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I have anxiety and panic attacks

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I got a tooth taken out when I was 13/14 and it terrified me because of the pain afterwards. I was meant to go back to get another taken out but never returned. At 16 I developed anxiety and panic attacks which stopped me from going to the doctors, dentists, hospitals etc. Since then the molar that I was meant to have out has rotted right down to the gum, I have another on the opposite side which is broken in half. I get married this year and I don’t want to wake up on my wedding day with a swollen mouth because of the teeth, but I am terrified of going and getting them out. The rest of my teeth are fine as my brush daily. I just need those teeth out asap, but can’t face going. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Well getting married is a good motivator to get this problem sorted out .
make an appointment to see a dentist with a view to just finding out whats wrong . Tell the dentist how you feel and that you are very anxious .
When you have teeth out the dentist should be able to give you advice on how to take painkillers to prevent the pain building up .
I have had success with the routine of getting a patient to take a couple of painkillers before the injection wears off ( or even just before the procedure , unless you are having a GA ) and then taking some every 6 hours for 24 hours . It stops the pain from building up , then being more difficult to get rid of /
Hope this helps
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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