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    I usually go back to Saskatchewan to see a dentist because not only do I really like her, but its a fraction of the cost of any dental quotes I've gotten in Alberta. I am not able to get away all the time though and I may have a couple of big things coming up that I should probably try and see a local guy for. I thought we had a side tracked thread somewhere where guys were making dentist recommendations but for the life of me I cant find it.

    Can you recommend me a dentist in the downtown-ish area or the deep SE (I live by the new hospital) that is good with people who HATE the dentist? I will have a few fillings and potentially a root canal so someone who is also not crazy out to lunch in regards to the fee guide would also be super awesome. Would also like if they had the option for sedation on bigger procedures.

    I think my wife sees Dr. Michael Newbert and she seems to like him but she's also not as big if a pussy when it comes to the dentist as I am so I figured I'd throw it out to beyond to see if there was anyone who stood out.
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    Dental fees are negotiable, and you CAN get a quote ahead of time for major work.
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    Glenmore family dental is pretty good.

    Friends & Family Dental is also pretty good. They are owned by a beyonder (GTS Jeff).

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    I need to see a dentist pretty badly, but I am so afraid of dentists I am legit shaking as i type this and my backspace key is getting a workout. I haven't seen one since I was like 20, so I know I got a lot of work to get done. How much is it to get knocked out?
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    I need to see a dentist pretty badly, but I am so afraid of dentists I am legit shaking as i type this and my backspace key is getting a workout. I haven't seen one since I was like 20, so I know I got a lot of work to get done. How much is it to get knocked out?

    Man up and go. Don't be like me. I had gotten X-rays 5 years prior telling me that my wisdom teeth were growing sideways and gonna impact and I should remove. Pussied out and didnt. Fast forward to now,had to get them pulled them out as I was getting crazy tooth ache pain, couldn't sleep, throbbing and making life miserable, but the molars next to the wisdom I think have gotten cavity's and now need a root canal as I'm still getting pain. So don't wait. Ends up costing you more in the future.


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    VWEVO is at Bridgeland crossing dental now, in that new building there by the train station.
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    I chickened out getting my wisdom teeth pulled for years like many. They would be absolutely kill me for a couple days I would go see some random dentist, and they would either just want to pull them with just freezing or go to the other extreme and see a dental surgeon and go under Anesthesia in a surgical suite.(which costed a lot). By the time the appointment would come up the teeth would no longer bother me and I would cancel the appointment. I did this probably 6 times over about 4 years. I really don't have a problem with dentist or surgery in general but yanking 4 teeth out of the back of my jaw is about where my comfort limit ends.


    There are quite a few different forms of sedation and not all are equal.

    The most common way is prescribing a fast acting benzodiazpene usually ativan (lorazapham) or sometimes xanax(Alprazolam), that you take before the procedure. Benzodiazpenes are anti anxiety medications, but I'm no stranger to them and knew they would not be enough for me to sit through all 4 teeth getting pulled. You also are not allowed to drive for 24H after taking the pills. I would probably say this is more for people that are just generally afraid of the dentist and are undergoing a minor procedure.

    Next you will find IV sedation. They use a IV to pump you full of a benzodiazpene usually Midazolam. Being that its IV they can control your level of consciousness and take it further than what the oral pills can achieve. Midazolam also has more likelyhood of causing Anterograde amnesia which means you won't remember much after the fact. Again you can't drive after the procedure.

    Nitrous Oxide is next on the list. This is what I ended up going with and highly recommend it over the other options. Cheapest option other than the prescription pills. Effect wear off immediately and you can drive yourself home. They administer the gas before they do the freezing, so bonus if needles bother you. You really lose concept of time while breathing N2O and I could'nt believe the procedure was done so fast. Honestly he could of asked me if I wanted to start pulling good teeth and I probably would of agreed I was having such a great time on the laughing gas. N20 also has some amniotic effects.
    The N20 only ended up costing <10$ with my benifits and the wisdom teeth were charged just like normal tooth extractions and was very reasonable. Now I get the N20 for a cleaning because its such a good time and is covered by my plan.

    If your teeth are really impacted or near certain nerves your only option would be full on anesthesia in a surgical suite but I think a lot of dentist really upsell this route and make it seem like it is necessary when its not.

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    N2O doesn't do shit for me. I tried that when I had a tooth extracted and it didn't even begin to touch my anxiety or phobia. I still remember ripping off the padding of the chair in my right hand. If I go, I gotta be knocked the fuck out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikerS View Post
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    N2O doesn't do shit for me. I tried that when I had a tooth extracted and it didn't even begin to touch my anxiety or phobia. I still remember ripping off the padding of the chair in my right hand. If I go, I gotta be knocked the fuck out.
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    i used dynamic dental in quarry park a couple times to test them out before taking my family there, they're pretty good, typically explain things quite well and are relatively gentle
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    I've been in a dental chair regularly since I was like 12.... for dozens and dozens of fillings, braces, fillings WITH braces, 7 root canals, 6 crowns and 8 extractions. FU-N.

    I just stopped caring and had the fear beaten out of me.

    I freeze horribly and they have to max out regularly with the topical and the oral methods. Some of the stuff also gives you Tachycardia so you start sweating away on the chair. I remember one (bad) root canal was about 3 hours long and I had to go pee so bad they left my rubber mouth damn in place and I was so high/doped out and try to pee in a urinal was tough.
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    I've been in a dental chair regularly since I was like 12.... for dozens and dozens of fillings, braces, fillings WITH braces, 7 root canals, 6 crowns and 8 extractions. FU-N.

    I just stopped caring and had the fear beaten out of me.

    I freeze horribly and they have to max out regularly with the topical and the oral methods. Some of the stuff also gives you Tachycardia so you start sweating away on the chair. I remember one (bad) root canal was about 3 hours long and I had to go pee so bad they left my rubber mouth damn in place and I was so high/doped out and try to pee in a urinal was tough.
    Since you have alot of experience, the tooth in question I need a root canal is my bottom RH very last molar. I'm considering just extracting it instead for the savings. $300-400 vs $1500+ root canal.

    Looking for pros/cons going either route

    I was awake during my wisdom extractions, as I only had the 2 lower bottom left to pull. They numbed everything pretty good. Didn't feel a thing besides the pressure of the tools and such they used when yanking/cutting the tooth
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    Since you have alot of experience, the tooth in question I need a root canal is my bottom RH very last molar. I'm considering just extracting it instead for the savings. $300-400 vs $1500+ root canal.

    Looking for pros/cons going either route

    I was awake during my wisdom extractions, as I only had the 2 lower bottom left to pull. They numbed everything pretty good. Didn't feel a thing besides the pressure of the tools and such they used when yanking/cutting the tooth
    root canals are a walk in the park compared to wisdom teeth
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    Dr. Lester Ikuta/Emily Jeong in Millrise. I think it was circa 2006, I had let my bottom wisdom teeth go to the point of having to take so much Advil I'm surprised my liver still works. So I was living in that area at the time and saw a sign that said emergency patients welcome. I just walked in one morning, they saw how much pain I was in and prescribed me antibiotics right away and within 3-4 days they yanked em out, and I don't remember it costing $400, it was definitely less but can't remember the exact amount. I've had 3 root canals there since, all under $1500, and my other top wisdom teeth out 2 summers ago, once again $400ish for both and I dunno I'm not really shook about dental work, but this dentist is like super awesome, doesn't gouge and I can totally see how the staff there would go that extra mile for someone who's uncomfortable about it. I really can't say enough good things about this dental office.

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    root canals are a walk in the park compared to wisdom teeth
    Root canals and widsom teeth processes depend entirely on the person.

    I've had 7 and with pulp stones (caused by grinding) my teeth died a horrible , slow death and the pain for the RC was the WORST ever - SO LUCKY my dentist had a laser and was able to work with even the worst case pain I had.

    I could not be frozen and I was jumping and sweating in the chair for hours.

    Meanwhile, my wisdom teeth came out pretty easy - but one broke and my dentist, big guy, ended up accidentally (get it? dentally) punching me in the face when it did.

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    My root canal wasn't too horrible but there were moments of pain. I had major dental surgery about 13 years ago to remove a huge cyst in my jaw (I had to go to a special place to get pictures of it and I'm probably in some medical textbook somewhere haha) and it messed with the nerve pathways - it's very hard to freeze me properly. Long story short I pretty much sit there waiting for the worst pain imaginable anytime I go in for a procedure - usually it's not too bad but one poke in the wrong place and I basically yelp and involuntarily swat the dentist's hand out of my mouth. This is mostly specific to me.

    I have had root canals, 1 cavity, major maxillofacial surgery with full general anesthetic (twice), multiple bone grafts, multiple gum grafts, multiple root plannings, abscesses, and wisdom teeth removal. I have seen just about every specialist designation out there haha.

    Fillings and a (normal) root canal are nothing - just make sure you go to an actual Endodontist for a Root Canal, rather than a general dentist. See a specialist for everything. For a root canal I strongly recommend Samuel B. Switzer (Endodontist on Southport Road), and I had 2 of my other specialists recommend him to me as well. Try not to worry about it too much, the anticipation is way worse than the actual procedure most of the time. You won't even feel your cavity filling procedure at all if it's a normal/standard one. For your root canal they will freeze your gums up, and your tooth is dead so you won't feel much else except a little bit of scraping as they take out the pulp from the tooth. I couldn't feel the drilling at all. It's really not that bad unless you have an unusual situation.

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    I really like my Saskatchewan dentist because she explains what she is doing but saves the gory details, flinches me out before she pokes me with needles so I don't notice them, and knows I take a lot of freezing and have a high tolerance for meds so she never pisses around with that. The places I've been here just go about their job like there isn't a horrified baby of a man attached to the teeth they are working on.

    Although it sounds soft as fuck, definitely looking for someone who would be considered "gentle" and has a calming demenor. I don't think I am as bad as spikerS but I definitely hate the place enough to avoid it like the plauge (which is a terrible idea because I have crappy teeth).
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    Pulling tooth or root canal to save.

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    You know those bored stay at home moms who's entire lives revolve around driving their kids to soccer, various cleaning accessories, and worrying about neighbourhood rapists? The kind of people that watch the View and go &quot;uh huh...&quot; Those unfulfilled people who try to fill the void in their empty lives by writing whiny letters to the editor complaining about shit that no one really cares about?

    Well imagine if instead of writing that letter to the editor, she just posts on a car forum for car enthusiasts. That's Kritafo.

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