- Mar 2, 2015
- Lot et Garonne
Hi Everyone. So pleased to find this amazing site and to know I am not alone.from age 12 I have suffered with Emitophobia and as a consequence, dental phobia. I have a strong gag reflex and as a young girl was told off for gagging at the dentists. When forced to go, I would not open my mouth and they held me down and forced my mouth apart. Over the years I have got a lot better and thought I was over my dental phobia. Even moving to France 8 years ago, having to find a new dentist and having work done has not been a problem. However I have a tooth that has become sensitive to cold and is painful when bitten on. I went to the dentist who said he thought I had a small crack in the tooth. He gave me a treatment plan which came to over €1,OOO euros. As I am retired, there is no way I can afford this. He then mentioned Root Canal as a possibility. At this point I freaked. I have not been back, but last week I bit down on the tooth and it was really painful. It has now gone back to being just very sensitive again. The thing that is freaking me out is the rubber dam. I don't think I could tolerate this. My anxiety means I need to swallow frequently and I can't do this with my mouth open. Also it reminds me of when my mouth was forcibly opened. I am thinking I might just have the tooth out, although this would mean I had no back teeth on my bottom left. Very anxious and depressed and feel really trapped! Sorry for going on a bit in this, my first post here!