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Junior member
Jan 7, 2011
hello , Im ne to the site and wondered if anyone could help with some questions. I have appointment booked for next week to have teeth cleaned. My dentist said he will probably have to cut gums and as am having IV sedation I will be 'out' for two hours. I am eally really scared, I went to the dentist last week for the first time in 15 years because I thought I needed a couple of fillings, I asked for IV as I am very scared anyway but this is what he has comeback with, oh and it will be £500 . Has anyone else had this cleaning done? and cutting? Does it bleed much? (I hate blood!) Is the IV safe. Help please I m very scared.
regards Micky:redface:


Staff member
Jan 1, 2005
Hi Micky :welcome:,

first of all, congratulations on working up the courage to see a dentist! That's a huge achievement :respect:.

I would strongly recommend that you get a second opinion from another dentist (maybe you can find someone - a friend, acquaintance, colleague or family - who can recommend one, or you can have a look on the internet for reviews and websites). You could also consider seeing a periodontist (a specialist for gum problems).

It would be very unusual to use gum surgery straight away, that's why I'm a bit concerned. In the normal way, a treatment that doesn't involve surgery is done first. This treatment is called "scaling and root planing" and you can read more about it here if you like: https://www.dentalfearcentral.org/faq/deep-cleaning/

Only if this treatment does not work would gum surgery be considered.

Of course there may be some reason why the current dentist has suggested this, but I would still strongly recommend getting a second opinion, just to be on the safe side :grouphug: