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Good news if you suffer "Fear of Fear" panic



Junior member
May 4, 2007
Below is my final post that I made in the "support" section of this forum. I suffered from "Fear of Fear" panic attacks. I originally was seeking support on the use of Xanax for anxiety and panic for an upcoming dental exam. But what I took away this forum was much more. As a backdrop, the week before this I was scheduled for a root canal and crown but only made it as far as the numbing shot before I "bailed out" without getting the needed dental work because of a panic attack. The procedure was rescheduled for today and the following is my post after a successful dental experience:

SUCCESS!!!!! :jump: For those of you with my type of Dental Phobia (Fear of Fear) I have very good news!! Today I had a crown procedure for a broken tooth and no problems!!! I followed the steps in the book "Panic Attack Workbook" by David Carbonell Phd. Yes I started to have a panic attack several times during the procedure but I followed the steps and each one was snuffed out well before it ever became a problem! I felt so empowered.

If your type of anxiety and panic is like mine (Fear of Fear) then, yes you can take Xanax, Halcion or whatever but in a way that's like taking an aspirin for a fever but it doesn't cure the flu. For me, Carbonell's book I believe will be my cure. I know that I still have a way to go and that there will be ups and downs but for the first time in my life I see the possibility to beat this! Today was an important victory on my road to recovery. Again thanks to all and special thanks to letsconnect!!!!!

I came to this site for advice on oral sedation for my Dental Phobia but I have come away with so much more !!!!

(If the administrator wishes to move this post to the success story section that's fine with me)


Staff member
Jan 1, 2005
Fear of Fear/Panic/Agoraphobia books

Many thanks for re-posting your success here :jump:!

Dave Carbonell's website is here: https://www.anxietycoach.com/