I am terrified of the dentist. Absolutely terrified. I have to go because I’m pretty sure there’s something wrong with my tooth. I thought if I could drink a few glasses of wine I’d be relaxed enough and could pull off this appointment.
You’re not alone in your fear of the dentist. Many Americans feel that way. You’re doing the right thing by going to the dentist even though you’re afraid. That says a lot about your sound judgment. You don’t want this to blow up into a dental emergency. Many patients don’t realize how serious dental infections can get. In fact, just this past February a thirty-something year old father of two died from waiting too long to get his tooth looked at. Once the infection spreads to your bloodstream or brain, it’s life-threatening.
Though I wouldn’t recommend drinking wine, I do have a solution for you. Wine isn’t a solution on the off-chance you’ll need some type of medication that the alcohol will interfere with. You don’t want to limit your dentist’s ability to help you.
Instead of wine, I’d recommend you try sedation dentistry. This will completely change the way you view dental care. The sedation relaxes you. Most patients end up sleeping through the entire appointment. The benefit is there’s no chance of any interaction with medication the dentist may need to give you. So, you’ll be able to take care of your tooth infection without any fear or pain.
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