Self-Medicating before Emergency Appointment
I think I have a dental emergency. I’m not the best dental patient. Truthfully, I hardly go. This tooth already hurts so much I know the appointment is going to be excruciating. I have a stash of marijuana. I’d like to take some of that before my appointment but want to make sure it is safe first. Also, if the dentist notices will he turn me in?
I’m very sorry to hear you’re in pain. Each emergency dentist is different in their protocols for something like that as far as turning you. I’m not going to recommend you self-medicate for reasons I’ll list in a moment. However, so you won’t be discouraged, I have a great option for you.
The reasons you won’t want to self-medicate is because of interactions with medications the dentist may have to give you. We know specifically that it will interact with the epinephrine which is found in most topical anesthetics. It will cause your heart to race too much along with other serious problems.
If the dentist doesn’t know what you have taken, he won’t know how to prevent any interactions.
A Solution for Dental Anxiety
When you call to get your emergency dental appointment, ask if they offer dental sedation. This will be a great option for you. Because it is provided by your dentist he already knows what medications he can use with it.
This will give you an anxiety-free/pain-free appointment. It has the additional benefit of allowing you to get more work done at once. This could help you get caught up with all the dental work you’ve been missing because of your anxiety.
Most anxious patients find it changes their life. I bet you’d feel that way too. It may keep you from needing an emergency dentist in the future.
This blog is brought to you by the Garfield Heights dentists of Angel Dental Care.