I Have a Phobia of the Dental X-Ray Plate. What Should I Do?
19th April 2016
A. Hello. There is an answer to your problem. You will have to find a dental practice, or get a dentist to refer you for an x-ray called an OPG, or sometimes DPT. I have quite a few patients of all sorts who have a struggle with the small films inside the mouth. This technique is as follows: the machine firstly doesn't clamp you in , you just have to stand still and bite on a small platform which you put your upper front teeth on the top of and the lower teeth go on the bottom. It is not invasive and doesn't go any further inside your mouth, so the instructions are easy to follow and you really cant go wrong. I've never had anyone who couldnt manage one of these, including people with severe gagging problems. That will show all of your teeth and your dentist should then be able to diagnose what's wrong with that. But not all practices have these machines, but the dentist should know where you can be directed to get one. Hope this helps, Jenny.