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   Posted 5/2/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
      yeah   After three missed appointments I had to face my fear !!!!  I had an Abcess tooth
and it needed to be pulled . I litterally hate other people's hands in my mouth because I feel
no control, but to be patient and let them do their job . This is my first tooth and I hope
only tooth that need to be pulled.  I must say it is that babe because they numb you up
pretty good. The pain start to comes after the local Anesthia wears off  . Its been about 2
hours since the pull and I can feel the pain coming mad    THANK GOD FOR MEDICINE !!!!
             Anyone else fear or don't like to be in the HOT seat at the Dentist Office ?
                                                    I  can't be the only one . . . . . .   lol  I hope not

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/2/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't STAND the dentist. I used to be okay with it...but when I was in high school I developed an eating disorder. Now, when I go to the dentist, I constantly worry that the enamel on my teeth is eroding away (which is actually a pretty rational fear). The thing is, I'm not even secretive about the bulimia around doctors of any kind (just friends and family), but for some reason, I CAN'T let the dentist find out.

Congrats on facing the fear though!
I'm starting to face mine. In addition to anxiety treatment, I have my first appt. with a therapist Monday to try to tackle the eating disorder beast.

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   Posted 5/2/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there, I don't know anyone that likes to go to the dentist but some people have more anxiety over the dentist then others. I have had a lot of dental work done and once I get there I am fine, it is the anticipation of going into the room with the "Chair"

Kudos for you for going, just thing, now the experience is history. Gentle Hugs.


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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
At the risk of making you all shun me forever, I actually like the dentist.

No, not the actual grubbing around in my mouth (I had an orthodontist once who smoked - YUCKY FINGERS! ), but when I was a child, the dentist I went to then would always let me read National Geographic while waiting for the xrays to develop or for the novocaine to take effect (he didn't have it out in the waiting room). I loved reading it (not just looking at the pix, so be nice!), and my folks couldn't afford it at home. So every 6 months, I had a little treat of getting to read it for 15 minutes or so. The procedures were a small price to pay for that opportunity in my mind.

It helped that he was pretty good at his trade too. I haven't found one to really compare since he passed away, but they're okay.  I definitely understand why most folks are uncomfortable around them, though.  They're some of the only doctors who often have to cause pain in order to cure pain.

Preparing to be pelted with rocks and garbage,

Post Edited (percycat) : 5/3/2008 11:33:21 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/4/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to add my 2 cents for anyone who

I use to be so afraid of the dentist because of my horrid anxiety, that I ended up having some pretty severe dental problems. Dental issues are in my genes, and I am just an unlucky person to have weak teeth. Seems to be ever since I was pregnant, my teeth got super weak.

At any rate, I hated the dentist so much that I refused to go, until one day, I was in such pain, I couldn't function, and literally thought I was going to die from the pain, and, or going insane. I had to bite the bullet and go.

That all went on about a year or so ago, and now, going to the dentist is no problem for me. I go, and I gotta say, I almost enjoy it, even if he has to pull a tooth, or do whatever.

I use to be afraid of being "LOCKED" in the chair per say. Once he starts a procedure, I am no longer in control. It's like I am "STUCK" there until he is done, and that is what use to scare me. Like you are saying, they numb you, so it wasn't the pain that scared me. It was just the idea of me being under the control of someone else.

Somehow, someway, I lost that fear, and now have no problem going to the dentist...thank God!

So yea, that's my 2 cents!

Glad you got your tooth taken care of.
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   Posted 5/4/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to be the biggest TURKEY when it came to the dentist.
Oh the anxiety attacks. They were awful. I have a beautiful smile and teeth so one day I said "Jen stop being such a CHILD and take care of your teeth"

Well I still didn't go and one day I was walking by a dentist office and the sign outside said "We cater to cowards- specializing in patients with anxiety"
I was like "That's the dentist for me"
I went in, made an appointment. Then 3 days later I was in the chair and told the dentist "I hope you can handle me cause I have bad anxiety"
She was like "Oh please, freak out. pass out or pee your pants. I can handle it all"

As soon as she knew I was a spaz case, I had NO anxiety.

I still get anxiety when I go, but who cares, my teeth are more important that this stupid anxiety.
The fear of losing my teeth is greater than my fear of freaking out in front of strangers

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong in the broken places

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   Posted 5/4/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I love it! What a fabulous dentist!

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