Dental fear 
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 Dental fear

I had a fear of dentists from a young age, mostly because the dentists in
our area had ham hands and bad attitudes.
Years later, I became a TMJ patient.  I had dozens (I am not kidding..I had
a hell of a case  and I think it still being taught) of people folling
around in my mouth..dentists, orthodontists, maxillo{*filter*} surgeons, dental
students, etc.  I got over being afraid of dentists (I even bawled out a
student for treating me and the rest of the patients in the classroom like
we were all potted plants..much to the amu{*filter*}t of the instructors), at
least, I thought I had.
It turns out I was wrong.
Recently I had to have a cavity filled (first one in over 10 years).  I
went to a dentist I used to see before I was diagnosed with TMJ, because he
was close by and I wasn't afriad of dentists anymore, right?  WRONG!
As soon as he pulled out the little gun the Novocaine comes in, my stomach
knotted in fear.  When the drill started, i was reduce to little whimpers
of fear that only I could hear.  By the time all was said and done, I
realized I had tried, and forgotten every organized prayer I had been
taught as a young child.  I was shaking as I got out of the chair, and made
my way to the restroom, where I held on to the sink for dear life, and
commanded myself not to cry.  I was still shaking as I walked down the hall
to the reception desk, and I had to fight the urge to bolt when the
receptionist asked me if I wished to make another appointment...

Now what do I do?  How do I conquer this fear again?

deb (who is still dental phobic, after all)

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Fri, 08 Aug 1997 11:51:59 GMT
 Dental fear
Deb:

I just went through a similar experience 2 weeks ago. It had been
*13* years for me. A fractured molar finally forced me to go.

My solution was to talk to friends and scan the Yellow Pages
for a dentist who specialized in fearful patients. The DMD
I finally located was extremely patient and understanding.
He did everything possible to put me at ease for the filling.
When the moment arrived, he applied a "local" to the gum,
then followed it with some sort of electronic numbing device.
THEN he made the Novocain injection.

There was still some pain during the injection, but I think
some of that may have been in my own mind. Before he started
drilling, he placed headphones over my ears and allowed me
to tune in the radio station of my choice.

Overall, I wouldn't call the experience "pleasant," but it
was much less terrifying than I thought it would be. I'll
definitely be back for my cleaning and exam in 6 months.

---Steve

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Sun, 10 Aug 1997 10:20:11 GMT
 Dental fear
Deb: I think you should have found one dentist you trusted and stayed with him
or her. Jumping dentists is a bad idea-you are probably difficult to treatand
have not yet developed a relationship with one pratitioner that want s to
assist. Good luck,
z


Sat, 16 Aug 1997 10:32:25 GMT
 Dental fear
If you are afraid of the dentist, why not try going to a dentist of the
opposite sex?

Some people could find it less intimidating depending on their
personal psychology.

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Sun, 17 Aug 1997 15:58:33 GMT
 Dental fear

: Deb: I think you should have found one dentist you trusted and stayed with him
: or her. Jumping dentists is a bad idea-you are probably difficult to treatand
: have not yet developed a relationship with one pratitioner that want s to
: assist. Good luck,
: z

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Thu, 21 Aug 1997 03:43:39 GMT
 Dental fear
: I had a fear of dentists from a young age, mostly because the dentists in
: our area had ham hands and bad attitudes.
: Years later, I became a TMJ patient.  I had dozens (I am not kidding..I had
: a hell of a case  and I think it still being taught) of people folling
: around in my mouth..dentists, orthodontists, maxillo{*filter*} surgeons, dental
: students, etc.  I got over being afraid of dentists (I even bawled out a
: student for treating me and the rest of the patients in the classroom like
: we were all potted plants..much to the amu{*filter*}t of the instructors), at
: least, I thought I had.
: It turns out I was wrong.
: Recently I had to have a cavity filled (first one in over 10 years).  I
: went to a dentist I used to see before I was diagnosed with TMJ, because he
: was close by and I wasn't afriad of dentists anymore, right?  WRONG!
: As soon as he pulled out the little gun the Novocaine comes in, my stomach
: knotted in fear.  When the drill started, i was reduce to little whimpers
: of fear that only I could hear.  By the time all was said and done, I
: realized I had tried, and forgotten every organized prayer I had been
: taught as a young child.  I was shaking as I got out of the chair, and made
: my way to the restroom, where I held on to the sink for dear life, and
: commanded myself not to cry.  I was still shaking as I walked down the hall
: to the reception desk, and I had to fight the urge to bolt when the
: receptionist asked me if I wished to make another appointment...

: Now what do I do?  How do I conquer this fear again?

: deb (who is still dental phobic, after all)

: --

: /-----------------------------------+---------------------------------------\
: | Deb Storch                        | "My back is aching; my fingertips are |

: |   for Unix mail access            |  more; I've logged off the net, but   |
: |                                   |  I cannot quit yet... Oh, no! It's    |
: | I'll deny anything!               |  quarter to four (AM)!" -- me         |
: \-----------------------------------+---------------------------------------/

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Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
Mail: 6009 Quinpool Rd. Suite 302
       Halifax NS B3K 5J7
        Canada                 Phone: (902) 429-2683
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Fri, 22 Aug 1997 02:56:24 GMT
 Dental fear

writes:

Quote:


>: I had a fear of dentists from a young age, mostly because the
dentists in
>: our area had ham hands and bad attitudes.
>: Years later, I became a TMJ patient.  I had dozens (I am not
kidding..I had
>: a hell of a case  and I think it still being taught) of people
folling
>: around in my mouth..dentists, orthodontists, maxillo{*filter*} surgeons,
dental
>: students, etc.  I got over being afraid of dentists (I even bawled
out a
>: student for treating me and the rest of the patients in the classroom
like
>: we were all potted plants..much to the amu{*filter*}t of the instructors),
at
>: least, I thought I had.
>: It turns out I was wrong.
>: Recently I had to have a cavity filled (first one in over 10 years).
 I
>: went to a dentist I used to see before I was diagnosed with TMJ,
because he
>: was close by and I wasn't afriad of dentists anymore, right?  WRONG!
>: As soon as he pulled out the little gun the Novocaine comes in, my
stomach
>: knotted in fear.  When the drill started, i was reduce to little
whimpers
>: of fear that only I could hear.  By the time all was said and done, I
>: realized I had tried, and forgotten every organized prayer I had been
>: taught as a young child.  I was shaking as I got out of the chair,
and made
>: my way to the restroom, where I held on to the sink for dear life,
and
>: commanded myself not to cry.  I was still shaking as I walked down
the hall
>: to the reception desk, and I had to fight the urge to bolt when the
>: receptionist asked me if I wished to make another appointment...

>: Now what do I do?  How do I conquer this fear again?

>: deb (who is still dental phobic, after all)

>: --

>:

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>: | Deb Storch                        | "My back is aching; my
fingertips are |

any-   |
>: |   for Unix mail access            |  more; I've logged off the net,
but   |
>: |                                   |  I cannot quit yet... Oh, no!
It's    |
>: | I'll deny anything!               |  quarter to four (AM)!" -- me  
       |
>:

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>Assistant Professor
>Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
>Mail: 6009 Quinpool Rd. Suite 302
>       Halifax NS B3K 5J7
>        Canada                 Phone: (902) 429-2683
>====================================================================

        Contact the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for referral
to psychologists and dentists in your area who are trained to care for
patients with this problem.  (708) 297-3317

        Ashley Goodman, DDS



Thu, 28 Aug 1997 02:59:18 GMT
 
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