Dental anxiety

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   Posted 9/6/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Well its nearly 3am and I cant sleep, just getting my thoughts down.
I've just about got rid of all my symptoms of anxiety, its taken 3 and half months, only thing left to shift is my knot in the throat and swallowing problems.  Now I don't like going to the dentist at the best of times as most people don't but I am really worried about going this morning (11am) eyes
The NHS have put 3 procedures into one slot as its cheaper (£198 instead of £400!) for the patient but this means my treatment is for a whole 60 mins!!
How on earth Im going to keep my mouth open for that long is beyond me.  Also considering im having a nerve removal, 2 crowns and a filling Im not sure if I cant go through with it.
I know I may be catastrophic thinking, but with my swallowing issues Im not sure how Im going to cope, I can choke on my own saliva sometimes if Im really stressed so you can imagine what thoughts are going round in my mind!
As for the injections, Im wondering if I will have to have 3 lots!! One top and two for the bottom.
I think its too much to ask someone to sit there an hour, but for someone suffering from anxiety already...
Ok I think I may wuss out on this occasion opting for just the one procedure.  Im imagining me sitting in the chair gasping to swallow.  If they don't suck all the water out from the back of my throat Ill gag lol!!!
I told my CBT therapist about it and even she said she would wuss out. My husband told me hes not paying for any extra treatment If I wuss out. Oh well...if thats the case they will have to rot !!!
I really should go back to bed haha.. shakehead

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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   

I've made and cancelled so many Dentist appointments in the past . . . .  The only way i feel i can get through them was for someone close to me go to the Dentist appointments with me . I successfully went through 3 appts. in the last year . . . . 2 teeth pulls and feelings yeah   but i understand where u are coming from . I dred those

appointments I really do .

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   Posted 9/7/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have any fast acting meds such as Xanax you can take beforehand? If so, I recommend you using those. Also, you will not choke on your saliva as they have a suction type thing in your mouth the whole time to help remove the excess saliva. I hate the dentist too, but I think you will do fine. Good luck!
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   Posted 9/7/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Guys, well Im back, I was very nervous, the worse part of the surgery was the injections wow ouch ouch ouch, I cant remember them been so painful, maybe after my anxiety my pain threshhold is low. I was fine, although my heart was banging and I couldnt keep my hands from shaking, he was very understanding about my swallowing and he paused when I needed to. I didnt choke/gag or anything, just took many breaths trying to suppress the swallow reflex.
He also didnt recline the chair too far back. Dentists are very accommodating, well mine it :)

Best not to cancel the appointments GiftOfGod, I think it gets easier if you face to fear.

Nanners Im only on citalopram anitdepressents so not taking anything for my nerves lol...only Chamomile tea when I can get it down that is! But thanks for the tip. The dental nurse was good at the mouth hoover lol...some nurses as leave you with water lingering at the back of the throat for you to deal with, even my hubby hates that and he doesnt suffer from anxiety.

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