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I have very sensitive teeth and am worried than a check-up will be painful, what can I do?

hi

I have highly sensitive teeth, which are delicate to the touch and become worse depending on the temperature. I now feel that one tooth in particular is in need to treatment as it hurts terribly, but am worried about going to the dentist because of my general sensitivity. I cannot imagine the pain of someone poking about in my mouth! is there anything I can do to receive the treatment I need, whilst avoiding excruciating pain?

thank you

Please tell your dentist how you feel before they look in your mouth. You are entitled to tell them you only want them to have a look without “poking around”, and if necessary to take X-rays. They can then give you an idea what is going on and you can decide what to do next to help you have any further treatment. Whether you need sedation or other help over overcoming your fear (such as hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy or sedation) will be for you to discuss with your dentist but please remember they want to help you and you are in charge. A dentist cannot do anything to you without your consent so you are in control.

Good luck

Dr Simon Nery

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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