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How Can I Arrange an Appointment?
18th February 2016

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...

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I Need Help, Where Should I Start?
18th February 2016

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...

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How Effective is Laser Treatment?
18th February 2016

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...

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I Am Unable to Pay for Treatment, What Should I Do?
18th February 2016

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 ...

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Where Can I Find a Dentist to Deal with My Prognathism?
16th February 2016

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...

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Is There a Way to Have Sedation Without Having to Pay High Prices?
16th February 2016

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...

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Where Can I Go to Have All My Teeth Extracted?
4th February 2016

Where can I go to get all my teeth out? I have 5/6 missing. My front teeth are damaged. I have been told that I have to have another tooth out at the front. My dentist will not take them all out. I am very nervous at the dentist, so much so I just break down. I am 54 years old. I lost my other teeth after I had a baby at 42. I was told I had some sort of disease in my gums. I am 100 percent sure I would like the remaining teeth out.

A. This is a problem that is actually not that unusual. Without seeing your teeth I cant give...

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How Do I Go About Getting an Appointment in Manchester?
4th February 2016

Hi there, I am 31 years old and suffer from none epileptic seizures disorder. When I lived in London I went to a NHS dentist who referred me to a specialist  dentist and when there, he could see 3 wisdom teeth broken off in my gums and a number of other issues with my teeth. I am so scared of having people touching me due to things that happened as a child and my ex partner beating me up. The dentist said he would have to put me under GA to do all the work safely as I had a fit once I was that scared in the chair. As I waited to hear from the hospital about going there, I moved away and now don't have a dentist near me in Manchester and I am in so much pain I can't sleep. How would I go about getting the ball rolling at the Manchester dental hospital to get all my teeth removed and false teeth instead? Just typing this message to you is making me shake.

A. I'm very sorry you have these difficulties.You may need to see a general dentist to get a ...

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Is There An Alternative to Gas and Air During an Extraction?
22nd January 2016

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...

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Can My Treatment be Carried Out Under General Anaesthetic?
21st January 2016

Hi, I would like some help if possible and advice. OK long story, I have really bad teeth and I have been to a dentist. I went twice to explain how bad this is for me, to even walk in there, and that I'm really scared to have people over me and doing things that I cannot control - I have severe panic attacks. Well I went back for the 3rd time. I'm scared to death of needles, I told them with any type of needles I will go really dizzy as I go into a panic attack and collapse or be sick. I have severe mental health issues as well. He numbed inside the top of my mouth, I went really dizzy and told them I didn't feel well well, then said I felt sick twice, then the 3rd I said I'm going to be sick. Well I ended up being sick in the little sink that is to rinse your mouth, it was that or on myself or the floor. he was really rude with me from then on. I felt better after being sick and he went ahead and removed all the decay and deep cleaned my teeth. I asked him to stop 4 times as I felt like I could not breathe, my gums and nose were all numb and I was panicking in the chair, my partner could tell by the way I was moving my legs. After he deep cleaned the top of my mouth he said to me that I need to start acting like an adult. I was really upset - it was like he was calling me a child. I explained at 2 appointments that this is really hard for me. I have been sexual abused since I was a child and having someone over me doing things I can't control sends me in to panic. I have to go back in 2 weeks and have the lower teeth deep cleaned and then have root canal treatment. I don't think I can do this. Is there any way I can make them send me to have the work done while I'm asleep etc.? I don't have any money and am on the NHS only but I know I really need this fixing, but I don't think I can cope with the way he was yesterday with me. I'm currently waiting for the hospital to take 5 teeth out as they can't be saved, but he said he can save the rest of my top teeth. My bottom teeth are OK, just 3 need removing and a deep clean with little fillings but the top teeth have hardly any enamel and I need root canal treatment, then I don't know what he's going to do to replace the lost enamel. He said that it will be a very long process but I don't think I can deal with the long process awake and to deal with all the needles etc. Help me please.

A. Your story has really touched me. Did you tell the dentist that you had these deep psychol...

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