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previous treatment at dentists has caused great distress and is now stopping me having treatment!

i have gaps in my teeth where i have had teeth removed under general, i have a cap that need replacing and my teeth need some work done on them i have such a great fear of the denist as past treatment has caused me such upset i wont go to the dentist unless i cant cope with the pain of toothache anymore i seem to have a high painthresh hold but the problem is so bad know that i wont even smile anymore, im a carer and find myself hiding my mouth when i talk to my clients and family as my teeth are that bad and i have cancelled my wedding because of the photots please help me?

This fear is blighting your life to such a degree that you need to sort it out , well done for having the courage to get this far .
I suggest that you have a look at www.dentalfearcentral.org . There are many people on there who have been in the same situation as you , who are either just starting out , or have had some success .
There is a section that gives details of dentists who have helped people who have been on the forum .
You may need some extra help and another idea would be to contact AnxietyUk , who have access to CBt therapists , and there are some routes for people with limited funds .
To start you off imagine what it would be like to wake up tommorrow with a nice smile , be able to book your wedding , not be ashamed or put yourself down .
It is possible to get there , although Im not pretending it will be easy for you .Overcoming your anxiety about making an appointment will be the first step .
If you can find a dentist who is good with nervous patients , they will not be shocked or judgemental by your situation . You are not alone in this .
I hope this helps
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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