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Joel M. Eichen
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Caine's Mutiny Reply with quote

Caine writes,


repair or implants- re-send

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I posted this on the General Anesthesia forum and am not sure that was
the appropriate sub-forum, so I am posting here...

I have what my physician calls Caine's Mutiny. The use of any
caine-type drug, or derivative (amides or esters), even used topically,
causes me to go into anaphylactic shock.

I have been to several allergists and they have all said that it's not
the preservative in the drug that is causing me problems and they were
unable to find a safe alternative.

I have not had any dental work done for years hoping they would
eventually find a suitable alternative. Now, my teeth have reached the
point that I must do something. There are no dentists within 100 miles
that use a general anesthetic. My dentist is unable to find anyone
willing to come to his office to administer a general anesthetic. So, a
trip to the hospital operating room appears to be the only option
available.

I had my dentist work up a treatment plan. His estimate for 6 hours in
the OR, to complete everything I need done, came to $12k. This included
a remote link to someone to design the Cerec crowns. Add to this, my
portion of the hospital costs (insurance will cover most), and I'm
looking at close to $20k.

My problem is that if I do proceed with his treatment plan, I've spent
$20k and still do not have any way to get local treatment for major
issues except for the hospital OR. The oral surgeons here do not do
normal dentistry. So, if I proceed, I will have repaired my teeth, but
have no way to maintain them.

My brother had implants put in several years ago and swears by them. My
dentist says I'm not a candidate for implants because my gums and
jawbone are in great shape, and he is not supportive of the idea of
implants.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Dick


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