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How Can I Learn to Cope with Going to the Dentist?

How can I learn to cope with going to the dentist? I’m due to have my wisdom teeth out in 10 days and no-one will explain what will happen when I’m asleep.

I have a great dentist and he has managed to get me from standing in the doorway to actually being examined in the dentist chair. After the first time in the chair and when I was tilted back, the appointment ended badly and I ended up running out in tears as I felt so panicked due to forcing myself to face my fears head on.

I feel scared all the time and can’t sleep for worrying about my teeth and don’t want to eat at all in case I need more work done. Is there anything I can do at all to help myself? It’s all I think about and it’s taking over my whole life.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Hello. It sounds as if these persistent unpleasant thoughts are the proble... Read more

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired

Do I Need to Have My Teeth Drilled?

I would like to send a picture. but don’t know how. Mine’s the worst I’ve seen on here. I had a broken jaw 15 years ago, will I need drilled teeth? I haven’t had it sorted, they’ve all gone nearly. 

I see many people with broken down teeth who haven’t been able to go... Read more

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired

Can My Tooth Still Be Crowned if It Has Decay?

I have a tooth that needs a crown but it also has decay at the gumline. Do you think that the tooth can still be crowned?

Hello,  I can’t really answer that without seeing the tooth in quest... Read more

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired

Is Sedation Freely Available?

Hello,

I have a cracked back tooth and I am in a lot of pain. I also have a HUGE phobia of the needles used and to a lesser part the pain in general, is sedation freely available?
I just need some help and for someone to let me know. Thank you.

Needle phobia can be a very real barrier to getting the treatment you need... Read more

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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