hi everyone, been reading the boards for awhile now, looking for any advise and what not, and alot of it has been helpful, but still left with a couple of questions.. here's the situation, as best as i can describe..(sorry if it gets too long)
im 24 years old, and need all of my teeth pulled (23 of them..yikes). i have been on prozac for at least 2 years to control anxiety-panic disorder.. anyway, my teeth are just rotting away, alot of them have holes and have pieces that have fallen off..etc. I talked to an oral surgeon awhile back when i had 2 teeth pulled and she said that i would definately need to get dentures, and that if i was admitted as an outpatient in the hospital the bill would be covered by my medical.. so i called back, and talked to the secretary who insisted that they dont accept any kind of medical like i have, and that i "must" have been thinking of a different office. So that basically leaves that option out.. So now, the only oral surgeon i found who takes my medical is about an hour/hour and 1/2 drive away from me..and also someone i know nothing about. However i am in alot of pain and would like to be pain free asap, but worried about not knowing the doctor, and also about undergoing general anesthesia..
I have gone under once before, but it was awhile back, when i was like 14 and didnt have the whole anxiety-panic thing. only problem i had was the nausea/vomiting afterwards.
So..basically, is general anesthesia a good route to take for someone like me who has anxiety-panic disorder? And is it safe to go under if you smoke?
Also, does anyone know of anywhere i could possibly get others feedback or anything about the oral surgeon that i have no clue about other than his name and location?
One more thing, and then im done.. i really am sorry for making this so long, but im a bit worried, although most of everyones posts here have calmed my nerves a bit. Anyways.. the last thing for now.. Anyone who has had all their teeth pulled could you please respond and explain to me about any pain/side effects/etc.. with your procedure. It really would mean alot to me as i am quite prone to worrying, and i know reading other peoples experiences will help me along.
Thank you everyone.. Sorry this is so long.