Thank you all for taking the time and trouble to get back to me with the hugs especially. I just need to clarify somethng for Carole And Carys, as I do have a habit of waffling, and then things do get confusing, so my apologies for that.
So to clarify - My crown broke within the first few days of being on holiday in Australia to see my family. I was in no pain and could not muster up the courage to get to a dentist while I was there, I needed to go with my husband for support (and to make sure I got through the door).
After about a week after I was back, my friend managed to persuade me to see the dentist her friend works for. I did. He then referred me on to dentist 2 for sedation as I was in such a state. I went to see dentist 2 who wrote out a treatment plan for me to consider, but something wasn't 'sitting' right.
Someone on here (my apologies for not remembering who that was at this stage) and at that time, I was thinking I would be going with dentist 2 but still there was something niggling me about him. Then (same person) re-recommended Dr Hirst and the thought of seeing a 3rd dentist not only sent me into panic mode, but made me re-think. I needed to get another opinion to make sure that I would take the right course of treatment.
I only went to my 3rd assessment a week ago on Friday. And in between of that time, I have been liaising with Dr Hirst with options, concerns and questions. He has been BRILLIANT in his responses, has taken time out in his own time, and looked at all the things he can do to try to help me through all of this. He is of course a busy man, and I so totally understand that, which is why I was feeling really bad for being so impatient (and because of my phobia, it enhanses my sense of patience - if that makes sense)? In no way shape or form, has Dr Hirst been taking his time or dragging his heels, so please, please don't think this. I needed to get all the information I could and my questions answered before coming to my decision.
Thank you for all your help and support, as it is really so very much appreciated.
Just while I am on, does anyone know of a good forum for people with anxiety disorders, my friend has told her son that I come on here, and that it helps me, so wondered if I could pass a little help for her son.