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I am having hallucinations and need medication

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Mapleleaftea

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Dental issues have always been my biggest anxiety and after a visit to my dentist and being told I would need 3 fillings my anxiety has reached a new level.
I brush my teeth every single morning and evening I can never miss a day, I floss and scrape my tounge and scrub my gums. Everything I can do to prevent dental issues.
Once i got to the dentist he praised me on my dental hygiene and said it was emaculate. However, he still did a few x-rays because of some sensitivity I've been experiencing. Unfortunately he found 3 cavities and proceeded to offer treatment straight away as I'm in a wheelchair and have severe autonomic dysfunction trips are often difficult for me and he wanted to save a further visit.
Once I was in the chair again I had a massive panic attack and needed oxygen for a good long while. As a result I will be getting sedation to do the fillings.
He also explained that the fillings would need to be amalgam because the white ones I have previously had are more likely to fail or break.
This obviously raised my anxiety massively but I posted here and found a lot of comfort and am pretty confident for these fillings to be done under semi-sedation.
However, after a few days I decided to take a look with a flashlight at the damage and found large black holes in several teeth and my filling had infact snapped which had been causing pain for a few hours and a salty taste. I called my dentist and he noted it onto the referral as without sedation there is not much he could do.
I showed my mother and she could not see what I meant. I treated with mouthwash and brushing after every meal and still found it extremely painful and even meausured the holes with a toothpick to try keep track.
Once I looked again the other day these issues where gone. I thought omg miracle.
It was not it was hallucinations.
These were then followed by a futher hallucinations including more pain. A broken in half molar tooth and more.
I called my gp today and she has immediately recommended anxiety medication and referred me to a psychologist. With my automatic dysfunction she will need to consult both before giving me the medication.
I am freaking out I can't sleep for nightmares about the sedation, my teeth rotting and breaking off in my mouth. Truly horrific nightmares every time i fall asleep and I dont know what to do.
I have had anxiety and panic attacks for a long time starting in my GCSEs. Since leaving school and Alevels tho I have spoken to specialists and developed coping mechanisms that really work for me. My anxiety has been extremely well controlled and apart from 1 or 2 instances I have been panic attack free for about 2 years now.
I am devistated and I just need some support right now. If anyone has had any experiances like this or can offer any advice please comment on this post. I would really appreciate it.
 
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Nicci

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Which part of all this is frightening you the most?

I have to admit I've had hallucinations myself, some weren't too long ago tbh. I don't know what triggered it, it could be a few things, but I wasn't in a very good place.. added to that I couldn't get my words out, I couldn't find the right ones and couldn't even remember what most of them meant(!), I couldn't remember much of anything tbh and starting doing all sorts of shit things.. once I started to notice all that (and some other things) every minute of every day felt like torture.. then I couldn't sleep properly.. then the hallucinations.. which terrified me.
I just tried my best to relax, to force myself to exercise or just get out in the fresh air and enjoy some peace and quiet, I tried my hardest to relax - to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, eat as healthily as I could and after a time with some work I started to feel better.

Worrying about your own state of mind when things don't seem to be working as they should (hallucinations etc) is very harmful and quite consuming of your energy.. I did feel like I was going mad tbh, like there was something wrong with my brain. But I think it's probably a natural reaction to stress. It will pass.

I'm sure your gp will be very careful too give you the right medication, and you can always double check yourself online for contraindications if you're still worried.

I find in general my anxiety is bareble, I feel it will always be a part of me and if I do have a panic attack it doesn't mean I'm going backwards (I struggled to get out the house at one point), I just try to treat it as a blip and know that I can cope with things deep down.

I still panic with dental appointments but I'm trying. Finding someone you trust is a major part of the battle.

I'm not sure why composite fillings wouldn't work for you, I thought they were just as strong as metal ones?
Your teeth won't rot overnight and it sounds like your dentist is on top of things and has your best interests at heart. I would mention your fears the next time you go, they will be happy to reassure you and give advice on how to look after them going forward - but tbh it sounds as though you're doing a good job on the whole already.
A few fillings isn't too bad, although I appreciate it's upsetting x
 
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Mapleleaftea

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@Nicci thank you thats really comforting to hear I'm not alone. I'm not even sure what scares me most. It is all a bit of everything and on top of everything else I'm currently under investigation for epilepsy because of absent seizures, I've spent most of 2020 bedbound and I've just been diagnosed with a severe chronic condition I can't believe this is what has kicked me off the edge. I feel silly but there it is. Thank you so much for your message it really helped to know im not alone even tho its awful someone else is having to go through this too. I hope your hallucinations dont come back its really scary not being able to trust your own eyes.
 
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Jackieallen

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Maple leaf tea

Please be assured that with sedation you will not be aware of even having any treatment . I had it recently and it was amazing. I also so understand your anxiety pre my sedation i still imagined all sorts and could not stop my brain from thinking of the procedure. So much so i thought i needed anti depressants .

You really need to beilive me with the sedation you will be fine .
 
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Nicci

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(Not sure why s**t appeared in my original reply, sorry about that. It was meant to be *silly.. My apologies.)

Try not to feel silly, all sorts can start off anxiety and it's been a rough time anyway, on top of that with you being poorly/bed bound - it's quite a lot to cope with and can be quite frustrating and depressing I imagine. The best we can do is find some positives, even when it doesn't feel like there are any(!).

I've currently got some issues with my teeth (it feels like I've always got issues tbh!) and it's very draining, it's quite hard not to get down, anxious or just fed up.
Pain or just general worries when it's not something you can easily cope with can get to you, I just try and stay as positive as possible, that's all we can do really. That's not to say it's easy, it's not, but I know I can get really depressed about my teeth. There's lots of ppl here in similar situations and will always be there for you x
 
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