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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I HATE THIS.  I am so mad.  Mad at myself for PANICKING OVER NOTHING.
I had to go to the dentist today (I just went on Thurs. of last week, but he noticed that I had a small cavity in my wisdom tooth, and didn't have time to just get it done then -which I would have preferred- so I had to make ANOTHER appt.).  Yea, and another appt. means more anxiety (anticipating the appt.) and THEN another visit.
I was so proud of myself for making it through the last appt.  I used to seriously FEAR going to the dentist, and I had a GREAT, COMPASSIONATE dentist throughout my entire childhood.  So I really didn't even have much basis for my fear.  Since becoming an adult, I've had to switch dentists (I don't even live in the same city anymore and I hadn't been to one since, say 16, which is almost 10 years ago).  Well, this guy turned out to be nice, and like I said, the last appt. went pretty darn well.  I was ok.  I didn't really freak out!!!
Yea ok...not today.  He freaking numbed me WAY TOO MUCH.  I HATE medicine in general.  I am really scared of all medicine.  EVEN TYLENOL.  I am scared it will kill me.  So it took A LOT of courage to even let him numb me up.  I am not scared of the actual shot.  That I can totally deal with, with relatively little to no anxiety or problem.  Last time he numbed me up, I was a little uncomfortable, but I could deal.  I was fine within the hour, and all was basically ok.  Not a big deal.
This time, he got my whole freakin' inside of my mouth numb... cry   I thought I was having an allergic reaction (which is what I fear the most) to the medicine, because it felt like I couldn't swallow and like my tongue and throat was closing up!  It has been over an hour now since getting the shot (the actual procedure only took like 5 or 10 minutes), and now my right side of my face, all the way to my ear, is numb.  I seriously cannot feel a thing.
I HATE THIS SO MUCH.  I hate not being able to FEEL my mouth.  My lips.  It makes me want to cry!  I tried to hold it together, because my 3 yr old daughter was there with me, and I didn't want her to see me get all upset (even though it wasn't because of the DENTIST himself, but rather the numbness part), because then SHE will have the same fear of dentists that I had, and I don't want there for her.  So I tried to smile and keep my cool.  It was REALLY hard.  I kept thinking 'what if my throat closes off?!'.
"What if I just pass out here?"
What if, what if, what if?!?!?!?!
The bottom edge of my tongue is just so numb, I really have to CONCENTRATE to swallow.
And the thing is, he only gave me ONE shot.  Just like the last time.  AND even though I was numb to the max, I STILL felt a good portion of drilling/pain.  I just didnt say anything because I didnt want  to feel EVEN MORE numb with another shot.  Id rather deal with the pain! Why did it have so a different effect this time?  Am I developing an allergy to it?  What is going on?  They said that the numbness should go away within an hour or so...but it hasn't!!  I know, rationally, that if I were to have a serious allergic reaction, it would've happened within minutes, if not seconds, of receiving it, but it's still in the back of my mind. cry
Have any of you had this feeling?  I really don't think it is my anxiety causing this numbness.  It REALLY is numb.  As in, I seriously do not have any sensation whatsoever.  I can still move my face around...but it's still really scary to me.
I hate being out of control.  I don't like not being able to control my own body. :sigh:  I really hope this feeling (or lack thereof) is gone by the time I go to sleep tonight.
Thanks for letting me vent.   No one around me understands and thinks I am just crazy.

Cece, 24
Mommy to 4 kids, ages 5 and under.  Yep, I'm crazy.  In more than one way!

Post Edited (YaGirlC) : 12/15/2008 2:50:27 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Cece everything is going to be okay, breathe. Your mouth numbness will be wearing off pretty quickly and everything will be back to normal. When I go to the dentist I always take a Xanax about an hour before and it really helps. I actually have a dental appt today and will use the Xanax again, because I have to start the process for a few Crowns. Just take a deep breath and know you are going to be okay. Kick the stinkin thinkin to the curb:)
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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Cece, I posted somewhere else about my phobia of the dentist. I can so relate with you. I don't go to the dentist when I'm supposed to. I had a terrible experience over 20 years ago. There's adrenalin in novocaine and I guess it went right into my blood stream. The dentist said my racing heart was from the adrenalin, it would go away, but that he couldn't work on me. That was all it took to create a phobia that is now over 20 years old. When I go in to the dentist now, they use carbocaine which has no adrenalin. I still cry like a baby in the office. I shake. I take Benadryl before going to calm me down. I need to go again and just the thought of it terrifies me. I'd rather be in labor than go to the dentist. Now, about you. I would call them and leave a message about your experience today. I'm sure it's normal but you must voice your opinion and let them know what happened. My question is, why did he numb you so much for a small cavity? I've had my ear numbed, face, nose....I can totally relate. Try to remain calm and do relaxation techniques. And make that call! Let me know how you're doing, please...Carol

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   Posted 12/15/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   


I think the dentist is the person that most people dislike visiting the most. I can work myself up over the dentist too.  When My tongue gets numb I keep wiggling it and rinsing my mouth with like warm water and the numbness wears off quicker.

Dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is a major stumbling block for many people. It usually prevents otherwise intelligent, rational people from optimizing and maintaining their dental health.

I can not stress enough how important it is to find a dentist you can trust and who is willing to do what it takes to relieve your anxiety.

Remember that an educated consumer is a less anxious consumer. Make sure your dentist explains each and every procedure you undergo. Good dentists usually have videos, pamphlets, or books explaining the procedures they perform. A good dentist will answer the questions you have thus lessening your anxiety.

Take care and keep talking to us.



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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 12/15/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone so much. I am sorry for being a leech and pouring all of my problems/issues on you everyone. I just started posting here a few days ago; lol though you wouldn't know it otherwise.

Finally, my numbness is GONE. It took several hours though. Ugh, and today the dentist said that if one of my old fillings crack or fall out (it is like, at least 10-15 years old), that he will just go and do a root canal instead of making a bigger whole to fill it in again.


I know it wasn't saying it to be mean or cause me anxiety...I dunno if he even KNOWS I have issues with it...because I really tried to keep my cool while I was there (especially since my daughter was there too)...root canal? Never have had one and I've heard both ends of the spectrum with those things...but ya know, I ALWAYS think the absolute worst of things. rolleyes

Thanks so much for the support everyone. I'm just glad that I got that appointment over and done with now. :whew:
Cece, 24
Mommy to 4 kids, ages 5 and under.  Yep, I'm crazy.  In more than one way!

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