Septocaine Upper Molar, General Malaise, Nasal Passages, Ampule, Terrible Taste
I am a healthy female of 63 and have been diagnosed (by two dentists in the past) with facial innervation, which makes it difficult to numb me for dental work. 10 yrs ago I had a root canal and the lingering effects of the numbing drug and procedure ... more »
I am a healthy female of 63 and have been diagnosed (by two dentists in the past) with facial innervation, which makes it difficult to numb me for dental work. 10 yrs ago I had a root canal and the lingering effects of the numbing drug and procedure included facial swelling, numbing, bruising, and pain. accompanied by dizziness, exhaustion, and general malaise. This continued for about two weeks. In June of this year, I went to dentist for a crown on a R upper molar. I informed dentist of bad reaction to site-injected numbing medication and difficulty in becoming numb, asking for gas instead. He assured me all would be OK and injected one ampule of septocaine with epinephrine in the cheek. When that failed to numb the area around the tooth, he administered an additional ampule in various locations into the gum (jaw) around the tooth using high pressure to force the medication into place. While he was working on the tooth, he hit a nerve and I jumped. He commented that it was hard to believe I had felt the pain "through the amalgam" of a previous filling. He injected more septocaine and kept on working. I left the office shortly thereafter and began to drive home. The anesthetic wore off quickly, and I experienced pain so severe that I returned to the office. They gave me some motrin and an Rx for vicodin. I took the motrin but was feeling so sick and disoriented that I was afraid to take the vicodin. At home, I used an ice pack. The pain continued all night. The next day I was barely able to stay awake, the side of my head was swollen, I had loud tinnitus in my R ear, and the vision in my R eye was very dim and dark. Serious pain in the upper R jaw continued with all the teeth there hurting, the nasal passages on the R side filled or closed, and I had a feeling of dizziness, exhaustion, and general malaise (flu-like symptoms) for the entire day. I could not stay awake, work, or read. I was alternately chilled and hot. Additionally, there was a terrible taste in my mouth. By day 3, I felt much better and was able to work, but continued to have pain on the entire R side of my head extending to my neck, and concentrating in my R upper jaw and R ear. This lasted for 2 weeks. When I returned to the dentist for the final crown after 3 wks, he immediately became defensive and insisted repeatedly that it was "scientifically impossible" that any of this pain, flu-like symptoms, or other reaction was due to the septocaine.
Two months later, I still have pain on the R side of my upper jaw and neck and in the R ear. It is impossible to chew on the R side of my mouth, my R ear is still ringing, I still have a continual metallic taste in my mouth (possibly from the supposedly gold crown he put in), and the area at the base of the crown is highly sensitive to the touch, heat, cold, sugar, etc. It seems apparent that there are 2 problems: 1-the septocaine with epinephrine and 2-a badly-made crown. I have paid this dentist $1200 for this crown and I am not willing to return to him again.