I'm very VERY nervous...

  1. I've been very lucky to have good teeth. I've never had braces, or anything other than having my wisdom teeth pulled.

    Well...

    Last week I went to get my teeth cleaned, and I have TWO CAVITIES

    I'm going tomorrow to get them filled, and I am so scared. I've been asking everyone what to expect, and my fears have only grown. (My blood pressure at the cleaning was 159/94--I can only imagine what it will be when I go to get my teeth filled.)

    Can y'all please tell me what to expect. I'm not usually afraid of stuff like this---I think it is just the fear of the unknown.

    I would really appreciate any replies.

    Thanks in advance.:spin:

    p.s. Let me add, that I am well aware that this is a really stupid thing to be nervous about, but well......
    Last edit by subec on Jul 7, '02
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   indeed
    Hey subec!

    It's ok to be nervous, but really it's not all that bad. You'll go in and they will give you an anestetizing agent. They inject it into the gum and in all the times I have had this done, I have never once felt it. Then all you have to do is lie back and relax...it'll feel strange getting it done, a lot of vibration and noise, but no real feeling going on (remember, that area will be numbed). I have had to get fillings every time since I was a wee lass. Have actually had to get teeth pulled (I'll probably end up with dentures by 30 hehe). If you can, bring a walkman with you, something to fill in the time, because the worst part of it is the boredom. Hope all goes well with your teeth!!!

    Indeed.
  4. by   hapeewendy
    nothing wrong with being nervous at all....
    as a kid I had tons and tons of dental work done
    and was TERRIFIED Of the dentist cuz I had a bad experience when I was younger , but honestly having fillings done is not that bad, I'm not just trying to lull you into feeling better either
    trust me , I am as wimpy as they come when it comes to needles, and pain and teeth and gums and whatever but honestly it isnt as bad as your mind conjures up.....
    I thought the numbing process was gonna hurt so bad but really its sooooooooo quick that you dont even notice, my dentist was a very supportive soul who explained everything as he went on.
    the most annoying part for me was afterwards waiting for the freezing to go away...
    I seem to remember drooling and always touching my face kinda like "yah hey woah it is still there cool"
    but that doesnt last for long at all
    youre gonna be fine
    I brought a walkman too, thats a great idea.
    and my dentist suggested that I raise my hands or touch a button the the chair if I was feeling super anxious or faint or anything (see I TOLD you I was baaaaaaaaaaaad!!!!!!!!!)that never happened and the whole thing was over relatively quickly
    those dental folks are quick and concise
    let us know how you do , I'm rooting for you (no pun intended)
  5. by   prmenrs
    Practice LaMaze breathing during the local part. Close your eyes, go to a lovely spot, breathe, etc..... Develop a signal w/the dentist--if you feel anything raise your opposite side hand, i.e., not the side he's on--to have him stop and administer more anesthetic, if necessary. Let him know about the BP also that you're anxious (as most 'virgins' would be ); maybe get a Valium [diazepam] shortly before the procedure starts to take the edge off --have someone drive and pick you up.

    You're gonna live, honest.
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    How'd it go subec?

    Hope all is well in your mouth!

    <-------- you & your pearly whites!

    Heather
  7. by   KC CHICK
    All I can say is...."DEMAND THE LAUGHING GAS". Takes the edge off before the injection of local gets near ya.

    ......and you get the giggles to boot!!

    Anne:chuckle
  8. by   subec
    Well, I lived---barely.:chuckle

    It was really a horrible experience. I'm am just such a wimp when my teeth are involved.

    I do have to say that my dentist was very understanding and sympathetic to me acting like a scared 5 year old. They gave me a portable CD player with these huge headphones, and I got to choose my music---I have a new love for The Rembrandts.:chuckle

    Actually---the only bad thing that happened is that the dentist didn't get my top tooth quite dead enough, so when he started in I literally came out of the chair. He apologized over and over again, and gave me another shot. The nerve in my eye lid also became dead---that was a weird sensation.

    The really cool thing is that the fillings are white, so I look like I never even had the cavities.

    Thank you to all that replied to my original post. I really appreciate the support---even if it was for my minor problem.:roll
  9. by   nursejws
    Susan, I'm glad you survived! I was going to reply earlier, but I thought I would just scare you, so I thought I would wait until AFTER the fact.
  10. by   BadBird
    You are not alone in being afraid of going to the dentist. My dentist is wonderful and never hurts me. I think you will be pleasantly suprised at how easy it is to get a filling. Usually the dentist numbs your gum before giving novacaine so you don't even feel it. The oddest part is listening to the drill but it only lasts a few minutes. Be thankful that all you needed was 2 fillings and good luck.. If the cavaties are small you may not even need novacaine.
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I'm glad you made it through subec!

    I am a card carrying member of the "all dentists suck" club also. Seriously, I'd rather get a PAP that go for a cleaning. I like my OB/GYN, but my dentist will die a long horrible death (at least, I hope).

    Heather
  12. by   caroladybelle
    Sweetie,

    There are a few dentists that will sedate you for any procedure, even teeth cleaning. My SO has to be sedated for all procedures.

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