- Oct 21, 2011
After a bad experience five years ago where I woke up in the middle of an operation in which all of my body was paralyzed and I was unable to signal to anyone I had woken up too soon, I have been terrified of all medical and dental procedures. My fear has been so bad that my dentist insisted I be put to sleep when he pulled 2 teeth in the summer of 2010. He yelled at me to stop being a baby when I went in to have it done and made me feel like a complete failure. Still, I had faced my fear and had the 2 teeth pulled with little pain or bad effects. I thought that successfully facing my fear once would help me the next time, but now I am facing having a wisdom tooth pulled and I am terrified. The doctor gave me IV sedation to help, but he said I screamed so much he couldn't pull the tooth. He said that I'll have to be put to sleep to get it pulled. I can't afford this, and I feel like this makes me more of a failure. I would love to be able to just have it pulled while awake, but my dentist says that is impossible. I'm so discouraged. I can save up and have the surgery this time, but I don't want to have to go this route every single time I need dental care in the future. Any ideas how I can overcome this terror?