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Sepsis post dental extraction.

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  • Posted By: robbiedee
  • November 21, 2008
  • 06:55 PM

I had a bottom rear tooth out a few months ago. After a few hours I had a very painful and swollen jaw.
I tried to get back to see dentist but they were running so late I could not attend the appointment.
Over the next few days the swelling spread to my whole mouth including tongue.
I went to my GP 3 days after the extraction. with swelling in my mouth. to be given a mouthwash, which was not effective at all.
5 days after extraction I returned again to the GP, with swollen feet and joints. To be sent for blood tests and put on anti-biotic’s. Which were also ineffective.
7 days after the extraction I had to attend A + E, as there were more swollen body parts and severe internal pain.
I was then admitted to hospital suffering with what I now know as sepsis. I was so ill I could not walk and was slipping in and out of conscious for a good 3 days.
I was put on IV drugs to fight the infection. I was in hospital for 7 days.
I feel the dentist should have treated the infection first before extraction, too which he did not. I tried to complain but they made me feel like I was in the wrong.
What I need help with is I don’t know where to turn for advice. All the advice I have received so far has lead me no where.
Can I just add the sepsis has also done other damage to me. If I were older or younger I know I would not have survived this, the doctors told me I was very lucky to pull through. I have now been ill for over three months and still attending outpatients.
I was rejected for a claim for personal injury. which in itself is fine. But I do worry this dentist will do the same again. That I can not live with.
Any help greatly accepted.

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