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They have prescribed 5mg Valium to take 1 hour before appointment. I have never taken Valium and really am concerned that it will not be enough...I am going to take a trial dose a few days before to see how sedated I feel.
Honestly? I'm terrified of dental work.
Between bad experiences with braces growing up and a bad experience during wisdom tooth extraction (they used nitrous, but they were struggling and really yanking to remove one that was deep - and nitrous wasn't enough to keep me from freaking out - I fainted)... I'm terrified of going to the dentist. The dental bills don't help, either.
Now I need a LOT of work done - some reconstruction - and I dread finding a new dentist and feeling embarrassed when they see what's going on inside my mouth.
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I've had this very problem happen to me over last summer. When I went in for a consultation, everything was fine (I think it's because I knew we wouldn't be doing any work that day). When it was time for my appointment, my husband was driving me to the dental office when I physically got ill from my anxiety and could not go. My dentist (who is very gentle and VERY nice) called me and said he completely understood and I am not the first patient he has had who would experience this kind of anxiety. He said he would be able to perscribe me medication that would allow me to be more relaxed, ofcourse-someone would have to drive me because I wouldn't be able to. He also said that he would be able to give me the laughing gas (which, I was not a fan of). If I were you, I'd be upfront and honest with your dentist and tell him/her what is going on, tell them how bad your anxiety is and I'm sure they'll be able to help. Good luck :)
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I have found a great dentist but because of my breathing problems associated with my vocal cords I am too anxious to follow through on my appointments. is it possible to talk to your DR. or Dentist and explain your concerns? Possibly they can offer some solutions.
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I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety already and I had a really bad dental experience recently which has made me not want to have my dental work finished. Has anyone had this problem ??