- Feb 5, 2022
- London UK
Some time ago I changed to a new dental practice the dentist and hygienist are the best I’ve ever been to gentle and kind. Unfortunately I’ve been experiencing high anxiety recently and my dental anxiety which I can usually manage has resurfaced. My new dentist has no knowledge of my history of repeated sexual abuse/oral rape as a child and I’m just not able to tell them (I did disclose to my old dentist but it wasn’t put on my notes and was absolutely years ago) I think most dentists assume that anxiety is due to the treatment which in my case is minimal, I find laying down and things being put in my mouth terrifying as I feel powerless, overwhelmed and claustrophobic. I know I should let them know my fears and each time I go I plan too but once I get in the surgery I can’t say anything and develop nervous chat about anything trivial but avoiding the issues in case they ask more. if I tell them before by email I think I’d never go back out of embarrassment and my worries about what they may think. I’m terrified of losing this dentist as they are all so lovely but I’m getting more stressed each time and have almost had a panic attack, nearly fainted and wanted to cry at appointments if this carries on I know I will and think they might get fed up with me and ask me to leave. So I guess my question is have you disclosed your fear history if so how much and did it help your fear by them knowing? How did you disclose and what do you do to help the fears that are not treatment related?