I have a bad left premolar tooth that my dentist said needs to be extracted. I now know that this is not the best dentist I could have chosen, even though I have been going to the office for almost 2 years. She thoroughly explained the procedure and I felt comfortable. During our discussion, she mentioned the need for local anesthesia and that she didn’t anticipate any major problems with the extraction. No mention was made of sedation. On the day of my appointment, I was asked by his assistant to take a small pill, and when I asked what it was she told me that it was a mild sedative. I told the assistant that sedation was not discussed, and I didn’t sign any paperwork for sedation. I didn’t want to be sedated, and I refused the medication. She asked me to wait a few minutes until she returned. When she returned to the room, she told me that the procedure would not be performed without sedation. I was so mad! I told her that if that’s the case, was not having the tooth extracted. I asked to be released immediately and I left. I am feeling like I didn’t go to the best dentist for my issue. Now what do I do? Should I go back? Zolina T.

Zolina – A patient has the right to accept or refuse treatment from a dentist and any other healthcare professional. It takes time to find the best dentist for your oral health and with whom you are comfortable.

Sedation dentistry is definitely a procedure that requires your consent in advance. If you felt uncomfortable at the dentist’s office, it was in your best interests to end the appointment.

Take time before you find a new dentist to seek recommendations from friends, relatives, or acquaintances. You may even visit dental websites to learn about potential dentists’ credentials and experience. You may be able to find patient reviews on the dentists’ websites or social media pages. The extra research will help you find the best dentist for your needs.

After you find a couple of dentists that seem to be trustworthy, you can get a second opinion on your tooth. If it needs to be extracted, be sure to discuss what form of anesthetic will be administered and if the dentist thinks sedation is needed.

If you have a future appointment scheduled with your current dentist, you can simply cancel it. There is really no need to explain why you are switching to a new dentist. If you are asked why you are not returning to the office, you can explain that you are not comfortable with the service you received, and you want to pursue other options.

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