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Dental issues as triggers



Junior member
Apr 5, 2006
Hey all,
do any of you struggle with dental issues acting as triggers? This includes triggers such as PTSD or maybe dental pain/issues make you want to drink or do something to put your mind into a state of pain-denial or treatment-denial?

I'm asking because right now I'm on antibiotics and am feverish from an infection in my jaw.

But even thinking about teeth or dentists triggers a huge amount of fear in me and it makes me wish I could just slip back into denial that anything is wrong with my mouth and that I don't need any treatment after all.

I just want this problem to just POOF go away. I don't know if I can manage my emotions, my fear and anxiety are so strong.


Super Moderator
Jan 5, 2012
Hi if you have a dentist you trust and that understands your fears you can get the treatment you need. I was a trembling wreck earlier this year as I usually was when seeing the dentist but with the understanding and patient treatment by two or three dentists I have had to see I have had the treatment I needed and a lot of my fear has gone. I no longer suffer panic attacks when there or tremble or feel terrible, I will always feel a bit nervous but I am quite comfortable going now.

Good luck with your treatment and I hope you get to a place when you don't feel so afraid. :butterfly:


Junior member
Sep 30, 2013
My whole life is a dental issue, lol. I put off getting work done til the very last second. If it doesn't hurt, I don't go! I live in fear up until the appointment and then think of every excuse in the book to bolt. Stupid part is, is that I KNOW I'm going to be fine and that the victorious feeling I get after going through with it, is worth it but, that dental demon won't let me relax and think rationally. I just want my dental woes to miraculously disappear too. I have to get an extraction next week and I can think of a jillion different things I'd RATHER be doing, instead of an appointment that's going to be over in the blink of an eye. Horrible.