Dental Checkup

Well I’m home now, and my stitches are OUT!  Hooray!  They weren’t so comfortable anyway, so I am glad to see them GONE.  The dentist says he could not be happier with my healing progress that my gums look great, and to keep doing what I’m doing.

I was a bit nervous, but my dentist makes it really easy to bring up any issues I’m having – so I did.  I told him I wanted to talk about what happened last Friday, and that I was pretty uncomfortable with the fact that he had not warned me about the fact that he was going to use Novocain on me.  He apologized and told me that he admitted he should have warned me and he felt bad about that.  He also said that he was trying to keep me as calm as possible so that my heart rate would not increase.  Here is the problem.  He, like most dentists I have seen in the past, does not understand that what is happening to me in the chair is not an anxiety attack.  It is a symptom of my POTS.  This is something I have had to deal with since I was a child, but did not find out exactly what it was until about 5 years ago.  While I am much better than I used to be, I still have the occasional problem with getting up from standing and medications will absolutely affect this condition.  It isn’t something that bothers me day to day, but doctors who are working with me need to know about it; especially dentists.  I think the dentist may still believe I am having panic attacks, but he promised me that he would tell me in future before he used Novocaine again, but that he didn’t foresee me needing anything as complex as teeth being removed, and he probably wouldn’t need it.  This way I have the ability to say no, and walk away.  Something I didn’t have the opportunity to do last time.  Once it is in your system, it’s in your system.

So, I’m going to stick with this dentist for at least a bit more.  I’m going to keep both eyes on any needle he injects me with though to make sure he is not giving me Novocaine.  I’ll ask him what is in his hand, I will have to be much more proactive in order to make sure he doesn’t cross a line.  But truly, up until now he has been a fabulous dentist.  He has even given me his cell phone number and encourages me to call him if anything is wrong.  He is very interested in his patient’s healing times, he genuinely cares about his patients and their teeth.  Hell, he even calls after any procedure he does.  I’ve had cavities filled from him before and he will always call that night to check up on me.  Those qualities are something I have never seen in a dentist and I am willing to give him one more chance.  Should he ever do this to me again, rest assured I will never go back, and I will not even try to work things out with him.

Master gave me a huge compliment last night.  He told me that one of the things which he admires about me is that I almost never make rash decisions.  I sleep on my choices for a night or two and try to do the best thing.  I could have walked right out of that dentist office on Friday – and while I knew that he did use the Novocaine on me on purpose, I also knew that he did not have malicious intents.

Now, I just need to be able to eat solid foods and everything will be perfect.  <3

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6 thoughts on “Dental Checkup

  1. lostmaverick says:

    Honestly, it sounds like he is covering his ass to me. I mean, he could have just as easily told you that he was going to use novicane, that he wanted you to stay calm, and that he would monitor the situation to make sure you’d be alright throughout the procedure. That would have kept you alot calmer then finding out immeidately what he had done without warning. *sigh* Still, if you think he deserves a second chance, and you can be comfortable in his chair again, then I support your decision to keep him as your doctor. That said, the minute he steps one toe out of line, I think you should file a complaint immendately. Once may be poor judgement, but twice is dangerous and unacceptable.

    *hugs* Glad your doing okay :-)

    • Thanks Maverick! I do appreciate and honor your opinion. I had a good long talk with him though, and I feel sure he won’t do this again. Like I said though, I will absolutely NOT tolerate it again, and if it ever happened again, I would just get up and leave then and there. The major problem I have is the idea of having to break in a new dentist and have to explain about this really odd/semi rare condition to them. No one seems to get it, they all think it is anxiety.

  2. Glad your ok. I support your descision whe heartedly if your comfortable. I know that a new dentist isn’t a guanentee they’ll be a better dentist. :)

    xxx ooo ///

  3. My form of dysautonomia isn’t POTS since it is my BP that is more variable than my pulse. However, I’ve dealt with that attitude that it must be anxiety before.
    Plus too many people think POTS isn’t real. :(
    Best wishes with your future interactions with this dentist.