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Defeating Dental anxiety (again?)

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JaySee19

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It‘s amazing to follow your journey and to see you realising how much improvement you made, to see you growing and learning yourself better. I am a huge believer that conquering dental fear has an impact on the overall self-confidence and ability to cope with difficulties in many other areas of life too.

Glad you can keep your appointment today. Let us know how it went :)
I would feel a lot better about my current progress if I hadn’t been in a similar situation before. “Seemingly“ conquering dental anxiety, getting everything sorted, then going regularly for check ups for about 13 years. And then suddenly letting my fear get the better of me - and stopping
(again for about 13 years - very odd!). Even worse, letting things get bad again and slipping back into being terrified. I really want to break this cycle. Well, I can’t afford not to because some of my teeth won’t survive if I go back to my old habits.
On the other hand I also hate being obsessed by all things dental when I’m in a treatment phase. It seems it’s all I can think about - and that’s not healthy either.
It would be nice to have a normal relationship with “the dentist”.
 
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JaySee19

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The appointment went OK. It somehow wasn’t what I expected and just seemed to be a variant on a normal clean (but no polishing). The hygienist did it, no jabs, just topical local anaesthetic, which was fine. I find cleanings brutal, the scraping and scratching, I always think my poor enamel is being gouged to death, and if any teeth were loose I’m sure they’d be falling out after a clean. Plus so many teeth feel sensitive when she’s poking and spraying away, sort of “sick” sensitive, as if they’re going to turn into full blown carious tooth-ache. And that always worries me - maybe the dentist has overlooked heaps of cavities. That feeling doesn’t last long, but I almost prefer fillings (or even root canals!) to cleans.
On the other hand my gums seem to be settling down, as the interdental brushes I’m supposed to use are now 2 sizes larger than 6 weeks ago. She didn’t believe it herself and had to look back over her notes, and then double check on my teeth. My gums may have been swollen 6 weeks ago.
So, all in all OK. I hope it works. And I would have liked to have seen the dentist because there are a number of things I want to ask! Like, when are we going to tackle that crown that needs doing?
 
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thisisme

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The appointment went OK. It somehow wasn’t what I expected and just seemed to be a variant on a normal clean (but no polishing). The hygienist did it, no jabs, just topical local anaesthetic, which was fine. I find cleanings brutal, the scraping and scratching, I always think my poor enamel is being gouged to death, and if any teeth were loose I’m sure they’d be falling out after a clean. Plus so many teeth feel sensitive when she’s poking and spraying away, sort of “sick” sensitive, as if they’re going to turn into full blown carious tooth-ache. And that always worries me - maybe the dentist has overlooked heaps of cavities. That feeling doesn’t last long, but I almost prefer fillings (or even root canals!) to cleans.
On the other hand my gums seem to be settling down, as the interdental brushes I’m supposed to use are now 2 sizes larger than 6 weeks ago. She didn’t believe it herself and had to look back over her notes, and then double check on my teeth. My gums may have been swollen 6 weeks ago.
So, all in all OK. I hope it works. And I would have liked to have seen the dentist because there are a number of things I want to ask! Like, when are we going to tackle that crown that needs doing?
I hate the cleaning too. I would much rather have a filling or even simple extraction than have a cleaning. It’s so long and uncomfortable. Scraping teeth with metal? Nope. Kudos on doing it! Another step taken on your journey!
 
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