M.A. asks from Westmont, IL on December 28, 2010
Hi everyone. I need your help again. My son needs a root canal and is having a hard time going to get it done. We have a good dentist and they do offer a drug that puts you in lala land but he really wants to be put out. He is extremely nervous, he has suffered with anxienty/panic attacks for years and he has heard that taking this drug (sorry I can't think of the name of it) they offer makes the anxienty worse. Every time his appt comes up he can't sleep, he gets an upset stomach and starts to panic. Does anyone know of a dentist that still gives gas? or puts you under? I know years ago they gave gas but I can't seem to find anyone in the western suburbs that still do that. If anyone has any recommendations I would truly appreciate it.
D.W. answers from Gainesville on December 28, 2010
If he needs a root canal you could also consult an endodontist. They specialize in root canals. The problem you are going to run into if he wants to be "out" as in completely sedated is you will need a doc who is licensed/certified to perform sedations. My hubby is and he had to take specialized training with anesthesiologists. An endodontist may use gas but most probably don't do heavier sedation. And a heavier sedation is going to cost far more $$.
Wanted to add too-oral surgeons don't do root canals. The general dentists can tackle some of them but I'd rather go to the specialist that spent an extra 3 years in school beyond the 4 in dental school to take care of a specialized problem.
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K.T. answers from Chicago on December 29, 2010
if you dont mind coming downtown, my daughter's dentist is fabulous! they put her under for a pulpectomy. Dr Hayes at the corner of Mich Ave and Chicago Ave....highly recommended!
G.T. answers from Modesto on December 28, 2010
Usually in the yellow page ads for Dentists it will state "we use nitrous oxide".... you can keep calling around to ask. I always had to have that when I was young too. Now I dont care anymore, I guess you can grow out of the nerves eventually.
C.G. answers from Denver on December 28, 2010
G.B. answers from Oklahoma City on December 28, 2010
Look up Pediatric Dentists. They usually do the dental work in a hospital and the little guys are put out with anesthesia. Call a local dental school and see if they have any recommendations. Or call a nearby children's hospital and see if they have any dentists that use their out patient facilities for this type procedure.
D.B. answers from Boston on December 28, 2010
Why don't you try making an appointment for him to go sit in the chair and discuss it with the oral surgeon, with the understanding that he will not have any procedure done that day? Let the pro discuss it with him, from the procedure to the various options and their side effects (or lack of same), as well as how they can change plans as they go along depending on how your son is doing/reacting - I am sure this has come up before. My son had 4 wisdom teeth out and although he did not receive "gas" he was completely out!
Is your son receiving other treatments for his panic attacks? It might be good to address that as well.