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Old 03-12-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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I second Dr. James Franco. He put me out with versed and it was lovely.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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Paka... We are faithful Dr Albright patients, as another poster recommended...

We are very happy with him... We have been to Dr Albright 2x for our oldest daughter... She had 4 teeth removed in preparation for braces and after 2.5 years of braces she just had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled by Dr Albright as well...

My 10 year went to him as well when she was younger as her 2 front teeth would not fall out for anything... So he pulled those for her...

Then my husband just went to him within the last month or so to have 2 teeth pulled as well...

They have always called with an accurate qoute, which will be a range in prices, depending on your insurance... The staff is really nice... Dr. Albright is a quite man, but very professional... And he is fast... When my middle daughter had her front 2 teeth pulled, I had literally come out into the waiting room and sat down and within 10 minutes they were already calling me back that she was done... Neither of the girls had any problems what so ever... The staff gives us great instructions in after care and they also call to see how the patient is doing afterward...

My husband did have some pain in 1 of the tooth extraction areas about a week after his original appt... It was mild soreness... He called, they scheduled him first thing in the morning, he went in, and determined that my husbands area did not clot, so the nerve was left exposed... They packed it with packing soaked in medicine that helped the clotting process... He went in 3 days later, and just to be on the safe side they packed it again for another 3 days... When he went back again, he was fine, everything was healed up... The office did not charge us for either of these 2 visits... Not for the medicine, the packing, anything...

Also, just a bit of advice... With the IV sedation they use, however you go to sleep, will be how you wake up... One of my daughters went to sleep crying and woke up crying... My other daughter went to sleep laughing and she woke up laughing... They do give you something to calm your nerves first, but if you can really relax and go to sleep feeling good, you will do great when you wake up...

Good Luck Paka...
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:20 AM
 
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Thanks much everyone for the info....get to see the dentist today, and he will give me the oral surgeon referral then...so will be checking out some of these suggestions for sure.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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I have a question for JAustinDDS. What makes a good oral surgeon?

Paka, who did you end up seeing as your oral surgeon?

I just went to Dr. Marcus Ervin at Monarch Dental, and it was confirmed that I will need extractions. I didn't like his office at all. He spent maybe 2 minutes with me out of a 3.5 hour visit, and the same assistants came in and out asking me if I had my exam yet or my cleaning.

It was a long wait, both in the waiting room and in the chair. So you'll have to forgive me if I don't want to use their referrals for a perio or surgeon. I felt like cattle being herded from room to room.

I was even standing outside in the hallway by the scary rotating x-ray machine for 5 minutes while the assistant went and did whatever.

The benefits coordinator spoke superfast and I had to call her back in because my referral slip for a perio was riddled with mistakes. Mispelled last name, incorrect mailing address and birthdate. She didn't write it, but she's the one who'd bill me...

The only highlight was that the hygienist, Amber, was calm, professional and informative. The downside is that the local anesthetic wore off. That's just what I need at an oral surgeon's office. It's happened before where I woke up in the middle of the procedure to hear the staff say, "There's blood everywhere!"

No wonder I have anxiety.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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Good question. You experienced a typical corporate dental visit. Rush, rush, rush with little attention or focus on you as an individual and your individual needs. I insist and will insist to my dying day that corporate dental practices like Monarch, Castle, Kool Smiles, Heartland (who owns many discreetly named dental practices in town), and all the "Modern Dentistry" offices are pure evil. The focus isn't on patients no matter what they say. You need to see someone who owns their practice. Better care, bottom line.

What makes a good oral surgeon? Are the personable? Do they seem rushed? Do they take the time to answer your questions? Are they available for your post-op care? One oral surgeon that has been recommended on this thread extracted a friend of mine's third molars. She got a dry socket on a Saturday. Instead of seeing her after hours, which is what I or any good dentists/surgeon would have done, just sent her to the emergency room. She waited there for 8 hours, when finally seen nothing was done. She eventually called me and I packed her dry socket on a Saturday night at no expense to her. To me, that is totally, absolutely unacceptable.

There are several good oral surgeons in town. For my money, every single one of the guys at Alamo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is great. If I were in a car accident tonight and needed my face put back together, thats who I would call without hesitation.

San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is good as well. I think Greg Randolph is good. I think Preston Coleman is good.

I only refer my patients to specialists that I would let treat me or my family. Thats my bottom line.

Side note....get out of Monarch. DM me your location and I will refer you to someone that will actually care for you.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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I'm telling you...Dr. William Stalker. He is the man who can figure out a problem that many other dentists cannot Periodontics, Implant Dentistry, San Antonio TX and I have family that have also went to him and pulled teeth, and he finds roots that other dentist leave in. He's great. He's an expert so I think you may have to go to a more regular dentist for other items...which I have a great one too.. Dr. Paul Wilkie Alternative Cosmetic Dentist San Antonio Laser Dentistry, PerioLase

Also, I had major pain in gums where there are no teeth, which turned out was the mercury from fillings of teeth that used to be there and aren't even there anymore, but that eventually seeps out (but dentists and peeps think that mercury-silver fillings are still ok-NOT!!!!) well, it can go into your sinus bone, etc. Major stuff, and the first prob, I thank God ended up after many dentists that could not figure out anything, even Maxillo facial surgeons, and they acted like I was crazy, well, it was the most horrible pain, and no one would help. I somehow ended up at a biological dentist named Dr. Paul Wilkie in SA, and it was like he took the thorn out of the lions paw, cause he took out that mercury in my gums and the pain went away...when alll the other dentists saw the mercury in my gums and said it was ok, that couldn't be it. Then later when I had some even harder issues because of the long time mercury, he sent me to old school dentist who's seen stuff all over the world in military etc. which is Dr. William Stalker, he told me about this controversial surgery called N.I.C.O., but I didn't end up needing it., but he's very cool and also found pieces of nerve left in from previous root canals and crowns that broke off. Thank God it's better now, but all that to say, when you are in pain and noone will help you, it's major to find people that are so good they can instantly diagnose some crazy stuff.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Wow. Well I am not really sure how to address the previous post.

1) If you choose to believe in the holistic type of philosophy, then I guess thats just fine. It differs from how I approach dentistry, but to each their own.
2) I base my decisions and recommendations on hard science (i.e.- peer reviewed systematic reviews, meta analyses, and randomized controlled trials). Nothing in the canon of hard science has ever recommended replacing amalgams with no other issues (recurrent decay, fractures, etc.) If I did this, I would be a whole lot richer because I would have a TON more dentistry to do. However, in my opinion, telling patients that amalgam is making them sick and removing all of it with no regard to it's current state is inherently EVIL and frank over-treatment.

If anyone decides to pursue holistic dentistry, that decision is on you. Just know that nothing in the literature supports almost anything they do or recommend. You are taking this on at your own risk. Beware.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Wow, I'm sorry if I offended a dentist. Didn't even try or look at it like that. I'm just a regular person that has had soooo many experiences with sooo many dentists in different states and have had tons of work done, and relayed a piece of my experience. I've had tons of "amalgam" which was always cheaper than the porcelain type and lasts longer, but...no way would I ever get again after all that I've experienced, and wish I could have the money to take out the rest I have. Not worth it in the long run. Don't get the "evil" reference either, cause I know I'm not in no kinda way! And I'm sorry again, but as a layperson that was in reallll pain, all I know is everything all the regular dentists did, which was take x rays, even round the head kind, and look and see the black in my gums, said there was nothing wrong, even though I was in sooo much pain. I had never even heard of a holistic dentist, nor do I have anything invested in it-don't even get how it's so different cause they still do a needle for pain and still pull teeth and do bridges etc, just don't do anymore root canals I guess. I'm just telling someone so if they ever need and have tried everything, they may have an alternative, so they don't feel hopeless like I was starting to. If it didn't happen to me, and the way that it did, I may not have believed it. I have a cousin who is a medical doctor who is all about science too, but is now open to other things not always understood at certain times.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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I'm open to trying new things...like amuse-bouche or Australian wines. When it comes to surgically delivering a substance inside of another human being, I want hard science.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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I have a question for JAustinDDS. What makes a good oral surgeon?

Paka, who did you end up seeing as your oral surgeon?

I just went to Dr. Marcus Ervin at Monarch Dental, and it was confirmed that I will need extractions. I didn't like his office at all. He spent maybe 2 minutes with me out of a 3.5 hour visit, and the same assistants came in and out asking me if I had my exam yet or my cleaning.

It was a long wait, both in the waiting room and in the chair. So you'll have to forgive me if I don't want to use their referrals for a perio or surgeon. I felt like cattle being herded from room to room.

I was even standing outside in the hallway by the scary rotating x-ray machine for 5 minutes while the assistant went and did whatever.

The benefits coordinator spoke superfast and I had to call her back in because my referral slip for a perio was riddled with mistakes. Mispelled last name, incorrect mailing address and birthdate. She didn't write it, but she's the one who'd bill me...

The only highlight was that the hygienist, Amber, was calm, professional and informative. The downside is that the local anesthetic wore off. That's just what I need at an oral surgeon's office. It's happened before where I woke up in the middle of the procedure to hear the staff say, "There's blood everywhere!"

No wonder I have anxiety.

I ended up using Raymond W Kaercher DDS at Hill Country Dental on Bandera Rd....just outside 1604. He was referred to me by my dentist, and the entire process was WONDERFUL!!!!

I actually recognized him from his AF days, and he is retired and such a WONDERFUL oral sgn. My implant went without a hitch....so VERY PLEASED and excited. No pain, no memory, nothing like the tramutic pulling of this molar that I had experienced at another place!!!!! He is an ANGEL....takes his time, talks to you, never felt rushed...CALLED the day of and after surgery PERSONALLY to ensure I had any questions answered.....HIGHLY recommend. I am almost ready for my implant now that the implant has had time to graft to the bone and it can have the tooth shaped and placed on top!!!!

After the trauma I have experienced, I can HIGHLY recommend him for ANY oral surgery needs!!!!!
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