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Dental Appointment

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Today was my scheduled dental hygiene exam (formerly appropriately called dental cleaning and check-up). Some time ago, I insisted on a numbing agent for my gums prior to cleaning because of the pain & discomfort associated with this process. I have sensitive gums due to aging and periodontal disease. Today, I refused the deep pocket probing for the same reason. Now, they are saying that I HAVE TO have the probings yearly. What happened to the patients' right to refuse treatments?? emoticon Maybe it is time to move on.....

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/5/2013 2:24PM

    Not always an easy decision. Kind of depends on the level of your periodontal disease... Sometimes the pain of those probes is worth the trouble because they can do work sooner -- saving money (procedure is more involved as the condition advances unchecked) and... saving your teeth from falling out or being pulled. Looks like a second opinion is in order, perhaps with a periodontis. Make an informed decision.

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LINDA! 2/3/2013 9:23PM

    I agree. Time to change dentists.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/3/2013 11:43AM

    never thought that i had a right to refuse . a new dentist is in order.

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ELLENIRENE 2/3/2013 2:05AM

    never had deep cleaning--sounds painful

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CATHEMARIE 2/2/2013 11:36PM

    emoticon We are changing dentists too.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/2/2013 10:41PM

    You have the right to refuse. Perhaps it is time to find another place to go. Deep cleaning is an optional and more expensive thing to do.

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TWEETYKC00 2/2/2013 8:56PM

    It's sad that they do that.

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