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 ?