Hi Dr, I have a bit of a problem, I suffer from regular SVT (supra-ventricular tachycardia) which means my heart beats too fast especially when I’m nervous or stressed out. There’s been a few occasions when I’ve had to have injections in my chest to slow my heart down, so because of this problem I have avoided the dentist for many, many years. I pass out because of my heart speed occasionally and it’s VERY embarrassing, it’s usually when I’m panicking. Please can you give me some advice? My teeth are in a bad way but I don’t know how to keep calm, I get nervous about everything and because I panic about my heart beating faster it just gets worse! Have you come across any patients with the same problem? Thank you for your time.
Dr Jennifer Pinder
Bupa Dental Centre
36-38 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Web: www.dentistforphobics.co.uk Tel: 0207 200 5800