1. When something happens, you hope against hope that there is something that can be done to fix whatever dental problem you have encountered. There are some dental conditions that mean constant pain for the patient, but those can be managed. If you have something wrong with your body, there could be surgery that can fix it, but not always. If you are in an accident, the dental surgeons will do their best, but some things are not entirely fixable. Pain management is what many face when surgery and treatments can not totally fix a problem. Your voice is important in your dental treatment and you have to speak up when needed.
2. Some people will suffer in silence when they are in pain. At times, doctors may tell them that there is nothing they can do and that they just have to deal with the pain. This is not always true. There are many people out there that fake injuries and pain because they want drugs, and you have to push dentists for pain management so they know you are really hurt. If you take some token drugs and then just try to deal with it, that is all that you are going to get. You have to push for pain management or you are going to suffer. Don’t be bullied or put back; ask for what you need as often as you have to so you can get the results that you want.
3. Some conditions, like back pain, are fixable with dental surgery, but it could take you a while to get into see someone that can help you. Even then, it can take longer to get the appointment for your dentistry. In the meantime, you could be in a lot of pain. If the medications they have given you are not working for pain management, talk with your dentists every single day if you have to until something else is worked out. At times, there are medications that will work better or differently. Your dentist will not know what they have given you for pain management is not working unless you say so.
4. There are medications that they can give in the dental office for pain management that work well, but you can not get them at home. Some are given by IV and some are shots. These are not things that anyone can get to take home, even with a prescription. That is when pain treatment gets a bit more complicated but it does not mean you have to live without the relief that you temporarily need. There are pain management clinics in many areas, some are in high end specialist dental facilities. You can go to these by direction of your dentist to get the meds you need when you can not take care of them on your own.
5. Remember that your pain management is in your hands. Your dentist can not guess as they can only do what they think will work. It is up to you to say that you need more, need less, or need something else because the side effects are too much for you. If you are in a position of having to rely on pain management for the rest of your life, you have to fight for the treatment that you need that is going to fit in your lifestyle the best. Your insurance may fight you on some things, but fight back for the best results. Your quality of life depends on how you respond.