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After avoiding the dentist for nearly 12 years I finally worked up the nerve to go for a consult in August. I need a root planing and scaling and 4 small cavities filled. Now the time has finally come to get the root planing and scaling done next week and I'm literally terrified. I can't stop thinking about it, I get sick in my stomach, have the cold sweats and start shaking. My doctor prescribed me .5mg of Ativan to take before my appointment because my insurance won't cover nitrous and its $200 an hour. I am scheduled for 2 two hour appointments to get each side of my mouth done two weeks apart. Hoping someone can share their success story about this procedure to calm my fears a little.
 
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Hi @Laine1109, I can't help with a personal experience, but have you seen this thread in the FAQs where people have described their experiences/success stories:


Wishing you all the best for your appointments ?
 
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@letsconnect thank you so much! Reading others experiences helps calm me down a bit. Fingers crossed its not as bad as I'm picturing it in my head.
 
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For what it's worth, I had terrible phobia and hadn't been to dentist in 10 years. They spread the cleaning out over 4 visits. Anything over an hour was just too much to handle. My hygienist was also wonderful, and didn't push when I told her one spot was ouchy. Was worth it in the end as am finally able to floss comfortably for the first time ever! One thing to consider though is when they do the flouride treatment after there may be an option of rinse or paint on. I am sensitive to regular toothpastes and they didn't take that into account, it wasn't good. I hope it goes well for you!
 
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@Cosmo thank you for your reply! I was supposed to have 4 appointments for the deep cleaning but because my dentist is over an hour away they told me they would do it in 2. Just being there for the consultation and having my mouth open for an hour gave me horrible jaw pain but I'm hoping I can push through it. Honestly I think I'm worried about not being able to swallow that entire time and that my teeth will feel loose after the cleaning is done, especially the ones with the gum recession.
 
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After avoiding the dentist for nearly 12 years I finally worked up the nerve to go for a consult in August. I need a root planing and scaling and 4 small cavities filled. Now the time has finally come to get the root planing and scaling done next week and I'm literally terrified. I can't stop thinking about it, I get sick in my stomach, have the cold sweats and start shaking. My doctor prescribed me .5mg of Ativan to take before my appointment because my insurance won't cover nitrous and its $200 an hour. I am scheduled for 2 two hour appointments to get each side of my mouth done two weeks apart. Hoping someone can share their success story about this procedure to calm my fears a little.
I had a deep cleaning spread over 2 appointments and it was actually more pleasant than a normal cleaning, since they numbed me first so that I didn't feel a thing. I find regular cleanings to be quite painful but the deep cleaning was like nothing at all. it was a bit sore later that night. but nothing that even required over the counter pain meds, it just was not a good night to eat spicy hot foods is all.
 
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@ScaredyCat22 thank you so much for your reply, it calms me a bit hearing others success stories. I'm just worried that my teeth will feel loose after, especially since I have some receding gums on my lower teeth.
 
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@ScaredyCat22 thank you so much for your reply, it calms me a bit hearing others success stories. I'm just worried that my teeth will feel loose after, especially since I have some receding gums on my lower teeth.
ok to be totally honest you may experience a sensation of them being loose if you get numbed and then as the numbing wears off. but if you touch them you will see they actually are not loose at all, it's just a weird feeling after so much tartar has been removed below the gum line but you will not feel like that for long. I felt like my front teeth were loose but they weren't. and the feeling went away. I have receding gums too, pretty severe in a couple of spots but no teeth got loose.
 
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@ScaredyCat22 thank you for telling me because I would have totally panicked if I thought my teeth felt loose. My gums go through periods of inflammation and sensitivity and of course they are sore right now, 2 days before my appointment so I'm really not looking forward to it.
 
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you will be really glad that you got it over with and after you do the first half you won't be worried about your second appointment at all.
 
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I made it through the appointment and honestly it was no big deal. I think the injections to get numb were the worst part. My root is exposed on the one tooth that had the most gum recession but the dentist told me it should heal itself in the next week or so.
 
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Congratulations! I know how big of a step this is. When you start getting your teeth fixed it really does change your life :)
 

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