I Suffer From Dental Phobia. Can I Have My Teeth Replaced Without Drilling?

Q.
Hi Dr Moore, I hope you can help me. I have a huge phobia of going to the dentist, and because of this I haven’t been to see one for about 7 years. My teeth have started to feel loose and I really don’t know what to do. My phobia means I just couldn’t go through with the implant procedure, it’s too much for me. Is there any way I could have teeth removed and replaced without the use of drilling? Not only am I scared of going to the dentist but I’m also ashamed of my teeth. Please give me all the advice you can.
A.
You could have a denture instead of implants (this way you would only need to have impressions of your teeth made) but this isn’t always the most satisfying result for patients as it means the teeth are removable rather than permanent. I’ve treated a lot of patients who suffer from dental phobia, and use sedation to help them through the tooth removal and placement procedures, meaning that they don’t feel anything but can still communicate with me if necessary. A lot of dental practices offer this now so it’s definitely worth looking at a few in your area and asking about sedation techniques. Good luck. 
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