(Closed) Pregnant and getting emergency dental work…the HORROR! (Vent)

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snowflake8 :  oh gosh, I’m sorry. I had a tooth pulled last year and opted to stay awake during it. I however was completely numb. I did hear the tooth ‘cracking’ while they were pulling it. So I feel your pain. At least the worst is over. I hope you heal quickly.

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alliegeeb :  agree! 10 years in dental here…. I suspect either you don’t have the best dentist or you are very anxious and it made the experience worse. Local anaesthetic is fine in pregnancy. As is a root canal in the second trimester (unless you had other illness or medications that would contra indicate this.) The most likely reason you felt increased pain is because there was infection present in the tooth (at the tip of the root) which prohibits full effect of local. Again, this goes back to the dentist – they should have seen that if it was the case and provided a short course of antibiotics before commencing treatment. As for the temporary filling option, I’ve never known a dentist to say it would HAVE to be replaced every few weeks. They are normally just left in situ until treatment is started unless they fall out (pretty rare). Without knowing more about the tooth and your medical history those are my best guesses. I suggest a new dentist! – in the short term rinse with saline several times a day. 

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mrs2014 :  I’ve had locals for root canals and extractions. The only time I was put under was for wisdom teeth extraction, which was all 4 at once and they hadn’t surfaced so the surgeon had to cut into the gums and extract them. For my three root canals and 6 extractions (yep, my teeth are bad) I had a local anaesthetic injected directly into the gum, and no prescribed painkillers afterwards, just advice to take Nurofen. However, you can’t take Nurofen while pregnant so OP would be stuck with basic paracetamol and I can see why that would be painful.

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mrs2014 :  I was hospitalized for my wisdom teeth and put under.  I wasn’t given any choice.  I know of people who have the same done for any tooth extraction.

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Oh bee that sounds terrible! I would totally be wanting the heavy strength painkillers lol. Poor thing 🙁 

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Wow the dental in US sounds scary! I feel for you bees. In Western Europe you are never put to sleep for such procedures! Or at least I have never heard of it. Couple of years ago I did two wisdom teeth pulled out at the same time which were still in gums and it was done under local and very smoothly and easily. Took 7 days to fully heal and I was good as new. Only took paracetamol.

Come here for dental work, it’s better and I imagine cheaper!

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snowflake8 :  You poor thing! As someone with lots of experience undergoing complicated root canals (thank you special snowflake roots), I’m confused that they couldn’t find a local anaesthetic which would have been safe to use during your stage of pregnancy. I know there are variants which can be used with minimal risk to either mother or baby and I would have hoped that they would have used those for an extraction, even if more heavy duty sedation wasn’t possible (which I’ve never had for dental work).

I’m sorry it was such a traumatic experience, but I am confused about why they couldn’t at least use proper local anaesthetics.

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mrs2014 :  I’ve only ever had local anaesthetic for my dental procedures, including root canal and two surgical wisdom tooth extractions (which were done in Finland where I live). Maybe there’re cultural differences regarding pain relief linked to dental procedures?

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jb240609 :  My most recent root canal (done earlier this year) took multiple sessions to complete, because of my long, narrow roots that bend at the very end. That meant that I had a new temporary filling after each treatment session (often with a medicated substance put into the roots being cleared out), but that situation was different from the OP’s, because I was undergoing active work on it, rather than waiting until the work was going to be carried out.

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mrs2014 :  Mine was similar… Except I had mine out one at a time and was given ibuprofen to take for the pain.

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Laululintu :  dont know, its indeed a bit weird how different things are… Never have I ever heard of anyone being prescribed painkillers for after dental work. Only over the counter ones. The only thing I heard once was that the doctutsnwant you to feel pain afterwards to know if it’s getting less and healing or there is an infection and it hurts more. I heard from a few Americans that in the US this is not a consideration and the painkillers are easily prescribed to relief pain. I actually saw once such approach go very wrong. There was that US lady who had an injury to her arm and was given huge amount of painkillers to take for a week. She didn’t feel anything and once she stopped after a week she blacked out from pain at one point and had to be rushed to ER. An infection developed which she didn’t notice due to being constantly drugged. So I kind of see both sides.

Post # 42
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I’m in the US and have had teeth pulled. It was done with local anesthetic, and I was given nothing afterward, obviously having the option to take OTC painkillers. 

I have never heard of things like valium and percoset being given for simple dental procedures, and frankly it would be unnecessary to do so. 

Post # 43
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Everyone’s pain tolerance and experience is different. I had a wisdom tooth pulled in office with local and it wasn’t the pain that made me wince but the sound of it. I asked the dentist to numb me up real good beforehand though. 

As someone who at one point had a deathly fear of the dentist, I really am getting irritated with bees trying to make the OPs experience seem over the top or dramatic.

When I was supposed to have my wisdom teeth originally taken out all at once by being put under when I was 20, I had a panic attack in the chair from the anxiety and the dentist/oral surgeon wouldn’t work on me out of caution. Then the assistant proceeded to chastize me about needing to relax next time. yeah……

To you it may be routine, but to most it’s not.

Needless to say….Never went back to that office again. Found a dentist who was willing to help me and not make me feel like a damn inconvenience.

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mrs2014 :  I’m not in the US but the reason why I was hospitalized was I was at a higher risk of complications and there are literature reports of people dying the night after having a tooth extracted.  I actually did a search just to see what kinda of prophylactic meds I should be on and the first few results brought up the deaths.

Being put to sleep wasn’t what I preferred but it was done for airway management.

Post # 45
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Honey bee

I was put under and had abdominal surgery with no pain meds when I was 7 weeks pregnant, and my recovery sounds like it was easier than yours. If you are having a rough time, I suggest talking to your OB and finding a better dentist. This should not have been that rough!

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