Dentist scare yesterday

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steph2005
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   Posted 10/20/2006 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,

It's been so long since I have posted, but that's because so much has been going on. It's been rocky at times, but I have somehow managed to keep my anxiety in check for over a year now. I wanted to see if anyone has had this happen to them at the dentist. Basically, yesterday I went to the dentist to have a filling put in (first one in 8 years) The dentist gave me the full shot of lidocaine at one time, and about 30 seconds later my eyes were blurry and I felt really dizzy I told the assistant to the dentist, and no sooner than I let her know I remember just closing my eyes and sliding down the chair. The next thing I remember is her and I think someone else sliding me back up the chair, and I remember seeing the doctor come in the room. my whole body was basically in one big tremor, almost like I was convulsing. I asked him what happened to me, and when I was trying to talk I noticed that my throat was really numb and I could hardly swallow. It became increasingly hard to breathe, but I remember thinking to myself, "this doesn't feel like a panic attack" At first I was able to breathe through my mouth and then it just kept getting worse and worse. They started putting oxygen on me, and by the time they did that I could barely breathe through my nose, and that is when my panic set in. I remember feeling it, because at first I just kind of tried to rationalize that my throat was numb from the medicine. But as it got increasingly worse, I started to panic, I mean who wouldn't. Long story short, the EMS showed up and the main guy basically passed it off as anxiety. He said it couldn't have been an allergic reaction. I really wasn't thinking it was an allergic reaction to begin with, but the dentist seemed to think so since I broke out in hives.

My panic attacks normally start with the rapid heart beat and then I start to feel dizzy, but the dizziness is almost like a headrush. I don't usually have a hard time breathing and certainly never experienced the sensation I felt. I have had a lot go on the past few months, my grandfather passed away, I was in a car wreck that nearly killed me among other things. Never once did I go into having a panic attack. I wasn't nervous at all going to the dentist. I called my pharmacist and he said that sometimes this can happen if too much is given at one time to a patient, especially if they are sensetive. I am just really confused about what happend. Ironically enough, I was fine within 15 minutes, because i did have to calm myself down, but I was able to drive home, I was able to carry on with the rest of my day. If I had a true panic attack, I couldn't have done that at all. I am normally on edge for a few hours at least when I get a full blown attack. I am just confused, and curious if anyone has had experiences with dentists like this. The dentist I saw hadn't been in practice very long, which I found out after the fact. Thanks for listening, in some ways I'm kind of venting here. This site has been so helpful to me in the past, and I appreciate all it has done for me from the support that you receive here. Thanks again

JKRsGirl
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/21/2006 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi steph ((Hugs)),
Thats's so much to deal with. I wanted to tell you about the first time I had to have a tooth pulled. The dentist gave me a shot of novacaine, I turned to my mother (who was there as moral support for my anxiety) and said, "I don't feel so...." I remember vomiting and the next thing I remember is the dentist and his assistant by my side with an oxygen mask trying to wake me up. I knew this was a panic attack because I was so anxious about the needle, the tooth being extracted, etc.
My panic attacks usually sneak up on me. It isn't a full blown all-out attack right from the very beginning. One of my "clues" that I'm having one is that it gets increasing hard to breathe. I can only describe it as something that an asthma attack might feel like. My throat starts to slowly get dry. Then it feels like someone has pushed down on the bottom of my throat and won't ease up.
I don't know if what you had was a panic attack, but it is possible that somewhere along the line, your PA decided to manifest itself differently. I do hope that you're doing better than you were. Be well!
Life's a journey, not a destination ~ Aerosmith
A good friend is one who thinks you're a good egg even though you're half-cracked.


steph2005
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 10/21/2006 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply, I know definitely that an attack came on when I found my throat closing. They tried to give me water and it wouldn't go down. I had to keep swallowing about 10 times for it to fully go down. The weird thing is that I am not afraid of the dentist. That's why I am so confused. Thanks again for the reply I do appreciate it.

JKRsGirl
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 140
   Posted 10/21/2006 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I found this website that talks about the adverse side effects of lidocaine:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidocaine#Adverse_drug_reactions

Maybe that might shed some light on the subject for you. I hope you're feeling better today.


Life's a journey, not a destination ~ Aerosmith
A good friend is one who thinks you're a good egg even though you're half-cracked.


steph2005
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 305
   Posted 10/21/2006 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the link, it's so difficult, as I think we all know on distiguishing the panic from other things that might not be panic. I know I just started to think everything that happened to me was panic. That link was helpful for me, thanks again. I really think I just got too much at one time, because for some reason I just don't feel this was all panic, but I know some of it sure was. I am feeling much better now, thanks again for the reply, it really means a lot to me :-)
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