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I Think I Have Gum Disease, What are my Options?
20th January 2016

I am absolutely petrified of the dentist. Last time I went, I left in a cold sweat (probably over 20 years ago). Now, I'm guessing I have severe gum disease - all my teeth are breaking and falling out.  I guess it didn't help that when pregnant with first child I lived on Frosties, full cream milk and double cream and with my second pregnancy I chomped endlessly on ice cubes. My self confidence has gone and I try to avoid work in the daylight.What are my options?

A. Hi, thank you for getting in touch. Your life is shrinking down because of this dreadful f...

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Can I Have Dental Treatment in a Hospital Under Anaesthetic?
20th January 2016

Hi. I had root canal treatment a year ago. The pain was unbearable and I was told to go back a week later for more treatment. That was a year ago. I can't make myself go back, I've always had a phobia of dentists but now it's so bad I just can't go. My teeth in the last 6 months have been so painful I can't sleep. Can I go to the hospital and be completely knocked out, as I know I won't have them sorted out and they are getting worse by the day.

A. I'm sorry you had such a horrible time. You can be referred to a dental hospital, but they...

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When Can I Expect to Hear Back About a Referral?
20th January 2016

I have been referred to a dental surgeon as my lower right wisdom tooth roots have wrapped around the blood vessel in my jaw and are suspected to either be sitting on the nerve or messing with the nerve. I was wondering how long I can expect to wait before hearing back from the referred dental surgery?

A. Hi. I'm afraid I cant answer that as I don't know where you are or what type of facility y...

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I Cannot Have Sedation. What Options Do I Have?
13th January 2016

Hi. I am overweight (24 stone, height 5ft 8). I have had a fear of dentists and needles since I was 13 through the drilling for money saga of the '70s. I need to have a tooth out and a filling placed, but neither the dentist or the referred hospital will put me out as my BMI is too high. I am also on 1 of the warfarin replacement tablets (cannot remember what its called) and simvastatin. Any ideas?

A. Hello, thank you for your question. So being sedated is ruled out? The warfarin replacem...

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Are There Any Alternatives to Injections for a Filling?
12th January 2016

I know that I have several cavities. I'm 15 and have been petrified of the dentist since I  was 7. I have a phobia of needles and injections. Literally petrified! I burst into tears when just talking about them with my dentist. I know I need to get these fillings done but I 100 percent refuse to have an injection. what should I do? Are there any alternatives?

A. Hi, thanks for getting in touch. It's possible to have a filling done without an injection...

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I Need Extensive Dental Treatment But Suffer with Anxiety and Agoraphobia. What Should I Do?
4th January 2016

I am 35 and have been told my top teeth are beyond saving other than 3 of them on the right. I need them all extracting including 2 eye teeth which never came down. I have no gum left around the front 2 teeth on top and they are all severely decayed. I also need all 4 wisdom teeth removed and root scaling on my bottom teeth where my gums have started to recede. I got told this and never went back and am now off the books at my dentist and no one is taking on via NHS. I also suffer from ME/CFS and severe social anxiety and agoraphobia. I panic just leaving my house and have anyone near me so I have no idea how I am going to do my treatment. I am that close to giving up. The dental hospital is in Manchester which is 90 minutes away on a train, so I can't even get a referral there as it's too far and I have no friends or family. I live in Blackpool. Please help!

A. Hello,  I'm so sorry you have all these problems. The first thing is to try to find someo...

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My Teeth Are Beginning To Fall Out – What Should I Do?
14th December 2015

Hi, My teeth are rotten and are beginning to fall out, at about a piece of tooth per month. I have looked closely at my mouth and cavities are everywhere and the falling out seems to have got worse since I started not missing a clean in the morning and night. It seems to be loosening them more. I'm scared of the dentist but my appearance is vastly going. Please help, its making me depressed.

A. I'm sorry to hear you are depressed. I assume you are very fearful about dentistry. Your f...

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Can Adults Be Referred to Hospital for a Filling?
14th December 2015

Hello,  I am having pain in my tooth but suffer from generalised anxiety disorder. This gets extremely worse when seeing a dentist. I haven't been in two years, and every time I needed a procedure done they would just refer me to hospital for general anaesthetic. Now I'm 20 and have to pay, can I still be referred to hospital, even for a simple filling? I currently live in London.

A. Hello, thank you for your question. There are no charges for NHS hospital care. However as...

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Will My Dental Treatment Be OK?
3rd December 2015

Hi, I am having 2 wisdom and 2 molars out tomorrow and I am so nervous I can't sleep. I am getting them extracted at a sedation clinic. I have such a phobia of dentists etc... Will everything be OK and will I be in a lot of pain afterwards?

A. The clinic will tell you what to do after you have had them out to help you with pain cont...

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Can I Get Sedation on the NHS for the Grinding Part of a Crown Fitting?
3rd December 2015

Hi. I have had sedation a few times now as I have had a huge fear of dentists since childhood. I've just had a root canal done and they said about getting a crown done but when they said they have to grind your tooth so the crown fits I was scared to death to the point of not having it done. Can I get the grinding part of the crown fitting done on NHS sedation? I've had descaling done as I couldn't sit still but never this before. Thanks for any help.

A. That's quite easy to answer. You would not get the grinding part of making the crown under...

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