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10-29-2008, 06:38 PM
I had to put my last appointment off due to being sick but I finally went yesterday for sedation dentistry.

They had given me a valium the night before...I never felt it at all.:( I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and just read until I had to leave at 8:30 for my 9:00 appointment.

My mom came with me so that Mike could be home for the dogs, just in case she had to give the go-ahead for any additional work. I was having a bridge redone and a cleaning but they weren't sure if I needed anything else....I didn't.
Anyway, they got me into the chair, put the BP cuff/heart rate gadget on me and wrapped me in a blanket. Then came the drugs, 4 little blue helciun pills.

My mom sat in the chair and we chatted while the drugs took effect, it took about 1/2 an hour, though I was told it would be about 1 hour before I was to enter lala land.
The last thing I remember until almost 12 hours later, was giggling with my mom before the drugs took effect.
I can remember snippets of needle pain and I DO remember getting restless legs from the drugs, so bad in fact that it would stop me from ever having sedation dentristry again....that and what came next....

This is what I found SO frightening. My pre/post op info. sheet said that I had to have someone stay with me for 24 hours after coming home and that I was not to be around any stairs in case I was unsteady on my feet. I thought that it was likely overkill so I instructed Mike NOT to call my parents if he had to go back to the office, I said that I'd be fine:rolleyes:....I'm really lucky that Mike's no dummy cause BOY did I NEED supervision.

I don't remember getting into the car after the procedure, or getting home, up the stairs, into bed, wandering around and having complete conversations, going into my medicine cabinet and trying to take various drugs (which my mom stopped me from doing) or trying numerous times, though completely unsteady on my feet, to venture down the stairs.

Until after 9:00 p.m. last night, I had no idea that my parents had even been at my home. I found a note that my mom left on the kitchen counter about giving me tylenol for pain, otherwise I would never have known that they had been here.
I had sat with my parents for over 2 hours "talking" (my mom said that I was so out of it but would not go to bed) I'm just baffled.
Today I feel like I've been dragged through a knot hole backwards, totally fuzzy brained (even more than usual:p) and kind of sick feeling.

I think I'd rather face the pain and fear that I have of the dentist. The feeling of being completely and totally vulnerable and helpless....not to mention dangerously still functioning..just too frightening to choose over the known pain and fear.

I have to say that I know that many other people have had really great experiences with SD, I may just have been given too much of a good thing...who knows.

10-29-2008, 06:45 PM
i would talk to the dentist about the type of sedation they gave you, mine was the valium the niht before (which i too have yet to find actually helps me sleep) and a single pink triangle pill that i had to take 1/2 hour before my visit, i got another dose halfway through, the rest was similar with one huge difference i slept for 8 hours afterwards out cold then woke up a little fuzzy but fine in terms of motor function, ate and whent to bed...the day after i usually feel a little ditzy for a few hours but fine after ive realy woken up...

im thinking you had a bad reaction to the type of sedation medication used...

10-29-2008, 06:51 PM
You may just be right cause holy crow....that was some bad day!
I have this paranoid feeling that I said or did other things that my parents just aren't telling me:rofl1: Mike keeps saying 'I'd NEVER do that in a million years, you were GONZO!:yikes:

10-29-2008, 06:51 PM
That sure makes me not wanting it !!!! I've FINALLY gotten over any fear ( except for the bill ! ) Luckily tooth nerves die as you get older , so I don't even get Novocaine unless it's major work . BTW thanks a lot !!! I have a repair job tomorrow !

10-29-2008, 06:54 PM
That sure makes me not wanting it !!!! I've FINALLY gotten over any fear ( except for the bill ! ) Luckily tooth nerves die as you get older , so I don't even get Novocaine unless it's major work . BTW thanks a lot !!! I have a repair job tomorrow !

This is the best news I've heard in years!!:D

10-29-2008, 07:04 PM
I know I used to be gripping the chair and shaking waiting for that ZING !!!

10-29-2008, 07:04 PM
Oh goodness doc! I don't think I would want to do it again either :eek:

Too bad you didn't log on here.............God knows what words you could have used in the chat room :rofl1: :rofl1:

10-29-2008, 07:27 PM
Now that would have been worth reading! :rofl1:

10-29-2008, 07:30 PM
wow--I can't imagine all of that--don't think I would go through that!

10-29-2008, 08:43 PM
:rofl1:I DID log on. When I opened my laptop this morning I was sitting in Chaz....maybe I should check my last several posts.:D

10-29-2008, 08:55 PM
Wow, thanks for the info.... I was thinking about getting the sedation dentistry, but my dentist nerves aren't nearly bad enough for me to want to go through all that!

10-29-2008, 11:02 PM
Sounds like you had a helluva reaction to the sedative!

When I had my tubal, I had a similar reaction. After I got home, I wandered around - couldn't sleep and I was horribly depressed. At one point, I was standing at the kitchen sink, washing my favorite paring knife and getting it relatively sterile . . . to slice my wrist open. My sense of humor got the best of me when I stopped to think how ridiculous it was to worry about infection when getting ready to slash one's wrists :rolleyes:

10-29-2008, 11:23 PM
Sounds like you had a helluva reaction to the sedative!

When I had my tubal, I had a similar reaction. After I got home, I wandered around - couldn't sleep and I was horribly depressed. At one point, I was standing at the kitchen sink, washing my favorite paring knife and getting it relatively sterile . . . to slice my wrist open. My sense of humor got the best of me when I stopped to think how ridiculous it was to worry about infection when getting ready to slash one's wrists :rolleyes:

:yikes:That's awful...but I see what you mean about a slight loss of logic;)

I found Sophie's almond butter in the cupboard where my cups are kept instead of the fridge today. I guess I smeared some in a toy for her and unloaded the dishwasher all around the same time yesterday/last night...who knows..(though I remember NONE of this). Anyway, I had to pitch it of course. It makes me think of the date rape drugs and what an awful and surprising effect some drugs can have on you. To be going through your day completely stoned though seeming somewhat normal...very dangerous..

I keep thinking that I could easily have dropped bottles of medication around my dogs. One advil could spell the end for little Tinker...
It'll be a cold day in 'you know where' before I ever volunteer to take another sedative like that.

The receptionist called me this afternoon to remind me about the appointment that I made as I left.:yikes: Is she freaking kidding????? How she managed to get me to agree to any appointment through all the drool and fog....while being held up by Mike and my mother. ;=(

I guess I'm going back for the permanent bridge on the 11th of November, no drugs for me no matter how scared I am.

10-29-2008, 11:34 PM
I'll be metaphysically holding your hand! That does sound like an awful day if you really think about it...we can laugh at it now but yeesh. I get pissy enough after a night of heavy drinking if I can't remember everything that I said/did, never mind an entire DAY's worth of events.

10-29-2008, 11:38 PM
Yeesh! That is scary. I didn't have quite that much reaction when I had my wisdom teeth out.

I did wake up in the middle of the surgery for a few minutes, though. Everything was blue tinted, upside down, floor on the ceiling and ceiling on the walls, no floor, floating, swirly twirly and out of place. I guess you could say I was a bit high on something! It was a really scary experience, though.

10-30-2008, 07:50 AM
Geesh. Next time ask for nitrous oxide. That stuff is great :D

10-30-2008, 08:11 AM
You'll find it takes awhile for all of it to get out of your system, Doc. I felt like I'd been poisoned for about a week or so.

Drink LOTS of grape juice to flush your system. It has a good blood cleansing effect. Lots of fiber, too.

10-30-2008, 08:14 AM
Thank you very much for your testimony on this.. I have tmj with need of work on a back molar. They suggested this form to me as well but after reading that- no way on Gods' green earth.. :D

10-30-2008, 08:35 AM
Huh. I would also ask your dentist maybe about this type of sedation or research about it. I was put under for my 4 wisdom teeth when I was 18 and I went out and woke up just like a normal surgery, it was all done with gas, I am not sure exactly what chemical but no pills were involved and I did get a shot or two I remember. I just sat in the chair for 1/2 hour after waking up and I was fine and felt normal with no side effects. You could of been slightly allergic to something you are unaware of or maybe you were given too much. Maybe this type of sedation is usually not recommended. I wouldn't let this experience scare anyone, though I do see concern. I hope you feel better soon and heal quickly.

10-30-2008, 10:08 AM
I'm so glad you wrote about this. Hubby just heard about this on the radio from one of the announcers and wanted to check into it since he doesn't like needles. He usually gets the gas first. I will show him what you wrote, and I think he will agree to going to the regular dentist that uses just gas.

Hope you feel back to normal soon.

10-30-2008, 10:16 AM
Yikes! That's really scary :yikes:

I've never had a reaction like that from any type of sedatives.

10-30-2008, 10:54 AM
doc: they CANNOT legally make an apointment while your under the effects of sedation, if you didnt agree to it before the sedation OR make the apointment after you are under NO legal obligation to keep that apointment!
that is insane, truth be told id be a little leery of going back to that dentist.

obviously they use different sedation drugs than mine does, but the fact that they allowed you to set an apointment WHILE still under the effects of sedation is VERY unethical! legally you cant sighn anything, set dates that might require a fee to cancel they cant even CHARGE you that day! its supposed to be paid for befor or after unless there is a presighned quote, if they have to do any extra work they cannot charge you for that work untill after discussing it with you once you have "sobered"

i wanted to make sure to add here..

ive had sedation dentistry multiple times...and its been WONDERFULL...i wouldnt suggest it for someone whos just "afraid"
i have severe anxiety attacks, heck i freeked out at the initial exam with no touching and no work, just form the SMELL of being in a dentist.
my sedation dentistry has never given me those kind of problems, i was awake through the surgery but not realy "with it" i knew what was going on at the time but just didnt care, and afterwards i dont remember anythign beyond the fact that i was awake and didnt care, i slept all the way home (or at least i assume i did because i didnt know i was home untill i was getting through the door...i lay on the couch and fell asleep almost imediatly, woke up 2 hours later to tell my mum i was hungry and go bathroom, i felt tired and a little dizzy/woozy and unsteady on my feet but i knew what i was doing, then back on the couch, sleep for about couple of hours, woke up ATE (the first time was a wisdom tooth and a root canal and i was fine to eat that night!) then whent straight to bed.

this has pretty much been the routein EVERY time ive had sedation.

there are REASONS there supposed to give you an info sheet that must be sighned by yourself and usually a second person who will be "looking after you" afterwards, it explains possible side effects and explains no stairs, no cooking, no driving ect, this stuff realy icks butt in terms of whiping your brain...

but honestly i, and many others have NEVER had those kind of effects...im wondering if this dentist uses a different brand or type or something...id get the name of the drug and look it up online and tell your dentist the sever and UNUSUAL effect it had on you...

honestly i do NOT think your reaction is normal for sedation dentistry, goofy yes, but not that out of it that long after surgery.

i also realy do feel sedation dentistry (like anesthesia) should be an only if absolutly nessicary cases...
if you just "dont like needles" or "hate the sound of the drill" use gas if your dentist has it to ease you (nitrous)
sedation should be used in extreem anxiety cases only, there are possible side effects, the medications used are sedatives with possible halluenagin properties no matter what type is used, and as you see from this post, some people have very umpleasent reactions.

i only suggest sedation to people with EXTREEM anxiety...(like me, ive been known to have sever panic attacks at the meer thought of going to the dentist and since i have some heart issues AND am epileptic that kind of stress is best avoided...i avoided the dentist (yes even the WORD) for 8 yrs! i cant even watch dentists on tv without my hear racing and me feeling sick!...for me sedation has meant i can actually go...i dont mind dealing with feeling a little spacey and dozey for a few hours afterwards...

10-30-2008, 11:09 AM
Foxy - I couldn't agree more and I have heard nothing but good things about other peoples experiences with sedation dentistry, that's exactly why I chose to go with it. I still don't feel well, still foggy and just feel plain yucky, but I know that what happened to me is unusual. I don't know how I'm going to get through the next appointment, my fear is over the top and totally beyond my control...

I have to add that my mom and Mike were with me (holding me up) when the appointment was made and I'm sure that's why the receptionist called me the next day. I do have to have this temporary bridge removed and the permanent one put on so I really do have to go back.
I may or may not to have freezing but I will never go for sedation dentistry again, at least not with halciun as the sedation drug.

10-30-2008, 11:14 AM
i dont blame you doc...make sure to let your dentist know how bad the reaction has been...its certainly highly unusual in general and the fact your still woozy this long afterwards is insane.