SRS Dentist problems

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  1. BoomerP

    BoomerP New Member

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    I haven't had my teeth checked up in I think 5-6 years now because I have a huge fear of dentists.

    My top and bottom front teeth have started to get yellow outlines around them that I want to get rid off. I done some research and this yellow stuff the way I understand it is just old pieces of food that have grown solid, and not actually the teeth it self. Using a metal pick i've tried to get rid of some of it like dentists do and it seems to work.

    What I'm wondering about is how good idea this is. Can damage your teeth doing this?
     
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    it's called calculus.

    You may damage the enamel, and you will likely damage your gums, since you can't really do a proper scaling or root planing.

    You may pick off little bits of visible calculi, but that's about it. It's the stuff under your gumline which causes the real problems.

    So your home dentistry won't be very thorough, and could possibly cause damage.

    Just go see a good dentist. Make clear to him/her that your teeth and gums are extremely sensitive.
    A good hygenist will cause you absolutely no pain whatsoever.

    Take an advil or tylenol prior to your appt. Not aspirin though.
    Ok?
     
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    Hmm... thanks for your reply although this was not what I was hoping for.
    So you think doing it myself won't get rid of the problem, just delay it?

    The problem with me going to the dentist is the whole scene, not just the pain, or the tiny room they stick this thing in your mouth and take pictures of your teeth, or the blowing gizmo. If I was drugged up or passed out during it that would help. But they don't do either I think.

    Tylenol and advil is some kind of pain supressor?

    I'll probably go though. Just wish there was a better easier way of doing this
     
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    I dont know what its like in Manchester, but here we have lots of high end dentists.

    I'm serious. flatscreen telly on the ceiling, designer art in the lobby, cute young dental hygienists, all smiles and perkiness. Latest music blaring on speakers in every room. I kid you not.

    Some dentists here also specialise in patients with anxiety, look into sedation dentistry.

    Youre not the only person with these worries, plenty of dentists have figured out that addressing these concerns = $$$.

    There ARE solutions out there man, look into it.
     
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    Sedation dentistry.. Thank you I will look into this
     
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    Its all in your head. Its a phobia and there really isnt a quick fix for it. I also would advise against being sedated, you may freak out more as they put you under. The thought of being unconscious while they do the work on you may make you feel like you arent in control of the situation, and make your fear worse.

    MY suggestion would be to tough it out. Go in there, sit through the cleaning, even if it freaks you out, go somewhere else inside your head and just remember, it will all be over in no time.
     
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    The problem with this is that, I can put myself through this once. But I can't keep doing it over and over again, i'll end up not going again for years. So if I could do this unconsious or drugged up i'd rather be ignorant and live in bliss
     
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    The technology of dentistry is different now than it was when you last went. It's much faster and they use a sonic technology that is pain free. Obviously the first few cleanings have to be done within a few months -- sometimes sooner -- if the problem has gone on for so long.

    Call the dentist and ask if they use this new technology. Tell them your fear as well, they are well aware of patients with these concerns and can provide special accommodations to help you relax. Johan's explanations are accurate and I think you'll be very satisfied if you see someone good. Use ratemd.com if you need to find a top quality dentist in your area (assuming you don't have one).
     
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    Get through your emotional sentiment and man up.

    It's not bad just for your teeth. It's terrible on your heart.

    You have heart problems, then next thing you know you could be six feet underground.

    Don't think that's possible? See you on house.
     
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    This is not what sedation dentistry is all about.

    Trust the professionals on this one. They do know what they're doing.
     
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    I've been in dentistry for over 10 years in every position except the dentist or the hygienist.

    Sedation dentistry is not bad. Since you sound older, the anesthesiologist will give you a valium to take and in about 30 minutes you'll be groggy enough that he/she can start the IV. It's a type of conscious sedation so you're not completely out like general sedation where you aren't breathing for yourself. I don't think they will be able to do this for you on your initial visit which is needed just so they can meet you and you them. The link about sedation dentistry in the UK is probably a good place to start. There are also Pankey trained dentists who are more relationship based type dentists and have been trained to treat the patient comprehensively. If you would be interested, I could help you find one.

    Don't be scared. I know you had a bad experience before but with the proper research you'll find the right person who can take care of you the way that you want to be taken care of. :)
     
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    seriously, just go to the dentist. I fear them too for they charge a lot of money lol.
     
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    When you call to make an appointment, bring up that you have anxiety about going to the dentist, and see if they offer any of the services mentioned above.

    If not, call another place.
     
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    i waited 6 years to go to the dentist a while back too. i have real bad acid reflux, and had almost 20 small cavities between my teeth. you need to go as soon as possible. seriously.
     
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    man up
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    you bumped a thread from 2009 why?
     

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