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Is there a dentist in the house? (ef anxiousw about dental work tomorrow)
January 15, 2006
7:21 pm
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I think that oral health counts as a life issue, right? At least aleviating anxiety about it must!

I have a dentists apt. tommorow for two ro more abseced cavities, the infection is not in the gums, JUST the roots. Hurts like hell, btw, though I'[m sure anyone who has ever had a toothache knows that, just soemthing you have to deal with until you can get it fixed :(.

Which is tommorow. But, I'm scared of the dentist, TERRIFIED, that's how it got this bad to begin with, and I keep whaty iffing and would like some feedback if anyone may know. My third (last) molar has a big ol' chunk missing out of it, like half of it is broken off--are they likely to give that a root canal or will they more likely pull it? I'm pretty sure they are going to do a root canal with the other one. For soem reason, not knowing is really making me anxious and that doesn't help the toothache any either, and any info anyone may have in experiancing this or being a dentist or whatever--I guess I just want to feel like I know something now so I don't sit up all night wondering! Thanks!

January 15, 2006
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hey ef i am not a dentist but i am also like you, terrified... I had a broken tooth that they needed to pull and the week b4 i lost some enamel on my tooth and they had to fill it, i told them i am scared also, they told me step by step what they were gonna do... Because they give u a needle which doesn't hurt too much, its bearable nothing hurts to be honest.... If u have a filling u are fine after, if u have a tooth pulled u just have a bit of a small mouth and its bearable.. trust me i am like you. My teeth are in desperate need of treatment so i am slowly doing something about it. Nothing will hurt because the needle deadens it all.... promise... I looked at it like this, if i can push out a baby, this is nothing and honestly it is nothing in comparison.. Try not to worry too much.. I have sat in the waiting room wanting to run out hah, but cause i pay prior i cant and i think of the positives... you will be okay, just remember these days it doesnt hurt anymore..... all the best

January 15, 2006
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typos....... u will have a bit of a sore mouth instead of a small mouth, they dont shrink it hah.... you will be fine.... Tell them ur fears and i am sure they will tell u what they will do step by step.......

January 15, 2006
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Hi EF,

First, I would like to say that I have had a couple of root canals myself, as well as having all four wisdom teeth removed and I found it much easier and less painful then I had been led to believe. I was quite nervous going in but found myself relieved when it was over. It really wasn't so bad. But then again, although I don't enjoy it...I'm also not afraid of the dentist.

My sister, on the other hand...is a basket case when it comes to the dentist. Like you, due to her fear, she waited far too long, and the longer she waited the more scared she got...to the point that she would break down in tears just thinking about it.

After doing a little research, she was able to find a dentist (Gentle Dental, or something along those lines) , that specializes in "scaredy cats"....or "scaredy flowers" as the case may be (lol), and gives a mild sedative to it's patients. I know it is short notice, as your appt. is tomorrow, but perhaps it is something you can look into for the future.

Just remember, novacaine is a wonderful thing, and I'm sure it won't be as bad as you've worked it up to be in your mind.

Take care and good luck.

Love,
Lolli

January 15, 2006
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Do not worry Flow. I went last year for my usual annual check up and was scared and actually had difficulty breathing and there was an assistant who was handling is in clumzy way. And I had to tell the dentist that I was not feeling comfortable with her, so she had to change her.
I will be going this year in April.

So, I have short breath, and when an assistant puts something in my mouth for sometime, I can't handle it due to my short breath.

They gave me anaesthetic before doing anything and that in itself numbed the pain and I did not feel anything whatsoever. So, you will be anaesthesized in the same way and will feel nothing.

I have had many fillings throughout my life, last year I had one filling as well with anaesthetic and did not feel that much anticipated pain. Let alone that I am very sensitive person. So Flow, you will notice that your fears are not justified and it was not that Terrifying as you imagined it to be.

So, honey do not worry, it is NOT THAT PAINFUL!!! Here is ((((Warm Hug)))

Keep me posted about it ASA you're back from dentist. I will be praying for you! XOXOXO

January 15, 2006
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I've had fillings and teeth pulled--the latter always ends poorly with me lashing my arms out to remove the dentist from my mouth and them telling me to get it togeather. Something about the sound of the teeth scraping and cracking when they are being pulled.

I'm pretty scared too of the root canal becasue I have never had one before. As lolli called me, a big ol' scaredy flower. It doesn't look painful, and I know anestesia does the trick, so to be honest I am hoping they will NOT pull my tooth, that's what is hard on me. But it's the last one, maybe it's a wisdom tooth even, I'm not sure. As it is it's really soft and broken easily and there is a lot of it missing, so I can't imagine that they will be able to stop it from being pulled, but I am hoping against hopes! Thanks for all of the reminders about the wonders of pain meds, (and for pointing out that I pushed a baby out--this is nothing, right?) and for all the warm wishes and reasurance. It is a silly thing to feel freaked out about, I know, and this is from a girl who kills spiders with her bare hands to boot...yet it is what it is, and for me that is TERRIFYING. I'll let ya'll know how it goes!

January 15, 2006
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I could also go for a refresher course--they do usually rub something on to numb the gums even before they stick the needle in with the novicain, right?

January 15, 2006
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I forgot to tell you that I had my wisdom teeth pulled plus another, but that was several years ago and believe me honey it was NOT THAT PAINFUL. I did feel some pain, however, the local anasthetic makes me just too peaceful to resist or even move or stop and push the denstist. You will see Flo that it was after all not that painful. I am just as scared as you and this year I am due to go anytime, but I prefer when the snow is gone in April and am less scared coz the denstist knows me and my habits of having a short breath.

January 15, 2006
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EF -

yes, they rub "sleepy juice" on your gums to numb them before they shoot you full of novaicaine.

my best friend is a scaredy flower, like you - and they simply knocked her out with gas - perhaps that's the best course for you.

they will examine you first - and take xrays - both are painless....they will poke around in there, to see how much is there.

tell the doc BEFORE he does anything how scared you are - and what your last experiences were - so they are aware.

as I said, the best route is to have yourself gassed.

Also - when my "last" molar absessed, I had it pulled, simply cuz it was cheaper and easier - and in the way back, nobody would know...but the dentist will tell you if the tooth is worth saving or not - trust his word.

January 15, 2006
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ef-i feel sorry for u. i know excactly how it feels to be scared of a dentist. try and find one that will give u something for your nerves, and or gas. there is absolutely no reason why they cant address your fears. my problem is the needles. after having several teeth filled minus the novacaine, my dentist decided he could work with me. ha ha 🙂 (i think it hurt him worse than me) maybe you arent saying it loud enough to get your point across. good luck tomorrow...i am shuddering for you. lost

January 15, 2006
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if it is the sound that bothers you, have u considered taking a cd player with u. u could play music and drown out the noise..u know, one with headphones.just a thought

January 16, 2006
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So, I'm out one wisdom tooth, used anxiety coping techniques like breathing, tranqil place, etc. It wasn't so bad actually!

Going back next week for a cleaning and to get everything else fixed (7 cavities!!!???), but the worste is over--yippie!!!!

Thanks all for cyber holding my hand, AND the tips. Talked to dentist about the fear, and she'sw going to always keep that in mind and make e xtra sure to numb me really well and communicate what's going to happen.

January 16, 2006
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Good job Flo.....you handled it like the strong flower I knew you were!

Love,
Lolli

January 16, 2006
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Way to go Flo!!! I have been praying for you this morning. Thanks honey for reassuring us. XOXOXO

BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

GOOD FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

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