Post # 1
okay, not really and I know I’m being a huge baby.
My dentist sent me to a periodentist because of concerns about bone loss in my jaw. Well, just got back from that appointment and now I have to go next week and have a deep cleaning done where they’re going to freeze me in order to clean my teeth 🙁
I HATE needles, needles in my mouth are up there in my top 5 fears. I’ve only had them once, I was 5 and it was in the front of my mouth – needless to say it did not leave a good impression with me at all.
On top of all that he said I may need gum surgery to correct the problem 🙁
Right now I’m sitting at my desk and I want to cry because this is causing me so much anxiety.
end of my whiney rant – self pity party over.
Post # 3
I’ve had a deep cleaning (scaling and planing, or something like that), and it wasn’t bad at all. I hate the dentist needles more than anythning, and my dentist uses a numbing spray and has me close my eyes. It really doesnt hurt with the spray – ask if yours has something similar?
Post # 4
I feel your pain. When I went to get my wisdom teeth out at 16 I drank a small cup of water in the morning before my appt. When I went in then said they couldn’t put me under because I had drinken water. So my alternative was to get 18 shots in my mouth to numb it (4 on each tooth and 2 on the roof) I almost cried when they told me, and the needles were huge! I was awake the entire time and felt the pulling and cruncing my teeth. They gave me no pain medicine after and said just take tylenol and I could go back to school that day. But I surived and you will too! Idk if that helped but just be happy it’s not 18 shots!!
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: Aw 🙁 It won’t be as bad as you imagine! My dentist puts a numbing agent on my gum before he does the injection and you can hardly feel it. Good luck, try not to think about it too much!
Post # 6
I had my wisdom teeth removed last month and I was given local anesthesia vs being put to sleep. The surgeon gave me anxiety medication (can’t remember the name) and I took them an hour before. Worked wonders!
Post # 7
@LindyLu: @MrsWBS: they said they’lll do the topical freezing first, but he also said that i’ll still feel the needle – I explained to him that I am beyond terrified. I had fillings before Christmas (and more tomorrow) and insisted on laughing gas (turns out those were minor enough that I didn’t have to be frozen)
Post # 8
I also went to the dentist today and now waiting to see when my gum graft surgery will be scheduled for. I’m so scared. They will actually be sedating me, not because the procedure will be bad, but because I am so panicked about it! Ugh. I feel sorry for both of us.
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: Can you go see a different dentist to make sure you need all of this work?
I hate dentist and it took me four tries to find someone in my area that I trusted. I am now on the seacrh for a specialist in my area because the one my dentist referred to me to was full of crap!
However, if you are pretty sure that you really do need this done then I would highly suggest sipping on some peppermint or bedtime tea the night or morning before 🙂
Also, sucking on a peppermint tea bags is supposed to help gum pain. It may not do anything for me to suck on it before the dentist but it does relax me and make me feel a little more secure.
Post # 10
@Payless: I don’t mind my dentist, I like the people there. I also like the periodentist I went to today, he seems really nice.
I don’t know if it’s worth spending the money on a second opinion and getting poked and prodded again. I’ve never had a problem with my teeth, my first fillings ever were 3 weeks ago and I’m 30 so this is all new to me and I don’t like it one little bit.
@mrsB052315: I feel like I need that too – I’m so worried.
Post # 11
@MsGinkgo: Oh that is so stressful 🙁
If you like and trust them then that is already a wonderful thing! I am sure it will go fast and that you will feel better when they are done 🙂
Post # 12
I would honestly get a second opinion. I had a ortho try to convince my parents that I needed my jaw broken and all this major reconstruction for my teeth. These people are in buisness to make money, sorry to say.
Post # 13
I’m the same as you and I get panic attacks over going to the dentist and I cry when I sit in the chair.
last time I went they did the scaling and said because of my anxiety level they should freeze me. they said I could try and do it just using the numbing cream first, then if it hurt they’d give me the needle. I opted to do the cream and I was fine. No needles needed.
Try the cream first and see how it goes.