Yeah, I know people are supposed to do this when they're around 20, but hey -- I didn't know any better!! LOL!! Actually, my wisdom teeth came in perfectly, and did their job for about 44 years, but I was starting to develop some gum disease and bone loss, and I've read in many places that diabetics need to be extra careful to take care of their mouths.

So, out they came. Now, what is the AVERAGE diabetic supposed to do with a procedure like that? Go high, maybe? NOOO! Just as soon as the dentists started giving me the anesthetic shots, I started to tremble -- my CGM showed 63 with a down arrow, and my meter showed 97. Then the dentist told me that there was epinephrine (adrenaline) in the shot, but knowing what was coming, I decided not to take the risk, and popped a couple of glucose tablets. I figured better safe than sorry. And adrenaline is supposed to RAISE BG, not lower it, right????

The procedure itself was weird -- my whole lower jaw was numb, and although my upper lip felt normal, the back of my upper must have been anesthetized pretty well, too. So I felt some wiggling and pressure, and then POP! out came the tooth. That's what really took me by surprise -- I almost jumped out of the chair. Repeat for 2 more teeth, and then the last one came out smooth as jelly.

Then, while I was waiting for a few minutes to make sure I was OK to go home, I checked my BG -- 149, well, OK. When I got home, checked it again, 76, and I couldn't get it over 100 for the rest of the day or night. Twice I went down into the 60's; that's OK, because that level is easily treatable -- but I'm mystified as to why, in spite of the epinephrine in the shot, and the fact that I WAS eating -- mostly milk tea and Greek yogurt, both of which ALWAYS raise me, my BG didn't act ANYTHING like I expected it to!

Hang on to your hats; Type Weird strikes again! :-)

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Had mine out in my 20s also. I was knocked out, don't remember with what, and my husband said I fought like a tiger for him to let ME drive home LOL

I also go low when I go to the dentist. Every time. Weird, glad I'm not the only one! I go low at PT too. They usually have cookies, way more fun than a juice box or skittles ;)

Funny jrtpup, to this day I still remember the unusual and bizarre dream I had while was under for wisdom teeth extraction. I woke in a recovery room belted to the bed, I guess they had said it was standard procedure but it had played a part in the dream and I think I had been thrashing. Fun stuff that gas, not.

Wow, Emily, you reminded me that I was belted down too, and it was veeeeery disturbing. Probably kicked off my stubborness. (Good excuse, anyway.) That was some weird stuff, I'll take versed any day LOL


Yikes, Natalie that stinks, did the tooth fairly bring you anything? Your favorite hard stuff? Knocked out at 16 for mine. Couldn't imagine any other way, but sounds like you did OK. My mother-in-law had a face lift last October and saved $$$$ by not going under. Yet she panicked on the table and nearly didn't do it. I'm OK with other denial procedures and usually for go the shots. Hope it heals quick. :)

I'm sorry to hear you had to go through this. I lost a molar three months ago for the same reasons. And we should not kid ourselves about it, it is a complication of diabetes. Despite doing everything I could, my gum continued to decline and threatened the surrounding teeth, so I sacrificed it. I had a little more difficulty, they had to work hard on the tooth, it was a large molar. And when if finally did come out, part of the root broke and required more "attention."

One of the things that surprised me about my gum problems is that while I might think of a little gum infection as a minor thing, it really disturbs and inflames your body and that affects your blood sugar. And if you were given an antibiotic it may even be a stronger change.

I hope you feel better soon.

ps. The traditional stuff (Novocaine) doesn't have epinephrine, but the newer local anaesthietic Lidocaine (Xylocaine) does.

Natalie- Glad you came thru the procedure relatively unscathed. Your BG didn't go too high or too low. Hope you enjoy that ice cream, at least for a couple days.

I'm impressed and good for you. Hope you are doing well. I'm do back for a check-up, first since my diagnosis. I avoided the dentist for seven years and went back and had 3 crowns and deep cleaning because of gum problems. I asked and paid to be put under. So glad I did. Interesting to learn about gum infection is the impact it may have on blood sugar. I have to have another crown and more cleaning again. Been braver with the cleaning but really afraid of the crown. I can't believe how easily my gums become inflamed now. Is it againg 64, or diabetes, or both?

I suspect it's a combination of both. My wisdom teeth came in perfectly when I was about 20, and I was never prone to gum disease until after I got diabetes.

So after Wed and Thurs not being able to get my BGs UP, now I can't get them DOWN! I've been running in the high 200's low 300's all day today and yesterday, and when I correct, they go down a little bit, and then zoom right back up again. I think my body finally woke up and decided that maybe something DID happen, after all, and it better start showing me it knows what to do. Huh!!

Just to bring things back into perspective: After 2 days of doing absolutely nothing (and me thinking whew! home safe!), today my body decided to wake up, figured out that maybe something HAD happened, and tried to decide what to do about it!
The lowest part was 108, quite acceptable, but the high was 357. Then it decided to go down to 146, and immediately changed its mind and went up to 375 (not shown on picture, because it's still going up with 2 arrows). And it's 9 PM and I haven't had anything to eat since 1 PM. So I think I'm going to change my set and take a shot, but don't you think this is a TRIFLE ridiculous???? With my luck, I'll plunge myself into a low, but at the moment, I'm sort of nauseated, and that's a good reason to change my set as well. No one ever said this would be easy, did they???? And they never mentioned that I have diabetes, either, did they????




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