What do I do when I need (dental) surgery? HELP?
- 6 Dec 2011 by lady from T.O.
- oral and dental conditions, surgery
I am going to need some major dental surgery in the not too distant future.
The first of it all will be getting a tooth pulled.
Then I'll need some implants and/or bridge work, etc. I'm not even sure which route I will take. It is going to be expensive, and from what I hear PAINFUL!!
SO..my question is who has had surgery and have you gone off the Suboxone in order to take pain meds to cope with the frightful pain which accompanies these procedures?
I know 'normal' people don't have to make these plans. My situation is not that of the other every day person. I'd like to be ready and whatever that takes I want to be prepared.
Does having a tooth and it's route pulled painful? What about a route canal? Actually, I had one of those years and years ago. I guess I took some pain meds back then. Then, my drug of choice wasn't pain meds, so I do not remember exactly what I did.
I'm willing to listen to any and all of your stories, opinions and experiences!
6 Dec 2011
Dear TO... I recently also had a procedure where I also needed pain meds. Depending on how much sub u r on will determine the time frame of being off the sub. I am only on 2 mg so my sub doc said that if I stayed off the sub for 2-3 days prior to the procedure I should be fine taking the pain meds. Make sure that someone from your support group and your sponsor knows that u will be on pain meds. This will help keep u accountable.
I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck...
7 Dec 2011
Some alternative ways of dealing with the pain is to apply clove oil to the area - I actually learned this from a dentist who was extracting one of my molars. Another way is to chew chlorophyll tablets - your mouth will turn green, but it will help the pain (and not harm you). I chewed three at a time with no problems (I normally swallow one three times a day as a supplement). Hope all goes well -
7 Dec 2011
thanks to all!
Because I am on such a high dose-22mg a day, I am sure I'd need a few days off subs for any pain meds to have any effect whatsoever!
I am not looking forward to the days without subs.
What if I took some pain meds once I stopped the subs. I know I would not necessarily 'feel' them but would they possibly help with the w/d's from the subs before I start my dental work and pain meds?
6 Dec 2011
Hi Lady T!
I recently had the same question..maybe about 3 months ago..I had to have a tooth pulled and will have to have an implant at some point as well. Many ppl,here gave great advice regarding alternate pain meds for dental work. Seeing as you are on Sub I don't thin taking an opiate pain med will even work bc your receptors are already spoken for! Let me see if I can find the thread with my question and the great answers ppl here gave me.
HUGS and hope you are well!
6 Dec 2011
I think you can actually stop your subs the night before your procedure and then begin your pain meds. I recall reading something to this affect. Now, it also will have to do with the amount of subs you are currently taking. I would ask Pattishan or Robert. They are both very knowledgeable about how to handle surgeries while on subs therapy..
Best of luck to you, sweet Lady!
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