Can My Treatment be Carried Out Under General Anaesthetic?
21st January 2016
A. Your story has really touched me. Did you tell the dentist that you had these deep psychological traumas and that you had been a victim of abuse? Many dentists have no experience of patients with this, and of course if they don't know about it, they can't help you deal with all the issues that arise for a survivor having dental care. I'm not making excuses for the dentist but time is very limited in NHS dentistry and it sounds as if you need extra time to help you cope with the treatment. I treat some people, of both genders, who have been abused, and they have trusted me enough to share their difficulties about having dental care (there is no need for them to go into detail about their abuse). I think that you may qualify as a patient with 'special needs'. The Community Dental Service might be the best place for you to seek treatment. They have more time and patience to help people like yourself. It might also be possible for your dentist to refer you to an NHS sedation facility for treatment. Hospitals usually only do extractions under sedation. I'm not sure if you are female, but perhaps a female dentist might be better for you? But whoever is treating you needs to know the reason you are finding it so difficult to have treatment. I hope this helps a bit, Jenny.