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Hospitals, dentists, doctors and anxiety

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by neddyfonk, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Summary list of events:
    Last year my ladyfriend needed a biopsy. Procedure done under local anaesthetic checking for melanoma - result positive.
    Next 2 deeper, wider biopsies - She was very anxious, doctor prescribed pills for anxiety. I asked if she could have Gas+air to help her cope - at hospital they said no.
    Next lymph node trace / removal under general anaesthetic - result negative.
    My turn: Age 11, broken tooth in playground. refused to allow dentist to do anything. Few years later tooth stump extracted under gas ( fine). 15 years later major work to fill holes + 1 extraction (gas). Major issues with work done under local - decided to try and look after them better.
    Another 20yrs and some teeth have given up and discovered the extraction age 11 was not done properly - tooth stump started pushing out and I finished the job.
    A few weeks ago noticed a swelling on upper jaw - spreading rapidly upward, went to A&E. Had an Xray and told I needed 4 extractions + antibiotics. Infection cleared within 24hrs and I rang 111 for advice. Given a few contacts and got registered. Went to G.P. for advice - told if I was anxious, dentist should prescribe ( not doctor). Dentist visit confirmed I needed extractions but they only use local anaesthetic and no sedation. Work to be done does not qualify for risk of general anaesthetic and they do not give prescriptions for medication ( ask your doctor).
    That puts me between a rock and a hard place: Government website advises, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, deep breathing, CBT and, as a last resort Diazepam (Vallium) (2 to 10mg).
    Never having had benzodiazepines I would need to try one to establish: if they work at low dose, am I allergic/ adverse reactions etc.
    Due to all this I am very inclined to self-medicate with a very well known and understood anti-anxiety drug - alcohol. Half a bottle of vodka (+ lime) should put me in a good frame of mind for a couple of hours. It should not affect the local anaesthetic and I will use a taxi to get home.
    Anyone know a good reason why I should not do this ?
  2. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I have had nightmare experiences over the years with dentists but have kept going and it gets better because the local anaesthetics get better.

    If you don't go you are going to have more work needed and more pain.
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  3. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Find a dentist who will specialises in nervous patients and offers sedation. There are plenty around. It would be good to have a second opinion anyway before having four teeth extracted, but if it really does need to happen, the right dentist can make it far less of a traumatic experience. When I had to have an extraction a few years ago, after root canal treatment caused a horrible abscess (apparently this is not uncommon), I paid the NHS price for the extraction then paid privately on top of that for the sedation. It was then £80 - but 100% worth it as I knew nothing about the extraction or the draining of the abscess - yuck! Good luck, hope you get it sorted/
  4. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I've had extractions under sedation on the NHS, it is available, go back and ask again.
  5. rosaespanola

    rosaespanola New commenter

    Definitely don't use alcohol - it increases bleeding and could lead to serious issues. The dentist wouldn't do an extraction if they thought you'd been drinking.
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  6. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    I have had similar issues and last time there was some major dental work, I did discuss possibility of taking a valium with the dentist (who told me I'd need to get it from the doctor). However, I wouldn't have been able to drive myself there and back, so decided to brave it out. It wasn't that bad, actually. However, as soon as I got home I put some ice in a pint class, filled a third of it with whiskey, topped it up with coke...drank it fairly quickly, then went to bed for two hours. This post self-medication was blissful....

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