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Hi,

I have a dental appointment tommorow to re-do two old fillings that have broken :worried:

The fillings i have are silver at the moment and i might ask for white ones as they look better and also ive read an old thread on here mentioning that silver fillings may be bad for our health! However the white fillings are much more expensive :eek: and i dont know if they last as long :(

I HATE going to the dentist and am stressing about it already!! :worried:
Do i need to tell my dentist that i have suspected lupus and am taking Plaquenil? Is there any interactions between the numbing injection drug and the plaq? Any other things i should tell the dentist?

Thanks for reading, any advice greatly recieved! Wish me luck :(
Hope your all as well as poss
Bex x x x x
 

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Hey (((((((Bex)))))))))

Yep, going to the dentist is pretty horrible for a lot of people.... :worried:

Do try not to panic though as that might actually make things worse...! When I go to the dentist, I ask her to put on relaxing music, to turn off the tv she has in the room and so I close my eyes, pretend the noises from the machines aren't really there and I just breathe deeply and let my mind wonder to relaxing, happy places! Most of the time I end up snoring away happily on the chair!! :lol:

I don't know much about silver fillings I'm afraid, I only have the white kind but perhaps someone will come along who knows more!

You could tell your dentist about your suspected lupus status and your taking plaquenil as he might want to add that to his notes on you, but plaquenil has no interaction with novocaine which is the local aneasthetic most commonly used by dentists; so I wouldn't worry too much about med interactions there!

I do have one question for you though. Do you have raynaud's?? If you do have raynaud's and it can get bad for you then it might be an idea to let the dentist know as a little bit of epinephrine is sometimes added to the novocaine used and epinephrine can make the blood vessels constrict which may make one's raynaud's a little bit worse for a few hours. I had very bad raynaud's for a while and was on meds for it and so my rheumatologist had called my dentist to let her know she was to not use epinephrine in the novocaine when I went. Of course you may not have raynaud's and even if you do it might not be bad, but I thought it may be worth mentioning.

Hope the dentist visit goes extra, extra smoothly for you....!!!! :bigsmile: Sending loads of strengthening hugs your way :grouphug2::grhug::hug:

:flowery:

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Hi Bex,

Good luck with your appointment.

It is always wise to let your doctors know any medication and over the counter things you are taking, including herbal remedies.

Take care,
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Hello :)

It all over, phew what a relief! It went well, no pain at all, only tiny scratch from injection so im all numb now, lol , but pleased i felt no pain :)

i went for the silver fillings in the end as my dentist said they last longer and theyre cheaper! they look fine as there in my back teeth so you cant see them at all.

Told dentist about possible lupus and meds etc, he's added it to my notes.

I do get raynauds but not too badly, so didnt bother mentioning it,

The only weird thing that happened was, after i had the injection my legs started to shake quite badly and wouldnt stop!! i dont know if this was nerves or from the injection the shaking stopped around 40mins after the injection and my legs are ok now, Weird! i was nervous though, but never shook like that before, my poor legs wouldnt stop! how embarrasing :)

Oh well never mind, its all over for now, :)

Thank you so so so so much for your replies, it really helped and reasurred me loads, so BIG THANKS!! ((hugs))

hope your all ok,
lots of love, from a droopy faced bex :) x x x x x x x x
 

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Aww Bex... Im so glad its all over.

It's incredible how anxious we can get over these type of procedures :hugbetter:

That is strange about the injection though :eek: I hope your dentist took note of it just in case.

Take good care
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Hey Bex,

What wonderful news!!! So it's over and done with now!!! Brilliant!! :)

I think the best part of going to the dentist is that after fillings or mollar extractions etc I was always told to eat lots of ice-cream for a day or two, the official explanation being that because it's cold it could help tone down any gum inflammation (no idea whether that's true or not)...! In all honesty I just saw it as an excellent excuse to eat nothing but tons of ice-cream for days!!! :lol: So at least there was some compensation for getting a filling!

Zoi
 
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