I am in pain but too scared to go to the dentist, can I get sedated?
18th August 2011
A. The only place that a general anesthetic for dental treatment is available is a hospital , either a dental hospital , or an Oral Surgery Department of a general hospital . Its possible for a dentist to refer to them for what is usually only for extractions , or other surgical procedures . Intravenous sedation might be suitable for you . and you should look for a dentist who can do that . The first step is to face your fear and look for a dentist to have a consultation , does your university have a dental facility , or the student health service may be able to help . A consultation helps you find out what is wrong and also to find out what is available for your particular needs . It doesn't commit you to anything other than that . Perhaps the first step might be to pluck up courage to walk through the dental school building with a friend and pretend its just any sort of building . then go into it and look around as the next step . you will feel very anxious but the anxiousness will damp down , and it will start the process of desensitization . The school may have a clinic for nervous patients , or a sedation clinic , making enquiries would also be a good start . I hope you manage to find the strength within yourself to get started , asking this question was a great first step . Jenny