- Jul 8, 2020
Hello, I’m just looking to get some support to help my confidence about going the dentist. I have my first appointment in 4 years tomorrow (I’m 22). I had a video consultation with a dentist a week ago, I sent in photos of my teeth and he said my teeth were in pretty good shape apart from some fillings that need replacing and tartar removes (never had this done). I’m scared that tomorrow when they do x rays they may find something more serious and I’ll need something like a root canal or even extractions. I grind my teeth in my sleep and the anxiety that the appointment is causing is making me do it more, I have some weird feelings in my teeth today that I’m sure is down to that. But I can’t help but worry. The dentist I’m seeing is a private one and is very experienced with nervous patients. I didn’t sleep that much last night and I don’t think I’ll sleep much today. I know after the appointment I’ll be so proud of myself for going but I can’t help but feel so extremely anxious, I’m scared to even eat any food and have zero appetite. Any advice people have of keeping calm before the appointment would be amazing. None of my family/friends have a dental phobia so they struggle to understand why I’m feeling like this, I cry and shake at the thought of going but I don’t want this to control my life anymore. I don’t have any pain in my teeth so I’m hoping this is a sign that nothing that serious has happened yet and that I have caught this early and the problems are an easy fix. I’m just scared of the unknown and having to have expensive and potentially painful/uncomfortable treatments. I feel so stupid for not maintaining regular appointments, hopefully this is a start to a good routine. Any advice would be so comforting.