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Dental issues

bookWorm

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At sure how to ask this having high phobia of dentist particular extractions use have dentist that would allow me go to hospital have teeth extracted under sedation that before covid.Think last time seen him was in 2019 when had issue with teeth but with only offer to extract it there that couldnt send me to hospital because covid .

Trying find if others having same problm found any other way to deal with this even thought having teeth inspected scares me have teeth haven out before at dentistry but due bad experiences find to much now .
 

Suzette

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I am very much a dental phobe. The best I have ever been able to do was to interview dentists carefully. When you find one that is kind and patient, you stick to them like glue!
 

Raggamuffin

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I was terrified of the dentist throughout childhood and into early adulthood. Strangely enough, in recent months I've needed a lot of back to back procedures which has eventually reduced my fear of the dentist. An exposure therapy of sorts, and it must be working, as the recent work I've been having has been particularly unpleasant.

Ed
 

Suzanne

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I too hate dentists and when I started to get a tooth ache and it was not calming down and sucumbed to getting my husband to make an appointment ( we live in France and my French is not great and so, make tons of errors on the phone). Well, no dentists available and so agreed very reluctantly to go to my husband's dentist, but haha the day chosen, was a day my husband was not able to take me and so, cancelled and with digilence using natural toothpaste and drinking room temperature water, mostly, my tooth is ok. Occasionally, will get a sharp pain, on eating, but goes away quickly.

I also use liquid cloves, which helps a great deal. So, swap ( if you are not using) to more natural toothpast. I can actually brush the pain away lol
 

Flown

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At sure how to ask this having high phobia of dentist particular extractions use have dentist that would allow me go to hospital have teeth extracted under sedation that before covid.Think last time seen him was in 2019 when had issue with teeth but with only offer to extract it there that couldnt send me to hospital because covid .

Trying find if others having same problm found any other way to deal with this even thought having teeth inspected scares me have teeth haven out before at dentistry but due bad experiences find to much now .
I also have odontophobia. When I was still living in Georgia, I went to a dentist who worked solely with autistic patients as well as those with dental phobia and anxiety. She offered both full sedation (in hospital) and laughing gas (in office). She was wonderful, and I am terrified I won't be able to find anyone like her now that I've moved. If you have any similar specialists in your area it is well worth the extra money.

Does your dentist know you are autistic and odontophobic? I would find a way to communicate your needs to your dentist if at all possible!
 

Mary Terry

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My autistic nephew's dentist is wonderful. He has an autistic daughter and understands how traumatic it can be for my nephew. He is also my dentist, and my niece works for him as a dental hygienist. My niece cleans her first cousin's teeth! I think the familiarity with the people and the procedures makes dental visits far less stressful for my nephew. He doesn't balk at going and bugs his mom to make sure they don't miss his appointment.

All I can suggest is to keep looking until you find a compassionate dentist who will work with you to overcome stress and anxiety during office visits.
 

bookWorm

Member
Did have good dentist that would referrer me to hospital but that before covid new dentist im not sure if he knew about my autism wasnt very good just offered take tooth out there.Moment going try clove toothpaste see if that helps and get some antibiotics if can for infection.Moment long waiting list just see dentist i think
 

mikeanthony

New Member
I got extremely bad anxiety from the dentist and have dental issues because I cant get the nerve to go. I get horrible pain from any procedures and none of their efforts to numb has worked effectively for me not to feel it. I actually had a dentist appt yesterday and canceled because they refused to give me an anxiety meds to come in and last time they did. They said because Im just getting my teeth cleaned I dont need it. I had my wife call and cancel.
 

HendersonStephen

New Member
I feel you. I was a dental phobe too. However, the fear disappeared after I put on my braces at a lovely doctor. She was so friendly and made me feel comfortable during the whole process. That's why I recommend speaking with your dentist about your concerns and fears. You may discuss alternatives for treatment, such as sedation. Communication is the key. You may also change the specialist. However, keep in mind that due to COVID-19, the availability of sedation in dental practices may have changed. Some dentists may not be able to offer the same level of sedation that they would have before.
 
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WhitewaterWoman

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There are some dentists who use IV sedation. Although this is called "twilight" sedation, I had it for foot surgery and I was gone completely.

Some dentists will use nitrous oxide gas, which you breathe through a nose mask. It relaxes me enough that I can tolerate dental workal work. And I am totally panicky about dental.

I chose my dentist because he has a son with CP and also patients with disabilities and so he is calm and patient.
 

Duncan74

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Yep, I remain really sensitive to the local pain killers, and so had awful experiences of dentists. So for last 10+ years had anythign needed done under the conscious sedation. Not cheap, but is awesome. Exactly same as when I needed eye surgery, and I have a HUGE phobia of anything eye related (feel queasy, and finger nails feel sore just thinking/typing this).

Not all dentists do this, but find one that does and you will be fine. Just need someone else to drive you home after any sedation.
 

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