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what can i do? i am afraid, terrified of dentist and i know i need to go i am terrified of going to the dentist, even thinking about it i freak out. i know i have to go, but i wont because i know its going to hurt and im going to need teeth pulled and a b

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Here : Here are a couple of ideas. My dentist has the patient listen to an ipod with earphones. "brain massage" by kelly howell is played. I have used it and it has really reduced my anxiety levels remarkably. You could also see a medical acupuncturist prior to the dental appointment. A "koffman cocktail" or an auricular trauma protocol may be very helpful to reduce your predental jitters. Third, consider seeing a psychologist who specializes in reducing anxiety. You could inquire about whether your dentist would order you an anxiety medication to take before the procedure or if he or she used nitrous oxide. Good luck.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Get consult: Schedule an appointment w/ a dentist w/ a reputation for treating fearful patients. Call your local dental society to get dentists names in your area. There are pre medications and nitrous oxide analgesia that can help you.
Dr. Terry Lowitz
Specializes in Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry: Most likely there is a dentist in your area that can sedate you. You won't feel anything, and you won't remember anything.

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