• Welcome! This is a forum for anyone who is affected by a fear of the dentist, dental phobia, or specific dental fears.

    We are lucky to count a number of dentists among our members and moderators. Look out for the "Verified dentist" badges. If you are a dental professional who likes to help, please join our community!

    Register now to access many more features and forums!

Dreading seeing a dentist this week

S

Suzi77

Junior member
Joined
May 27, 2018
Messages
6
I'm aged 60. Last saw a dentist over 5 years ago. Was told I needed a lower back tooth extracting. Didn't go back. Have kept the tooth until now. Last night a piece of filling came out and now the outside of the tooth is loose. I know I have to get the tooth removed this week but I am petrified. Is it possible to be completely knocked out to have it done rather than just sedated? Also, heard some terrifying stories about dentists having to really yank out back teeth. So scared.... please help.
 
Judythecat

Judythecat

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 7, 2018
Messages
601
I'm aged 60. Last saw a dentist over 5 years ago. Was told I needed a lower back tooth extracting. Didn't go back. Have kept the tooth until now. Last night a piece of filling came out and now the outside of the tooth is loose. I know I have to get the tooth removed this week but I am petrified. Is it possible to be completely knocked out to have it done rather than just sedated? Also, heard some terrifying stories about dentists having to really yank out back teeth. So scared.... please help.
Most dentists aren't equipped to do a general anaesthetic, so they would need to refer you to hospital if you wanted to be completely knocked out. That would probably be a good wait if you're in the UK and need NHS treatment.

I had a lower back tooth extracted last summer after a failed root canal. I won't lie, I found it quite distressing - mine was a "difficult extraction" and the dentist ended up having to section it into bits to get it out. However, from arriving in the surgery to leaving minus the tooth, including the numbing part, it took less than 30 minutes, and that was with me having to raise my hand and stop for a break in the middle. I went to the hairdresser a couple of hours later, and out for dinner the following night. The anticipation of it is probably the worst bit.

This probably sounds ridiculous, but I brought a soft toy with me and held that in my hands so I had something to fidget with. The dental nurse also held my hand through the worst bits, including the anaesthetic. By that point I'd been back and forth so many times with the stupid tooth that I really just wanted it gone, which probably helped! My dentist knew I was really nervous, so she was very kind and patient.

Good luck.
 
krlovesherkids777

krlovesherkids777

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 26, 2017
Messages
2,766
Location
Minneapolis, MN
Suzi,

How are you doing with this tooth? Were you able to make an appt and have a dentist take a look and give you options ? I hope you are doing ok ...
 
S

Suzi77

Junior member
Joined
May 27, 2018
Messages
6
Hi, thanks for your response. Still got the tooth, but only half of it left now: the loose half came out last night when I was brushing. I'm going to start by seeing my GP on Monday. Thanks again.
 
Top