Terrified of the dentist!

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damouthy1
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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I sit here with a horrible toothache, it's a tooth that I have had alot of problems with for the last year and I am going today to get it pulled. I am absolutely terrified of going to the dentist and I always have been. The pain is so bad. So because I am so scared of the dentist I do not go see one as often as I should so of course my teeth are not in the best shape. I was just wondering if anybody else has super bad experiences at the dentist? I feel like such a big baby, my kids are braver than me when it comes to having any dental work done. I wonder if having fibro makes it more painful? Well thanks for letting me whine...hope everyone has a great and painfree week!
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon
 
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luvskermit
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I, too, am terrified of the dentist. I won't relate the "whys" because if you are anything like me, it will start the cycle of terror going whether you have an appt or not. I have been known to pass out cold AFTER everything is over and done and it's time to go. Nice.

Can you get nitrous for this appointment? Can you get a sedative? Sometimes if you call and relay your issues, they will work with you.

Some things I have tried - singing to myself in my head (sounds weird, but hey, whatever works), lamaze breathing, positive self talk, and most importantly - TELL THE DENTIST of your fear. I have just recently heard of someone local that is excellent and will even put you out and do all the work, but I haven't called...the fear rules. For the moment.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon! Just think how great it will be to not have that toothache. :)

SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I too am terrified of the dentist. I need to have a tooth pulled and get cavities filled, but I have had such bad experiences that I am afraid to go. That, and I just hate pain. Because of my fear, my teeth are in fairly bad shape.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


Sherrine
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll be happy to share super good experiences with the dentist.  I had two teeth pulled when I had my braces put on.  They gave me a lot of novacaine and I felt absolutely nothing.  It was quite simple.
 
I also have more crowns than Queen Elizabeth!  The first time I went to this endodontist for a root canal, he leaned the chair back and, low and behold, there was a small television in the ceiling!  He handed me the remote and while I was having a basically painless root canal, I was watching The Price Is Right!  It was a piece of cake and I felt soooo much better getting that painful root out and the bad abcess. 
 
So, try to relax.  Dentistry has come a very long way.  If you are having any pain, be sure to let the dentist know.  My dentists tell me to raise my hand if I need more novacaine.  You might tell them you will let them know by raising your hand.  I'm sure you will do just fine.  Let us know how things went.
 
By the way, those of you that have had terrible experiences with the dentist, you need a new dentist. 
 
Sherrine


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crazykitty
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm getting all my teeth pulled and new choppers due to some health issues. Looking
forward to having a Hollywood smile. Nowadays dentistry is virtually painless. I expect
a little discomfort, but the end results will be worth it.

Let your dentist know you are scared. Dentists generally will do what they can to ease
your fear. I've had numerous root canals, crowns, ect. The longer you wait the more
anxiety and fear you have. Movies have portrayed dentists as monsters and their not.
Good luck to you!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was a little girl, my dentist gave me several shots of novacaine, because just one didn't help. I assumed most ppl had more than one shot for there dental work. The thing that did bother me was that the shots hurt, I hate needles. As an adult, I went to a dentist who felt ONE shot was plenty, I shouldn't feel anything. I felt everything. I made him stop and give me a couple of shots, one at a time, till I felt nothing.
I did not go back to him. I know what I'm feeling, I don't need some jerk telling me how this doesn't hurt. I know what hurt feels like. The only good thing is now they have the gel they rub on the area to dull the shot. Where was that when I was a child?

I went to a new dentist this past time and he was very gentle and listened to what I had to say. I told him I have Fibro and I'm in pain (I had an abscess), he was very gentle and helpful. I am a nut about my teeth, brushing, flossing, mouthwash, the whole deal.

I would rather go to the dentist than the gyn. Just me!

God bless. Alice.

Sherrine
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
You and me both, Alice!  LOL 
 
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


damouthy1
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I made it through alive!! LOL I had two teeth pulled and the dentist was great! I took all of your advise and told him how terrified I was (I used to feel stupid telling the dentist I was scared) what a difference that made. I am now going to go back and have all the work I need done. He set up a treatment plan within my insurance budget and I should have a great smile soon! I am so happy I found a good dentist and now know I don't have to feel dumb to be honest. Thank you all.
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon
 
Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraine disorder (with and without aura), GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety
Oxycontin, Lopressor, Lexapro, Famotidine, and Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines


luvskermit
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so happy for you! Hooray! :)

Sherrine
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   Posted 3/8/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
This is wonderful news!  Keep those pearly whites smiling!  smilewinkgrin
 
Sherrine
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Guess I'm a little strange, but I love going to the Dentist. Of course, my teeth are the only things that are healthy about me. My father is 83 and still has every tooth. He has a beautiful smile - at least I inherited one good thing. My mother has the fibro. Wouldn't you know I would inherit that. One good thing I'll pass on about fibro and aging - she is 73 and still has it but the fatigue and pain is not as bad. Here's hoping to old age and better health. PS: she too hates the dentist - has beautiful teeth, but dental work is hidden with a lot of porcelin. At least I didn't inherit her teeth!!
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