How Does Someone Find An Oral Surgeon If On Methadone

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John Says:

In St Petersburg, Fla need an oral surgeon for someone who has Hurricane Irma issues, is turning life around and is on methadone. Must have wisdom tooth pulled immediately. No insurance, but I am offering to assist. Side of patients face is now swollen and feel this is a serious life threatening condition. Please help with possibilities. Not sure where to turn.

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Patty Says:

Call the county health dept and ask for a free or pay on a sliding scale dental clinic. Google it yourself. Call social services.
If the methadone is the issue, meaning no dentist will give anesthesia or pain pills after, ask the people at the methadone clinic where to go/what to do.

If you cannot get to a dentist in a timely fashion, in NJ our hospitals do "charity care" based on your income. It pays for hospital services and some doctors. Get the infection under control! It can kill you! Get antibiotics from dr, dentist, or go to ER and apply for charity care.
Good luck!

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Verwon Says:

Hello, John! How are you?

It does not always require an oral surgeon to have a tooth extracted. Is there some reason you've been told you need to consult one?

In most cases, according to NIH studies, any licensed dentist can perform a simple extraction, and if that is all that needs to be done, oral anesthesia should still work, though I am not a dentist, so you should consult the relevant dentist to be sure. According to the FDA some people taking Methadone may not respond to dental anesthesia.

How is the patient doing, now?

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John Says:

Re: Verwon (# 2) Expand Referenced Message

Update: Antibiotics brought swelling infection down. Oral surgeon was found. Local was used to numb then extract. 2 wisdom teeth and 2 adjoining teeth pulled. Went easier then I thought :)

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