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26 years without treatment - My dental journey

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MissM250

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Well, it's the following week and I'm doing SO much better. No more need for pain meds, extraction sites are healing well and it's SO nice to be able to eat a bit more again! :) No plan yet for the new work, all I know now is I have a cleaning on the 29th. The office is waiting to hear from the DentalCard financing, and once that's in place, we make a plan to do the rest. I wanted to check back in and say hi, and that the hard part of the uppers is over! All I need up there now are crowns and appliances, all the really hard stuff is done! I hope you're all well, and I'll check back when I know more!
 
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Hanaku

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Your bravery is amazing, you are an inspiration!

I though my situation was difficult, complicated and a struggle (just had two teeth extracted today, and possibly many more in the future), but you have such big amount of such complicated procedures already done, and you keep going.. that's so amazing.

Your story humbles me and gives me a lot of perspective, you are really helping me a lot, thank you so much.

Now I have more courage to face my own troubles, when you can face yours so bravely.

Congratulations for having so much work done, I hope you are not in pain and can eat well and enjoy life.

You make me think that there IS good life after all the dental procedures, after it's all over, we can enjoy life again and feel joy and appreciate nature and so on.

Thank you again, I really needed to hear what you had to say!

It would be great to know the current situation and how things are going.
 
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MissM250

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Thank you so much for your kind words!

When I started this journey, I told myself a few things, and maybe they will help you.

1. I am in charge. I can tell the dentist to stop at any time, and I made sure to find a dentist that would agree to this. Reminding myself that I am paying him to do a service FOR me, means that I am in charge of the situation and can walk away if the trauma comes up and I need to stop.

2. Every step after the first one, is one closer to the end. Each time I go, is a countdown to the prize, which will be my new smile.

3. I am allowed to need help feeling safe. I bring in my squishmallow toy and an aromatherapy inhaler to each appointment. The assistant moves my nitrous mask and lets me inhale a comforting scent every time I get really anxious. She started doing that all on her own once she knew I had it with me! Finding the right office took time, but I am so glad I did my research.

Things are going well now! I'm still without a lot of teeth, but that will come in the next few months. I promise to keep everyone updated!
 
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Lrobyn

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Dec 16, 2020
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Canada
You really are inspirational, your strength is something to behold. It gives me some strength to get through my appt on Monday, and if I can’t finish treatment to ask to get referred for sedation. You’re right, I am in charge! I hope you take a moment in all the dental anxiety crap to feel proud of yourself, because I’m proud of you! (Also a fellow Canadian, I’m over in SK)
 
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MissM250

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Well I forgot to check in yesterday but I had another big appointment. We worked on my lower left jaw. I had two extractions a root canal and four fillings. can you believe I actually fell asleep under the nitrous in the chair? This office makes me feel so comfortable and safe. when I arrived they gave me a weighted blanket and then a warm blanket and a heated bean bag to keep me comfortable. I'm doing really well today, not needing anything for pain other than Tylenol and ibuprofen. My next appointment will be my lower right side. I need three extractions on that side and a root canal and two fillings. Once that side is done, all that's left is crowns and appliances. I am so very excited to show you my new smile.
 
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Spider

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Oct 26, 2013
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falling asleep in the dentist chair!? If you could go back and tell yourself this a year ago, I bet you would never believe it!!
It sounds like you are definitely more than half way done now. I can't wait to see your new smile!
 
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MissM250

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I mean, I was under nitrous, but yep! I had a nap. I will never leave this office unless I'm forced to, and hubby is joining me as he just can't believe how wonderful they are. I'll show so many pics when I'm done!
 
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