I am scared of dentist and cant afford treatment costs

Q. Hi there im a 25 year old male with a huge problem i have very very bad teeth in fact i have neglected them for so long i barely have any left!now the problem i have is that 1 i am petrified of the dentist and 2 i do not think i can afford to get them fixed or replaced please could you advise me of what i can do several years of agony and funny looks has got to come to an end

A. For NHS treatment contact your PCT ( Primary healthcare trust) dental contracts division and ask for details of local sedation services for dental anxiety .
for private options check the practice offers IV sedation then investigate a few local ones before deciding on the best one for you.
Sounds like you are ready.
Good Luck
Rob

dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk


  1. Paula watts says:

    I had the same problem only I am 37 so had neglected my mouth for longer. I’m sure you will have suffered some serious pain and probably an abscess or 2 as I did myself. I know from experience how daunting it is to go to the dentist after so long I left it until I woke up with a swelling to the side of my nose that really wasn’t disguisable (other than to say I’d been hit) before getting emergency dental help. I was referred to southampton PCT dental access centre, where I can tell you I recieved absolutely no judgement or down the nose looks only care and understanding. I was a complete mess struggling to breathe through a full onpanic attack just at the thought of walking to consulting room. I was booked in for treatment under sedation 3 days later (it was a Friday) and 2 courses of antibiotics with the advice that if it worsened to visit hospital. At this point I was not in any pain just looking a little unsightly but by that evening I was in some pain and swelled to the point I had to hold my face up it was so heavy. By
    morning I couldn’t open my eye and resembled elephant man! I visited hospital where I was admired and attached to iv antibiotics for 24 hours, these didn’t help so I ended up having emergency surgery to
    remove my complete upper set of stumps removed and have the infection drained. This was on April 25th and I have had a long long course of treatment back at the dental access centre where I have had all but 6 of my lower teeth removed (without sedation) the care and time I have been given is exemplorary making sure my dentures are perfect! I have had to relearn how to chew because with bad teeth you end up finding the best position to eat where you won’t get any pain. I have had my absolutely perfect upper dentures now for 5 weeks and collect my lower set in 6 days. The cost I hear you ask £198 now I wish I’d known about the new nhs charging before then maybe I wouldn’t have left it so long. Please please get to the dentist asap they really won’t judge you and you won’t recognise the new you after because the amount of confidence I have gained is incredible I never thought it had affected my confidence butit most definitley had

  2. Mariela says:

    i have not been to the dentist for years now the reason is that i an scared of dentists, i no my teeth are bad and i need dentures too but i just find it hard to go to the dentist as when i was young a dentist injected with a needle into my mounth and the needle broke off in my gum and here had to pull the needle out. i have been after that before to a dentist but that was in a hospital as i needed surgury to remove my teeth and i was very nerves can i geta treatment like that anywhere in rotherham south yorkshire where i can be put to sleep to do work on my teeth

  3. Coleman says:

    Yes I’m sure you could find a dentist in your area that does sedation, this will help you with your phobia. Try a search for sedation dentists on google

  4. Adolfo says:

    can you advise what the cost for i.v sedation is please and also costs fordental extractions thank you

  5. Kelton says:

    Am looking for a dentist which offers the option of being put to sleep, I probably need a few fillings which i will want white and also looking into the six month smile, do you have costs on these thanks

  6. Ben says:

    Do you do full set cosmetic dentures?

  7. James says:

    hi im wondering if there is anyway to get put to sleep to get work done onmy teeth as past dentists i went to no matter how many jags i got i could still feel it i have really bad teeth and really need them fixed Thanks

  8. Emmalee says:

    I am interested in a partial denture for the top front. The one I have at the moment is quite old and does not fit well also I would like it to look better.

  9. Muhammad says:

    Need 1 root canal on my upper right front tooth can i have alcohol as a sedative before treatment? ps terrified!!

  10. Daniella says:

    Hi, I am in a lot of pain with my wisdom tooth. I had one removed a coupleof years ago and was sedated as i am a VERY nervous patient! I was wondering how long the waiting list would be to have my tooth out and be sedated asi am in agony and would like it out ASAP! Many thanks, Kind regards

  11. Kya says:

    hi there i am a very nervous patient with a broken tooth and in lots of pain i have a fear of needles in the mouth and want to visit a dentist but because of my fear am very scared. is there anything you can do? how much would it be?

  12. Marcelo says:

    i have a denture and hate my teeth,if i had alot of work done would you beable to sedate me? also would all the treatment be able to be done the sameday / and do you offer a payment plan. sorry for all the questions :)

  13. Dandre says:

    n 1994; I have sudden a treatment orthodontics (device ODF) during 2 years because I had a dental problem so the jaw but regrettably it was not made a success is100 % and in purer to inform you the dentist me not made a panoramic radioof my teeth. After almost 10 years (in 2006) I smelt a movement light of myteeth especially bows for it I have to consult several dentists of that Ihave specialist parodontologie find a dentist or she said to me that I havean osseous generalized lyse (receding of gums of the BONE), has this effect she made me one device fixes ( Contentious device) to my teeth inferieursof the front during 06 months to avoid the movement of teeth .Et for the top it has me to give one device is called Gutter (she(it) looks like has the device of the boxers) or I carry(wear) her(it) all night long since 2006this day I followed quite the instructions of the dentist but she(it) gaveme medicines and ca always stays no result(profit) at least in 40 %. And for the jaw she said to me that I have a side detour(deviation). Thank you

  14. Ean says:

    I have seriously bad teeth, and as a 21 year old woman this is really bringing me down now, i wanted to look into getting them sorted, but i have a fear of dentists and i would need some form of finance to fund it. Kindest Regards

  15. Alanna says:

    I’m looking to have cosmetic work done on my teeth and also non cosmetic as I have not been to the dentist in too long due to fear. I would ideally want all done under sedation. For the cosmetic consultationwould you do it all just by looking at my teeth i.e no work at this stage? Thanks

  16. Katy says:

    do u do sedation, im 11 weeks pregnant and require this, thanks

  17. Yahir says:

    Can you please advise me of the cost of getting a partial denture fitted (front tooth) I had it pulled last week due to a bad abcess but have been told by my dentis it will take 2-3 weeks before a new one arrives. I really donot want to wait this long!!

  18. Peter says:

    I am terrified of the dentist and genuinely want to overcome my fear, but when I even think about it I become teary. I’m incredibly nervous but recently been suffering with excruitating ear ache and now my glands are up so I’m sure it’s dental problems as my Doctor suggests. I’d like to be sedated but I’m worried about costs. I know it’s hard to predict but how muchdo consultations and treatments cost? How much is it to be sedated? Can I pay through installments as I won’t be able to pay the full amount straightaway.

  19. Jade says:

    I am an extremely nervous 72 year old who needs a lot of treatment, extractions and fillings. I have high blood pressure and was wondering if this would interfere with having sedation. Many thanks

  20. Johan says:

    Hi, i have had problems with my teeth for years – i had crowns inserted when i was about 16 but now my teeth are really bad. I would love to have a consulation. I am hoping to get veneers but am pretty scared about seeing a dentist – i am embaressed by the way my teeth are and have recently been employed by gcc as a social worker and would love to get my teeth sorted, as ihave lost all my confdence.

  21. Stephen says:

    I am a very nervous patient, to a point where I have panic attacks and cryjust thinking about going to the dentist. It has stopped me having much needed treatment. I need a lot of work done to my teeth and I know it is goingto cost a lot so am also enquiring about any payment plan you may offer. Ihave been sedated in the past and feel that it is the only way I would getany treatment done. From that described on your website, my previous dental sedation seems different, so can I please have some more information about it? Thank you in advance, I look forward to speaking with someone soon.

  22. River says:

    Ineed urgent restorative cosmetic dentistry,i cant afford the price ive been asked locally, its making me extremly ill , like i cant carry on what can i do ? i have health problems as well and can hardly function It all started with school dentists removing healthy teeth, in the 70s i went to wimpole street and had them patched up, i had a decade of really bad traumas and my needs came last, ive got really serious dental problems now could the pct help me ?

  23. Kirk says:

    I would advise you to ask your local PCT to receommend a dentist local to you to help you Best wishe

  24. Keith says:

    I am extremely dental phobic and have not seen a dentist in 13 years when Ihad one front tooth replaced with an implant/crown which is now feeling loose and frightening me into seeking treatment as soon as possible. I wouldlike this with sedation as I am extremely nervous and also terribly embarrassed of the state of my mouth. I have read reviews on your site, and it isthe first time I feel like someone understands how I’m feeling. It’s a huge achievement for me to even find information on a new dentist, and I wantto sort myself out once and for all. At the moment if I can get at least this front tooth fixed I would be very grateful.

  25. Celina says:

    whenever i visit a densit, my blood pressure goes low, why is it so?

  26. Maci says:

    Is this when you get there ,or perhaps when you have an injection. For most people their blood pressure goes up . You may be over breathing making your blood pressure drop ,. Depends how you know that your BP is going lower ? some people have a BP drop and faint with any injections

  27. Franklin says:

    The dentist can use a topical gel on the gum before giving the injection . The injection should be given slowly , as its not the needle going in that hurts but the dentist pushing the solution in too fast . Unfortunately there is no alternative to getting a tooth numb but having an injection . Tell the dentist about your fear

  28. Breana says:

    I am very afraid of not being able to pay for it. £17 for a check up is too much and I am not entitled to government help what can I do?

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