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As I will be awake during sedation will I be able to feel my tooth being pulled?
16th June 2011

hello, im due to undergo sedation treatment to have a tooth removed. I am a very nervous patient and i have just read the information sent to me by the sedation clinic that i am to attend and it say's i will be fully awake through the treatment but unaware of what is really going on and the thought of being awake scares me will i truely not be able to feel my tooth being pulled out or can i ask to be refered to my hospital too be put under general anaesthetic?

A. Hello This is a common question . To answer your last question first , Yes it's possible ...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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Is my dental phobia irrational or should I just accept the way things are?
16th June 2011

I am most certainly phobic. I had huge fillings done as a young child with no anaesthesia, it is the most frightening and painful thing I can remember. (and I have been through childbirth four times). I go to a local NHS dentist that also provides IV sedation. I only go because I found out the hard way many years' ago that a dental emergency is more to be feared than going regularly. My husband books check-ups and doesn't tell me until the day I am going. I cry at check ups and I only let the dentist put a mirror in my mouth. The dentists change a lot at my practice and so I regret that I am unable to form any sort of real trusting relationship with them. I have had general anaesthetics for simple work for over 20 years, but now that the IV sedation is much improved, I have this. I can't ever invisage a day when I am not asleep for treatment. I feel quite a failure on this, I am well-educated and completely unable to rationalise my way out of this fear. I also feel very angry that as a child I was abused and damaged this way by a person in a position of trust. Can I ever expect to get over this and have treatment like everyone else, or should my attitude be that at least I face my nemesis and go to the dentist even if I do have sedation? kind regardsĀ 

A. Hello. Well done for facing your fears and going to the dentist at all . What happened to ...

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My 9 year old daughter is a nervous patient. Can you recommend any relaxation CDs?
15th June 2011

My daughter has a fear of the dentist and refuses to get any treatment done. She has explained that she hates the smell, the noises, the feeling of the dentists gloves in her mouth. She gets sweaty, shaky legs and says her heart races. She is 9 years old and we really struggle with getting her to the dentist. Last week she let the dentist look in her mouth, and puff a little air, but will not let her clean off the tartar which is gathering round her new big teeth. We were going to try a relaxation CD. Are there any you would recommend?

A. The best I can do here is to suggest that you look on the Internet. of course its importan...

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Can you give me some advice to get over the dentist needle?
9th May 2011

Hi there, I was recently sent your link when I emailed ''This Morning'' concerning dental phobia, my original message to them was; ''Dear This Morning Team! I'm a 26 year old female from Norfolk. I dont usually make a habit of contacting TV shows, but after seeing an article advertised on 'fear of the dentists' on your show, I thought I'd give it a go.. Also, this is phobia week so I have to reach out and try to get some help. I have a somewhat extreme phobia of having dental treatment, and the appearance of my teeth certainly reflects this. It is dramatically affecting my day to day life, with the pain, lack of sleep, and the abscence of self confidence, which I used to have in bucket loads! I also believe it is hindering me in getting a new job, friends etc, as my appearance is suffering so much.. It gets me down everyday. I do have an exellent, very patient dentist, I can only reccomend her highly, but it's just impossible for me physically to have any treatment done as this phobia just stops me in my tracks. The furthest I've been able to go recently in the way of treatment is the injection to numb my mouth, after this I nearly fainted and went home feeling rather ill. Everyone said how brave I was to get that far, but it's frustrating and upsetting when your mind/body wont let you continue. I have been to my GP with the hope that they may offer some sort of help with dealing with this mental issue, but all i'm offered is medication to take on the day, which is useless to me. I realise '' no one likes going to the dentists '' which is what I'm consistantly told, but it's alot more than that for me. I'm starting to feel very helpless with this situation. I have also been told by my dentist that I have TJD syndrome, which affects all the muscles around my face, jaw and head due to the problems with my teeth.. This is causing me all sorts of painful problems, sometimes it can be unbareable. It was so inspirational to see a gentleman on your program today get over his spider phobia so quickly, I nearly cried wishing someone could do the same for my problem. it would make such a huge difference to my life. I know there is hypnotherapists available, but i simply cant afford to seek their lengthly treatments. I'm appauled nothing exists for people like me on the NHS, or if there is, I'm certainly not aware of it. I realise you must get a lot people asking for help but I hope by sending this email somebody will sympathise with my situation, and give me some much needed advice. I would be eternally grateful, as I dont know where else I can turn. Thanks so much for your time, I'm a huge fan of the show! From Shelley R.'' (end) My reason for contacting you today, as you can tell this fear is ruling and ruining my life and i desperately need to know if any sort of hypnotherapy is available on the NHS. Even as I type this I am in severe pain with my teeth/head/jaw so I'm becoming quite frustrated and anxiouse as to what to do. Please can you give me some neede advice, thanks so much..

A. Hello You have done very well getting to having an injection . Hypnotherapy is one possib...

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Does the NHS cater for dental phobic patients?
1st April 2011

does dental phobia places take on nhs people ?

A. All NHS practices take on nervous and phobic patients . Not all do sedation or sedative t...

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Is it okay to wait four weeks for an appointment with tooth decay?
1st April 2011

I have only just realised that I am more dental phobic than I realised. I have a molar with an old amalgam filling which has recently started twinging at times when pressed or if I am chewing something hard. I have also noticed a small spot of what looks like decay on the edge of the tooth between it and the tooth in front. Of course I am now panicking that I will need a root canal which utterly terrifies me. I tried to get an appt with my dentist for this week, but they have only emergency ones available, they cannot fit me in before my 6 month check which is in 4 weeks time. Will it be ok to leave it this long? I am really worried there is something dreadful wrong and I'm not eating much as a result as I am too scared. I know I will be a panicky mess until I find out what the problem is.

A. The word root canal brings dread into people's minds . If you are just having the odd twin...

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Is sedation dentistry available in the North West on the NHS?
1st April 2011

i am literally having palpitations just typing this! is sedation dentistry availabe on nhs and if so, anwhere in the north west region? i feel that is my only hope as i havent been to dentist for years and my teeth are painful and an embarrassment.

A. Hi Sedation dentistry is available on the NHS . To find out where , google iv sedation ...

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I have an abscess and dental phobia. Can the NHS carry out root canal treatment with sedation?
23rd February 2011

i have a deep routed fear of dental work after awful child hood incidents. my oral health is very poor and i now have a very painful abscess (my 5th) and can no longer afford root canal treatment with sedation costs. is there a bristol practice that could carry out this treatment on nhs fees plus reasonable additional costs for sedation please help

A. Hi I'm sorry you are in trouble with this. If you have had repeated abcesses then a root...

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