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  • My dentist couldn't place the Iv for the sedative today . She spent the one to explain the procedure in detail and the healing process and then every vein she tried was crappy . So a two week wait now knowing the gory details of what's ahead :( my own fault for being a bit dehydrated




  • Ireland
    need one tooth out, fillings and 2 bridges




  • I am surprised, my veins are really bad so that i have blood tests in my hand (very, very painful) but years ago, I had this sedative (valium iv apparently) and it was such a tiny needle (the key to it all) it slipped in, for the first time ever, even with the notoriously 'bloodsuckers' (haematologists) challenge!
    Slightly off-point, but not exactly, if these awful needles were these tiny ones they would be less painful, and infinitely easier for those of use with what i am told are 'difficult veins/ The odd thing is that I was told when he gave me gas in hospital first (after multiple and painful stabbings - ended up bruised black for nearly a month) he slipped the needle in 'like butter'. I thought oh, if only I have could have a whiff of gas for these blood tests - we would all be so much happier and quicker, AND less bruised!




  • You would think that the size of the needle would make a difference to the discomfort and ability to successfully enter a vein, however its doesn't . Bigger needles don't cause more discomfort or stop you getting veins. Its all in the person doing it and their technique. I have had uncomfortable vaccine injections with a tiny needle and painless needles in the blood donor clinic which use knitting needles. Its all about the technique.




  • You would think that the size of the needle would make a difference to the discomfort and ability to successfully enter a vein, however its doesn't . Bigger needles don't cause more discomfort or stop you getting veins. Its all in the person doing it and their technique. I have had uncomfortable vaccine injections with a tiny needle and painless needles in the blood donor clinic which use knitting needles. Its all about the technique.
    Absolutely, loads of practice makes perfect!!:)


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  • Thankfully needles don't bother me at all. She tried for ages and it just wasn't happening but in reflection I had drank nothing but a cup of coffee in almost twelve hours ?! So really entirely my own fault . I'm very anxious about the next appointment but having seen the X-ray I know I just have to get it done




  • This may surprise a lot of people, but I can't actually remember going to a dentist - ever! (at least not since early childhood and I'm now in my mid/late 30s).
    I rarely set foot in a doctor's office either (twice in as many years) but despite this, a bad typical-man diet, fondness for cans of coke, sweets and so on I've (amazingly?) never actually suffered any pain. Occasional bleeding gums when brushing but that's it and my teeth themselves, while not great aren't all rotten either. Main issue seems to be a build up of plaque around the edges but I've found Sensodyne Repair & Protect helps with that.

    I don't mean this as a "aren't I great" post cause I know it's not.. I know I should/probably need to go to a dentist and get checked out but the idea terrifies me, probably because (as others said earlier) I'd expect a lecture on what's wrong/needs doing as a result, fear being told he has to take out half of them or something, and a massive bill at the end of it.

    Any thoughts on a nice, very patient dentist in south/north Dublin (have car, will travel). Be kind now.. I already know I'm an idiot :) PM's per charter welcome.

    Cheers!




  • i don't think you are daft or anything....you are just one of the many that are scared of going to the dentist.
    I am practically fainting off at the thought and i had terrible childhood BUTCHERS - pain and holding down and very frightened and staff from my various places were not 'mumsie' or made no effort to be, no cuddles just more holding down. awful.
    I need sedation and no bones about it. I am not ashamed I do feel a bit silly now i am a pensioner but that is that.
    i need work and i do not eat sweets, some very low sugar cake once or twice a week. Some people seem to have naturally strong teeth and you sound lucky - someone will write in with your information and you will have gleaming teeth to smile proudly with - good luck to you,




  • My terrible fear is of choking. I have this need to swallow, and then feel I'm about to Die from choking.

    Needles, drills, no worries, but that aful choking feeling is making me terrified.

    My front crown fell out Saturday. OMG it was in place for thirty years, and now I have to go get it fixed.

    I am petrified. Sitting here shaking. And money is a problem too. I don't know how much this is going to cost, cos when the dentist looks inside my gob, I know I have BIG work to do.

    Going to go IV sedation, and hopefully borrow the money from the CU.

    I'm with you guys, but am sick, sick, shaking, and sick.




  • Have a huge fear of the dentist. Just thinking about it gives me shivers. My problem is with the drill. No matter how much injections they give you, the sensation of the drilling and the vibrations gets to me every time.
    Got pushed into an appointment today after not being to the dentist for 6 or 7 years.

    I'm surprised at how well it went. Turns out I had nothing to fear about. Other than a few issues with my wisdom teeth (which I guess is normal because I'm about that age where they start to come up), everything was fine. She scraped around for a bit, asked me a few questions, and cleaned and polished them. Not sure why I was so worried. Happy I've done it now.


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  • My daughter, 18, was told by her dentist she should have the 2 lower back molars removed to allow her wisdom teeth to come through, after xrays. She has no pain; the dentist thinks it may prevent her having issues later.

    My daughter is terribly anxious about it as she has never needed an extraction before.

    Could someone please pm me a recommended dentist for a second opinion, preferably one who could use sedation if they do need to be removed?

    Ranelagh area but can travel...thank you :)




  • My daughter, 18, was told by her dentist she should have the 2 lower back molars removed to allow her wisdom teeth to come through, after xrays. She has no pain; the dentist thinks it may prevent her having issues later.

    My daughter is terribly anxious about it as she has never needed an extraction before.

    Could someone please pm me a recommended dentist for a second opinion, preferably one who could use sedation if they do need to be removed?

    Ranelagh area but can travel...thank you :)

    This is often a gamble of a treatment plan.

    Most likely the wisdom teeth won't come through or even if they do, they won't adopt the position of the molars that you are removing. So you will end up with a gap, angled wisdom teeth, issues with cleaning and possible issues with decay on the angled wisdom teeth.

    In an ideal world, the wisdom teeth would grow into the space created. I have yet to see this happen properly in an 18 year old.

    Maybe the 2nd molars are compromised anyway and need to be removed on their own merits but don't expect the wisdom teeth to follow this plan....

    If anything, remove the wisdom teeth...

    A second opinion would be good.

    OS




  • Agreed, I personally do not favour removal of the second molar in favour of the wisdom tooth. The wisdom tooth rarely comes into a good position. If you daughter has no symptoms it make the removal more unnecessary. Get a referal to an oral surgeon.




  • Agreed, I personally do not favour removal of the second molar in favour of the wisdom tooth. The wisdom tooth rarely comes into a good position. If you daughter has no symptoms it make the removal more unnecessary. Get a referal to an oral surgeon.

    Does she need to ask her current dentist for a referral?




  • You can ask your dentist, or just go to one yourself. Google around.




  • hii...
    thank u so much for putting that link..I am also suffering from dental fobia..:(




  • I am new to this forum and thanks for great link..




  • I asked my dentist
    she says it does not exist except in hospital where it is g.a. or just jab and drills or yank (shudder)
    no crowns or bridges - specialist work
    so......
    I seem to have missed link, not tekky, also I hear cheaper firms are not making good quality work that lasts and I wish to know if this is true, as I do not want to keep going either....very scared (childhood events to blame)
    and then older person still unable to cope




  • There are dentists who practice desensitisation techniques, biofeedback , conscious sedation , binaural sound entrainment etc but many times a customer with dental phobia can be assisted in a non invasive or a minimally invasive way




  • I asked my dentist
    she says it does not exist except in hospital where it is g.a. or just jab and drills or yank (shudder)
    no crowns or bridges - specialist work
    so......
    I seem to have missed link, not tekky, also I hear cheaper firms are not making good quality work that lasts and I wish to know if this is true, as I do not want to keep going either....very scared (childhood events to blame)
    and then older person still unable to cope

    I can safely say a majority of our customers have the same story with those exact words, we have been able to help them significantly. We must be doing ok because they send us more of the same :D


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  • My daughter, 18, was told by her dentist she should have the 2 lower back molars removed to allow her wisdom teeth to come through, after xrays. She has no pain; the dentist thinks it may prevent her having issues later.

    My daughter is terribly anxious about it as she has never needed an extraction before.

    Could someone please pm me a recommended dentist for a second opinion, preferably one who could use sedation if they do need to be removed?

    Ranelagh area but can travel...thank you :)

    I agree with both oralsurgeon and fitz, unless the 2nd molars are damaged and unrestorable , taking them out 'hoping' the wisdom tooth will move forward and take its place is not in the best interest of your daughter. Seek a second opinion for sure




  • Greate Link.. :)




  • Has anyone ever had a situation that following 4 injections of LA tooth will still not go numb?
    Have had this twice with the same tooth.
    Going back thursday with valium to try again and a nervous wreck.

    what are the chances of feeling pain halfway through the procedure?
    Is there a stronger type of LA that can be used for this?




  • Hi.. I am new to this forum and it is reassuring to read these threads even though my fears are not alleviating :(.

    Similar story here as everyone else.. had more than one very bad experiences when I was in my late teens with extractions that have really affected me. I hadn't been to a dentist in 8 years or so when I broke a tooth on a prune stone about 4 months ago and got an abscess. After trying to deal with the pain, it eventually got too much and I had to go to a dentist.

    Unfortunately, unlike the other stories here, being back just reminded me of the bad experiences I had and I left just as bad (if not worse). I went to a preachy dentist who asked a million and one questions as to why I hadn't been keeping regular appointments etc. so I didn't want to go back. I got a prescription for antibiotics and the abscess cleared up so I haven't been back since. I am just back from holidays after a while away, another tooth broke and I am now in the same situation except I am not so willing to go to a dentist

    It's not that I don't want to be able to go for regular check ups, I would love to but a combination of fear and embarrassment is stopping me from going to get it sorted. I am currently chewing painkillers like tic tacs and trying my best to find a dentist in Dublin that is non judgemental and uses some form of sedation.

    If anybody here can recommend a dentist that fits the bill, please PM me. I'm getting desperate at this stage.

    Thanks in advance!




  • I understand completely for I am terrified and back to it all immediately. Yiu are not lone in it and I am so sorry both that you still have it too and people do generally believe that we all grow out of things. I consider my dental treatment in homes nothing short of barbaric and cruel. I was held down and forcibly butchered. My teeth have always been a mess. I really need to be out of it, tranquillisers beforehand do nothing for me at all.
    I read a post previous to yours with great interest, and thank them for it, it was a person talking Of twilight sleep in Galway. I have not been able to investigate, I will, as my husband is currently awaiting biopsies and we cannot move at all as we are on standby again. He has another op and then....when he is well we hope to intersperse a break in Galway with a dental horror for me. A chat with a shaking wreck will convince the person I am genuinely terrified too.
    Let me know how you get on for I wish you luck, pain free, and good teeth (as far as possible).




  • I need to get a wisdom tooth out this week.

    It's a difficult extraction. I grind my teeth when I sleep and as a result I created a whole in this tooth as it was on the way out.

    So I'm completely terrified. :o

    I've never had to get a tooth taken out before and I have no idea what to expect.




  • Can anyone please recommend a dentist that does sedation on a medical card around Dublin .I am terrified of even the smell of the dentists (haven't been in 18 years ) so need to be knocked out before they even come near me .I know I need work done as it's been so long .i have been into dental hosp but they won't see me unless it's an emergency
    Appreciate any info .Thanks




  • I am afraid sedation will be out of your pocket the MC does not cover such services.




  • I am afraid sedation will be out of your pocket the MC does not cover such services.

    Any dentists left that actually take the medical card if I paid for sedation ? Seems sedation costs can depend on dentist from what I can see too


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  • shardylan wrote: »
    Any dentists left that actually take the medical card if I paid for sedation ? Seems sedation costs can depend on dentist from what I can see too

    Pm sent


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