I’m wondering if I’m being unreasonable. My insurance company seems to think I am. I need to have my wisdom teeth pulled. I want to do it with sedation but my dentist doesn’t use sedation in any form. She was willing to give me a referral to several oral surgeons and let me pick which one I use. I called my insurance company to ask about them, especially were any of them women. None of them were. I told them I prefer a female caregiver and he acted like I was being sexist. It’s possible I am, but when I’m in a vulnerable position, I prefer the more nurturing nature of a woman. As I’m the one going through the procedure, shouldn’t I be allowed the choice?
Every person should get to be with the type of healthcare practitioner that both puts them at ease and gives them quality care. Because of that, I don’t think you’re being unreasonable. Though, you should be aware not every female medical practitioner is nurturing, especially when it comes to surgeons.
One thing you’re likely to run up against in looking for a female oral surgeon is there aren’t many. No one’s completely sure why more women don’t pursue the field but the fact is, they don’t. Depending on the size of the area you live in, you may not even have one available.
When You Can’t Find a Female Oral Surgeon
I can assure you that you’re not stuck. There are options for you.
- Go to a Female Sedation Dentist
You’re not required to go to an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth extractions. Many dentists do them. You’ll just want to make sure they’re also a sedation dentist. Check their credentials and that you’ll be monitored at all times and you should be fine.
- Ask for a Female to be Present During Your Surgery
Most surgeons work with a team. If they don’t already have a woman on that team ask for a female assistant to be present during the surgery. They shouldn’t have a problem with this.
What I don’t want you to do is put this off. Impacted wisdom teeth can turn into a dental emergency rather quickly. Then you may not get any choice as to how the procedure is done.
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