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Scared about a tooth extraction. Do I need an oral surgeon?

I admit that I have been putting off this dental work, mainly because I’m a coward. Several years ago, one of my fillings came out and the tooth eventually broke. I didn’t go in to have it looked at because I get so worked up about going to the dentist, it’s easier to deal with the tooth problem. Well, when I couldn’t take the pain, I finally went in. That dentist did a root canal. It took everything in me to even go in for the appointment, so when the dentist never followed up with me, I never went back to get it capped. Well, fast forward to today, the temporary filling fell out and I am in pain again. The tooth is more than half gone now and it is infected.

When I saw this new dentist, he told me that because of the infection, the tooth needs to be extracted. He said it is a big job that requires cutting bone and soft tissue and presented two choices – to see an oral surgeon with general anesthesia or to have him to it using a local. When I looked at the cost, I couldn’t justify the oral surgeon, but now I’m working myself up once again. Is this dentist qualified to to this type of work in his office?

-Jen in New Jersey

Jen,

When a dentist presents choices like this it tends to leave patients feeling unsure and left in the dark. Safety shouldn’t be a concern, but when it is presented in this manner, it is understandable that you are unsure. You need to ask more questions of this dentist.

It may end up being that this dentist isn’t comfortable with his ability and would prefer to send you to an oral surgeon. Since you also tend to be anxious, this combination may not be the best option for you.

It could be that your dentist is just presenting you some options in a transparent way in an attempt to be open and honest. But it very well could be that he’s not comfortable doing it himself. Try to find out more about his sedation dentistry options available? Ask if he uses nitrous oxide gas or oral sedation? Either of these would help keep you calm, more likely the oral sedation would be preferred if you are especially anxious. That said, if he’s not experienced, it would be wise to see the oral surgeon. Then, it’s done right, once and for all. Other questions would be about the roots. If they are straight or if they have bends or twists in them? If they are more complex, again your case may be ideal for the oral surgeon.

Millions of people put off routine dental care and it leaves them with limited, very expensive options. Sedation dentistry is available for the kinds of appointments that you should have done years ago. So hopefully by you sharing your story, you are helping others. For example, if the filling was replaced right away years ago, then you probably wouldn’t have needed the root canal. Then, if you had the root canal completed, a crown would have been placed so you wouldn’t be looking at a tooth extraction. Something for you to think about moving forward.

Hopefully in asking some more pointed questions, you can get a feel for the comfort level of your dentist and be able to make the right decision for you. Good luck to you!

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Isn’t a gentle dentist an oxymoron?

Why do dentists seriously call themselves gentle? How can that be? It just seems like a marketing scam to me.

– Becky in Louisiana

Becky,

That is an interesting question. But there are many dentists that advertise as being exactly that, a gentle dentist. This may be particularly appealing to an anxious or fearful patient.

The right dentist truly does have grounds to market this way. Many dentists build their practices around helping fearful patients and gentle dentistry is one approach. Techniques that would fall in line with this focus would be a dentist that goes very slowly, addresses and discusses concerns as they arise, and also uses techniques like a numbing agent to minimize the feeling of the injection. Having distractions like music or movies is also common among gentle dentists.

Some gentle dentists take it a step further by offering sedation dentistry. Another term gaining popularity is a cater to cowards dentist. Nitrous oxide and oral sedation are two forms of sedation dentistry that are especially appealing to fearful patients that these practices would offer. So it is correct to refer to these types of dentists as gentle dentists or sedation dentists.

If you haven’t had to deal with fear, you are lucky. Millions of Americans deal with some sort of dental phobia.

Thanks for your question.

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Is it dangerous to be put to sleep at the dentist’s office?

I am petrified of going to the dentist. I have heard about getting put to sleep for the procedure. Is it safe?

– Paul in Nevada

Paul,

You are not alone! Millions of Americans deal with some sort of dental anxiety or fear. The good news is that there are many cater to cowards dentists that welcome patients like you.

The best thing you can do is be open and honest with your dentist. When you are asking about being put to sleep at the dentist, you are probably referring to sedation dentistry. Many dentists refer to it as sleep dentistry because that is a great way to describe it. But technically you are not sleeping, you are actually conscious. There is sometimes a misconception because people assume it is just like being knocked out at the hospital. But with oral sedation, all you do is take a pill before your appointment. All of your protective reflexes work normally. For example, you can breathe on your own and can cough so there is no risk of choking. Sedation is completely safe and most offices will have a trained professional accompany you throughout the entire treatment. Most people say that it feels like no time has passed, kind of like you were sleeping.

Sedation dentistry has helped countless people get back on track with regular dental care. Ask your dentist about it today!

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Can My Tooth Wait Until I Can See My Old Caters to Cowards Dentist?

I used to see a caters to cowards dentist, but I moved to a different part of the state a couple of years ago. I haven’t found anyone I want to see nearby, so I’ve been bad and haven’t gone in. I’ve been watching one of my fillings for a while now, and it felt kind of loose. I know I should have gone in to get it checked, but I really am not comfortable going to a new office. Of course, the filling popped out, and now I have no idea what happened to the piece. It left a tiny little gap and, at first, it didn’t bother me. I know I shouldn’t have, but, to buy some time, I decided to fill the hole with super glue. It keeps the food out of the hole, and I thought it would protect the tooth. Now, it hurts. A lot. Could I have caused permanent damage or can this be fixed easily? If it’s simple, I’ll just make an appointment with a local guy, but if it’s complex, I’ll travel to see my old caters to cowards dentist.

Thanks,

Cory in Florida

Dear Cory,

As you know, super glue is never a good home remedy for anything dental-related. In your case, there’s no way to know what caused the old filling to fall out. It’s possible that there was decay under the former restoration, in which case it would have continued to grow. It’s also conceivable that you have a crack, or another issue happening, that can’t be detected without x-rays and an exam. If the filling was on the biting surface, you may have just overfilled the hole, and the continual pressure is causing pain.

There really are a myriad of conditions that could be causing your troubles. Repairing the tooth could be as simple as removing the super glue and refilling the tooth properly. On the other hand, a cracked tooth will need a crown, and a dead or dying nerve will need a root canal.

It’s advisable that you see a dentist as soon as you can, wherever he may be. Try to find a local cater to cowards dentist, so you can get in quicker. If you really can’t get over your anxiety, schedule with your regular office right away, and make sure you stick to it. Pain is a sign that shouldn’t be ignored.

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Scared of the dentist for many reasons.

Ever since I’ve known my husband which is over 15  years now, he’s been afraid of the dentist. He doesn’t talk about it much and honestly I have just leave him alone about it. I go in routinely because I understand that regular teeth cleanings can help prevent bigger problems down the road. He doesn’t see it that way. Not only does he get extreme anxiety about going in for an appointment, he cannot stand how expensive dental care ends up being. Well, he’s been dealing with a stubborn toothache that isn’t getting any better. I finally convinced him to go in to see what is going on but the thousand dollar price tag has him finding all these reasons to keep putting if off. Do you have any recommendations for someone like this?

– Jen in New Jersey

Jen,

Not only does it sound like you are dealing with a major case of dental fear, the financial stress sounds like it is compounding the situation.

To address the anxiety your husband deals with, it would be good to look for sedation dentists. These types of dentists will likely go out of their way to accommodate the fearful patient. They will practice gentle dentistry techniques, go slowly to make sure everything is completely understood, and they will offer nitrous oxide or oral sedation under the right circumstances. Often times it is a negative or painful experience that has kept fearful patients away. So communicating that the entire visit will be pain-free goes a long way. Another term you can search for online is a cater to cowards dentist. Again, these dentists will usually have sedation dentistry and in some practices they try to create a tranquil, almost spa-like atmosphere to help put patients at ease.

In addressing the financial issues, many patients have this road block in moving forward with care. The right dentist will completely understand your husband’s concerns and will help come up with a plan that works for him. Many practices will suggest phasing treatment out over time. For example, this can be done by addressing the most urgent needs first and then waiting for a time period before taking care of other problems. This approach works well in paying as you go. Other practices have affordable financing options like CareCredit, or in-office discount plans.

There is a good chance that a toothache will only get worse, not better. Even if the pain subsides in a couple weeks, it doesn’t mean the tooth is better. Often times a root canal will be required to save the tooth. This type of treatment takes care of the infection so it doesn’t continue spreading to other parts of the body. The sooner the problem is addressed, the less pain and less expensive it can likely be addressed. Good luck!

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Options other than sedation dentistry for fearful patient?

I hate the dentist, in fact I think it’s safe to say I am petrified of the dentist! I lose sleep for days before an appointments and have been known to back out multiple times when the appointment rolls around. I have heard of sedation dentistry which is supposed to help people with dental fear. But honestly, being knocked out freaks me out too. I want to know what’s going on. Currently, my dental insurance plans selects my dentist for me. So I don’t have much say as to where I go.  Well, I can’t put it off any longer because part of my tooth broke off.

I feel like the dental clinics that my insurance has been sending me too are like factories. The dentists just try and force sedation on me and don’t take the time to explain anything. I’m just supposed to trust them and let them knock me out! Help, I need to get this tooth treated before it gets worse.

– Kendra in Missouri

Kendra,

You are not alone in your fear of the dentist. In fact, millions of Americans rank dental care right at the top of the list of common phobias. Rest assured, there are dentists out there that truly care and base their entire practice around cowards just like you.

It sounds like your insurance company is dictating who you see. Don’t be afraid to contact them directly and see if they will work with you. There may be a cater to cowards dentist in your area that the insurance company will work with.

Dentists that focus on the fearful patient will likely offer sedation dentistry, but there are other techniques that you may be more comfortable with. Imagine walking into a tranquil, spa-link setting, where the dentist simply listens to your concerns before he even picks up an instrument. There will likely be music or movies because distractions work really well for fearful patients.

Nitrous oxide is a relaxant gas that is breathed in through a mask right at the chair. It can be adjusted throughout the treatment to accommodate your anxiety and you will be completely aware of what is going on. This option may work really well for you because you will also be able to communicate and talk to the dentist. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas helps patients relax in the chair.

So don’t give up hope! The right dentist is out there. And you are right, don’t keep putting off your treatment. The sooner you get the broken tooth treated, the less painful and likely less expensive the treatment plan.

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Considering Cancelling a Trip to Avoid the Dentist.

I’m supposed to be going on the trip of a lifetime- six months overseas building homes and teaching English to children in a small village. This is my dream. Unfortunately, the group that I plan to travel with has strict guidelines about being medically cleared before departure and that includes having my teeth checked.  I’m not afraid of leaving my family, friends and home for six months, or of travel, or of living in a remote area, but the idea of visiting the dentist terrifies me, so much that I’m considering canceling the trip so I don’t have to see the dentist. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Ethan in Texas

Dear Ethan,

Even Superman had Kryptonite. Everyone has something that causes them anxiety or that they avoid and visiting the dentist tends to be Kryptonite for many people. However, unlike Kryptonite, there are remedies for dental fear.

Regardless of your level of anxiety, the key to working through this is to find the right dentist. Search for one who either “caters to cowards” or provides sedation dentistry. Even if you aren’t interested in sedation, someone who offers this service has training in treating patients with fear or anxiety and will go out of his way to provide a calming atmosphere and understand your concerns and triggers.

Should you decide to go the route of sedation dentistry, you will not only feel at ease, but you will also be able to finish the work you need done in fewer visits. Just like how a flight attendant will tell you that in the event of an emergency, you need to put your mask on before helping others around you, so too, must you also take care of your own medical needs before going off and saving the world. Check into sedation dentistry and also those who “cater to cowards” and you will be able to put your cape back on in no time, provided they have a phone booth wherever you’re going.  Good luck!

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I’m not scared of needles anymore!

I just wanted to share my story in hopes it encourages others because I know there are actually millions of people that are petrified of needles. For me, I have always hated going to the dentist. Mainly because I was so unbelievably scared of getting numb.

So about a month ago, my tooth was starting to hurt. When I finally went in to get it checked out, the dentist told me that I unfortunately needed a crown. I immediately felt faint. That meant I would need to be numbed which only added to my dental phobia. No joke, my heart started racing and I got anxiety about the next appointment even before I left after my exam. Well, turns out all I really needed to do was talk to my dentist. They are a cater to cowards dentist that will do everything possible to help people like me. I was always embarrassed, but all it took was admitting it to the dentist.

The first thing they did was keep asking me questions to distract me and than they used this q-tip that had this flavored gel on it. This step actually helped to numb the area before the injection was even ready. Then, out of nowhere the dentist started grabbing my cheek with his thumb and index finger. He was squeezing really hard with a lot of pressure and then he started shaking my cheek. I know this sounds bazaar which I have to admit I was really stunned that he was doing this. Then, the next thing I know he stepped out and said that I should start to feel numb in a few minutes. What?!? I never even knew he gave me the injection. This news made me elated. I didn’t even have a chance to be scared. He explained that this technique works well for fearful patients. I can attest to it because I didn’t even notice that he gave me a shot.

So if you are one of those that gets anxious at even the thought of scheduling that dreaded dentist appointment. My recommendation would be to do a Google search of “cater to cowards dentist” or “dentist that cater to cowards.” Let’s just say your whole mindset may be changed!

Good luck!

– Paula in Texas

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One Size Fits All Dentistry vs Caters to Cowards Dentistry

My dentist recently retired and I just had my first visit with the doctor who took over his practice. I’ve always been a little anxious, but the new dentist seemed so hurried that I would almost describe him as rough while he was doing my filling and as the visit went on, I was literally shaking and having trouble breathing. I don’t like how the office feels like a clinic setting, with everyone hurrying about and patients going through like they’re on an assembly line. Should I tell the dentist how I feel or should I start my search for a new dentist? If I do pick a new office, how can I be sure that I’m choosing an office that I will feel comfortable in?

Thanks,

Gretta

Dear Gretta,

Some offices might as well have a conveyor belt at the door. They seem to only be interested in getting as many patients in as possible each day, using a one-size-fits-all approach. This may work well in a production line at the whatchamacallit factory, but it doesn’t work well for people.

While it’s possible you met the new dentist on a bad day, it sounds more like this is his business model. I wouldn’t expect a conversation with him make much difference, but you could try leaving a message for him to call you outside business hours when he isn’t dividing his attention between you and ten other patients or perhaps even sending a well thought out e-mail would allow him a chance to read it and let it sink in before he responds.

Not all dentists will see to an individual patient’s needs. When you start your search for a new one, look for a dentist who specializes in treating patients with anxiety. This is also sometimes referred to as “cater to cowards” dentistry. What that really means is the dentist understands you are an individual and works especially hard to provide a calm, pleasant environment, rather than the cookie-cutter experience you recently had. Some cater to cowards dentists offer sedation dentistry, while others go the extra mile and provide things like tranquil music, waterfalls, entertainment, snacks and beverages. When you make your first appointment, ask if they provide any of these extras. It also doesn’t hurt to ask how many patients the dentist sees in a day if you’re hoping for a less hurried environment. Some dentists may see only ten patients in an average day whereas others will see twenty or more. The number of patients seen may not always indicate an assembly-line practice, but combined with the other questions you ask, can help paint a clearer picture of what you’ll be walking into.

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