Originally Posted by Oscarsmommy
I have not met a patient like you! We would love you in our office
It is definately unusual
I've only had one bad dentist experience.
The dentist I had gone to for years retired and turned his practice over to another dentist who took over his office. So I continued to go to that new dentist.
My first visit to the new dentist was for a checkup which resulted in the need for a filling on a back tooth for a deep cavity. I think my tooth actually cracked if I'm not mistaken.
I told him that when I have freezing I tend to need extra for it to actually take. He said he uses some kind of "new local freezing from Germany" that has a much better effect because it travels along the nerves to provide a much better effect. So he went ahead and froze the back tooth. After 5 minutes he came back and went to drill and I nearly jumped out of my skin! He had to freeze it again! And again! Not like I didn't tell him!
Anyway, when it was sufficiently frozen he drilled and did the filling. The filling was on the upper right and the whole right side of my face was frozen, my chin, my nose and a good portion of my left side of my face. I was in such pain afterwards when the freezing started to come out. It took about 12 hours for the freezing to work its way out and it felt like I had been beaten up while it was coming out. And for 4 days after the freezing came out every single tooth in my mouth felt like it had a cavity in it. I couldn't even put a tooth brush to my teeth because of the pain.
I needed a second filling done on the other side. He didn't want to do both in one visit because they were on opposite sides of my mouth. So I went back 2 weeks later for the second filling and told him the reaction I had to that "new" freezing. He said that sensitive teeth are a side effect of that particular freezing. I told him that I didn't want him to use that on me anymore and to use the standard novacain..
Because he had to stick me 3 times on the earlier visit to freeze the tooth, he gave me extra on the first freezing.
He did the filling and I went home.
The whole left side of my face was frozen, so was my ear, my eye (I couldn't blink), my forehead, my jaw, all the way around to the right side of my face and right ear to right under my right eye, and I was having a hard time swallowing because my throat muscles were frozen, so I had to keep my head bent forward and allow the saliva to dribble out of my mouth because I couldn't swallow for almost 12 hours.
The jerk used that same freezing he did the first time, even after I had told him to not use it because I had a bad reaction to it.
I'm fortunate that I didn't have an anaphylactic reaction to it that closed up my airway.
I went back and reamed him out and told him that he's lucky I hadn't died because of his stupidity.
Unfortunately he never would tell me the name of the stuff he used. All he said is that it's from "Germany."
I found another dentist after that. But after a few years he moved across town to a neighbourhood that I was scared to go to by bus. I found yet another dentist who was really good but moved to New Zealand about a year later. His partner took over his practice and I still go there.
So far as "gas" goes for a dental procedure. I haven't heard of that being done anymore. I remembe as a kid having to go to the dentist and getting "gassed" and waking up after everything was done. But as an adult I've never seen a dentist around here that uses "gas" on patients. So far as I know if you can't have work done with local freezing for whatever reason, once a year you can be booked into the hospital and have the cleaning and whatever other dental work is needed done under general anaesthetic in the operating room. One of the nurses I work with is so terrified of dentists that she has to be admitted to the hospital for her dental procedures on a yearly basis.