fear the dentist


blubie
on Jan 13, 2016 @ 04:14 pm

i am the biggest chicken when it comes to the dentist... i have not gone in some time and i really need to go see one.. any advice to help me over come this fear... i was smacked hard by one when i was a kid ... i bit his finger but he told me to bite down ... so i did ... bit him then he hit me .. ever since i have a  hard time going.. i cry feel like im going to pass out... help!!!!
 


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KrissiC
. on Jan 13, 2016 @ 04:17 pm

I don't like the dentist either, but I still make myself go regularly. The health of your teeth, mouth and gums is very closely linked to the health of other parts of your body...even your heart's health can be affected by your oral health! There is sedation dentistry offered now....maybe try that? MY father in law has done it and LOVED it. I bring music and listen to it and have been lucky enough to find a very kind, gentle dentist, who made getting a filling done super easy and quick.
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Tracyr
Dentist on Jan 13, 2016 @ 05:07 pm

I too had a bad experience as a child at the dentist and never went for a long time due to fear, one day ended up with an infected tooth and had to find a dentist, I now have a woman dentist who is so sweet and made me feel so at ease, I believe that the Dentists out there today are better qualified to have a compassionate nature towards all patients
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martac
:) on Jan 14, 2016 @ 08:16 am

It's a lot better now than when we were kids. My dentist is gently and very good. Just breathe in and out and think about something else or watch the TV they have in the room
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charbella2
. on Jan 14, 2016 @ 09:31 am

Just make sure you are with a dentist you are confident in and comfortable with.
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chrissyann123
FEAR THE DENTIST on Jan 14, 2016 @ 11:10 am

I know exactly how you feel. I think anyone that has had work done on their teeth feel the same way. It is never a pleasant experience unless you have a great checkup and Dental Benefits. It is so costly my family and I spend a couple thousand a year if not more. But we all need our teeth. I just close my eyes tight, dig into the dental chair and try to think of something pleasant. Before I know it. Its over. Sorry you had that bad experience There are many good qualified Dentists. Good Luck Blubie.
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jennieMB
dentist on Jan 14, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

I had a lot of work done as a kid at a huge dental office and it felt like every time I went in I was checked/done work on by a different dentist--- the last being a very scary guy. I've since (and recommend) switched to a small dental office with one dentist, and I think it makes a gigantic difference her being female.
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kristinasimpson90
sedation dentistry on Jan 14, 2016 @ 01:37 pm

If it's that bad like it is for me.... I now go to a sedation dentist that will put you out for simple cleaning and other things for patience that can't handle the anxiety. I wouldn't do it any other way
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katieg
Bad Experience on Jan 14, 2016 @ 02:20 pm

I also had a very bad experience when I was a child, the dentist pulled a tooth that he had not frozen for and pulled it on an angle that caused damage to the nerves and gem on the right side of my mouth. My teeth came in crooked on the right side because of this.

I go to the dentist every six months for cleanings but if I have to have any work done I always get the gas ( nitric oxide) to calm me down and then everything goes smoothly.

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wonderwhatif
. on Jan 14, 2016 @ 03:36 pm

I too am on the bad experience train, had a Scottish dentist when I was little hit a nerve in my tooth, sat up and banged my head on a light. My mum was embarrassed when I refused to sit back down and both her and the dentist yelled at me.

I have a wonderful dentist now, I'm always a little nervous going for the first time, but right away when they had a part of the form asking if you are scared, I knew I was in the right place.

They gave me both a female dentist and hygienist who both took the time to speak english too and around me and were very gentle and kind. Telling a dentist your fears is a great way to feel out if they're the right fit for you. If they're dismissive or mean, get out!

I do still hate getting dental work done though, I grip the chair white knuckled, the drill always makes me so nervous.
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