Dentists

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Two blogs in two days; probably a bit much but I feel like I need to let off some steam. The main issue causing me to struggle tonight is the dentist; and yes, I'm aware everyone is scared of the dentist. I'm not saying I'm so terrified I'll refuse to go but in the last couple of years the thought of having to go has made my anxiety completely out of control. 

As I mentioned last time, I have wisdom teeth coming through and I think I've come to peace with the fact that there's going to be a bit of pain and pressure etc in my mouth. However, when I was 9 I snapped my front tooth in half and as it was an adult tooth there was a great fuss in trying to save it from being removed. They put a temporary cap, like a filling, on it until I was old enough to get more permanent work done. It was just my luck that I would get an infection that would require me to undergo root treatment which I think I bravely went through at such a young age.  I thought I was mostly over it but with my panic attacks being so strong in recent months, it has become an almost obsession with when the temporary cap will fall off; which they always do and get replaced with another. 

Anyway, to get to the point, we joined a new dentist recently- who we've now found out is well known for conning people into getting unneccesary work done so he can make money and scaring people into thinking there's problems that don't exist (great for people who suffer anxiety =/). On the first appointment he told me he didn't have time to deal with my childish behaviour so to save my dignity I pushed the panick to the back of my mind and allowed him to give me an injection in my mouth. I was so proud of this because I'd been terrified and I'd never needed an injection for anaesthetic purposes before. However, when I sat down to get the filling done, the injection hadn't fully worked and he pinned me to the chair while I was screaming in pain. Naturally I am now quite seriously scared of the dentist.

I really want to get the dead, root treated tooth taken out as I think the worry is stopping me from being able to progress  into any sort of recovery from my anxiety. The problem is that I'm too scared to actually go and get the procedure done. The obvious suggestion is that I change dentist but I also worry that they won't want to put up with my anxiety which at the moment just seems to be out of my control. After that last traumatic experience I am truly struggling to trust another stranger enough to perform any procedures to me. Reading this I know how ridiculous it sounds; wanting help but being scared of getting the help that I want; I just needed to get it off my chest for the night so I can try to relax!

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inspired said:

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Your anxiety does not sound ridiculous to me at all. My fear of the dentist is so bad that I cry merely at the thought of calling to make an appointment with the dentist. I have been known to pass out on the way way to the chair & that was before I started having panic attacks. My fears all come from having the dentist hit a nerve when I was having a tooth filled when I was young. He ignored my screams and just kept going. I have been to my dentist many times and he is aware of my fears (not the new panic attacks though) and I just can't bring myself to even make an appointment. He does sedation dentistry too & still can't get myself there. I really think I may have to have my husband make an appointment for me, take extra xanax and have my husband just lead me in.

I would certainly change dentists from what you said about the last one you went to. There are so many out there now that specialize in patients with panic and dental phobia, there is no reason for anyone to be treated the way you were treated. Don't go back to a place where you were treated so poorly.

Good Luck & All My Best, Norell
 
June 29, 2011
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flossy said:

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Thank you and hitting nerves during fillings is really painful! I'm getting my mum to find us a new dentist as I don't trust myself to actually make the appointments. Unfortunately with my asthma they can't sedate me or knock me out. I'm hoping I can try to find some bravery just to get through an appointment!
Hope you manage to get back to a dentist too! Good luck!
 
June 29, 2011
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tsuki said:

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As Norelle commented, find a "gentle care" dentist. I found one here and I am no longer anxious at having to have dental work done. They're very gentle and take every measure to keep you calm, comfortable and pain-free. I hope you can find a gentle, capable and patient dentist. Good luck; I hope your anxiety lessens after the work is done . . . hugs
 
July 01, 2011
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ninjakitteh said:

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OMG no doubt!!! i hate the dentist too - but seriously, if i had that experience i think i would have punched him. right in the mouth. :O
something that helped me was explaining (on the phone first!) that i am terrified and if the dentist isn't good with "children" then they probably won't work for me - i become quite child-like when i'm scared. i have, and would suggest, phoning around and talking to as many dentists as you can until you find one that will accommodate your needs - remember, you're paying THEM to do YOU a service!! you're the one in control!!!
you can do it! :D hey, if i can make it through, anyone can!!!!
 
July 10, 2011
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flossy said:

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Thank you, I'm hoping to get everything sorted and find someone that can make this easier for me! I know it's not going to kill me, it's just so difficult to put those wheels in motion and I hate waiting for the appointment because it all leads to me worrying for days! But I've promised myself I'm going to get through it and I will! :D
 
July 10, 2011
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