We know how daunting dental treatment can be. Our Dental Phobia certified experts are here to help ease your mind before treatment by answering your questions.
How Can I Arrange an Appointment?
Hello, thank you Dr. Pinder for your reply. I've been to that website and that's where I found you. I want to book an appointment with you for a general check up and maybe you can give me a plan management for my oral health, things that needs doing (which I'm sure there are a lot of) and slowly getting back an acceptably smile without feeling embarrassed about it.
I would be a private patient, as I have planned and somehow saved for it until I got the courage to actually see a dentist. I wouldn't bother with the prognatism just yet as it's management rather involves very expensive procedures.
Hoping for your reply. Thank you.
A. Oh, thats very good.
If you ring the practice (number can be found on my profile here: htt...
I Need Help, Where Should I Start?
All my life I've suffered anxiety over going to the dentist. I am 54 years old, I have only 2 teeth left at the top and 7 at the bottom, all rotten. My life is on hold. I can't face a dentist as they will be disgusted at the state of my mouth, but I need help and don't know where to start. I've never smiled in my life.
A. Let's start with your feelings that a dentist will be disgusted with the state of your mou...
How Effective is Laser Treatment?
I have just found out about laser treatment for loose teeth. How effective is this? Should I try this or go for dental implants anyway? It is, I suppose, best to ask. The implantologist centre who know the condition of my teeth immediately suggested 3 teeth to be removed, which coincides with my own dentist, but I was hoping to save my front tooth. It is very wobbly and I believe possibly beyond laser treatment. Any suggestions please?
A. Hi, thank you for getting in touch. Laser treatment is not for loose teeth. It is a possib...
I Am Unable to Pay for Treatment, What Should I Do?
Hello. I'm just wondering what you could suggest as I'm unable to pay for treatment and would have to see an NHS dentist in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Thank you in advance.
A. Hi, thank you for your question. I'm not sure if you mean that you are on benefits so can ...
Where Can I Find a Dentist to Deal with My Prognathism?
Good day Doctor Pinder,
I have a really huge fear of the dentist. It started out when I had a very horrible and difficult extraction. Anyhow, because of this fear I lost a lot of teeth as I am so scared to see a dentist. My oral health at the moment is really bad and it makes me really anxious and embarrassed. I can't smile properly and find it awkward to do so. So I have decided to have my teeth check by a dentist who understands and deals with nervous patients. I really need my teeth done, as my friends tease me about it and my self confidence is almost non-existent. I have also a bad bite problem and prognathism, which is affecting me now socially. Hoping for your response. Thank you.
A. Hello, well done for starting to tackle your fear.
You need to find a dentist. Firstly wi...
Is There a Way to Have Sedation Without Having to Pay High Prices?
I have a phobia of the dentist and have for years. The problem I have is I'm not entitled to free NHS dental care as I work and can't afford to pay for any dental care and I have an abscess. I went to a private clinic to be put to sleep to have work done to my teeth but will cost me over £2000 and I can't afford that, I rang my dentist and he refused to refer me under NHS as I need a lot done to my teeth. I'm so scared of going I get worked up, cry, panic even while I'm writing this my heart is racing. Is there any way of being put under without paying so much, as I really can't go?
A. You are entitled to NHS dental care whether you work or not. However, if you are not enti...
Is There An Alternative to Gas and Air During an Extraction?
Hi there. I am due to have gas and air to have a tooth out but I am very nervous. Is there any other way? I have had the IV sedation already and woke up having a panic attack. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
A. Hello, thank you for getting in touch. If IV sedation hasn't been OK for you, then gas and...