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What Should I do? I am in War With My FEAR!

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Posted by: Louisa  (9 years ago)
As I can remember, the last time I went to a dental clinic was during my elementary life. The operation I have encountered was the pulling out of my tooth. And it wasn't successful! Very sad to say. :( And because of that, I developed a fear of visiting a dentist. Now I have my own family and working, but I still have the fear of facing another dentist. Is this feeling normal? I am thinking of visiting a dental clinic now, but my fear stops me from doing this. Please help me. And thanks in advance!:)
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Posted by: Serendipity14  (9 years ago)
You are definitely not alone with the fear of going to the dentist, or with the fear of dental treatments. A lot of people avoid going for much-needed dental treatments because of the anxiety that they feel when faced with the dentist. A very helpful post on thisisdentistry.co.uk explains all about Dental Anxiety and dental phobia - what the usual causes are, and how we can deal with these so that we can all get the good dental health care we all deserve. Some of the ways mentioned included finding the right dentist, dental sedation, dental hypnosis, distraction techniques, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
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As I can remember, the last time I went to a dental clinic was during my elementary life. The operation I have encountered was the pulling out of my tooth. And it wasn't successful! Very sad to say. :( And because of that, I developed a fear of visiting a dentist. Now I have my own family and working, but I still have the fear of facing another dentist. Is this feeling normal? I am thinking of visiting a dental clinic now, but my fear stops me from doing this. Please help me. And thanks in advance!:)

Some suggestions:

1. Ask for an interview with the dentist first, on a separate visit, outside the operatory. That way you can get comfortable with him and his personality.

2. Ask for an oral tranquilizer like Valium before your appointment. (Someone else will have to drive you.)

3. Have laughing gas once in the operatory.

If none of this works, consider help from a hypnotist, or bite the bullet and pay for I.V. sedation.

Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: AnthonyRosa  (9 years ago)
this video might help...

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Posted by: Ryansmom  (9 years ago)
I understand how you feel! I am so afraid of the dentist, I can faint just at the thought of going. Luckily I found an amazing dentist who understood my fear. They actually have special staff members who take care of people like me. There is no rush, they book a lot of time for my appointment and they go slow and gentle. I have sat through 2 root canals and felt NOTHING while the dentist told me jokes. Even the freezing was painless (not every dentist has that ability....it takes talent). Today I had a routine cleaning but had an anxiety attack in the waiting room. 3 female staff members hugged me, brought me into another quiet room and served me a snack. It was great! They charge almost double but it's worth every single penny. My advice is:

1. Find a dentist who does more than just cleaning. Root canals, crowns, dentures, etc. It's nice having an all-in-one dentist!
2. Schedule a meet and greet and a walk through of the practice. Do they have new equipment? Is it inviting? Mine has tvs on the ceiling and the latest equipment.
3. How busy is the practice? Can you get in immediately if needed? I can get in the same day.
4. What kind of meds do they offer to calm you? Laughing gas is okay, valium/zannex is great and there is some other drug that almost knocks you out completely. It's powerful!
5. Don't be afraid to say you're afraid!!

Good luck.....hope you find someone as great as mine :)
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