Re: Root Canal; immense anxiety; will the dentist stop if I ask
Hi Star2sparkle, I like your username btw. I don't have dental phobia but in
April of 2009 was facing my first root canal due to intense needle phobia. (I had let a cavity go too long). I found this wonderful forum and was told of the numbing gel (pre injection topical) along with words of comfort in general about the procedure. Since then, I've stuck around to check up on a few folks I got to know a little more closely but also to offer any words of support that I could; particularly regarding root canal treatment. My rc'ed tooth was/is an upper molar. I had known the dentist who would be performing the treatment for many years since he was dentist to my Grandma. However, I was never his patient. In fact, for no reason having to do with him, I harbored negativity his way. So, in that sense, immediately after he (his partner my dentist had moved on) diagnosed my intense pain as one that required rct, I was literally in his hands. I could have looked for someone else, in fact, I admit to doing just that. Ultimately, I saw him, and after making it through the first numbing injection, (thanks to the gel and his care I honestly felt nothing), I remember having a big goofy, embarrassed smile on my face, thinking "this was what I had gotten so worked up about?" Yes, I was still very much leery of him and the rct itself but his excellent dental skill and calm, compassionate manner has since made me his biggest patient fan. So, it most definitely is possible to find your perfect dentist, someone you can later build a relationship with, after only one or two visits. I hope the same will be the case for you and wish you all the best.
"Never think you don't have the power to overcome your fear and accomplish something wonderful!" Shared by fellow forum member Cherio45.