I need some advice. My mouth is an absolute mess. I know it. I am in pain all the time and, yet, I can never seem to actually pick up the cell phone and schedule an appointment. The visits are always excruciating. Then, there is the judgment shade thrown at me by the dentist. Is there a way I can get out of again and back on track in a way that doesn’t make me wish I was dead? Do all appointments have to feel like torture?
Dental appointments definitely do not have to feel like torture. I’m sorry your past appointments have not reflected this. Believe me when I say you are not alone in your dental anxiety. The good news is I can help you move forward in getting your dental health back, all with an anxiety-free/pain-free way. The key will be to find a dentist who offers dental sedation. Because you will likely need. a lot of work, I am going to recommend that you have oral conscious sedation.
This is a strong sedation administered by a pill. It does not knock you out, but it is so strong that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as well as stay with you until you are lucid and steady on your feet again. Most patients are so relaxed they sleep through their entire appointment. In addition to giving you a pain free appointment, it also allows the dentist to do more work at each appointment. This will enable you to catch up on your dental work much faster.
The goal is to save as many of your teeth as possible. However, you mentioned you are in a lot of pain. To me, that indicates there is already some decay and possibly even infections there. I don’t know how extensive they will be but if you end up with a tooth that cannot be saved, I am going to recommend you get a dental implant to replace it. These are most like having a healthy, natural tooth in your jaw again and can help prevent bone loss in your jaw.
I am proud of your desire to get your oral health back and facing your fears. I think you will find that dental sedation will change your life.
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