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I Should Have Heeded the Warnings from Others!
I read thread after thread about the zinging pain...
- 11 Jul 2008
I read thread after thread about the zinging pain you experience after Zoom, the burning lip, etc. and asked all the appropriate questions at my dentist's office BEFORE my treatment. They assured me that as long as the procedure was done correctly (3) 15 minute intervals where they checked to be sure the gel was covering my gums, and re-apply the sunscreen, that I would not wind up with burned lips and gums. This was true as I do not have any burns. The pain is another story.....I read the paperwork that said "you may experience mild discomfort" Mild??? I also read that if your teeth are normally sensitive you may experience more than mild discomfort and that a desensitizing procedure can be done prior to the Zoom procedure if that was the case. They just recommend taking Advil to ease the discomfort otherwise. My teeth are not normally sensitive so I didn't inquire about the desensitizing nor did they even ask me if I would like to have it. I took 800 mg of Advil (max. dosage) prior to the procedure just to be on the safe side. My teeth were slightly sensitive during the first 15 minutes but that was it.....Until they removed the apparatus and put the flouride on my teeth. All of a sudden I felt this excruciating pain in my lower front teeth. It felt like someone was stabbing the roots with a sharp knife! I couldn't open my mouth because even the air touching my teeth hurt. Then it moved to my upper teeth and continued in waves sort of like labor pain but in your mouth. I told the dentist's office about this and they said "oh, everyone gets that". They certainly did not tell me how bad the pain would be....just that it would be a mild discomfort. After I got home I took another 800 mg of Advil. At this point I was dizzy, nauseated, and in tears. I was hoping the pain would subside but when it did not I decided to call my dentist's emergency number to ask for a prescription for a stronger pain medication. I called and left 5 messages over an hour and a half, but never received a reply. I was getting desperate and started calling all my friends to see if they had any Vicodin. Unfortunatly, no one did. I finally passed out from the pain and didn't wake up til the next morning. It is now mid afternoon on the second day and my teeth are still quite sore but I am not experiencing the "zinging" anymore. I am still taking the 800 mg of Advil every 4 to 6 hours however. I called my dentist's office today and they said that perhaps the dentist's pager was broken, but that he wouldn't have prescribed anything for me even if I did reach him last night. This is very disheartening to me as I was in extreme pain! Needless to say my teeth are whiter, except for near the gum area because they covered that part with gel (which does look kinda strange now since it is clearly a different color)and my eye teeth did not bleach as well;they are kind of blotchy. I don't care if they offered to do them again for free in the future; I would never do this again! Take my advice.....listen to the warnings from others.....
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