Help me visit my dentist for a checkup.
June 14, 2013 3:30 PM Subscribe
I am seeing the dentist Monday. How can I make this experience less painful (in all senses, physical, emotional, financial)?
posted by bad grammar to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This dentist and I have, ah, a history. He diagnosed bruxism last year and commissioned a custom mouth guard that does not fit very well, so I have not used it very often because it murders my sleep. I am angry at him. I think that being angry at him is contributing to my teeth-grinding all by itself. I was going to not see him, but now I find that anything very acid (as in soda) or very sweet makes my teeth hurt. I expect that he will at least do a re-surfacing and filling and I am afraid of some more aggressive and costly procedure.
My specific question (for those complaining that many AskMes are just venting by the OP) has three parts.
(a) Is there something I can take or put on my teeth or gums myself beforehand that will make the cleaning and probing less painful? No Oxycontin or other hard drugs, please (I have to get myself to and from the dentist).
(b) How can I not get angry with him? I am stewing whenever I think of this history.
(c) I am considering asking him to redo the mouth guard so it will not hurt when I wear it, but I have sneaking thoughts that he made it not fit ON PURPOSE so that I would have to have more work done. Should a custom mouth guard be made from rigid plastic (cast from a mold) and fit rather stiffly? Since the guard was expensive, if a new one is going to fit just the same way, I don't want to waste my money.
For those who advise medical DTMFA, I really want him to refer me to someone else within my network. I am only going to him for the sake of continuity.