- Oct 22, 2021
- West Sussex
Dear all, I am new to this forum and am seeking advice from anyone who has experience of severe dental anxiety. I never enjoyed going to the dentist, who does, but I now find myself in a position where I need a significant amount of dental work carried out (circa 3 extractions, 2 root canals, plus at least 2 posts/crowns). Normally I would just grin and bear this, but 18 months ago I was unlucky enough to suffer a major retinal detachment involving 3 tears (I went 90% blind overnight). The surgery was a success, but it was extremely traumatic and left me with debilitating PTSD and night terrors that required months of hypnotherapy treatment (I believe it's called EMDR). Anyway, I have just returned from a visit to my dentist (who is excellent by the way) and all of the anxiety and fear of surgical procedures came flooding back. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. I need the dentistry work but my condition literally cripples me with anxiety and irrational fear. It's so overwhelming that I nearly bolted for the door today. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. Many thanks. Mike.