I have a bad toothache that won’t go away. I don’t have dental insurance and to be completely honest, I am addicted to meth. There is a big abscess now next to the tooth and I know I need to go get in for an emergency dentist appointment. But I know meth stays in the system for over a week and I don’t want a reaction from the medication they give me there. Can I just self medicate until it gets better?
Thank you for your honesty. The ideal situation is not to do illegal drugs. But it is important to be upfront with any health care provider to avoid harmful drug interactions. It is difficult to know how bad your tooth is, unless you get in for an emergency dental appointment.
If there is an abscess that means there is an infection that needs to be treated. If you put it off, it may get to the point where the tooth cannot be saved. You need to be treated right away and may need a root canal to save the tooth. There is always a possibility that only a topical anesthetic may be required which would eliminate your concern over a reaction to medication with what is already in your system. Go to the dentist, be honest, and get the tooth taken care of. As long as you are honest, the dentist will be able to make the best judgement call on the use of medication. Self medicating is not the answer. Infections can spread rapidly to other parts of the body and you could be dealing with a potentially life threatening situation.
Are you concerned that you will be turned in or reported? If so, you may find some reassurance in this recent article. It provides recommendations and protocol for dentists to treat patients using meth. It does not state that they should be reported. Here is the article from the ADA. There is a good chance the dentist will refer you to a treatment center for evaluation. But again, it’s really in your best interest to get that tooth looked at as soon as possible.
Again, thank you for your honesty. Hopefully, you will be encouraged to seek the treatment you need.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD.