Finding a dentist!

No problem :tooth:

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Modern anaesthetics for dentistry prob much better than nitrous oxide. I had it twice as a kid. Got an idea they watch for vomiting after.

The only time I ever went private in UK I was told a very modern light anaesthetic was used by this particular specialist dentist who is ‘the man’ for root canals as he felt this anaesthetic so beneficial. Apparently it was similar to LSD and kept very locked up. After having it I can well understand why. All my worries went away. (Not just dentistry worries : all of them.) It was the most stressfree experience at a dentist ever. It would never be used by my NHS dentist due to expense. If I was that anxious I would go for a modern anaesthetic, not sure if dentist would allow blindfold as might need to see your pupils, unsure I would want a general anaesthetic as more risky. But obvs your dentist will be able to advise

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GAD Cabinet Dentaire.

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Hated it as a child, smelly rubber mask and I always vomited :nauseated_face:
My dentist in the UK never gave me enough anesthetic :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: the last seconds (felt like minutes) of any drilling, I would be backing into the chair and he would be saying " nearly finished":grimacing:
Years ago I saw a man in dental out-patients, he was screaming with fear. His wife told me this fear over the years stopped him having his teeth checked. No relaxing methods/meds had any effect! It must be dreadful to have such fear :frowning:
I have a great dentist, he understands he needs to give me just a tad more, to keep me calm :pray:

Possibly a fentanyl and propofol mix - kept securely as a controlled drug that is a target for drug users. NHS dentists also are restricted as to what they can use for safely reasons, or as not qualified to deliver some drugs.

With a dentist mother and anaesthetist father I was not at all bothered about medical procedures until I had to be treated by an NHS nurse who scared me witless when I was reluctant to be injected by holding me down and forcing me (I had daily injections for months and months). Took me until my 50{s to get over it.

So do recognise the apprehension. For dental phobics ask if you can have a prescription for something like Halcion to take in advance as a mild sedative (and don’t drive).

Good news! After making many phone calls again today, we were referred by the receptionist of Mr Deborde in Moncoutant to a dentist in Cerizay which is not too far from us. The receptionist there did not speak English but she put me through to one of the dentists who did. We have our first consultation on 7th March. This was a surprise as we were expecting at least a 6-month wait for a RDV.
So soon both of us will be able to eat radishes, crunch into apples and even try a steak - with a bit of luck!


The issue of Dentists, and Doctors, refusing to see a patient because they don’t want new clients is completely foreign to me. Do Dentists and Doctors, in France, tell their patients when to come in to be ‘serviced’? In Australia this would be considered over-servicing and is illegal. In Australia I have changed Doctors and Dentists frequently and have never, over a period of more than 40 years, been refused a consultation. The receptionist will open the Dentists diary and offer me the next available time slot. I also had a very difficult time trying to see a Dentist in France when I was in severe pain. Just one more reason I will be selling my house in France. Cigarette smoking is at the top of the list.

I suspect the patient register is full/overflowing, which is why new patients are refused.

The most frequently occurring reason is likely to be simply not enough dentists in the area. Doctors also a problem but dentists even greater shortage.

I am sure those living in Paris 8e, 16e and Neuilly are not as short of dentists as many areas particularly rural areas in the provinces and that’s where many of us are. My French neighbours complain too. There are only so many hours a dentist can work in a week.

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What the fact that people are allowed to smoke is the no.1 reason for selling your house? What about drinking? What about living next to a dirty busy street in a city?

Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?


Medical professionals have a duty of care. If they have more patients registered with them than they can safely handle they would be failing in their duty of care. As well as most likely causing themselves to burn out, have a heart attack, or quit the profession entirely in some other way.

Also, Australia has nearly 4 doctors per 1000 people, France around 3. And a different population make-up too. You can’t compare apples and green footballs.

I really can’t remember the last time I was seriously put out by cigarette smoking here. A few passing pedestrians, and the occasional café terrace - both easy enough to avoid. I can imagine wanting to move countries for all sorts of (serious) reasons, but that one seems rather superficial.


Being in extreme pain and being told to go away is not my idea of ‘duty of care’.

Maybe there was a whole queue of people in extreme pain who had appointments. Maybe the dentist was having a cigarette break, who knows.


Phone 15 at 8.30 on Sunday morning if you are in pain. You will need to be able to speak French. OH got appointment at 10.30 the same day. We had to travel about 40 mins but treatment was excellent.

If you are in an excruciating level of extreme a pain you go to A&E, or phone as above (nights, public holidays, sat & sun only).

For others, this illustrates the importance of trying to find and register with a dentist - even if it takes a long time. As once you are on their list they will usually do their very best to see you in an emergency. Same with ophthalmologists. I think I had to wait a year when I arrived to get on my current dentist’s list.

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A memory of french dentist.
It must have been around 1992/3.
We were busy renovating our first french house in Normandy and one morning I woke up with excruciating tooth pain.
Our house was a holiday home although at the time we were living in our caravan parked in the barn.
Our french was pretty much non existent but the lure of cheap french property to an English builder had tempted us to buy on a whim during a 3 day visit in 1992.
I was desperate for the pain to go away but no such luck. Went to the nearest town and after making ourselves understood at the pharmacie we were directed to a dentist in the town.
A RDV was fixed for that afternoon.
At that time, and possibly still now a visit to an English dentist required the dentist doing the work while his assistant scurried around passing this and that and mixing various batches of filler so I was somewhat surprised that this dentist performed alone.
There was little conversation, is there ever when in the chair?
My hero worked alone for about 45
minutes or so and then explained he had done all he could and I should visit my UK dentist back home to complete the treatment. The pain had gone, and the tooth and had been replaced by a temporary blob of creamy coloured stuff.
This amazing dentist insisted there was nothing to pay and was pleased to have been of help in my hour of need.
Fast forward a few days and I was recounting my experience to my UK dentist.
When telling him how long the procedure had taken single handed my dentist gave a knowing smile and said it was clear he had done a temporary job and I would need root canal treatment to resolve the problems as my French dentist could not possibly have done what I described in the time he spent and I needed an xray so that he could decide the best course of action.
Imagine his,and my surprise when he advised that the offending tooth had indeed been removed and the root canal treatment complete and all that was required was a crown and the prep work where it was to be fixed.
I still have the same crown 30 years later supported by the great foundation that my French dentist installed single handed in less than an hour!
The french dentist was about my age so only young and like me will probably have retired but he was certainly ahead of his time.
We now have a dentist here who is fantastic, a young lady, aren’t they all when you are old!
She works alone and is the most caring wonderful dentist who is keeping both mine and my wife’s gnashers in good enough condition to still be able to eat a crunchy apple a day.


My French dentist did a root canal that my UK dentist was bowled over by (had to visit while over seeing family). She said it would not be possible to achieve that quality in the NHS with NHS protocols.

JaneJones…Where is your dentist? I have been and am still suffering from an infection in a broken molar. This has gone on since September. I was seen briefly mid January to be told nothing can be done about it until end of March.

In a tiny town in eastern France.And I had to wait a year to get onto his list!

You’d probably be better off looking in Paris, Lyon or Marseille.