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Paul asked...

Tags: dental , teeth

I need a root canal on a main tooth at the lower back. Been to dentist for a month, each time he could not numb tooth. Taken 3 sets of antibiotics. No help. He decided to pull tooth,started to pull. Horrendous pain. Now referred to be sedated. 2 questions, does sedation work? And can you company do this quicker. As I can't put up with this pain for 2 months. That the waiting list

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The Answer

Sedation should certainly help in these circumstances.

It does not put you to sleep, but is similar to an anti-anxiety medication. People have likened it to feeling pleasantly drunk.

You become drowsy and are not aware of having any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist.

The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drugs will take to clear from your body. You won't be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery during this time. Local anaesthetic is still required but patients are barely aware of this and teamed with the sedation, works well.

Potentially the removal of the tooth may potentially be covered on your policy, but I would ask you to contact your policy team directly to discuss this.

 

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