I have an elderly mother who has recently been put in a wheelchair. She’s quite overweight and I can’t lift her. She’s sometimes able to lift herself, but she’s been week the last few days. Today she complained that her mouth and tooth hurt. I gave it a look and it appears she has an abscess. I feel like that needs to be dealt with quickly, but I don’t know how to get her there.
Lynn B. – Oklahoma
This is a rough time for you, adjusting to caring for an immobile mother. You’re right about her needing treatment. An infection needs to be dealt with right away, I would even consider it a dental emergency, especially someone elderly and in poor health. That infection will spread.
If your mother already has a dentist, then there is a good chance that he will prescribe something over the phone until you can make arrangements to get her in. The infection will have to be dealt with at the site of the infection.
If she doesn’t have a dentist, you’ll need to get her seen. Call an emergency dentist. I don’t know what part of OKlahoma you live in, but if it is a metropolitan area they may have disabled medical transport. If not, buses are usually equipped to deal with wheelchair access.
If you’re in a rural area, you may need to call on some men in your neighborhood. People have good hearts. I’m sure someone would be willing to help.
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I need to get a dental crown. I had planned on getting a porcelain crown because they look so beautiful. A friend told me about her CEREC crown and how convenient it was to have a crown the same day. Would they be as natural looking as the porcelain crown?
Annette A. – Oregon
You’re in luck, because CEREC crowns are also made of porcelain. They can look very natural. In the hands of an artistic cosmetic dentist, they can look stunning.
There is one small difference. The CEREC crowns are computer milled out of a single block of porcelain, so it won’t have the same subtle differences that you can get when a crown is hand milled, but it will still be gorgeous.
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I’m hoping you can help me. Dentist’s make me very nervous. You might even call me a bit of a coward. Are there any things I can do to help me relax while I’m in the chair? I really want to get better at going, but I know I’ll have to get past the fear.
Melissa N. – Conway, AR
I hope you understand that you are not alone in your dental fear. Many patients are cowards when it comes to the dentist’s office. Fortunately for you and a lot of other people, there are dentists who cater to cowards.
If you think you just have mild anxiety, then you might try bringing some music and headphones to relax you during your appointment. However, if you think you’re anxiety is stronger, you might consider sedation dentistry.
With sedation dentistry you can get three different levels, depending on how much sedation you think will best help you. The lowest level is nitrous oxide. It’s commonly referred to as laughing gas. If you need something stronger, you might consider oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. However, be warned, these are a lot stronger. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Upside, it will be a completely pain free appointment.
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