- Apr 23, 2020
I'm 25, I havent been to the dentist since I was 17 because of how terrified I am of going. At my last two appointments, my mom gave me Xanax about a half an hour to an hour before my appointments. It made it easier on the drive to the office, but once I stepped inside the door to the waiting room, I was overcome with anxiety and start crying ridiculously sitting in the waiting room and it got worse once i was called in and sat on the chair. Now, I have my wisdom teeth that have already broken through my gums and are pushing all my teeth forward which is excruciating. On top of that, about a year and a half ago I was anemic and chewing on ice while I was pregnant and managed to chip my tooth in the back of my mouth near my wisdom tooth. It wasn't a cute little chip, its like half of my tooth. I've had multiple mouth infections because of this, my tongue and cheeks are super irritated, but in my head its better than going to the dentist. Its fine. I take way too much ibuprofen every day to help the pain. But today, its not helping at all. Obviously I need to get my mouth taken care of, but I cant even call a clinic to ask questions or set up an appointment. I get dental insurance through my work every year "in case of emergencies," but they never send me a physical insurance card so I dont know my member id to log in online, and my fear goes as far as I cant call my dental insurance company to ask for my id or help finding a dentist near me to help all my issues. I've read that some people will see a psychiatrist for help getting to the dentist, but during the coronavirus pandemic I know they're cutting down on as many appointments as possible. I need help.