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I've not been a very 'Happy Angus'(tm) for the most part of today (and last night).

I think I have to give in and admit that I do actually have tooth-ache somewhere (maybe teeth-ache - oh god I hope not!!!) and should find myself a dentist who can poke me and make me hurt.

Now I've not been to a Dentist in years (and boy, do I mean 'years' here). It's not that I dislike dentists as such. It's that I have a complete phobia over 'needles' that said dentists will probably use on me.

I've never had an injection in the mouth from the dentist. When I was a kid and a teenager I was never offered one and just let them do the drilling as I clenched the side of the chair. Strangely that scared me less than actually having an injection. Admittedly most of the fillings I had were very minor so I probably didn't need an injection as such.

Anyway, the time has come. I have to find a dentist. They will almost certainly need to drill and I will almost certainly need to have an injection (unless I can convince them to gas me...).

Part one starts on Monday when I try and find myself a dentist. Dom has suggested his in east Finchley which is apparently very good and didn't hurt him. So I'll start there.

Until then I'm taking pain killers and hoping it turns out to be something else (lying to myself here - I know it's not going to be anything else...). Sin - if you do find the telephone number for that hypnotherapist please can you send it my way ASAP as I need to get over my needle phobia sharpish!!! Thank you :)

If anyone knows anything else that will kill/dull the pain by rubbing it over the general area please let me know (along with contact details of the place/person I can get it from). You can text/email with the details if you don't want to leave them here...

Legal options are preferrable :p

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commlal
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Clove oil, paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

Get thyself to a dentist before it becomes an abcess (horrid swollen throby pain doom) which is nasty and may lead to tooth loss/blood poisoning/death.

*hugs*

get better soon.
angusabranson
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
**may lead to tooth loss/blood poisoning/death.**

Now there's a cheery thought!

Are you going to come down and let me kick your ass at Heroclix at somepoint btw?
commlal
Aug. 19th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Now that I've found them, or at least most of them, then yes.
angusabranson
Aug. 19th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Cool :)

Maybe have a game at one of the Gameforce days?

I won't be able to tomorrow though (even if you could!) as I'm still in "organiser" mode for the first few months making sure things run smoothly and everyone has a game to play. I probably wouldn't be able to play Heroclix at the September event either as I've realised I'm in France that weekend and will have to go straight to the club from Paris so won't be taking any games with me (or rather only the games I've just picked up in France! :p).

You should come along to one of the club days anyway (and drag your boys with you) and play some board/card/rpg games :)
felineparadox
Aug. 19th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Now i've unfortunately become a bit of a veteran of all things dental (through no fault of my own)...When I was a kid I did have injections and they hurt, Now, i've had some recently and they didn't. I'm pretty sure that dental techniques are a hell of alot better now than even 10years ago. I'll spare you any further discussions but remember; lie back, relax, and think of England :P
lulucthulhu
Aug. 19th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Or use distraction.
if you (or someone) pinch your fingertip really hard, you won't feel the needle in my experience. something to do with priority nerve endings...
angusabranson
Aug. 19th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Or use distraction.
ooo... any finger or does it have to be a specific one?
daver2323
Aug. 19th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Or use distraction.
do dentists in the uk still use anesthetic gas to put you under? If so that may be an option.


Dave
lulucthulhu
Aug. 19th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Or use distraction.
I don't think it matters if you pinch hard enough. :)
gwyryon
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, there is gas and nitrous oxide yet. The downside is its effects do not last long, I believe. They can also give you drugs in pill form while they operate. That is what they did for me the last time I was at the dentist.
Use clove oil for the pain. You can get it from any pharmacist or druggist over the counter, I imagine. You can here.
They have dental laser surgery now, without drills or needles. try Googling such words. I know where to go for this here in my city but not in London.
angusabranson
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
**Yes, there is gas and nitrous oxide yet. The downside is its effects do not last long, I believe.**

No, I've been told they don't from someone else before. :(

**They can also give you drugs in pill form while they operate. That is what they did for me the last time I was at the dentist.**

That's a possibility.

**Use clove oil for the pain. You can get it from any pharmacist or druggist over the counter, I imagine. You can here.**

You're the second person in this thread whose mentioned clove oil. I'll have to have a hunt tomorrow morning for some...

**They have dental laser surgery now, without drills or needles. try Googling such words. I know where to go for this here in my city but not in London.**

Now I LIKE this idea. Wonder how much it'd cost. Hmmm... wanders over to Google... Thanks
heliograph
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of our problems!
fluffworld
Aug. 20th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Anbesol is an liquid antiseptic with numbing agent that you can rub directly on your gums. It is amazing and I never travel without it. It shouldn't be more than a fiver and come from any chemist. Simply put some on your finger and rub over the area affected and the pain will be numbed. It also kills germs and stuff, so if you have a gum infection it will help.
Gas is crap and didn't work for me. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings. You can keep your eyes closed and ask them to spray with a numbing agent so you don't feel the needle go in?
And if the infection is IN your tooth and the Anbesol doesn't work, good ole Neurofen is a bomb on making the pain stop.
Hope this helps, and good luck.
meaningrequired
Aug. 20th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
When you DO go to the dentist and if you do end up going for the injection route, you can ask to get something that numbs your gum before he injects.

When I was about 15 I had a bad fall from a horseriding accident, and whilst its completely invisable from looking at me, I had to have quite a few injections in the gap between my lower lip and my teeth so they could sew me back together.

When I went to the dentist after that, I told him I REALLY didnt like needles. So before he injects me, he puts that numbing stuff on my gum, then injects me and it have never really hurt, and I've never paniced.

But I believe communication with thy dentist is highly important, they don't like hurting people and it does stress them. Contrary to the stereotype ~thinks of little shop of horrors~.
lainey316
Aug. 21st, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Possibly, this is too late, but I strongly recommend highlighting your problem with needles to the receptionist when you make your appointment. Secondly, the last few times I've been to the dentist they have always used a numbing gel before the needle, but you should also ask if they provide this as not all dentists do. Thirdly, if your needle phobia is of the superdeathshakinghyperventilating type as my drill phobia was, I recommend Valium/diazepam(sp?) to get you through it, but you'll need a prescription in advance and someone to accompany you to the dentist and to bring you home if that is the case.

I hope the toothache is in the back of your mouth, needles in there are actually not that bad!

Good luck with it anyway.
angusabranson
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I did speak to the receptionist and let her know and my phobia and also asked about using numbing gel before the injection. So all good on that score (thankfully).

Another friend mentioned valium but I doubt I'll be able to get any by tomorrow afternoon (my appointment is now 2.30pm on Tuesday --- eeekkk...).

Luckily the problem is towards the back of my mouth (second tooth from the back I think...) so knowing that is less painful is a good help. Many thanks for your post :)
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