Post # 1
So… I had a filling fall out years ago. I got it replaced with a temporary one. I never went back. It wore off little by little and never really bothered me very much. I’m terrified of dentists, so I never got it replaced with a real one or a crown.
The other night, I chomped down on a piece of broccolli and it hurt that one tooth like hell. I spend the whole night applying expired lidocaine to that area and swallowing tylenol. It still hurts.
So I made an appointment to get my tooth filled on Monday.
I’m terrified and the only openings were when DH is working, so I have to go alone. So… any suggestions to help me be brave and not wimp out like a baby?
Post # 3
@rosworms: Buckle up with your chin up!
No, but you can do this! Try doing things that help you relax before going so you can walk in with a ”zen” attitude.
– Have a relaxing hot bath
– Read a good book
– Have a coffee treat
– Call your besty (or your mom) for a nice chat – maybe she will help calm your nerves lol
– Cuddle with your furbaby (if you have one lol)
– Watch your favorite movie
Or maybe generate some good karma by giving back
– Walk a dog from your local shelter
– Donate some of your unused food to a local food bank
That is all I’ve got, lol.
Good luck hun!
Post # 4
P.S. I waited 3 years before my last appointment and I was scared too… but it turns out my teeth are just fine. Try not to stress 😉
Post # 5
Ok I avoided the dentist like the plague for a few years. When I finally went in I just wanted a cleaning because my gums were sore and my teeth were dingy. I ended up having to get 7 cavities filled and have a scaling done on my gums, not just a regular cleaning. I am terrified of the dentist and I had to get shots every visit pretty much to numb me, which sucked. But I can honestly tell you that it was not that bad. I was scared for nothing. And now my teeth feel fantastic. So worth the hassle and discomfort. Just go in and remind yourself this is all necessary maintenance. It is definitely more mentally intimidating than it is actually physically painful.
Post # 6
thanks, i don’t know why the dentist makes me so scared and nervous. the dentist… and that high pitched drilling sound… and bubblegum flavor.
Post # 7
@rosworms: You will be ok! Because we didn’t have insurance, we avoided the dentist for 4 years. We went in, thinking both of us would have a mountain of cavities, but we didn’t. I was scared to even have the cleaning! It was all good and no extra work needed.
I’ve had a lot of work done on my teeth, and there ins’t anything to be too scared of, but I can see where not going for a while and then having something a little more major than a cleaning would freak you out a bit. Good luck!
Post # 8
I resign myself to the fact that it HAS to get done and then just suffer through it, knowing its a requirement and I’ll feel better after (especially if it hurts like your tooth does!). Knowing I can’t get out of it makes me feel better somehow. I also take a couple pain relievers before I go to help with that annoying gum poking they do! Also, when I got a root canal years ago, I brought my huge sound canceling headphones, closed my eyes and listened to music the whole time. That helped with not focusing on every little thing that was happening and worrying about what came next.
Post # 9
@FatherTed: the pain relievers ahead of time is a good idea. i can’t believe it didn’t even occur to me.
my ‘real’ ipod is broken… the part where the headphone jacks into it is broke. but i did find an old shuffle while cleaning the other week. i can load that one up beforehand.
Post # 10
@rosworms: I just went to the dentist this morning. When I was in college I didn’t have dental insurance and went 3 1/2 years without seeing a dentist. I found a REALLY sweet lady dentist who was kind and gentle, but I did have to have A LOT of work done. They broke it down over 3 months so I would come in every two weeks and they would tackle what they needed to do. It wasn’t cheap, it cost me a pretty penny, but if I hadn’t of spent it then I would have paid for it later.
Now I see a dentist regularly, even though I STILL get nervous every time! My dentist says I’m doing really well, but now it’s time to get my wisdom teeth pulled 🙁
Post # 11
@rosworms: ow! This made me cringe. I’ve never had a cavity, I’m scared for you!
Post # 12
@rosworms: whenever I have to do something I’m not looking forward to, I always think ‘this time tomorrow/in a week etc, it will all be over’! And I always try to rationalise it – like ‘that appointment will take 1 hour out of 24 hours in a day, which is [number]% of that entire day’! Thinking beyond the event helps me!
Failing that, ask for gas if they have it. I work in a dental clinic and even the people with the biggest phobias don’t end up using gas, and they often leave saying ‘I’m so surprised at how easy that was!’. I’ve not heard a single person say ‘that was way worse than I expected’.
Good luck – you’ll be fine!