OT -- Anyone else phobic about going to the dentist?

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OT -- Anyone else phobic about going to the dentist?
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 11:43pm

I am so petrified of going to the dentist, it's not even funny.

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Aw! I'm sorry its such an ordeal! I used to freak out about getting bloodwork, but with all this RE-stuff, I've had to get over that. Similarly, I used to freak about dentistry. But while I lived in Louisiana I found a dentist who was 40-ish, but as old fashioned as a Norman Rockwell painting. Starched shirts, collar buttoned, and calm as a glass lake. It turned me around. I started going regularly, got the fillings done that I needed to and even a crown. Now that I'm back in FL, I miss Dr. Grainger but I found one who is awesome in her own way - she's freaking fast!!

Just talk yourself into realizing that after the novacaine it won't hurt, and they can't kill you, and it will be over before you know it. At worst its an annoying inconvenience and anyone (you more so than most) has gone through worse than what they can dish out.
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Kelly, I go pretty regularly now that I'm married and have insurance. I've always disliked it, too.

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Kelly... I am so freaking phobic of the dentists office that I actually scare the dentists. I went to one that specializes in sedation dentistry. I paid beaucoup bucks to have it all done in one fell swoop. I had meds the night before, the morning of and more when I got to the dentist. I don't remember any of it. I woke up HAPPY thinking it had all been taken care of. Instead, they only got ONE temporary filling done in 3 hours because I was shaking and crying under sedation. I was soo ticked. They told me I need to go to a hospital to be under general anasthesia. Argh.

I've gotten out of chairs while they were working on me, I've left the waiting room because of the sound of the drill. It's not good. My friends have been trying to get me to use hypnotism in conjunction with the sedation to see if that helps.

So, no, you are not the only one.

Oh- and the temporary filling blew out and now I have a hole in my back molar on 3 sides but I'm afraid to go back to the dentist. :(

Good luck chica- I hope it all goes well.




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I totally froke out today. :( I got through the cleaning, but only just. DH had to come back to hold my hand and give me something to focus on. Nothing else worked for me. It was all miserable. And that was with the sedation meds the night before and the day of (stronger than valium....) and nitrous oxide. I did take one hell of a nap when I got home, and didn't hear ANYTHING with three kids screaming around me. Maybe that's the secret -- take me to a scary movie first so I get all my freaking out done, and then happen to have a nice dentist's chair handy for me to take a nap in. :)
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Registered: 01-27-2008

Sorry, no help here.

I loooove going to the dentist. I think it has something to do with how noisy my life is as a kindergarten teacher and a parent. The dentist is the one place where there is absolute quiet for an hour. I'm not expected to talk or be talked at, and I find it totally relaxing. I used to save up $ to go get a cleaning before we had insurance, and now that we do, I religiously go twice a year and go 3 times a year when pregnant.

Just think, you are taking care of a body party part you use every moment of every day! You only get one set of teeth, take care of 'em!

I was going to suggest sedation dentristy, but it sounds like you've got an understanding dentist. Scary, but worth it!


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I wish I could pass on some of my calm dentist vibes. I LOVE going to the dentist, I love getting cleaning because it feels great afterwards, and I'm the one who calls the second I feel any tooth pain because I KNOW they'll get me in that day or the next and I HATE toothaches!

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As a former dental assistant, I can honestly say....PLEASE take care of your teeth, hun! I've seen the worst of the worst of dental surgeries when a patient didn't have their teeth cleaned or just didn't take care of them. I'm glad you were able to get through your cleaning. {{{HUGS}}}