Post # 1
Ok so I’ll admit it, I haven’t been to the dentist in a few years. I take care of my teeth but I know I need to go because it’s been awhile and they haven’t been cleaned or checked plus I have wisdom teeth pushing through. Ok so a few days ago I got this stupid little bump on the roof of my mouth behind my teeth. It’s sore and hasn’t given me any trouble until today. I am a hypochondriac and googled info on it and found some alright things and some really scary things. So I’m having a mini panic attack lol The main reason is because I’m scared to death of dentists, I’ve always had bad experiences and I have to get a new one and don’t know anyone to ask around here (we just moved here a few months ago) for recommendations. Does anyone know the best way to find the “right” dentist, one who’s nice, keeps you calm and do you think I’d be allowed to bring my ipod in with me? Ah I sound like a 5 year old child and I’m 24 lol Help!
Post # 3
I’m a dentist. People come to me all the time telling me that they don’t like me (not me specifically, but dentists in general) or how they’re scared etc. Without people to ask for referrals, the only way you can tell if YOU are able to trust them is to go see them. The worst they’d do at your first visit is take an x-ray, look inside your mouth, and talk to you. They can’t force you to undergo any treatment. So you can see what you think of their demeanor at that first visit.
Also, just a tip, even though you’re scared try to maintain a relaxed, positive attitude at the first visit. Keep in mind that your outlook going in to the appointment affects how you will feel, interpret, and react. For example, if you’re prepared to freak out at everything, then everything will freak you out.
Post # 4
I found a dentist that lets me use my ipod and has a flatcreen TV right infront of the chair with a remote so I can flip on anything I want and zone out. Because I have anxiety issue and am terrified of the dentist, I still get sedated anytime I have more than just a cleaning. I go an hour or so early, and they give me a pill (or usually 2 since I get myself THAT worked up over it). Once it kicks in, while I’m awake and aware, I’m MUCH calmer and don’t really recall much after…it gets pretty fuzzy.
If it’s really an issue for you like it is for me, find someone that does sedation dentistry. I can be expensive (the pill costs me ~$200) but it’s worth it if the alternative is you NOT going to the dentist and problems getting worse!
Post # 5
thank you! yeah i figured the ipod would be ok. i have serious anxiety issues with any doctor lol gyno’s/dentists anything. so maybe i’ll ask for some kind of “chill pill” too.
Post # 6
I hope you are able to go comfortably! I don’t have any advice for you, but I do have this pearl (which always makes me happy to go to the dentist): it’s the only doctor where they don’t weigh you 🙂
Post # 7
I heard many people recommend sedation. I don’t really have any good advice but I just wanted to say I understand! I’m so scared of the dentist (actually hospitals or clinics in general). I have braces and can still remember how I was gagging while they were making molds (omg so embarassing…) and how I almost fainted while waiting to get my wisdom teeth removed.
I wasn’t under anasthesia when my wisdom teeth were removed because it was an easy case and my whole body was shaking with fear my mom had to hold me down.
I do agree that you should try your best to relax coz I went in thinking I was going to freak out and I freaked out from the beginning.
Post # 8
My friend has serious anxiety issues and whenever she goes into a doctor or dentist appointment, she explains to them that she is nervous and works with them to come up with a plan in case she panics. Usually they are very understanding and are willing to worht with her in order to help her be comfortable.