Dental fear

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I posted a few days ago about my broken Tooth and my dread of Dentists.

Iwoke up this morningwith a panic attack just thinking about it.

Chrristmas Day,going out for lunch,but I am shaking ,wretching and feel awful.How can I calm myself down before I go out.

Still shaking now.Feel so sily,68 years old and feeling like this.

Can't walk or exercise my Nerves away. because of a Stroke I had 5 years ago.

Just needed to tell someone.

Thanks for listening.

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    Hi Janet, the broken tooth will take only 20 mins to fix and before you go you could take a benzo so you'll be nice and calm so you won't feel or experience any fear at all.

    The dentists can rub local anaesthetic on the area so you don't feel any injection and in fact your broken tooth may be able to be fixed without any need for anaesthetic.

    Best thing is to discuss options with your dentist.

    You might be able to find a dentist who specialises in those with a phobia.

    Eitherway you will be fine and there are plenty options, your in control and only need to have the tooth fixed when YOU feel you are happy with the method.

    You could even have it done at hospital under sedation?

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      Thanks for your advice.

      Is Benzo a prescription drug or can I buy it over the Counter.?

      I feel that I need something to calm ny Nerves.

      Drugs are a last resort for me as a rule.

      But I am getting desperate now.

      Don't like feeling this way every day.

      I know some Dentists offer sedation,but I shake even picking the Phone up to make the appointment.


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    I have dreadful fears about going to see doctors.Consequently I think that EVERY symptom I have is a terminal illness,but I just had my 72nd birthday and am STILL here.Anxiety is a DREADFUL condition to suffer with,as I do,and it is of no help tat I live alone without family support.

    For example,today (CHRISTMAS) I have just woken up feeling really unwell,(I do get dizzy and have vertigo) and have cancelled the arrangement I had for lunch today as I am much to scared to drive to London and back alone,incase I am taken il and find myself in hospital with no one for support or backup.

    This Health Anxiety is ruining my life.I also get very shaky and feel as though I am about to pass out,but so far it has not happened.

    this has gone on for two years now,and in my case ,the fear of being alone if I am ill is an overriding fear that I cannot shake off.Many more issues and phobias which stop me from living a normal life.I see people going about their lives normally and I just wish I was still  part of it.

    i do sympathise with you.


    PS Dentists now are much more sympathetic and understanding than before, and there is a lot they can do to minimise minimize fears..


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      I feel exactly the same as you.

      I am a Widow,but have got 2 grown up Children.

      Evey night I sit alone and too much time to think and PANIC.

      I am dreading Bedtimes now,because I sleep well,but wake up panic stricken about my Tooth.

      I also wish I were able to take things in my stride as others seem to.

      Getting ready to go out ,but am still shaking.

      A Christmas Meal I'm not looking forward to at all.

      Still feel nauseaus aswell.

      But have to not let my Children down.

      I think I'd be ok once I got to the Dental Surgery,it's getting there and leaving the House ,I was bad enough just thinking about i,let alone making an appointment.

      Age doesn't get any easier does it.

      I'm in the UK.too.


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    Hi Janet, it is a benzo which is a prescription drug only but is perfectly ok to take before your appointment or even a few days before hand.

    Id chat to Dr first though first.

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    Hello Janet 

    playing catch up on I pad. How did the dentist go? Did you manage to get there? Phobias or anxiety of any sort is horrendous! I've had health anxiety since I was five would you believe and I'm now 66 !  Couldn't articulate it at that age but every time I saw the school nurse I panicked! Hadn't been ill or hospitalised before that so goodness knows where it came from. Health anxiety started in 20's and became focused on cancer. Has been ever since. Don't suffer everyday but have episodes after/ during periods of stress. In the middle of an episode at mo. I used to be petrified of dentists too but familiarity eventually bred contempt. I go regularly and have done for years. Funny how ur rational side tells you there's nothing to fear but the irrational is telling you different. I most definitely won't go near a doctor so can understand your fear. I just keep telling myself that doctors, dentists or health professionals are there to help us not harm us! Good luck in getting sorted. You may have already been. Let me know. E.


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      No,I haven't been.

      Just thinking about making an appointment makes me shake,wretch and feel awful.

      I'm trying everything I know to calm my nerves.

      But,so far no luck.

      I know what you say is true,but still can't pick up that Phone.

      Shaking now just thinkng about it.


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    That's exactly how I feel about docs! When I was afraid of dentists my friend would make appointment for me but not tell me. We lived about 15mins drive away from dentist so she would come about half an hour before we were due and tell me to get my shoes on! She all but had to carry me in and that's not an exaggeration but through time as I said before familiarly bred contempt until I was no longer afraid. How do you cope with doctors?. E.
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      I had a Stroke over 5 years ago and did spend some time in Hospital.

      Don't mind Docs too much.

      Won't have a Flu jab though,don't really like Needles,but Blood tests I'm ok.

      Someone said the Doc could give me something to calm my nerves.

      Last resort maybe.?

      Understand how you feel about Doc's.Anxiety and nerves are awful.

      I would just be embarassed to admit that I'm scared.

      I'm 68 and a Widow.

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