I am in need of a smile makeover. I found a cosmetic dentist in my area who specializes in dental implantology. However, when I informed him that I was in recovery from drug addiction, he refused to take my case. I would need several dental implants, as my lifestyle has wreaked havoc on my teeth over the years. Now that I’m in a methadone clinic, I’d like to keep improving my health and my life. I need extensive work, and would like it as cost-efficient as possible. However, I need a doctor who will treat my pain seriously during surgery and after getting implants, and not judge me based on my past. How can I find a dentist who will work with me?
Mizuki from Cincinnati, Ohio
Finding a dentist that does sedation will be necessary in your case. Your dentist can use nitrous oxide to put you under to do your treatment. Nitrous oxide is not addictive and wears off quickly. A skilled sedation dentist can also give you the best post surgery medication. Extra-strength ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be post-treatment options for you, as they are non-addictive. If you sign a waiver, your dentist can coordinate with your counselor about your care.
Unfortunately, nearly every city across America is struggling with an opioid epidemic. Due to this, dentists and doctors have been extra careful what medication they prescribe, and to whom they prescribe it to. Medical professionals, including dentists, want to avoid getting in trouble with the Drug Enforcement Agency, hence the hesitation in working with you. However, you can still get the treatment you need. Just make a few calls and explain your situation. You should be able to find someone to give you the smile makeover you deserve, and for a price you can afford.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs affordable dental implant provider, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.