Junebug, i feel your pain and your fear. i cant hack the dentist either. but i found a great one who actually specialises in people with 'dentaphobia'. he removed my wisdom teeth in the chair. he gave me plenty of gas so i was in my happy place! and the discomfort afterwards was settled by pain meds. its better to get it over and done with- speak to your Pdoc and see if you can take a small dose of Valium etc beforehand to settle your nerves-
all the best, keep us posted and hang in there- we are here for you.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.
You will be fine as I have had several teeth removed but they always sent me to the Oral surgeon and with a little bit of IV sedation and the use of injecting long acting novacaine once I have fallen asleep it seems impossible when you hear them say it is all done.
They did not even give me pain pills to take home and I did not need them. I actually went home and just jumped on the coudh and dosed off for a couple of hours, waking up feeling just fine.
It is the fear of the unknown that gets you every time........or the known of feeling afraid.
I am a whimp and any dental work, I use the nitrous oxide and drift through it. I am awake but I just ignore the goings on and watch the TV or often shut my eyes and take a little mini nap.
I have no dental insurance but the price of the nitrous is worth using it.
You are not alone and you will be ok. Just practice your deep breathing on your way into the office.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
My consultation went okay, doctor walked in pretty cocky and was kind of a jerk to begin with, but I was surprisingly calm and just dealt with him. So first he says that with my panic issues I should be put under for the procedure. He asks about my xanax and I told him what my pdoc told me on Monday, that I should take 4 pills before the procedure...I take .25 mg, so that's only 1 mg total. This dentist looks at me and says there is no way that I can take xanax before he puts me under! So I tell him that without taking the xanax, I will not make it to the appt. He just continues (with attitude) going on about my not taking the xanax and how the procedure will go, where I will wake up, etc. and not hearing me at all.
So I let him finish his little tyraid and I sit up in the chair, look him in the eyes and speak very slowly and say If I don't take my xanax, I will not be here, so all of what you are saying is pointless. He stops for a second and says again that I can't take any xanax before my appt. I wanted to smack him. So I repeat that if I don't take the xanax I will not even make it out of my house, let alone to the dentists office, and that I had to take an extra xanax just to get to the consultation and that after spending two weeks being panicked over this, there is no way I will make it without the xanax!
You could almost see the lights going on. Finally he says maybe it would be better if we did this awake...gee you think? So, we discuss doing it this way and I'm feeling better about it. I can eat in the morning and take as much xanax as needed. He also agreed to make the appt. to pull all of them, but he will only novacaine and do one at a time and I can quit whenever I need too. This was so important to me as thinking of doing all of them at once was so overwhelming, but I can handle thinking about getting just one or two pulled and stopping if I need too. Just knowing I can stop whenever I want to will allow me to relax enough to be able to get them all pulled. I can also bring my i-pod which I think will really help...distraction is always good.
So I'm feeling pretty calm now and good about being able to do it. I know as the day approaches (friday the 9th), I will probably get more anxious, but will use the xanax as my doctor instructed and just keep breathing. I'm sure I'll be back posting on this thread more as the time nears, it helps so much to have so much support and advice from all of you who have been through this.
Thank you all so much!