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I’m petrified of being put to sleep but I have some serious dental issues, what should I do?

i have a broken down tooth with a l shape root that needs removing, i am so nervous my dentist reffered me to the hospital, and i didnt attend as even the fought of being put to sleep makes me feel as if i will have a stroke, i now have a lump on the side of my gum , my face isnt swollen and i have no pain, tho today i feel like it is swollen around my cheek, nose, like a sensation of pressure, i know i need to phone the surgery, and i am hyperventilating thinking about it, i seriously need help, i keep thinking the worst, i know if i ask on the phone if i will just get antibiotics they will tell me that ill have to see what the dentist says 1st, because i have no pain i have been putting it off for a couple of weeks, i no i have to go , i cant phyically do it :( i managed 3 fillings 2 years ago and did my self proud, then i had an extraction and it all went wrong, and had to have a wisdom tooth out and ended up a mess afterwards, my tooth needs drilling and gum slicing a little, x

First of all you need to get some help and face your fear .
There is no certainty that your gum will need to be cut , often by the time teeth have a gum boil or you have had swelling they actually become easier to remove as some of the bone has dissolved around the root .
When you go to the hospital its unlikely that you will be offered a GA ( fully asleep ) for a single tooth extraction , However often its a deep sedation where you will not be unconscious but deeply sedated so you dont remember anything and are not aware of the procedure being done , Its safe and might do the trick for you to have this done .
Whats the alternative ? living on antibiotics , having a swollen face and being unwell ?
If you can remake your hospital appointment as a first action, and talk over your worries with the person you see .
Once this tooth is removed you wont have to worry about it anymore, it will never bother you again and you can get on with your life
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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