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    Dentist Phobia.

    I know its a fairly common phobia, so just wondering if you had any advice, if some of you conquered your fears, because I have my first dentist appointment in 15 years on Tuesday, and I'm beyond petrified. I even started crying just making the appointment because that was literally terrifying enough. I still cant believe I rang and booked in.... Any tips on how to mentally prepare so I'm not a complete gibbering emotional fuckwit when I get there?

    Thanks in advance x


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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepoppy View Post
    Any tips on how to mentally prepare so I'm not a complete gibbering emotional fuckwit when I get there?
    Maybe let them know about your phobia, so that they are on your side rather than reacting to a "difficult patient". Just a thought, I have no experience of this at first hand.

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    WhitePoppy have you ever tried Rescue Remedy? I find it really helpful for stressful situations and if you started taking it regularly now it might help calm you a bit before the day, but yes, also let them know in advance how scared you are. Sounds silly but Rescue Remedy has a mixture of different things in it and it has got me through some very difficult situations so might be worth trying if you haven't already x

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    Well, I cried down the phone just speaking to the receptionist, so she said she'd make a note that I was nervous. But nervous doesn't even come close, its pure stark terror, combined with nausea, and a real fear of injections.....

    I know I need it doing though, really badly, alot of my back teeth are broken which restricts what I can eat. I have toothache so often that I'm getting used to being in pain as a permanent state of existence. I'm self conscious of them to the point I never smile with an open mouth, don't openly laugh unless I'm covering my face. I hate them and they make me so miserable, but I'm just really that frightened that all the above still doesn't seem as bad as a trip to the dentist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GivingItThought View Post
    WhitePoppy have you ever tried Rescue Remedy? I find it really helpful for stressful situations and if you started taking it regularly now it might help calm you a bit before the day, but yes, also let them know in advance how scared you are. Sounds silly but Rescue Remedy has a mixture of different things in it and it has got me through some very difficult situations so might be worth trying if you haven't already x
    Do you just get it from the chemist? I've heard of it, but never used it.

    (although we did have a hamster that my mum fed a pipette full to, when we found it 'dead' after choking on a wooden chew, and that little bugger got renamed Lazarus.... I reckon, with my adult skills of deduction, it was really only unconscious.... Lol)

    I shall see if I can pick some up, because I'm pretty sure getting stoned/ having some Dutch courage beforehand is frowned upon 😊 x

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    difficult decision on the stoned bit , I have been there a few times , usually good but a proper panic attack close to a whitey on one occasion ...

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    There are specialist dentists for nervous patients... This one is in Reading, but they're all over..

    http://readingdentalclinic.co.uk/

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    I have my own technique.
    I let them do whatever they are going to do. I get local anaesthetic. So ANY pain that gets through that is a bonus! No kidding. I lay back in the chair and in my head I start with a stripped down, brand new galvanised Landrover 110 chassis. It's mine to take away from the dentist whatever happens. Only thing is, it ain't much good to me like that. So for every bit of pain the dentist may inflict. I get the next (new part to add to the Landrover chassis) ok next bit of pain may get me some fk off shiny wheels, with awsone off-road tyres. Then the next bit of pain will get me a shitkicking engine and if the pain is strong enough/ for long enough. I will get the Turbo version of engine (the much sort after one) you get the picture now? Ok so seats, sound system, nudgebars, lights, this mother fker of MY new Landrover is going to take some building right! So for each subsequent hit of pain, I lay back and build my ultimate Landrover vehicle. You can really build whatever you fancy. Only problem is, my dentist finishes the dental work before I get to drive the bugger home. Often I have been glad, but just for once, it would be so nice to get that awesome vehicle out of them.

    Try it out for yourself, No pain, No gain. It works for me and I have to pay for my dental treatment. If your getting it for free then double bonus.
    Good luck.

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    I use to go get 10mg diazipam tablets from doc's before each dental visit, took one the night before and another 2hrs before appointment, It helped me...
    Getting stoned didn't help with my phobia at all.
    Good luck. :-)



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    Lol, I like the build something in your head idea, I'm hoping they'll let me wear my headphones and blast some music, but I'm not sure if that's going to hinder them at all. I'm just trying to focus on my first appointment, which is just a look at my teeth, not actually getting anything done.... Or at least I hope.

    I do have to pay unfortunately, I should have been braver when I was unemployed, but 20 just for a check up was out of my price range, so I kept putting it off 😞

    Realnutter, : I tried to find a phobia friendly dentist in my area, but they are all private round here, and its about 80 just for an initial appointment, so dread to think what the rest would cost with the state of my teeth, and sedation etc...

    Shroom: I think I'll pass on the smoke then, last thing I need on top of being a terrified pussy, is a massive dose of whitey lol....😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by yazz View Post
    I use to go get 10mg diazipam tablets from doc's before each dental visit, took one the night before and another 2hrs before appointment, It helped me...
    Getting stoned didn't help with my phobia at all.
    Good luck. :-)
    I shall see if I can get a doctors appointment before Tuesday. Thanks 😊 do you just have to tell them its for a dentist phobia? X

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepoppy View Post
    I shall see if I can get a doctors appointment before Tuesday. Thanks 😊 do you just have to tell them its for a dentist phobia? X
    Just explain your phobia, if you can get a face to face appointment, they will see your phobia as you talk about it. Be firm we them if you need to, but dental phobia is very common, lots of people choose this route to help. Explain to the dentist too, and if you take anything, tell him/her that too. All the best.


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    Quote Originally Posted by yazz View Post
    Just explain your phobia, if you can get a face to face appointment, they will see your phobia as you talk about it. Be firm we them if you need to, but dental phobia is very common, lots of people choose this route to help. Explain to the dentist too, and if you take anything, tell him/her that too. All the best.
    Thankyou, I shall look into this, as id rather not make a fool of myself by it becoming a meltdown... If I can just get the first few out the way, at least the worst will be over with x

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepoppy View Post
    Thankyou, I shall look into this, as id rather not make a fool of myself by it becoming a meltdown... If I can just get the first few out the way, at least the worst will be over with x
    If you dentist is good, after a couple of visits you'll feel much calmer I'm sure.


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    Been waiting for this thread, mortally afraid of the dentist, and needles, to the point where I couldn't go without my mom with me, barr the last few times. It does get easier after a few visits, the fear eases off and I think that makes the whole experience less traumatic. Breathing exercises to relax your body while they're poking around and getting super high beforehand helps me. Let the dentist know you're nervous and ask for the magic cream!

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    I'm hoping to find a NHS dentist. For well over 15 years I had been going private, since my then dentist stopped doing NHS. It was expensive for treatment but 1st class service. Paying for private treatment certainly makes you look after your teeth.
    Then I moved South and found a NHS dentist. I still paid for treatment (not that I had any) other than the annual check up. But the hygienist had to be paid for, which I except. Six months after I tried to make an appointment at the same dentist. They said I had been taken off their books for not attending two bleaching appointments? (Do I look like the type of client that would spend money on bleaching? No) My last dentist was also private. Blow me down. 4,350 for (One) implant + X-rays etc. They also said I need a filling @ 138 so hence, now I'm saving up and going for a NHS dentist.
    I've been led to believe. NHS cannot charge more than a set amount for a course of treatment? 300 + ish? So I'm hoping to have any further treatment undertaken around the same time.

    Do they still put some patients to sleep for some treatments? I would like to try that, just for the comeround.

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    Its around 270 for full course of treatment, but you have to have all the work done within six months. So I really hope I can put my fear to bed and get it all done within that time frame, because I certainly can't afford to pay 270 more than once.

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    I have had most of the dental work there is to have as far as having my gums opened up and the bone cleaned so I know what the rational fear of pain is,and there is more chance that it is that and not a phobia,albeit both options suck.

    My advice is that you have to think of the finished product and that you will be able to eat what you want and smile when you want.

    The dentist is helping you get the most out of your life,trust them

    My teeth are messed up because of a good kicking and a few bad choices of my own,and the fact that I have not got great teeth is probably my only regret in the world.

    Get them sorted girl,it is so worth it xx
    anything is possible,that my friends is a mathematical certainty ;-)

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    I also have the terrible phobia of Dentists,many of them have been really cruel to me in the past,i have had a couple of really good ones though,the last ace Dentist gave me Sensodyn Pro Enamel for pain relief and i can assure you it really #kin works,did and does for me anyway,i wouldn`t recommend brushing with it,but getting a really good dollop of the stuff and working it around with a cotton bud really really helped,in fact to the point i can actually control the pain completely.

    For a few quid a tube,it is honestly worth a try.

    Don`t let it stop you going to see the Dentist though even if it works wonders,by the sound of it you do need professional help with what`s going on now.

    Just to note,i have no shares in the company or owt like that.

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    Sensodyne now do a daily care. But is it not just like the rest with advertising? The same ingredients as the sensodyne repair and protect only more expensive?

    Sensodyne repair and protect ingredients : Ingredients

    Glycerin, PEG-8, Hydrated Silica, Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate (NOVAMIN), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Aroma, Titanium Dioxide, Carbomer, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Fluoride.
    Contains Sodium Fluoride 0.3152 % w/w (1450ppm Fluoride)

    https://www.sensodyne.co.uk/products...FDwaAh9h8P8HAQ

    Sensodyne rapid relief looks like it should be in everyone's first aid kit. But again, is this just another marketing trick?
    If not, why don't they just put all the good ingredients into just one tube and sell it as it could be.
    Sensodyne ~ "all the bollocks in one tube."

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/24...ne-toothpaste/

    Sensodyne manufactures several desensitizing toothpastes specifically formulated to relieve the pain of sensitive teeth. Sensodyne Anticavity Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth, Fresh Mint contains ingredients that block pain associated with contact triggers, such as cold or hot foods. When used regularly, the ingredients in this toothpaste help prevent the sensitivity from returning.

    Flavors

    Sensodyne Anticavity Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth, Fresh Mint contains two sugar substitutes and the general term "flavors" to indicate the specific proprietary flavorings that make the toothpaste minty tasting. The two sugar substitutes include the natural sugar-alcohol sorbitol and the artificial sweetener sodium saccharin. Sorbitol is about 60 percent as sweet as sugar but it is slowly and poorly dissolved by your body, having a laxative effect if you consume significant amounts. Saccharin is about 300 times sweeter than sugar, and very stable, even in the presence of acids. These ingredients are generally added to mask the potentially unpleasant flavors of the other toothpaste ingredients in order to increase preference, compliance and use of Sensodyne toothpaste.

    Glycerin

    Glycerin is a viscosity-decreasing agent, decreasing the thickness of the final product. It also has a very sweet taste. Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a component of all fats and oils and can be converted to glucose by the liver, which provides energy for cellular metabolism. While not meant to be eaten when used as a toothpaste ingredient, it does impart sweetness and a desired product texture.


    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate helps water and oil mix so they can be rinsed away. As a surfactant, sodium lauryl sulfate works as a cleansing agent, helping to clean bacterial and food residues from the surfaces of teeth.

    Dyes

    Sensodyne toothpaste contains three ingredients that impart color to the final toothpaste product; FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #10 and titanium dioxide. FD&C Blue #1 and Yellow #10 may be derived from animals.

    (may be derived from animals.)?

    (may be derived from animals.)?

    (may be derived from animals.)?
    Titanium dioxide, derived from minerals, gives products a white colour. The combination and specific ratio of these three dyes determines the overall color of Sensodyne toothpaste.

    Sodium Fluoride

    Sodium fluoride, also known as sodium monofluoride, prevents tooth decay in two ways. The fluoride ions reduce the ability of bacteria to make the acids that attack teeth and lead to tooth decay. At the same time, fluoride ions also help remineralize teeth that have already experienced demineralization due to bacterial acid attack.

    Potassium Nitrate

    Potassium nitrate is the main desensitizing ingredient in Sensodyne toothpaste. Hypersensitivity of dentin, the layer of your tooth just underneath the enamel, results in pain when you brush your teeth, use dental floss, eat cold, hot, sour or sweet foods, or even when you breathe cold air. Potassium nitrate calms the nerves of teeth, by inhibiting the activity of the sensory nerve endings. This prevents transmission of painful stimuli to the brain.

    Sodium Phosphate

    Sodium phosphate acts as an effective cleansing agent, helping clean food and bacteria off the surface of teeth. It also provides a buffering system for the overall toothpaste product, helping maintain an appropriate pH. In general, toothpaste has a pH range of 8 to 10, slightly basic.

    Xanathan Gum

    Sensodyne Toothpaste contains xanthan gum as a product stabilizer. Xanthan gum is known as a "binder", keeping all ingredients in the product mixed uniformly together.

    Hydrated Silica

    Hydrated silica is added to Sensodyne Toothpaste as an abrasive. Similar to powdered cleansers used to clean your kitchen counter surfaces, hydrated silica's grainy texture helps clean the surface of your teeth, particularly dental plaque.

    Now we are getting there! I wonder if all dentists in the UK (private & NHS) recommend the same brand of toothpaste?
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    It's a shit one....has me sweating and squirming every time.

    Last time I went for a rebuild of some front teeth and was warned that it would make my 'bite' unusual.....the cost was fine but the new 'bite' has proved uncomfortable for the three or so years til my teeth crumbled again....

    I'm loving this easy bite and comfortable set to my jaw but know I have to try a fix in order to do smiling.

    Whitening would be nice before having discouloring composite to fix my teeth.

    I know I'm going to get them fixed for cosmetic reasons but having broken teeth is so much more comfortable for my mouth/bite/jawset.

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    Well, todays the day.... My dentist cancelled my appointment last week due to sickness, so I'm in today. Absolutely terrified. Want to run and hide.

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    Be brave and don`t forget to breath. (in through the nose,out through the mouth) Keep calm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by whitepoppy View Post
    Well, todays the day.... My dentist cancelled my appointment last week due to sickness, so I'm in today. Absolutely terrified. Want to run and hide.
    You will be fine Dentists are a lot better than they used to be ! It will soon be over
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