(Closed) Terrified of the Dentist! Advice?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
13598 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
21 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

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 # 16
4371 posts
Honey bee

Can you get some Valium or Xanax beforehand?

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