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Hi, I'm terrified of the dentist and was told by my old one that I need a tooth extraction as there is no way I'd be able to undergo root canal treatment. He was going to send me to a dental hospital miles away to get the tooth taken out. I decided to get another opinion and have joined a new dentist who specialises in nervous patients. She's said that she would be able to do root canal treatment in one appointment (as apposed to the 3 my old dentist said!) as it's a small tooth. She also said she could try it without the rubber dam if I couldn't cope with it in my mouth. Or I can have the tooth removed if I prefer.
I'm really confused now as I don't know what to do. How bad is it with the rubber dam in your mouth? Can you breathe with it on? Would the treatment be as successful without using it? How much blood would there be with a tooth extraction (front lower tooth)?
Sorry about out the long message - the whole thing is getting me really stressed out. Would be really grateful for any advice from anyone who has gone through either procedure.
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