root canal

  1. I had to have a root canal done today.. didnt feel a thing while it was getting done, but the novacaine is wearing off and all I have for pain in the house is childrens tylenol chewables and naprosyn
    my hubby wants me to call my dentist for pain meds... but I figure if he didnt offer, he probably wont want me to use anything stronger.. what do you all think should I " grin and bear it" :roll
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  3. by   deespoohbear
    No I don't think you should "grin & bear it." Your dentist evidently has no idea what a root canal feels like after the novocaine wears off, or he/she is totally lacking in the compassion department....Does your dentist have an after hours call service? I would be calling them up and requesting something stronger. After I had my root canal when I was 18 the dentist sent me home with Tylenlol #3....wouldn't have made it without the stuff....
  4. by   justjill
    macox....i agree with deespoohbear....

    i used to work as a dental assistant, and we NEVER sent a root canal patient home without some pain meds of some sort.

    i would definitely try to get something for pain! root canals are not fun

    good luck!!
  5. by   cbs3143
    If you are having pain that is not controlled by the Naprosyn, you should call your dentist.

    People differ in their pain tolerance, and root canals can vary in intensity in the same person. Of the five that I've had, two were more uncomfortable than the others. I didn't use anything other than ibuprofen myself though because oral narcotics don't seem to do anything for me.

    Whether you get a stronger pain pill or not, you should still use the Naprosyn to decrease the inflammation that is still present. Did you get it finished today, or do you have to go back for the second part?

    Best of luck with your tooth.


    Chuck
    Last edit by cbs3143 on Feb 25, '03
  6. by   KaroSnowQueen
    CALL HIM for some good drugs. Our dentist has always given us T3 or Lortabs. Naprosyn did not do it for my bunch. Root canals hurt!!!!!!! CALL HIM!!!!! Bad dentist!!! He should have sent you home with an Rx.
  7. by   BadBird
    I had a root canal last yr. and my dentist gave me a script for Darvocet. I never took any I just took motrin which worked well for me. It is amazing how often you clench your teeth during your sleep and believe me it hurts like heck, so try not to do that. Hope you feel better soon. Call you dentist and have your pharmacy number available so he can call something in.
  8. by   shudokan-RN
    OMG at 8:30 my Dentist called me , said your novacaine should be wearing off, how are you doing.. I told him I was hurting, and was about to call his service. He asked what pharmacy I used, and called something in for me:kiss
    Dear Lord please forgive any unkind thoughts I had about him

    Thanks all for the support and sympathy
    time for some JELLO, and some lortab, then off to la la land
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Pain tolerances do differ, and it has been my experience that dentists offer something. I usually decline, as my Motrin is my buddy.

    Be warned though, one time I did call and request something, and I was told they could not call in a narc.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Heather
  10. by   renerian
    I had pain meds given to me by the surgeon for my root canal. So did hubby. I hope your okay today. Call the surgeon.....

    renerian
  11. by   deespoohbear
    Heather-Can't call in a narc? Ohio law must be different than Indiana law...our docs call in all the time for Vicodin, Darvocet, etc. I know that the docs can't call in scripts for Ritalin and drugs like that.
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I know, it's interesting Becky, because I know that our OB's will call in scripts. I've had patients about to go home, and the doc already left and forgot to leave a script, so I get the phone # of the pharmacy for them so they can call it in. And I've heard them sit in our nurses station and call them in.

    Maybe it's a dentist thing? Maybe my dentist just has some kind of past issues!

    Heather
  13. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    I know, it's interesting Becky, because I know that our OB's will call in scripts. I've had patients about to go home, and the doc already left and forgot to leave a script, so I get the phone # of the pharmacy for them so they can call it in. And I've heard them sit in our nurses station and call them in.

    Maybe it's a dentist thing? Maybe my dentist just has some kind of past issues!

    Heather
    Maybe it is just with that dentist. My husband's best friend is a dentist and Ed calls in stuff for his patients. He is pretty cautious about it and usually the patient has to come in to be seen before he will call something in (unless he knows they just had some kind of dental procedure done)....Who knows.

    I would think that doctors calling in scripts would have a lot of abuse potential. Especially in the big cities...it would be hard for the pharmacists to know all the docs. Anyone who knew any kind of medical lingo could call in and ID themselves as Doctor Jones. I always thought it was kind of strange....
  14. by   NurseDennie
    I guess I've been lucky, all the dentists I've been to (except for one BIG exception in my childhood) were very concerned for pain, and have offered or just automatically given pain rx as I've left. I've only had to have one root canal, and I don't remember taking anything for pain after wards, but I didn't really need anything for pain for a big extraction, too. So maybe I just don't have the nerves hooked up right in my jaw? (G)

    I'm glad they called to see how you're doing. I'll bet they found the rx that they'd THOUGHT they'd already given to yousitting on the desk!

    Love

    Dennie

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