I have very bad teeth and have been unable to afford getting them taken care of. Now, an opportunity has presented itself that will allow me to start on getting my teeth fixed. I am in (and have been for months) excruciating pain (it flares up but goes away and then comes back), but I am also insanely terrified of going to the dentist. I am not afraid of the dentist himself; I have an extremely bad gag reflex, I swallow a lot, and have an irrational fear of swallowing my tongue or any instrument put in mouth. I have unintentially bitten dentists, and have had to have work stopped because I could not stop gagging. I am wondering of the possibility of being put to sleep while getting work (like root canals) done. I have done a little research on sedation dentistry but it says it may not work on extremely phobic patients (me) and I can't handle having a mask over my nose, nor I am able to swallow large pills. Also, I thinik since I need several root canals on different sides of my mouth, the numbing will only work on what is being worked on and the work will cause the unnumbed teeth to hurt (it seems as if any vibration causes my teeth to ache). Could I be put to sleep for such a simple procedure as a root canal?
Thanks for your time.