I went to see an emergency dentist because of pain in my back right molar. The dentist said it couldn’t be saved and needed to be extracted. I was so frustrated with myself. I knew something was wrong with this molar, but kept avoiding the dentist anyway. Why did I do that? Now I’ve lost a tooth and have to find a replacement. I’m terrified enough of this. To make matters worse, I just found out that he perforated my sinus during the extraction. He only told me after he had to. They never mentioned it when the procedure finished. They just sent me home. The next morning my nose started making popping sounds. I mentioned it to the office and they said to take a decongestant, still not telling me anything about the perforation. Then I developed a fever. I called the office again and they called in an antibiotic for me. The antibiotic is done and my fever is higher and now my nose is starting to ooze. I called them again. That’s when they finally had me come in and told me about the perforation. He even removed some bone and told me to take two rounds of the antibiotic. I’ve lost all faith in them. Is there something else I should be doing?
Holy Cannoli! They have behaved remarkably irresponsibly. I’m appalled. First, they should have told you the day of your extraction that they’d perforated your sinus. There are actually protocols which need to be followed to help with healing. Certainly, they should have at least warned you not to stress the area by blowing your nose.
Once you developed a fever they should have had you come in. Plus, they have you on the wrong antibiotic. I know that because you would be improving not getting worse.
In most cases, a perforated sinus will heal with some time. At this point, yours won’t. The infection has progressed too far thanks to the negligence of your emergency dentist. You’ll need to see an ENT for an emergency appointment. The first thing they’ll do is get you on the right antibiotic. Because this has gone on this far, it may require surgery to heal. Your dentist should pay for any further treatment you need as a result of this.
Avoiding the Emergency Dentist
You mentioned you didn’t know why you avoided the dentist until it was too late. I may have something to help you. We’ve discovered there are usually two different reasons for people avoiding the dentist. The first is financial. Dental work can be expensive. It’s helpful to have an affordable dentist who’s willing to work with you. If you’re on Medicaid, there are even Medicaid Dentists.
A second reason people avoid the dentist is because of dental anxiety. If you struggle with fear of the dentist, an easy solution is to go to a sedation dentist. Using an option such as oral conscious sedation will completely relax you. In fact, you’ll be so relaxed you’ll likely sleep through the entire procedure.
This should make it easier for you to see a dentist in a timely manner. You’ll keep up with your dental care in a way which should keep you free of dental emergencies, unless of course you do something ridiculously stupid like skateboarding in an ice rink. In that case, you’ll likely see another emergency dentist soon.
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