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My molar nightmare

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GreenPug

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Hello I would like to share my story and maybe get your input too!

1. THE BEFORE

I always thought I had good dental health. And for the first 32 years of my life I did not have dental phobia, it was created over the course of the last year. I also did not have anxiety before this past year. Although I did not visit the dentist enough I took good care of my teeth and up until a year ago I only had five or six cavities filled. Upon many many strong recommendations from friends and family I found a new dentist with lots of modern equipment and decided I would let them do some work, I put my trust in him. That was my biggest mistake.

It had been three years since my last dental visit and five years the one before that. So after we took an entire mouth full of x-rays and high definition pictures I was able to see that my teeth were not as healthy as I believed. Poorly done fillings, cracked old fillings, acid erosion, some minor decay. But I never had pain or sensitivity. Some things were needed, but amount of work performed may not have been necessary.

Over the first six months I had about 15 teeth worked on, half were more superficial and acid erosion type restorations. And, for the most part, I think they turned out great! Then I had about 7-8 very deep feelings, this is where my nightmare begins and was the last time I was tooth pain free.

Six months ago I had to back fillings replaced on the back to molars and my back molar on the bottom is now the tooth. You know. That tooth. That tooth that is ruining my life. This was the dental visit that created my dental phobia, gave me anxiety, mistrust of dentists, and dental pain ever since. But I will come back to that shortly.

I had a tooth I actually had minor sensitivity in, a secondary molar. However he chose to do the two teeth around it first so that there might not be complications in telling if there were pain in the future. Interesting, because he did not follow his own advice later down the road. I remember he warned me there might be a need for root canal. I honestly did not believe I needed anything more than a simple filling, and actually looking back I might not have even needed the fillings at all. I wish I had waited until they were in pain and then had it taken care of, I could have gotten many more years out of this tooth. The next appointment was THE APPOINTMENT. I remember it was right before Christmas. But there were many other teeth still after that which needed work.

So I kept coming back. At least 10 appointments, all of which I was terrified now because of THE APPOINTMENT. However I came back because I really wanted that one fixed. Which it ended up being the final tooth that he did.

He did try to accommodate my anxiety and physical needs at these appointments. He actually is the best dentist I had been to up till then. Unfortunately I have seen many many dental experts now… during these appointments I kept bringing up that molar and how it hurt. He kept saying we should give it more time…

2. THE APPOINTMENT
 
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Enarete

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Hi GreenPug :welcome: ,

it looks like your story is to be continued, hope it was your decision to split it and not a technical issue? Anyways, take as much time with finishing it as you need.

All the best wishes
 
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GreenPug

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2. THE APPOINTMENT

The day was like any other for me. I had no fears or qualms, I had just recently been in to get the first few teeth worked on and it was fine. The office is located in a stand alone building and shares space with another practice.

This was during covid, so you had to call in from the parking lot and they will then unlock the door and take your temperature. You then have to use the hand sanitizer that shoots out way too much and often got all over my shoes.

I walk inside and at least there is no waiting. They are all very nice to me since I am a newer patient. I get taken back to the dental room and they say I can take my mask off and to use the mouth wash for 30 or 60 seconds. I swear it is a different mouth wash every time. This one is very foamy and rather disgusting.

Last time I was in we had discussed doing the second molar I was concerned about. Well that concern ended up being pushed all the to the end of the list. The aid starts putting the numbing gel on the other side of my mouth with those sticks that you cant really talk with. I try to ask her which teeth we are doing. She says the back two on your bottom right 30 and 31.

After this appointment tooth 31 will never be the same.

The dentist comes in and gives me the novocaine. He pinches my cheek and is shaking it like crazy while pushing in the syringe and then pulls it out while still ejecting the liquid. He seems to do this every time and gets that disgusting liquid in my mouth that I just want to wash out. He does 3 shots like that. He gives me 5 minutes to wait and I get to sit up some and spit out the disgusting novocaine.

Then he comes back after about 10 minutes and asks if I am numb. I say somewhat numb, which was true, I have had dentists get me much more numb than this guy. He says we should do another shot since these fillings are very deep. This time he gives me another shot and same thing, disgusting novocaine in my mouth. Except this time he doesnt let me sit up; he immediately starts jamming the inhibitor mouth opener thing into my mouth. Which he completely sucks at doing and I can tell it is not in right. Then he leaves again!

Now they used this inhibitor (idk if thats the real name but what im calling it) on me last visit and it worked great, but this time it was hurting so bad. As soon as he was out of the room I start grunting to get the nurses attention and pointing at the the mouth guard thing. She has me sit up and takes it out and I can finally get that nasty taste out of my mouth. I thought I was going to go the entire appointment gagging on that taste.

Ok so she puts the inhibitor back in and is much better at it, but I can tell it is stretching my jaw too much. My jaw clicks if you open it too far and I have never had an issue with this until now. I just figure a little jaw pain is whatever, I have a high pain tolerance, just suck it up. The dentist comes back in and gets to work.

10 minutes go by and he is drilling. It was around now that I started realizing that something is bothering me in my ability to breath. I take a medication that can really block up my nasal passages and it is happening right now. Just great. So now my jaw is uncomfortable and I cant breathe right and you cant really breathe much through your mouth with the guard and all I can focus on is my breathing. Im trying to really force it through my noise and not my mouth so they can do their job and end this.

Another 15 or 20 minutes go by and he is finally done drilling and they are cleaning out the tooth and doing whatever they do. This is when the pain from having my jaw open starts getting bad. I realize it is getting more and more tight. Now all I can focus on is my jaw hurting and getting tight.

I know they have to be almost done, I have been in the chair for 45 to 50 minutes. I think I can just make it past this part and we will be good. Well we were not good. When I was in my late teens/early 20s I used to get minor convulsions. I had them so often and they were pretty minor I had gotten used to hiding most of the symptoms. Now I can tell when I am going to have one. Usually it will coincide with lack of oxygen, which I am having right now. I start getting cold, another sign of it. And then I can feel my body shaking.

Now Im just trying to keep it together so that Im not having a full on convulsion fit in the chair. I dont think I can make it. I know I can make it. No wait, im not going to make it. Just dont stop them, just dont stop them, just get this over.

The dentist turns around and the aid finally looks at me and she can just tell I am not in a good way. I start grunting and she sits me up and takes the inhibitor out and wow I am just happy I did not embarrass myself with a full on fit in the chair. She starts asking if I am ok and what is bothering me. I tell her my jaw hurts and its extending into my face, that is the best I can describe it. She asks if I want to stop and I can see the dentist is obviously annoyed at all of this. I say no if we are almost done we can keep going.

So they get the freaking torture device back in my mouth and lay me back down. I get like 5 minutes into it and now I am having pain in my back. I just want this over so bad, I want to push through this. But I cant. I just cant make it. I have to stop them again. I explain to her my back is bothering me. I drive a commercial truck for 8-10 hours a day and came to this appointment right after work. She so kindly gets me a pillow and I think we can make it.

Back in with the torture device. Back in to the iron maiden table position. I just want to cry. Im a grown man with family and work construction and I have been through facial reconstruction and I cant handle a freaking filling???

Well thankfully they are done prepping the tooth and she says we can take out the inhibitor and just use a block from here. I am so relieved. It was that damn inhibitor that whole time that was causing the pain and thus causing my convulsion fit. My jaw would ache for a week after this. All the way up the next appointment, I was having them regularly. I must have been to this place 20+ times by now and numerous other dental offices in the past year. But I digress.

At this place the dentist does the drilling and the aids will do the filling part. I dont know if that is right but thats what is happening. I didnt know a lot about dentistry at the time. It was only around then that I even realized they were working on two teeth next to eachother. Isnt that exactly what he said they should not do? Im thinking thats weird, and why is she having such a hard time getting the fillings done. I swear she cramming her whole fist into my mouth and then jumping on top of it to force the material down. Far more force than ever sas required at any of my other filling appointments.

After she is done trying to fist my mouth they begin shaping the fillings. Now I no longer have the guard in my mouth. The next thing that happens I have never had happen to me and it scared the shit out of me. He is drilling with the dremel. He takes the dremel out of my mouth and goes to switch the tip. Puts the new tip on the dremel and when he lets go it immediately falls down into my throat. O guard to stop it I am only stopping it by having my tongue pressed to the roof of my mouth. Which thank god I was already in that position.

I can immediately feel tension in the room and in my body. I have never heard of this happening and just thought it was absurd. After all of the other things going so badly, now this?!? But I stay calm. I know the more calm I remain the less chance of something bad happening is. I try to remain completely still and only breathe through my nose. He asks the nurse for tweezers.

It feels like an eternity. He starts reaching for the attachment lodged in my throat. Now I cannot even trust them to not drop things down my throat. I have read horror stories of dental procedures leaving tools in people, but I never thought it would happen to me. This appointment, THE APPOINTMENT, this would change my entire life. Anxiety, mistrust of dentists and doctors, ongoing pain, never ending treatments. It all began at this appointment. Well, anticlimactically he removes the dremel tip and we never speak of it.
We finally get done and the dentist shows me pictures of the area he removed. I barely had any tooth structure left! The amount of tooth he removed was just massive. It was a trench that spanned all the way across and through the crown. He said they were very deep fillings. I see some discolored material at the bottom of the tooth. I ask is that the nerve? He completely ignores me. I really dont like that.

Then he starts telling me about how close I was to needing a root canal and how lucky I was I came in when I did and we were able to avoid a root canal. SPOILER ALERT: We were not able avoid getting a root canal. I schedule my next appointment and get in my car to go home not knowing what comes next.

3. WHAT COMES NEXT
 
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katebirch1

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OMG how horrible for you- I am so sorry!!! I too have had dentists ruin my life :( I am curious to hear more.
 
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