(Closed) Question for any military wives who have been stationed overseas

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just asked my hubby, whos retired/disabled Navy.  And the answer is yes!  Very surprised – its because they don’t have dentists overseas at overseas stations???  I would be as apprehensive as you are.  If it helps, I had mine out a few years ago, and was under twilight anastesia (sp?).  It really helped, and I was on a soft foods diet for a few days, and no pain after.

Post # 5
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1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I was deployed for a year and was never made to have my wisdom teeth removed.  I eventually did have them removed, but at my own request.  

Post # 7
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t understand why they have people pull them before going overseas?  You usually have more than enough warning to know that they will be a problem.  I hope you can find a way out of it (even though I had mine removed and didn’t have any problems).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@pinkcrush:  Navy.  I do know that it is easier for the military to have them pulled the younger you are to avoid future complications, and it’s free for active duty.  I don’t think they can force you, as a dependent, to have your wisdom teeth pulled.  I also had oversight for the overseas screening program when I was working at a naval hospital and all that was required from the dentist (for dependents) was that an exam was done and that no further complications (cavity, root canal, etc.) existed prior to moving.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@pinkcrush:  I would go (with your husband) to the OSS (overseas screener) at the MTF (I’m not sure if OSS is the same terminology in the Air Force) and talk to them about it.  Since you are not a member of the military, and as any other medical procedure, they need your consent to do it, so they can’t force it on you.  However, there is the possibility that not having it done may preclude your husband from taking whatever duty he is looking at overseas.

A note of comfort: when I had them removed about a year ago, it really wasn’t that bad, I was out of work for a few days and had good meds (didn’t even have to dip into the “stronger” ones, lol). Just make sure you don’t smoke and don’t sip out of a straw (and the softer the food, the better).  Dry rot is a bitch, I hear.

Post # 11
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1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@pinkcrush:  I would go with your husband to the MTF and talk to the overseas screener (not sure what that’s called in the Air Force).  Since you are not a member of the military, and need to give consent to any medical procedure anyway, they cannot force you to get it done.  However, if you elect to not get it done, it may preclude your husband from taking overseas orders (depending on what type of orders/command he wants to go to), so you have to keep that in mind.

As a side note, getting them pulled really wasn’t so bad.  I had a few days off, the meds were good and I didn’t have to use the stronger ones they prescribed.  Just make sure not to smoke or sip from straws and eat very soft foods.  Dry rot is not fun!

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