Topic: tooth extraction and hospice

Hello All, My dad is having another issue and wondering if anyone else has experienced this.  He was complaining of extreme pain in his mouth, specifically the right side of his mouth and all along the right side of his head and ear.  It sounded like a root canal issue, and sure enough, his dentist was kind enough to come over yesterday and without an xray, but based on what he knows, confirmed my fear.   He said morphine can cause dry mouth which can lead to root canals.   His thought is to have the tooth extracted, but there is no way we can put my dad in the car and take him to an office for the procedure.  Morphine is not helping the pain, and tylenol is only sort of dulling the pain temporarily.   The hospice nurse came over last night, and didn't offer too much in the way of solutions.  Has anyone else experienced this problem?

The  Lord is my shephard

Re: tooth extraction and hospice

I am so sorry you and your father are going through this.  I was thinking about a dental block.  Ask his dentist about this.  He may be willing to come to the house and inject/block the nerve.

Re: tooth extraction and hospice

Hi Kid, I just thought of something that has nothing to do with the tooth but I totally forgot to tell you this in our last email. When you mentioned about trying to keep dad comfortable I wanted to ask if you have   tried a sheep skin throw.
Teddy used it when he was in the hospital for 3 months and it really helped.


Re: tooth extraction and hospice

Hi what a dreadful complication for you all.I think your dentist is going to be the one to come up with a solution for you           Janet