I’m a little worried that I’m not going to be able to find a dentist who is willing to help me. I’m a recovering opiate addict and on methadone replacement. I need an extensive amount of work and my dentist is refusing to treat me because he won’t prescribe follow up pain medication. I did give him the name of my doctor treating me for the addiction and said they could talk about any protocol necessary but he still refused. Will anyone treat me? I do have proof from a doctor.
I’m sorry you’ve been put through this. It sounds like you’re a man trying to build his life back together and striving to do the right things. What you’ve run up against with your current dentist is a man who is afraid of the DEA.
There have been a lot of crackdowns on medical practitioners when it comes to any type of opiate. What you need is a dentist whose compassion is greater than is fear. They do exist, especially in circumstances such as yours.
Finding a Compassionate Dentist
There are a few terms you can do a search under to find dentists who are compassionate with patients. Most of them are used to working with patients who have extreme dental anxiety. Compassion is a must have quality— along with gentleness and patience.
- Sedation Dentist
- Gentle Dentist
- Cater to Cowards Dentist
Call around to some of these dentists and explain your situation. I feel certain you’ll find a dentist willing to work with you and call your doctor. If you choose a dentist who offers sedation, you’ll be able to get more work done in each appointment, allowing you to get your oral health better much faster.
Avoiding a Dental Emergency
Because you need a lot of work, you’re at risk for a dental infection. These are considered dental emergencies. Because of the proximity of your jaw to your heart and brain, these type of infections can spread quickly and become life threatening.
It can be discouraging to have people misjudge and reject you. I don’t want a few fearful dentists to keep you from getting the care you need and deserve. I feel confident you have the strength to persevere and find the best dentist for you.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.