- Jun 18, 2015
- USA - New England
I'm new to this site. I've a tooth with recurrent decay. They may not be able to remove all the decay which would then need a root canal, plus a post, oral surgery to remove excess tissue and a crown. I'm tempted to have it removed because I can't take all the drilling and the possibility of them not being able to remove all the decay under the current filling. Plus the filling could crack or fracture. So, I'm considering having it extracted under IV sedation. I've had a wisdom tooth removed this way at a hospital (oral surgery dept) and it wasn't bad. I felt nothing and remembered nothing. But the thought of going through all that drilling is keeping me up at night and my appetite has become poor or irregular. I am dental phobic. My mind really goes out of control thinking about all sorts of scenarios. The anxiety is really bad. It raises my blood pressure. I have tried all sorts of therapies in the past and none have worked including hypnotherapy, NLP, NAC, cognitive and behavioral therapy, relaxation and anti-anxiety medications. I do take Zanax for dental procedures and that does help. But I don't take it regularly before appointments but definitely feel like I could use it. So, I'm thinking I'm going to have the tooth removed. But some people advise me against that claiming spacing and drifting problems could happen. I've seen plenty of younger guys with missing teeth and they are a lot younger than me.