Post # 1
So I have HUGE anxiety around anything related to dentists. I literally have nightmares about once a week about dental work. Without telling the whole long story, I’ve had some really bad experiences (with different dentists) that have left me in incredible pain. The only dental procedure I’ve ever had done (besides cleanings) is a small number of fillings. I haven’t been to the dentist in three years. My last appointment was the worst I’ve ever had (I had a filling done). Prior to that appointment, it took me two years to work up to going back to the dentist.. and then another awful experience. The funny thing is, I’ve never even had any big problems with my teeth.. just a few fillings, so I don’t understand why I’ve been in so much pain during & after having them done.
Well, I have an appointment at three 🙁 I’ve been working myself back up to going over the last year. I found a dentist that specializes in people with dental fear, etc. But then two weeks ago, a filling fell out (the one that was so horribly painful when it was done) and I could tell that it really wasn’t doing it’s job. And then right after that I started getting awful pains in my whole mouth, jaw, headache, earache.. I reach in my mouth and I can feel wisdom teeth! My last dentist told me that my wisdom teeth had never formed, but I guess she was wrong.
The dentist is an oral surgeon as well, and is thinking of removing my wisdom teeth in a few days at the earliest. I’m really nervous about this entire thing. Any advice or anyone who has dealt with this sort of fear? I feel like a little baby getting so worked about the dentist!
Post # 3
I have the same problems with the dentist. I just went a couple of weeks ago. I think that you just need to be totally open and honest with them. I talked to my dentist and hygenist about my fears and they worked with me on them! Good luck!
Post # 4
Be honest with them. The office specializes in dental fears, so they clearly know what they’re doing. Just try to tune everything out…see if they’ll let you listen to an ipod or something during the procedure? Good luck!! You’ll get through this with flying colors!
Post # 5
I skipped the dentist for 6 years. I know, that’s kinda gross, but it’s the truth. I found out that an acquaintance of mine is a periodontist and he really encouraged me to get a check-up and a cleaning. I have faithfully been in for a cleaning every 6 months since. It helps knowing the person, but also letting them know about my fears and anxiety. They really made sure I was comfortable, and they were quite gentle.
I had my cleaning this morning actually! I still don’t like it, but everyone there is just so nice and understanding.
Post # 6
Yes, Ipod, sleep mask so you dont see! If someone is going with you, you can also look into having a bit of gas to take the edge off!
Post # 7
Yes do get your wisdom teeth out. They can really make all your teeth really crowded and crooked and it happens very fast so don’t put it off. Having said that IPod all the way. Take advil before your appointments wear comfortable clothing, nothing tight around the waist and if they have gas ask for it. Anything that relaxes you.
Post # 8
get laughing gas! Im terribly scared of the dentist and have to get this anytime I get anything done, even just fillings. Your still awake, and they can be doing what ever they want, pulling teeth out etc, but its like your having a party in you head and you dont care at all.
Post # 9
I have the same problems, I am absolutely petrified of the dentist. I’m actually looking into sedation dentistry to help resolve my anxiety.
Are your wisdom teeth even bothering you? If not, it’s your decision if you want them out. My wisdom teeth grew in at 17 (I’m almost 28 now) and they have never changed. Two dentists advised me to have them removed “Just in case”. Due to my fear, I never had them removed. They haven’t changed, still fully grown in the way they came in. I know there’s a chance when I get older they may change but I figure I will cross that bridge when I get to it.
Post # 10
I go to a sedation dentist. I have terrible TMJ so I avoided going for a long time,- I found this guy that is expensive, but he is a specialist in TMJ and sedation dentistry. I survived and got to watch Golden Girls on a personal screen. I would find a place that makes you feel okay about it and let them know about your situation. Good luck!
Post # 11
i got my wisdom teeth taken out when I was 17. I couldn’t stand the thought of being awake and seeing any of it, so I opted for the general anesthesia.
Post # 12
I hate hate hate the denist!!! I hate having to hold my mouth open for so long…my jaw hurts and i feel like im going to choke on my own saliva haha. Have you tried dental sedation?
Post # 13
I cringe at the word dentist. I had some very bad experiences going to a dentist when I was younger and it’s been a nightmare since then. It’s all about finding a dentist that understands and that you can communicate with.
When I go, I literally have to be sedated. My dentist prescibed some medicine to relax me and then someone has to take me to the appointment. If he is doing a filling, he knows that he has to put in extra novacane (sp?) cause for whatever reason, i need more than the average person. He knows that the whole experience causes me great tension, i wear an eye mask so I don’t see anything, i wear earphones so I don’t have to hear anything. I wish I could plug my nose cause I hate the smell too. He has a massage chair pad, that’s on when I go in too.
But find someone who understands. There are tons of dentists out there and the good ones want it to be as good of a experience as it can be.
Oh and if you have your wisdom teeth out, try eating pineapple the night before. My mom told me to do this, there is something in pineapple that helps. Cause I literally had no pain after getting all four of mine removed. I can’t say for sure it was the entire pineapple I had eaten the night before or what, but it can’t hurt. Good luck. I feel your anxiety.
Post # 14
I go to a sedation dentist for this very reason! FREAKS me out (the sounds mostly). He uses nitrous and Nu-Calm together, and it works wonders for me…
Post # 15
Thanks for all your responses! It made me feel better reading them 🙂 So my appointment was okay. Everyone was SO nice. Having my x-rays was so not fun, since my mouth is so small and my wisdom teeth are almost in my throat! I did end up crying in the chair.. multiple times. My wisdom teeth are definitely pretty impacted on the bottom.. especially the one that has been absolutely killing me. The top ones won’t be a huge issue to take out but the bottoms are scaring me. The next part of bad news was that lost filling it had.. turns out the tooth was decaying underneath the filling and I need a root canal (yeah I cried again). But the good news is that they said they can take out the wisdom teeth & do the root canal at the same time, so I won’t have to be terrified twice! My wisdom teeth are killing me.. so I took the first available appointment, in less than two weeks. I can’t wait for it to be over. Thankfully they perscribed an anti-anxiety medication for me for before the procedure!
Post # 16
Can you get some Valium or Xanax beforehand?