Re: Bad experience?
I have two good reasons for anxiety
1. I'm an abuse survivor and having someone "of authority" hover over me is tremendously frightening. Plus my abuser is the one who took me to the dentist. My "reward" for being good at the dentist was being abused.. Nice, huh?? >
2. The smaller, high-pitched drill for fine cavities has a vibrational frequency that just plain chaps my a## = it's like a "nails on a chalkboard" kind of thing for others, for me.. Drives me batty
I've worked where I am for 4 years now. It's a basement office where the major tenant is a dental office. You can imagine the anxiety I felt all the first week I worked here - with the smells triggering alllll manner of anxiety, and having 3 busted teeth to boot, to deal with. It's only been this year that I've noticed the smells no longer trigger the anxiety, and being able to see and get to know the staff of the dental office makes dealing with (not getting over, but dealing) the anxieties above much more manageable. They are VERY VERY accommodating to my fears and acknowlege them..
I think for the most part, finding out the deeper cause of the anxiety is the best way to go about punching it down and dealing with it..
I honestly thought my fears were pain-based = they aren't. I have two children I gave birth to without anaesthesia. I hate needles, always have. Thinking of getting a dental shot is anxiety producing, but I've only had one "bad" shot. The breathing techniques used in childbirth, and discussed in other threads on this board (breathe in for a count of 3-6, slowly breathe out for twice that count, for instance) also has a calming effect for me = it's all individual.
Did that help in any way??
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