I hope you are able to advise me – I have an overwhelming fear of gagging/pain during dental treatment, and as such have not visited a dentist for several years. This is really embarrassing – I dental nursed for over 20 years, and was an oral health educator. I know how utterly ridiculous this is. Potentially it started the last time I had treatment, I had several ID blocks and was not entirely numb, the dentist continued with treatment despite me being in obvious pain. She then gave me several intraligamentary injections but I was still not totally numb. I know several local dental surgeons, and count them amongst my friends, but I am so terribly embarrassed. I now have toothache, having never had it before, and don’t know where to turn. I am taking pain killers, and really fear RCT, I simply don’t think I could tolerate even simple treatments without gagging/choking, let alone the use of rubber dam. I think the amalgam is leaking in a large DO filling that I have had for many many years. I know this needs sorting. This is the tooth that caused me pain during my last treatment. Can you recommend a dentist in my area (Gosport, Hampshire) that specialises in this type of phobia and who perhaps uses sedation?
Thank you so much in advance for your help
Dr Jennifer Pinder
Bupa Dental Centre
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