I had bad gum pain in my mouth that felt like it did when I had periodontitus years ago. I went to the dentist and he did x-rays. He said there is a lot of infection, I need 7 teeth extracted. 3 are roots remaining from teeth that had broken, 2 are wisdom teeth, 1 is the last molar before the wisdom tooth on the left side and one more. I need a root canal on one tooth from another specialist, then I need to go back and have scalling and rooting done.
When they told me $250 it was no problem, until I realized that's only for diagnosis, now I have to go to a specialist (Which financially means, the more expensive doctor). I have no insurance, this is obviously a pre existing condition so no insurance will cover me but that doesn't matter anyway since any insurance I've ever seen only covers $1,500 annually and some of the procedures they'll make you wait forever for. So I have to pay out of pocket. I have nobody that can assist me financially, but the pain is so unbearable I will commit crime to fund my dental procedures, I guess if I get arrested they'd be forced to help me in jail right?
It's ridiculous because my dentist said this could really kill me, the infection could spread to my heart, liver or brain. I asked what do people do that can't afford this. He was very nice and all, but the gist of the information is, you need to find a way to come up with the money and hope that the facility will work with you on a payment plan.
The extraction of 7 teeth with iv sedation must cost a fortune. With no assistance from insurance, I'm sure this will be the cost of a car, how would one with terrible credit convince a specialist to perform surgery on someone who can't afford it but would do a payment plan? I hate to think I could die because I don't have enough money to fix my teeth.
My dentist perscribed 40 pills of Clindamycin 150mg. 4 pills a day. So far, the pain hasn't come back as bad. I THINK I'm tasting the medicine occassionally through my sinuses when mucas drains, so I spit it out all the time because I'm afraid I'm swallowing bacteria from the bad tooth traveling through my sinuses.
The dentist asked if I was fatigued alot, I said yes. He said there is a lot of infection so that's why he asked. He says my immune system is constantly fighting this but it can't beat it and that will make me very tired.
I went to a dentist about 7 years ago that did rooting and scaling on one side of my mouth, they also said I needed a root canal. I was so scared, I told them I wasn't mentally prepared for that yet, and paid and took off so fast I left my hat at their office. Never went back to finish scalling on the other side which is the side that hurts. But there's infection all over the mouth. He said he's suprised I wasn't "Forced" to come in earlier.
Now that I know from the mouth of the dentist himself and not just reading on websites that this infection could spread and kill me, I'm freaking out over every little feeling I have in my body. I'll think I'm having a heart attack, or that my brain is getting infected. My left ear has clogged up and I can't really hear out of it, but it's not wax.
Once I do go in for surgery, I'm afraid the IV won't work but I'll be knocked out and completely aware of everything with no pain killers like what happened to some people in suregery on a 20/20 show I watched.
I'm afraid of being awake for the procedure. I'm afraid because I read that their medication makes you "forget" the unpleasent experience. So is that to say the pain in intense but you won't remember it?!
I'm so terrified, I have no money, and I don't want to die. The most I could get together would be about $2,000 and I'm afraid with surgery that doesn't even get me in the door without insurance.
ALL of the above is secondary to my crippling fear that makes it difficult for me to even call the Oral Surgeon to schedule a consultation. (How much will that cost?!)
What is this clindamycin doing? I'm so terrified, I want to just sleep all the time so I don't have to think about it.