I am a recovering drug addict. I need a lot of work on my teeth but the last time the dentist refused to give me any pain medication because of my addiction. I am now on methadone and I tried to tell that to this dentist but he was a jerk. I provided the contact information for the clinic I go to and gave them permission to discuss the matter with my doctor and counselor.
I guess it’s time to try a different dentist but I have to say it was a major accomplishment getting me to talk to the first dentist because I get really freaked about going to the dentist. The last time I went in years ago, I almost had a panic attack in the chair. Do you have any advice about how I can get my teeth taken care of and move forward. I don’t want to be in pain any longer so I need to make this happen soon.
– Bethany in Texas
Sorry you had a negative experience with the dentist you saw. Many health care professionals steer clear of any issue that would be connected to the Drug Enforcement Administration. There have been instances where the dentist has gotten in trouble with the DEA which has created this negative dynamic. That may or may not be what happened here, but unfortunately, like in your case, it is the patient that is neglected.
It may be wise to search for a dentist in your area that offers sedation dentistry. Try searching for a “cater to cowards dentist” with your city name. This will likely turn up some dentists that tend to be compassionate about helping fearful patients.
It’s good that you were upfront about your addiction recovery process. It is imperative that you don’t hide anything that would hinder your progress. So be sure to communicate the post-operative plan for pain control, given that you are currently on medication. Don’t give up. You may run into another one or two that are timid and not interested in your case. But you will find the right match for your unique needs. Good luck!
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