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Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:10 pm

I'm pretty sure you're thinking of the film Marathon Man.


You're not Dustin Hoffman, are you?

Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:14 pm

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My fear is so ridiculously overblown, that now every time I remember that visit (which brings me out in a cold sweat), I'm convinced the dentist had a German accent! He did look like a Gestapo torturer, to be fair.

That was hillarious! I know it's wrong to mock your phobia, especcially as I am not great with dentists either, but still, and the timing just tops it off :lol:

Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:47 pm

:lol: Good job even I can see the funny side, or I might have been offended by that. ;)
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Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:03 pm

Diogo im with you, i just cant even think about the dentist.

I was fine befor i moved to america two years ago but i visted the dentist there and the "Checkup" Lasted 4 hours, they just did everything possible to my teeth to rack up the bill. They kept coming in the room shoving lots of stuff in my mouth without saying anything left then came back and did it again.

I was so freaked out and i dont want anything to do with the dentist again, My new rule is when my teeth hurt i will go.

Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:20 pm

Jesus Christ! :shock:

Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:09 am

Hey, can i be the bearer of good news,

Most dentists are fab people, and they will treat you right, diago PM me and i might be able to find you a good dentist (i know of one in London)
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Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:53 am

I also hate dentists, however I go if I need to go!

I broke a tooth a few months ago, I went to get it fixed and I got a list of 'problems' but as I was paying I told him (the dentist) just to fix the broken toot - which he did.

You dont need to get all the work done! just tell him/her what you want them to do and they should just do what you ask!
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Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:39 pm

Diogo, what exactly is your main fear about it? That's what you need to pinpoint?

Is it the fact that it may hurt? Is it the fact that someone else is prodding around inside your mouth? Is it the fact that you're scared of something happening during the operation?

Once you've pinpointed the main cause of the fear then analyse the situation... think, what is the worst that can happen? and then think what is the thing which most likely will happen?

This is their job, they're there to make you feel as comfortable as possible, which is why 90% of them always try to start a conversation with tools in your mouth with you replying with "gwarrthaharararargahhhemrmearn" (Rough translation: My mum is fine thanks, haven't seen her in a while though!)

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Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:27 am

I had a very similar situation after my dentist decided to remove a tooth with no numbing of my mouth. Oh, my, gawd I cannot not describe the pain! After that I'd sit in the waiting room shaking and close to tears. Luckily, it was a one off, he got fired and I got a nice new dentist. Unfortunately they were a private dentist and after 18 I couldn't afford their prices so I've spent the past two years on numerous waiting lists, trying to get a NHS dentist. Last week I succeeded and I have my first appointment tomorrow.

I ammmm scared, but after all the hassel of trying to find a dentist, I'm also kind of glad. If your anxious, it's probably best they don't knock you out because the two don't mix well. Have you considered breathing techniques? I have anxiety issues and before I do anything that I find raises my anxiety to an uncomfortable level, I excuse myself and go to somewhere quiet (which unfortunately usually means the toilets), sit myself down and go through my breathing and relaxation techniques. It doesn't completely take away my anxiety, but it calms me down enough to be able to assess the situation, and to know that nothing bad will happen because I can stop whatever is happening whenever I want too.

Have you considered talking to somebody about it? Doesn't have to be a professional, maybe just someone close to you. I found once I understood my anxiety, the roots of it and what sparks it off, I was able to tackle it better. Maybe if you set up a meeting with your dentist, so you could talk through the procedure before, and get you familiar with the surroundings, this may calm you down even more?

I hope it goes well, and I always try to think that sometimes, in the end, the feeling of anxiety itself is actually worse than whatever it is that's making you nervous.

Good luck :)

Re: Acute dentist-phobic need advice!

Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:36 pm

Wow, this is almost exactly what happened to me although I bit into a mentos and it popped a chunk off of my wisdom tooth.
Like you it didn't hurt but I knew better and went to the dentist (which I hadn't been to in like 15 years either). I wouldn't say I have a fear of dentists but I had some pretty serious anxiety and I also have a dislike of needles. So yeah.. needles in my mouth? I don't think so!
Long story short the tooth was beyond repair and while in there the dentist commented that one of my other wisdom teeth was looking rough also and that I should just get them taken out.
So I decided to get it done and was given the option of 12 shots in my gums (4 for each tooth) or be put under. BINGO! I went under and aside from a little minor anxiety over the IV to get the anesthetic it was completely fine. I went out, it was done in just under 20 mins and I left groggy and short 4 teeth.

So if you can get the option to go under, may as well take it. It cost a little more for the anesthetic but was worth the piece of mind.

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Hey guys.

What follows may seem rather pathetic, but please don't mock. [-o<

My absolute, number one terror is dentists. I'd rather spend a week on a drop tower covered in spiders than go near them!
The last time I went must have been nearly 20 years ago, when my mum took me there without telling me where we were going. I freaked out, kicked the dentist in the shin and ran. :lol: Never been back since.

I'm not an idiot. I've always said that although my teeth ain't pretty, if I got a problem I would get it sorted. Well, tuesday night, I got that problem.
I was eating a chocolate bar when I felt a twinge. A look in the mirror confirmed that a chunk of my rear molar had come away, and what was underneath didn't look good. But it doesn't hurt.

Anyway, I called Kelpie's dentist earlier, and they had a slot in 20mins. Thinking "get it over and done with", I went.

I was sh!tting myself. To quote Hunter S Thompson, "There was no way of explaining the terror I was experiencing". Anyway, check up and X-rays followed. This was un-nerving, but to be fair, this isn't the bit that freaks me out. :P

Long story short, that tooth may be fixable, but there is a chance it will have to come out (presumably if it falls to pieces when they start work on it?)

But the 'treatment plan' they gave me has 14 fillings on it (yikes!) Most of which are on teeth that I can't see a problem with. In fact, the broken tooth is the very last thing on the list! :?

He's a private dentist (there aren't any NHS ones round here), and I can't help but feel he is trying to fleece me (natural distrust of anyone who wants to spent their lives torturing people).

He also didn't seem too concerned about my fear. I mean, he was nice enough, but I couldn't help but sense contempt from him. They don't do general anaesthetic (few places do), and tried to talk me out of dosing up on valium before they do anything. But I seriously don't want to be conscious while they do whatever they gotta do!

I know it's pathetic, but just typing this is making me shake with fear. [watches his TTF street-cred disappear over the horizon].

If I could get knocked out and wake up with a healthy set of gnashers, fine. I wouldn't have a problem with that. But the very thought of being awake while they go to work on me makes me want to die. Literally! Death seems like a quick and easy option by comparison! It just seems so barbaric! Like medi-evil torture. In fact, the Cardassians in Star Trek did use dental torture!
The fear and panic in my head makes the dentist in Little Shop Of Horrors look like Santa Claus!

Seriously guys, I'm freaking out. On the verge of a panic attack just writing this. Can anyone suggest what I should do? I'm not in any pain at the moment, but I know if nothing gets done this tooth could get really bad. Is it even possible to get specialist "dentists for pussies"? Get a full general anaesthetic and know nothing about the horrors?

Help. 8-[

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