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Ds needs his wisdom teeth removed. Soon.

 

The oral surgeon is a five-hour drive away. (Probably longer than that for me because I have to stop and pee so often!)

 

So we are looking at 3 separate trips: consultation, surgery, and follow-up.

 

Five hours there, five hours back, three times.

 

JAWM. The first person who tells me that this is what I deserve will get their eyeballs torn out.

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Do you have a relative in a metropolitan area that takes your insurance? Maybe y'all can get an understanding surgeon there who can quickly do the consult and surgery within 1-2 days of each other and stay with friends/family during that? Would save at least one set of drive. How far after is the follow up? Maybe you could tag that on too? I can't imagine being in a car that long after having my wisdom teeth pulled out. Drugs only last so long. :(

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I wonder if you could be approved to do the consultation one day and the surgery the next day, and stay overnight there in-between.  If you have a dentist who is closer to where you live, maybe he/she could give the oral surgeon an idea of whether the teeth are impacted, etc. 

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What a pain! I would stay over the day of the surgery or stuff pain pills in the kids mouth before you head home and lots of instant ice packs. And plan for surgery Monday so if there is a problem during the week they are on call.  :grouphug: for you and  :grouphug: for ds.

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Thanks for the ideas. This will have to be done in El Paso, and I don't know a single soul there. But there is a military base there, so we could potentially stay in billeting there. I'll look into getting the consult and surgery together.

 

 

I've been putting this off. We got the referral last August when ds was complaining of pain. Then he stopped complaining, so I let it slide. What happened is a wisdom tooth erupted so it wasn't causing pressure any longer. Well, today was a regular check-up at the general dentist in Alpine (only 2 hours away), and she said that erupted wisdom tooth is showing decay already. So now we need to move on this before it gets out of control. I can't put it off much longer. Will definitely need to get it taken care of this summer.

 

Ugh.

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Ds needs his wisdom teeth removed. Soon.

 

The oral surgeon is a five-hour drive away. (Probably longer than that for me because I have to stop and pee so often!)

 

So we are looking at 3 separate trips: consultation, surgery, and follow-up.

 

Five hours there, five hours back, three times.

 

JAWM. The first person who tells me that this is what I deserve will get their eyeballs torn out.

Ugh. That is a long drive. I have delayed Ds's because the surgeon is an hour away.

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Ugh! I know your pain--it was when littlest ds was needing frequent visits to the pediatric pulmonologist 6.5 hours away, and more frequent visits to the pediatrician 2 hours away, that we moved for a year. To a town we hated, but it was worth it to cut those 13 hour round trips (with 4 kids ages 6 and younger!) down to 4, and to have a pediatrician down the street.

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Hmmm... I do have that helicopter insurance... hmmmm....

You can also see if you could use angel flight for this. Although I am not sure if you would really want to fly back home after the surgery.

 

I do have a fellow physician friend who is married to another physician and they practice in a rural area. Their son needed a pediatric surgical subspecialist that didn't exist anywhere in their state but the academic medical center she trained at had one of the top departments in the country. They had a vacation home there so they just went on "vacation" right before his surgery and then stayed there for a few weeks after his surgery.

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I didn't follow up with my oral surgeon in person. Only on the phone. And my case was exceptionally complicated, impacted teeth and three extra extractions including one that was laying adjacent to my sinus.

 

Perhaps you could make a weekend trip of it? One appointment on Friday and the surgery on Monday? The price of a hotel vs. gas and your time driving is worth weighing.

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:grouphug:  :grouphug:  :grouphug: 

 

Hoping the military billeting might be an option.  Man that really is a heck of a long drive.

 

So that you don't have to turn around and do it again later, you might consider getting all 4 removed at the same time if there is any chance that any of the others may start moving or are impacted.  

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Pray he doesn't get a dry socket. I was bummed to travel 25 min each way to have my dry socket repacked every couple days until the dry socket healed.

And they hurt so bad too. Worst pain I've ever been in, included a c section where I felt pretty much everything.

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OK you need to plan to stay in El Paso. I agree strongly with the suggestion this should be done on a Monday and when the Oral Surgeon is not planning to go away on vacation or to a convention or something, in case there is an issue.  Check with whoever is in charge of temporary housing on Fort Bliss, to see if they can accommodate you and your DS. I can't remember where I stayed when I was in El Paso. Probably a Comfort Inn or La Quinta or something like that.  I think this is in the (near?) future for my DD too.   Just about everyone has issues with  their Wisdom teeth,  I had mine pulled out one Xmas vacation when I was in High School. Good luck to your DS with this.

 

ETA: In the Thread Title it says "in the boonies".   People in the East may not know where you live, but you are WAY past the boonies...

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Not to mention the work of taking care of the post op patient. I can't imagine the five hour drive with the teen in pain!

Those first hours they are likely still numb. I remember when I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I had to walk all over base after--take the Sick-in-Quarters order to my supervisor, and then to the mess hall, and then to the barracks supervisor, before I could hit my rack.

 

That was fun.

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Those first hours they are likely still numb. I remember when I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I had to walk all over base after--take the Sick-in-Quarters order to my supervisor, and then to the mess hall, and then to the barracks supervisor, before I could hit my rack.

 

That was fun.

Well dang, Ravin. How were you even conscious enough? That stinks.

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I didn't follow up with my oral surgeon in person. Only on the phone. And my case was exceptionally complicated, impacted teeth and three extra extractions including one that was laying adjacent to my sinus.

 

Perhaps you could make a weekend trip of it? One appointment on Friday and the surgery on Monday? The price of a hotel vs. gas and your time driving is worth weighing.

 

Likewise, I just had all 4 of mine out in April and the only follow-up I had was over the phone.  

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Can you call the oral surgeon and explain your situation? Maybe they can schedule a surgery date, then schedule the consult the day before and you can just stay in a hotel. My daughter didn't even have to go back for a follow-up unless she had problems. If you end up with a dry-socket-bleeding-situation you'd be heading to the nearest ER anyway.

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You need to plan to stay overnight after the surgery. It is impossible to sit in the car in the heat for 5 hours after wisdom tooth surgery - I had mine removed and the pain was killing me within 15 minutes of leaving the doctor's office - I went to the pharmacy to fill the painkiller prescription and they took 30 minutes to fill it. Then, when I took it, it was more then 30 minutes before it started working. And after 3 hours, the pain was back and I had to take more pain killers. So, it is best to get a hotel and let him sleep overnight (or find military accommodation like you mentioned) and then leave the next day after his pain subsides a little.

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I guess they all work differently. Honestly don't recall anything but showing up and having it done. No consultation or follow up. My orthodontist said I should get teeth removed and they decided to do wisdom teeth at the same time. Maybe the ortho visit counted as the consultation and they passed that info on. I wonder if you could do something like that with someone closer?

 

I totally get why you'd be upset. I would be, too. Ugh awful.

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Can the dentist arrange to send the records and give a call to the oral surgeon, hopefully lessinging the need for a consult?  As long as you get the pre-procedure instructions, the surgeon really just needs to look at the scans and see him for a bit longer (to make a game plan) on the appointment day. The surgeon may not want to do this incase you cancel the appointment, but you may see if the dentist has someone he knows who will work with you.

 

 

 

My son went off to do volunteer work the day he had his removed. He would have been fine with driving that day.

 

My daughter was fine, but puked off and on in the middle of the first day (due to swallowed blood) ...and ended up in significant pain later in the week.  After  a few days of suffering they figured out there was a bone chip left in her gum (a known, possible complication). DD is a tough girl, and they were kind of dismissive about her pain level. She ended up on Dilaudid to control the pain.   I kept telling them there was something wrong with her level of pain because she has a very high pain tolerance. The surgeon wasn't available to see her, so her dentist got her in when her gum started swelling. She lanced the swelling, removed the chip and then dd was fine in a day or so.  The pain was fine right after the procedure, but due to the puking, she would have been miserable with a 5 hour long drive. 

 

 

I would definitely try to stay in town for a day or two if possible. Time would not have healed dd's pain and in your case we would have had to drive back in a couple of days to have the chip removed.

 

 

 

 

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Wow!  That is way beyond boonies. I hope that you are able to at least combine the consultation with the surgery.  I also can never complain about driving again.  Our oral surgeon is only 25 minutes from our house. 

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We had a 1.5 hr drive because we had a consult , then postponed, then moved but decided to drive back where we had the consult and knew the reputation of the oral surgeon.

 

Even with just the 1.5 hr drive I felt terrible for my ds having to take that drive post op. We have a hard time coming out of anesthesia in our family and we do a lot of puking. My ds almost made it home but got sick as we pulled into our neighborhood and was sick a few more times in the next couple hours. They did not require us to come for follow up because of the distance.

 

I would definitely try to stay overnight after the surgery even if it was a hotel.

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My parents live in the boonies where getting to real medical care means a long trip by car and ferry (but not quite as long as yours!).  They will frequently stay in a hotel the night before a procedure and then the night of.  They've found that once they explain the situation, doctor's offices are willing to schedule things to accommodate that.

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I was figuring that the pain meds from the surgery would get us home, but I didn't stop to consider that he might vomit when coming off the anesthesia. Urgh.

 

So I will call and see if the consultation and surgery can be one combined trip, plan to stay a day or two post-op, then see if the follow-up can be by phone.

 

That sure would help.

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Same situation here but a 3hr not 5hr drive. Dd slept the whole way home and the pain was not bad that first day. I would have hated to make the drive the second day...it was good to be home. I remember being pretty nervous driving her home though.

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