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Old 11-13-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: I need to get work done

I don't have the fear of needles and such as you - but I do understand the panic you may have with doctors. I think we all do - especially when surgery is involved. This is very normal.

A GOOD doctor or dentist knows this. So find someone who is recommended (ideally by family or peers) and who has experience with what you ultimately need to do. For example, pulling teeth is actually the "easy" part. Then what? Not having teeth will affect your mood (depression due to change in appearance) and health (more difficulty in eating). You may need dentures (partial) or a bridge. Implants may also be an option.

Before you pull the teeth, make sure that this is your ONLY option. If the teeth can be saved by root canals and crowns, do that. It's always better to save a tooth than pulling it.

To answer your question - you can request to be "knocked out" by your doctor or dentist. Some will use "laughing gas" (nitrous oxide) to help calm you. Some may put you out under a light anesthesia to perform work. This option is good because other than a light needle in your arm, you won't feel a thing.

So talk to your dentist or doctor about all of this prior to surgery. And also plan the next steps. You should know every step of the process to the best of your understanding before undergoing any procedure. And if anything makes you feel uncomfortable - talk to your doctor or dentist. If he/she is unwilling to discuss your concerns or is offended, RUN. There are great doctors/dentists out there and it's worth your time to find them.

Good luck!