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I had a full dental clearance last October and had terrible problems. I was booked in to hospital yesterday to have an implant removed and a replacement inserted. When I woke up yesterday I had a major panic attack and cancelled. I need to move on with my dental treatment but I'm a mess thinking about it.

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    Floss, I'm wondering whether there are any hospitals in your area that run a special programme for people who are afraid of the dentist. There's one in the city where I live but I don't know whether they have them everywhere. It might be worth doing some research in your region - either specialist dental hospitals or just large university hospitals. I hope you can find a solution.

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      Thankyou for your response. Its not a phobia of dentists im scared that i will have major problems again after the surgery. I need to talk with my surgeon about it and maybe get my dentures and wait awhile . I dont know.
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    I am assuming that it was a same day surgery where you go in get the treatment done and go home on the same day. So I'm going to make my suggestions based on that.

    Lily mentioned hospitals that work with those that have problems with dentists but I only know of indepentant dentists that do that, not hospitals. But what I think you need to do is get with your doctor or if you have one a psychiatrist and ask for a sedative such as diazapam to take the day of the procedure. Also let the dentist/doctor who's doing the procedure what you are going through so that he knows too. Then the morning of the procedure use guided relaxation to help keep your mind occupied and relaxed during the entire time. Use while you wait for it to be time to leave, then use it in the car and finally use it while you are waiting for it to be your turn to go in to have the procedure done.

    So your ready to give it another try.

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      I love your reply and it is everything i would say to someone. I have access to valium. However my last surgery induced hyperalgesia. It was the worst pain ive ever had and lasted 5 weeks. I dont know what can be done to avoid this happening again. I need to talk to the drs. Should have done it earlier but I didn't know i would react like this at the prospect of surgery.

      Again your answer was great.

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    I am really sorry to hear that you suffered from hyperalgesia. I don't even know what that is but as soon as I get off of here I'm going to look it up. But it does sound like you have some big issues to deal with. I hope you are able to manage them soon so that you can get your teeth fixed. Best of luck to you

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      Thanks a lot I appreciate your words. Do look it up it's an interesting problem and I have little options to completely avoid the chances of going down that path again. Pot luck and different analgesics seem the only way. I'll talk to the anaesthetist prior to admission. Maybe forewarned is forearmed

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    I cant believe I'm still whining

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