Loose tooth because I am a coward

I’ve got a loose tooth. Not because I did anything to it, but because I’m a coward. I haven’t been to the dentist in years. I know I’m the cause of the loose tooth, but don’t know how to get myself through the dentist’s doors.

Angela B. – Franklin, TN

Angela,

You’re not alone in your fear of the dentist. Many Americans avoid the dentist and only go as a last resort. Of course, avoiding the dentist is what causes the last restort to begin with.

That tooth will need to be splinted if it’s not already too late to save it. I have a solution for you, and it may prevent you from loosing any teeth, but you’ll need to go to the dentist’s quickly.

What you want is a dentist that caters to patients with dental fears. Often you’ll find they do some form of sedation dentistry. This will give you a completely pain free dental appointment, from start to finish.

There is an additional upside to this for you. Sedation allows you to get a lot more work done than you normally would be able to in one appointment.

Because you’ve been away for so long, you’re likely to need quite a bit of work.

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Is Care Credit Legit?

I’ve been trying to find a way to afford dental implants. My dentist told me the pros and cons between those and dentures. I’ve got my heart set on dental implants, but they’re way beyond what I can pay outright. My dentist told me about something called Care Credit which will pay my dentist and then let me pay them out. Is that legit?

Micah L. – North Carolina

Micah,

Yes, Care Credit is a legitimate business. It’s specifically for health care expenses. You can get low and even no interest payment plans. ┬áIt’s a great way to get affordable dental implants.

You’re right that dental implants are a much more ideal treatment than dentures, so I understand why your heart is set on that for a treatment.

Go ahead and apply. You’re safe with that company. Your dental office can likely help you navigate the paper work.

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How much work can you get done with sedation?

I need a lot of dental work done. It’s my own fault. I avoid the dentist like the plague. So, knowing I don’t like the dentist, exactly how much work can get done in one appointment if I use sedation?

Bernie L. – Ohio

Bernie,

Sedation is a great solution for people in your situation. I can’t tell you exactly how much work can get done, but with the right sedation your dentist can do several hours worth. That’s a big chunk of work.

You may even find that your experience with sedation is so pleasant that you no longer avoid the dentist. You can even use it for general appointments.

Your dentist will know what procedures you need and can tell you how much can be done at once.

Just look forward to the fact that you can get it all done without any pain whatsoever.

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