I need to go to the dentist but cannot amass the courage, what’s the best way to proceed?

Q.
Hello Doctor,
I have a very painful molar so I know that I need to go to the dentist, but I haven’t worked up the courage yet!
I do look after my teeth, but I haven’t been to the dentist for nearly three years and this is the first time i have had a problem.
My question really is when I call a dentist is it best to tell them that I am dental phobic first? Also, Is it up to me what form of treatment I have?I really like the sound of the wand because I don’t like needles either. thank you for your time.
A.
Hi
its best to tell them that you are very nervous , and perhaps ask for the dentist that is best with patients like yourself .
But its important that you tell the dentist again , and don’t assume the receptionist will have made the note .
You should be given the options for treatment for your tooth , so that you choose what to do . Also there may be options available to help you manage your anxiety so don’t be afraid to ask about them .
You will have to ask about the Wand as there are only a limited number of dentists who have this at the moment . From my perspective its hugely helpful for all patients not just nervous ones
Hope this helps
Jenny
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