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I’ve had toothache for a while and get a horrible taste in my mouth. I can’t bear the dentist, though, so what can I do?

hi i am 43 and a mother of 3 i have had toothache for a while ad when i brush my teeth it feels within a little while i have.nt i have a horrible taste in my mouth.i would visit a dentist but i have a phobia and would need to be put out i live in south oxhey watford hertfordshire do you know off any dentists that would help me as i am on benefits please thakyou

Im sorry that you are having teeth problems .
lets start with your needs
You need to find an NHS dentist , and possibly one that does sedation on the NHS or can refer to a special sedation facility .
You have to get to the dentist first for an assessment as otherwise you can’t get any further !
Until you find out what your real dental needs are , then its not possible to tell whether sedation is an option for you .
many people who are phobic believe that the only way they can have treatment is to be ‘ knocked out ‘ and as they have always been sedated they never get over their phobias . Have an open mind until you know whats needed , there are options such as sedative tablets .
However there are some for who sedation is the only option , but your dentist should know where its possible to get this .
A possibilty is to ask your Primary Health Care Trust ( PCT ) where the local community clinic is , or a sedation clinic which has contracts .
You’ve made a good start by coming on to this forum

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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