I need some help. My husband is absolutely a coward when it comes to the dentist. Normally, I put up with it, but now he’s got a toothache. He tries to hide it but I can tell. He’s eating tentatively and wincing when he thinks I’m not looking. I’m pretty sure he has an infection. Is there any way I can actually get him there?
Dental anxiety is quite common, so don’t be too hard on your husband. However, you’re right. Pain usually means a tooth infection. He will need to be seen. In fact, this is a dental emergency. Let him know people still die from tooth infections.
I don’t know if that will be enough to get him there. However, this might. There are dentists who cater to cowards. They can help your husband feel comfortable getting dental care.
One method that’s been very helpful to people in your situation is dental sedation. Your husband can take a simple pill, which will completely relax him, giving him a stress-free, pain-free dental appointment. The only downside is you’ll have to drive him to and from the appointment, as well as stay with him until he’s lucid.
What He Can Expect from His Sedation Dentist
The first things the dentist would do is to take x-rays and have a consultation with him about his medical history and any medications he’s on. Be sure your husband also lists any over-the-counter medications. This ensures the dentist won’t use any sedation which would interfere with anything your husband is currently using.
If it turns out he has an infection, the dentist will do a root canal treatment to remove any infected pulp. If necessary, he’ll also provide a dental crown. These procedures allow your husband to keep his natural tooth.
However, if the cavity or infection has progressed too far, he may need the tooth extracted. In that case, he’ll need to look at his tooth replacement options. The two best options are a dental implant and a dental bridge. He can discuss with a dentist which is best for his particular case.
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