It's time to do this once and for all
June 6, 2014 9:32 PM Subscribe
So, for a variety of reasons, I was never very good about my dental care regimen. This has come to mean that, at 24, I have one cracked tooth, two chipped ones covered with veneers, two that have been pulled, a mouth full of cavities, gum disease and on-and-off pain in different teeth. I'm so tired of this. I know it's horrible to think this way, but the more time that passes, the less I feel like even brushing my teeth ( I only do it when I have to go out at this point). The guilt and anxiety are wrecking me psychologically as is the constant threat of intractable pain.
I've tried to get things done the usual way- one appointment/procedure at a time, when I could afford it and had the emotional fortitude to go through with them.
The problem is that my last two or three appointments- for root canals and fillings- have gone terribly. The anaesthetic never, ever worked, even after multiple injections, and even with nitrous. My last visit for a root canal was the first time I ever had the distinct displeasure of knowing what a drill on one's nerve feels like. I now shudder at the mere sound of a drill or anything that sounds like it.
posted by marsbar77 to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need to start my life. I need to go out and meet people and be able to smile. The problem is that I can't deal with what's ahead of me with anything but general anaesthesia at this point. I have cerebral palsy and enough of an issue with anxiety as is. Doing anything beyond maybe veneers without GA is too risky and too traumatic a proposition at this point.
- I'm out of work right now and being supported by my parents, who themselves are not in a good financial situation. I have Medicaid ( in NY) as well as Aetna Dental. I know these wouldn't cover anything near what a full mouth restoration under GA costs though.
- I've received various opinions on whether GA is safe for someone who is a) overweight ( by quite a bit) and b) has CP
- I've had so many negative experiences even at the hands of dentists and surgeons who otherwise come highly recommended. I don't know who to trust.
- I need: a) fillings b) more than 2 or 3 root canals c) to pull 3 or four supernumary teeth and d) to replace a pulled tooth and to crown my two chipped front teeth
My question, then: What is the cheapest, most efficient, *safest* and most *painless* way to do all of this in a way that will last and give me a new outlook on life? I need a coherent roadmap, supported by resources- financial, professional ( names of good people) and otherwise.
It's all I can think about, and it's been draining emotionally, physically and mentally. I'm desperate for any advice anyone has. Thanks, everyone.