I have a horrible toothache. I know there’s a problem, but I don’t have a dentist. Even if I did, I wouldn’t likely go. I haven’t gone in ages. Mostly because they terrify me. Even if I could get past the fear, I definitely wouldn’t want a lecture. Is there something I can do about it at home?
Audrey L. – Kentucky
You’re definitely not the first person to avoid the dentist. Many people feel the way you do. If you have a toothache, you likely have a tooth infection. You’ll want to deal with this as soon as possible, because it will do nothing but spread.
Unfortunately, there is no way to treat this at home. You will have to bite the bullet and see and actual dentist. I do realize you don’t have one, but there are emergency dentists who will see you quickly. Many will see you the same day you call.
I have more good news for you too. If you go to an emergency dentist who uses sedation, they’re likely to be accostomed to fearful patients. You won’t be judged or lectured. In fact, you’ll also be treated to a pain free appointment.
Don’t put this off.
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