Anxiety about the dentist Friday :(

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@Laurenskii:  I just went to the dentist to have 4 fillings and a crown. This was my first time at the dentist in 3 years (horrible experience ). My dentist made me feel so comfortable (he kept asking me if I was ok) and kept explaining what he was doing and why as he was working. He is less than a year out of dental school, which was probably why his chair side manner was so good. I’m actually looking forward to my cleaning in May lol. 

Post # 4
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1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve had a couple fillings.  Really it all sounds worse than it is.  Literally, the sound it makes is crazy but it doesn’t feel like anything.  Usually they rub some stuff on their that numbs the area, then do a shot with stronger anesthetic.  The shot just feels like a little pinch or poke since the area is already a bit numb.  Not scary at all.  Look away or close your eyes during that part and you’ll hardly notice.

Next they poke around in there a bit, no idea what they do but you don’t feel anything.  Then the drill comes.  Again its loud, and when it’s in your mouth even louder.  But all you feel is a little pressure like something is pressing a bit on your tooth.  I think there is a bit of vibration as well (or that might be in my head since the noise sounds like vibration, I don’t know if you can really even feel it, haha).  They poke around some more, and that’s it.

Whenever I’ve had one I’m always freaked out but leave the place saying “That was it?”

Post # 5
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965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Laurenskii:  My dentist used a laser to fill my cavity. It took 15 minutes and I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t even have to get a novacaine shot. Ask if a laser is an option. It even cost the same!

Post # 8
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311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Laurenskii:  I feel for you. I have a dental appointment tomorrow morning and I suspect I will need a filling done. They have numbing stuff that they wipe over the spot before they inject the Novocaine, and the dentist will check to make sure you are ready to go before he starts anything. My dentist office has a tv that I can focus on while they are doing the work, or sometimes I listen to the dentist talk as he is quite chatty and somehow him explaining his work and his passion for it calms me since I know I am in good hands. You can let your dentist know that you are anxious and they will be happy to help, offer suggestions. My dad has to be knocked out for dental work as he actually has dental phobia.

Post # 11
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721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@Laurenskii:  I don’t have insurance yet, but they offered me a 20% discount, and it came out to $1500

Post # 13
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9903 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Laurenskii:  alright – I was you 4 weeks ago.  compeletely 100% – I even posted a thread about it.

I am 30 years old and have gone from zero fillings to 8 in the past month.

All my cavities were pretty small, all 8 of my back molars.  I was terrified, borderline panic attack.  I’m not even joking.  I was on the verge of tears when I went to the office.

It’s not that bad.  I requested laughing gas to help me relax, worth every penny of the $79 it cost (and bonus, my insurance paid for it which I wasn’t expecting!)  They didn’t freeze me = no needles, because the cavities were small, the dentist said it wasn’t necessary especially with the gas (when I went back for round 2 yesterday, even though I was totally calm I asked for it again just to make me feel better). 

At the very worst, it felt like drinking a glass of ice water, that super intense stab for a split second, and that’s as long as it lasted.  I was afraid of the drill too.  I didn’t look at it – i’ll be honest, but it didn’t sound any worse than the polisher/toothbrush they use.

Honestly, getting a cleaning after not going for a year and a half was way worse than the fillings – I’m not even joking (you can look at my old thread to see how scared I was). 

I promise – it’s not nearly as bad as you think, and it’s not as bad as half the people told me it would be – and I was PETRIFIED!!!

ETA: All 4 fillings took about 30 minutes, 45 MAX.  The ‘drilling’ took maybe 10 minutes.  The part I hate the most is AFTER the fillings when he’s trying to get the bite correct and taking off the extra crap, that part annoys me SO MUCH – but it doens’t hurt.

 

Post # 14
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3407 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ok. 

I have the dentist today at 10.30- (in Australia).

I put off going to the dentist from the age of 15 to 33…. 18 years! I had never had a filling prior, but have now had two done, and today will have a further two.

The first filling was a deep one, and I had to have it numbed. The injection was the worst bit, along with keeping your mouth open. The drill noise is probably not as loud as you think it will be. I just sang song lyrics in my head to distract myself- lol! It is pretty quick, and apart from a numb face for 4 hours all good.

The next time the filling was more shallow so I opted to have no pain relief, and this was even less annoying. Hope to go this route again today.

Seriously, it is fine, You will be ok. If I can deal with it after putting it off for half a lifetime, you can deal too!

Post # 15
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1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Laurenskii:  Oh no, I was trying to make you feel better not worse!  Like the sound is only scary at first, before they start but it’s all in your head and you don’t know what to expect.  Once they actually get started you see that it doesn’t hurt or feel like anything so then there is nothing bad to associate the sound with, you just kinda get used to it.

Post # 16
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1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

oh, no!  the dentist sucks:/  I have terrible teeth, and have had a million fillings done.  most of the time I ask to be numbed up extra, and it goes over much better.  I’ve had a root canal done too, with no pain!  I promise it’ll be OK.  keep us updated on how it goes! 

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