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Scirex & PPD

Anyone had their wisdom teeth removed by either Scirex or PPD?

Who'd you use?
How much time off from work did you need?
How was the experience?
Most importantly, how much cash did you make (after taking out the cost of the prescription)?


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Sep. 4th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
a friend of mine went to ppd to have hers removed. they butchered her, leaving half a tooth in her mouth, which got infected. the infection spread to the other three extraction areas. the pain was so bad she missed a weeks work, then had to go to a real dentist to get the problem fixed anyway. she ended up further in the hole and completely demoralized.

there was nothing she could do because you sign a waver that free's the idiots from any liability if they destroy your life.

Edited at 2008-09-04 03:03 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh God. Worst story I'll probably read for a while. Like just having the damn teeth extracted isn't terrible enough.
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
How long ago was that? PPD only does two teeth at a time now.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I got my wisdom teeth removed about a month ago by Scirex. I had to stay there over night for the study I was in, but not all are like that. My face got super swollen (duh) and I wasn't working at the time, but had I been, I would've taken 2 days off, maybe 3. I found that the pain was pretty bearable with the Lortabs that they scripted me. They paid me $350 for the whole thing and the prescription was only about $10, but the money varies from study to study. Hope that was helpful!

Sep. 4th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
I did one through Scirex years ago but not sure it was really worth it. Did the half day, was paid about $100. Honestly being awake while they yank out your wisdom teeth is awful. For my other side I went to a regular dentist who knocked me out before hand and it was a MUCH better experience.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
i think they do iv sedation in some studies, but i could be wrong
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was awake when my dentist yanked out the top 2 in her office. She said the bottom ones would require a surgeon, but while I was sitting there wide-eyed watching (and hearing) her crack and yank the teeth, I wished I was knocked out for all of the extractions. I nearly threw up.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
everyone is different when it comes to wisdom teeth, as far as pain. if i would have been working, i would have been out at least a week. i slept for 4 days straight because of the pain medication, and i needed it bad.

as for scirex, i started to do it, and i even got there that day to have my surgery. however, i had another infection that they were scared about, so they didn't want to do the extraction. so i ended up going to my uncle, who is a dental surgeon.

my brother went to scirex about a month ago. he didn't have to spend the night, but he said others did. they only took 2 out for the study he did, and i think he got paid like $200. he was completely fine. he didn't experience the amount of pain that i did at all. they told him he could come do the overnight study if he wants the other 2 out. it's more money, but another surgery, so i don't know how you'd feel about that. the study i was doing with them would have taken out all 4 at once though, so i guess they're always changing.
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I had all 4 out at PPD in April, I think. Being awake during is a little weird, but not terrible. I stayed overnight, and made $400, minus about $20 in Rx (antibiotic and hydrocodone). The worst part was that I'm really sure I got the placebo, so I was in terrible pain for hours and hours afterwards, until they were allowed to give me the rescue drug.

I took about 4-5 days out of work, mostly because the drugs made me sleep the whole time. The surgery went smoothly, though, and the dentist was very nice.
Sep. 4th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I had two of my teeth taken out by PPD about a month ago. Honestly I was so terrified of and resisted going to PPD for a long time, but I finally had to do it and really needed the money. It was not bad at all, and I would probably do it again (I still need the other 2 teeth taken out) if I need the money.

I went in on a Tuesday, got home Wednesday evening, and went to work for a half-day on Saturday. It hurt, of course, but not as bad as I had expected. The worst part was just the *feeling* of getting your teeth pulled out of your head (but it didn't hurt while they were doing the actual surgery). They won't offer to give you the pill though, you have to ask for it when it hurts enough. My advice is to ask for the pill as soon as it hurts enough that if you were at home, you would take something for it (they have to wait a certain amount of time after your surgery though). Then they check on you a lot and ask you how you are feeling. If you think that it's not helping, then they will give you some real stuff like vicodin.

When you are there, they have magazines and portable DVD players and some DVDs (not the best selection, but a good opportunity to watch something you never have). You are allowed to bring your own DVDs and iPods and magazines and a lot of other things. They also have some decent food; I had lots of pudding and ravioli and Gatorade and juice. I would just wear your PJs the whole time to be comfortable. You can bring blankets and pillows. The beds are actually decently comfortable. The doctors and nurses were all very nice, except for one nurse who was a little rough around the edges but I didn't see much of her.

You get dissolving stitches too, so you don't have to get them taken out. They also give you a syringe to wash any food out of the sockets.

I made $400 for two teeth. Even if you don't do the follow up visit, you still get like $280. But I would do the follow up visit because you basically walk in, answer 5 questions, they sign your papers and you're done. Then they mail the check.

For prescriptions, you get one round of antibiotics (~$10) and then they give you two refills of painkillers (~$30 each). I made sure to take my painkillers every 4 hours and felt fine.
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