I HATE going to the dentist!

  1. Went today, anyone that knows me knows I would rather do anything else than go. Apparently I have panic attacks that manifest only at the dentist! The dentist knows this and usually handles me with kid gloves. Anyway, I was doing really pretty well, begining to think I was going to make it through this with only minor shakes.....BUT NOOOOOOOOOO. The hygenist decides she is going to use some ultrasonic thing to clean a problem tooth in the back. The thing makes a sound like a drill and sprays cold water onto my teeth. Now in hindsight, I think this is probably a pretty good way to clean teeth. However, it is not so good on the woman that panics and has very sensitive teeth. The sound put me on edge and when the cold hit my teeth, well you could have peeled me from the ceiling!!! So my heart is racing, hands shaking, I turn into a giant ball of tense shaking muscles. Tears rolling, I am a mess. Turns out she was jetting cold water directly onto the filling I have put in last year. Dentist said the tooth was fine, just very sensitive. Thankfully she takes care of me, she must be part psychiatrist, but this is her practice, catering to cowards like me! I swear I hate this, I didn't used to be like this! It has taken several years to be able to even go without anti anxiety meds beforehand.
    Anyone else come unravelled like this? My husband has even told the dentist directly to not take offense, in any other area of my life, I am nails, but take me to the dentist and I turn into a blithering idiot
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    Oh sister - boy can I relate...reading your post made my palms sweaty! Glad you got through it okay.
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    As a veteran of several fillings and two root-canals on the same tooth

    (plus a tooth extraction that went so horrbily wrong - dentist had to cut it into three peices and pull each piece individually. The final piece was so embedded, he had to hold it with pliers, while his assistant held my head, then he braced himself with both feet ON THE CHAIR and used his body weight to pull! If you thought that was the best part wait till you ehar this :: the resultant hole is infected and painful for the next two weeks, which means liquid diet. I finally go for a second opinion and discover that the first guy has pulled the wrong tooth - my permanent one!)

    Yep. I dislike it intesnly. I've voluntarily given up drinking soda, eating chocolates and icecream because I don't want my teeth getting so bad that I need to visit a dentist.

    That's how paranoid I am in avoiding them!

    I feel you pain.
  5. by   abundantjoy07
    Sounds like the horror I experience at my optometrist.
  6. by   Audreyfay
    I'm starting to feel like the runaway train. It started with one molar breaking. Next, a crown there. Then another molar breaking...another crown. Then got in to the dentist and one of the fillings is cracked in a different molar. It is so deep, it needs a crown. And the one next to it is bad, so let's crown that one. However, it suddenly seems to be loose, so let's connect it to the other one for stability. Ooops, the gums seem to be irritated. Go in for cleanings every 4 months. Now I'm looking and it seems my gums are starting to melt away like cotton candy.

    Let's skip the middle man and head for dentures! So is the saga of a close to Red Hat Society woman!
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If you feel pain, let it be known.
  8. by   Thunderwolf
    Dentist?...heck, I fall asleep in the chair right after he puts his gloved hands in my mouth. I used to be afraid a very long time ago. Now, I just lay back in the chair, and drift right off to zzzzzzzz. Sometimes, I wake myself after I crack a snore. Oh, well.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have to have nitrous just to get fillings.......root canals, better crank it up. I hate dental work ever since a very sadistic and rotten dentist ignored my pleas and continued to drill when the lido had not sufficiently deadened the area. If only I had known then what I do now......I would have had his head on a platter. MY dentist now knows what I went through and is very gentle and accomodating. Find a dentist that specializes and treats phobics. You will find his or her entire staff is very accomodating, also. Really, it's worth it. NEVER put up with lousy treatment from anyone. It's YOUR money ya know.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    As a veteran of several fillings and two root-canals on the same tooth

    (plus a tooth extraction that went so horrbily wrong - dentist had to cut it into three peices and pull each piece individually. The final piece was so embedded, he had to hold it with pliers, while his assistant held my head, then he braced himself with both feet ON THE CHAIR and used his body weight to pull! If you thought that was the best part wait till you ehar this :: the resultant hole is infected and painful for the next two weeks, which means liquid diet. I finally go for a second opinion and discover that the first guy has pulled the wrong tooth - my permanent one!)

    Yep. I dislike it intesnly. I've voluntarily given up drinking soda, eating chocolates and icecream because I don't want my teeth getting so bad that I need to visit a dentist.

    That's how paranoid I am in avoiding them!

    I feel you pain.
    I had an extraction JUST like that. I was H E L L. I know what you are talking about....ugh. Sometimes, they go bad. Next (if any) extraction, I will head for an oral surgeon. NO more letting a dentist take a "crack" at it.
  11. by   abundantjoy07
    The very thought of that is hilarious...falling asleep with someones hands stuffed in your mouth! LOL!

    Quote from Thunderwolf
    Dentist?...heck, I fall asleep in the chair right after he puts his gloved hands in my mouth. I used to be afraid a very long time ago. Now, I just lay back in the chair, and drift right off to zzzzzzzz. Sometimes, I wake myself after I crack a snore. Oh, well.

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