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I feel like a child due to my fear of the dentist. Can you offer some helpful advice?
5th September 2011

Hi there I have a really bad case of dental phobia, Iam 41 years old and still terrified of going to the dentist, i feel like a little child but i cant help it. The thing is I do need some serious dental work doing but am too scared to go to the dentist. Its not the actuall work iam scared of it's the pain. I think it stems from having a very rough dentist as a child, please help?

A. First of all it isnt childish to be afraid of going to the dentist .Huge numbers of peopl...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

Bupa Dental Centre 77 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3QQ

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I am going to the dentist tomorrow and terrified, help?
5th September 2011

I have a really bad fear of the dentist, I have to go tomorrow and im trying to be positive but iam shaking thinking about it. I think it started about 11years ago when the dentist said that it looked like I'd been eating wotsits. so Iav hated going from then, it started as embarrassment and just got worse and worse, please help

A. I truly sympathise - it is hard to believe that a professional person could have treated y...

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Dr Simon Nery

SN Clinic 20 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8GF

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Can I have laughing gas instead of using a needle?
5th September 2011

Iam a 35year old woman and been suffering with dental problems for the last couple of years. I really think that I need a lot of teeth out, however I suffer from bad dental phobia and am wondering does any dentist in the UK give laughing gas or do you have to go to a specialist? because theres no chance on earth that I am having a injection anywhere near me

A. The answer to your question is not so simple. You are saying that you couldnt possibly hav...

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Can I get the check up and treatment done in the same appointment?
30th August 2011

I have a case of dental phobia and would like to know how effective sedatives are, If they are used then will i still need to have an injection to numb the pain? would I be able to get a check up and treatment done in one appointment? as i dont think i could manage to go back twice ??!!

A. Thank you for your enquiry. Sedatives are extremely effective, and depending on how they a...

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Dr Simon Nery

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I am medical phobia with hardly any teeth, help?
26th August 2011

Hello, I think that I am on the verge of a medical phobic. I am so terrified by the prospect of medical procedures that over the years I have avoided doctors and dentists I am afraid to say at great cost to my health. My mouth is in a really bad way and I am ashamed and embarrassed and self conscious and I cannot go on like this because it has already been ruining my life for years. I am so frightened of the extent of the work that I am going to need and what it is going to involve. If you are looking at me face on, from my front tooth on the left hand side and counting backwards, I only have five teeth, including my front tooth. All of the teeth from the fifth tooth onwards are missing, although I think I may have a small wisdom tooth under the gum that never came through. On the right side, I have one missing tooth, and another one that is partially missing. On the bottom starting from the right they are all intact right the way around to the left bottom side where I have two bottom teeth missing and again one partially cracked. I also have roots remaining under the gum line of some of the teeth that have broken off, but not on the top right side where I have all those top teeth missing. I have looked at treatment options and I am afraid that I just could not go through implant surgery. My main worry is how the top right hand side could be treated without implants with all of those teeth missing. Many thanks for any advice that you can give me. 

A. Hello, Believe me you are not alone in being in this condition.Ive been treating several p...

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Can I get implants even though I have osteoporosis?
24th August 2011

Hello, Iam a 62year old woman and just wondering how safe are implants for older people with osteoporosis, although bisphosphorate treatment hasn't started yet? One company said I wasn't suitable for dental tourism because of this. I would have to get the work done abroad as I can not afford it to be done in England

A. I dont think that safety is the real issue , but the quality of the bone where you are con...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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I am dental phobic but no one believes me, help?
24th August 2011

Hi I have a fear of the dentist and need help. My fears come from bad experiences such as having teeth removed and not being able to get numb, meaning i could feel every bit off it. To make things worse my parents dont believe me that iam scared of the dentist so i have no sympathy there. Iam only 14 which means i only have a few more check up til i dont have to ever go back again, please will you give me some advice to get me through the next couple of years?

A. I am really sorry to hear that you have had these problems, and you now have an understand...

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Dr Simon Nery

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Should I tell my new dentist about my dental phobia?
24th August 2011

Hi I have really bad dental phobia and haven't been to the dentist for years. My old dentist just use to give me happy gas and never try and help me over come my fear. I suffer from anxiety attacks already and Iam scared going to the dentist will put me in one. I do need to go to the dentist as my teeth are hurting me :( should i try to tell the dentist how i feel before i go?

A. It would help if you looked for a dentist who had a special interest in treating phobic pa...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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I am terrified of injections to the mouth, help?
23rd August 2011

Hi, I am 34 years old, I had some major dental work done as well back then before I got braces (pulling 4 permanent teeth.) It was a really bad experience, and ever since then I have an unreasonable fear of the injections dentists give before doing work (such as filling a cavity.) You probably hear this everyday, but I have a injection anywhere except when it comes to my mouth. So, I feel ridiculous telling a dentist this in person, but can anything be done to help with the pain of the injection itself?

A. Thank you for you enquiry. You are one of very many people who are ok with injections in g...

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What should I expect from IV sedation?
22nd August 2011

I am having some important dental work done in the next few weeks. I have a bad phobia about the dentist due to some bad experiences as a child, resulting in all the dental work that needs doing now. I am having 2 root canals, also I am having an extraction and some crowns with a general dentist who is going to give me Iv sedation. I have tried doing some research on the Internet, but am struggling, does it make you "forget" what happened in the dentist chair? Do they relieve anxiety? I am hoping I have found the answer to my dental phobia, but I would like to know what to expect. Thank you for your time!

A. Glad to hear you have plucked up courage to have the work you need . IV sedation sounds l...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

Bupa Dental Centre 77 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3QQ

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