My dentist was on something

I have a problem. The last time I went to see my dentist he went bezerko. It was honestly like he was on something. I had to leave the appointment. Even his staff was apologizing. I haven’t had time to look for a new dentist since then, but now I’ve got a problem. I bit down on something and something serious happened to my tooth. I’m in serious pain all of a sudden, where I wasn’t before. What do I do? I can’t go back to my old dentist. The last appointment was freaky frightening.

Fran – San Francisco

Fran,

That must have been a disturbing experience. Have you spoken with the staff since then to see what was going on?  From what you’ve said, that behavior took you by surprise, so it doesn’t sound like a typical thing. However, I understand you wanting a new dentist.

If I were in your place, I’d see an emergency dentist. They’ll see non-patients in emergency situations like yours. That tooth needs to be looked at soon.

The upside is, you will either have found a new dentist, if you like him or her, or you will have eliminated a possibility and can move on to the next person on your list.

Don’t put off being seen.

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Why can only CEREC crowns be same day?

My dentist said the only type of crown he can get me in one day is CEREC crowns. They’re more expensive than my normal crown. How come he can get me one brand but not another in one day?

Marissa A. – Maryland

Marissa,

The difference is in how the crowns are made. A CEREC crown is milled by a computerized machine. The dentists who place CEREC crowns purchase those machines and have them in their office. So, after they scan you and design the crown to fit your specific bite.  That is what enables them to do it the same day.

Other dental crowns are sent away to a lab where technicians make them. It takes time to do that. Plus, there is the travel time back and forth.

That’s the biggest difference. It’s not just your dentist trying to force you into a brand.

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Can I bring someone with me to the dentist?

I’m afraid of dental procedures. Always have been. I manage to get through cleanings, but it takes a lot out of me and I usually end up having to have a drink afterwards. I have to have a more serious procedure and I don’t think I can get through it alone.  Do you think I could bring someone with me for some moral support. I think without that, I’ll end up passing out.

Ashley F. – Pennsylvania

Ashley,

In all honesty, it depends on the dentist you go to. Each of us run our practice and operatory a little differently.  You’re not alone with your dental anxiety. Many Americans feel the same way.

Let me assure you that there are dentists that are compassionate with fearful patients. Many of them will let you bring someone with you.

One thing I would also look into, if I were in your position, is sedation dentistry. You could have totally pain free dental appointments, which should eliminate your fear.  You likely won’t even need to bring a friend.  Talk to a compassionate dentist about it and see what you think.

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