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I am in pain but too scared to go to the dentist, can I get sedated?
18th August 2011

Please help me, i have a really bad phobia of anything dentistry related. I'av had problems and pains with my teeth but it's now a regular thing. I know that I do need treatment, but i really would only be able to have this under general anaesthetic. Is there any way of having this in a hospital. I can't even ask my dentist to refer me as I don't currently have one. I'm that scared that i have to walk a different way into uni to avoid going through the dental school building. What's my next step now? thanks

A. The only place that a general anesthetic for dental treatment is available is a hospital ,...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

Bupa Dental Centre 77 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3QQ

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My dentist offered me IV sedation but I am still terrified – help?
18th August 2011

Dr Jennifer - I have an appointment to see a dentist for the 1st time in 30 years on Thursday. I am off the scale phobic, terrified and at the very least have to have root canal treatment. I have spoken to him - through a haze of tears, panic, shaking and diazipam and he has said he will give me IV sedation but told me I will be conscious and will be able to respond to requests from him. I can't see how this will work - if I can hear, see and smell my surroundings I won't cope. I have read about conscious sedation but feel terrified that even though after I will 'forget' after the event, during the procedure I will be aware. Please, please help - I can't sleep, am losing weight and feel completely unable to cope. I am on the point of cancelling but my teeth problems are now seriously affecting my health. Please help me. Thank you.

A. Hi Its wednesday evening , I hope that you manage to have the courage to go to the appoin...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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Could I get a general anaesthetic for my root canal?
16th August 2011

Hi, I have been suffering with terrible pain in my top left hand side for a long time now and recently to top it off part of my tooth fell out. Lately it's just getting worse and worse, including swelling and a lot of pain. I presume I've got an abscess and will need root canal treatment, however I'm EXTREMELY scared of dentists and whilst I understand that general anaesthetic is available for extraction, do dentists offer it for the canal treatment too?

A. Dear Sir/madam Thank you for your enquiry. Should the tooth be restorable, root canal tre...

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Dr Simon Nery

SN Clinic 20 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8GF

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I’av had 6 abscesses in 10 years, please tell me how to get over my fear of the dentist?
15th August 2011

Hi jenny, I hope you can help me, I keep getting abscesses under my tooth (bottom left, back) I'av had 6 in the past 10years, everytime I get these my face swells up and iam in agony. However Iam too scared to go to the dentist, when I get them I'l go to the emergancy dentist to get antibiotics but then will never go to a dentist afterwards. Please tell me how to get over this as I believe i've suffered long enough

A. Its not uncommon for people to keep getting emergency antibiotics to avoid dealing with an...

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Why do I bite my cheeks every time I get anxious?
11th August 2011

Hi Simon, I know this isn't really a dental phobia question but every-time i get stressed or anxious I begin to chew and bite the insides of my mouth, mostly the insides of my cheeks. I'av done this for as long as I remember but really need to stop doing as the inside of my mouth is rather a mess. My dentist keeps warning me to stop but doesn't give me any advice, so hopefully you could, thanks

A. Thank you for enquiry. You are right to try to find a solution for this problem as it can ...

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Dr Simon Nery

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I have bad tooth decay but too scared too go to the dentist, help?
10th August 2011

i would like your professional opinion please , I have very bad tooth decay, every tooth on my upper gum has it literally only one has not got it and its starting to show early stages of tooth decay, but my bottom teeth are fine at the moment. i really need to see a dentist urgently as I haven't seen one for over 3 years now due to being scared , I have bad dental phobia , once I've been to the dentist what would they do to fix my teeth? Would they give me implants, or false teeth, or just leave me without any teeth, and is it possible to take gas and air to put you to sleep whilst they do it all? Thanks alot

A. Hi Until you get a dentist to have a look at your teeth ,you may be imagining the worst. ...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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I have a abscess and dental phobia, any advice?
8th August 2011

I am dental phobic and Iam suffering from an abscess. In the past I have had sedation but I still couldn't have the treatment as I was terrified. I am in so much pain and discomfort I really don't know what to do. My mum would pay for me to have treatment but I need to be asleep. Any suggestions? I live in Manchester if this helps

A. Dear Sir/Madam I am rally sorry to hear of your situation. The best option might b to att...

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Can I get the work done under sedation?
4th August 2011

Hi Simon, Iam a very nervous patient due to a bad extraction when I was 14, basically it involved a filling, temporary filling and a tooth removal all on the same tooth in the same session!! As a result of this I have put of having any work done to my teeth, but now iam getting in a rather lot of pain so need the work doing, do clinics offer treatment under sedation? As my fear is off the work being done and not needles? thanks for your help

A. Dear Sir ? Madam Thank you for contacting me. My personal view is that when there has bee...

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Dr Simon Nery

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Bulimia wrecked my teeth, what do I do now?
4th August 2011

Iam 21 and have terrible teeth, someone 99 probably has better looking teeth than me, it really affects my everyday life and makes it unable to talk to people. I have a extreme phobia of the dentist due to bad experiences as a young child, meaning I haven't been in over 10years, also I had bulimia at school resulting in a mixture of these means I don't have 1 nice tooth, since Iam only young I know my teeth will only get worse so please advice me on how to over come this fear because I know i need to act soon.

A. Hello, well done for starting to get help for your problem . If you can get to a dentist t...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

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How to I overcome my dental phobia, needle phobia and claustrophobia?
4th August 2011

i have read about dental phobia as i know i have this it stems from also having a needle phobia and from being claustraphobic, i suffer terrible panic attacks and even walking past the dentist makes me feel sick how can i overcome this as my teeth are in a real bad way

A. Good day to you adn thanks for your enquiry. You have some underlying difficulties such a ...

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Dr Jennifer Pinder

Bupa Dental Centre 77 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3QQ

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