emergencies so they saw me the same day I called. Just something to think about. I feel soooo much better now. Just completely relieved.
If I had the money I would (I apologise, for some silly reason my last account was disabled from posting. Not sure why I haven't broken any rules).
Plus for an Oral surgeon here you need to book at least two months in advance, there are waiting lists hundreds of people long that are on Cancellation bookings. So it would be MUCH faster (not to mention cheaper) to go to the normal dentist. *sighs*. I'm not as anxious now, I just want this tooth OUT. lol
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LOL exactly. of course when I'm taking my tylenol 3's (which have started to work...to a point that is) then I start getting uptight again since the pain isn;t there). How fun lol. I'm just about to call the dentist to see what they will charge for Laughing Gas (if they can do the procedure).
I would go ahead and get that thing pulled! Really, it's not a big deal. It seems like it now, I know. You mentioned not being able to celebrate your birthday. think of it like this, you get that thing pulled, and you can spend your birthday pain free!
If you go with the laughing gas, you'll probably not even care about how they get the tooth out. Seriously. You know what's going on, but you don't care. Maybe you can see if the dentist will let you bring in some headphones so you can listen to music and not have to hear it if they shatter your tooth.
Spend the money now, and you'll avoid spending a lot more later. You'll be so much happier when it's over. Trust me.
Will deffinately be going tomorrow. Can't stand the pain anymore, and I don't want to keep taking these tylenol 3's (they make me tired as heck during the day and then I can't sleep at night). I'm gonna make a HUGE fuss tomorrow at the dentists. And hopefully they can pull it there. I had a PAN done aboooout I think 4 years ago because of a wisdom tooth infection (didn't know what it was then). And I remember that dentist telling me that I will need the bottom left done by a specialist... but he never said anything about the others. So hopefully it can be done tomorrow. That's really my biggest worry now.
(the tooth I need pulled is the top left... which grew all the way out... but sideways toward my cheek)
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