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10-25-2019 08:36 AM
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10-25-2019 08:45 AM
Dear @Shanus while I don't look forward to dentist visits, I've never had them cause me anything more than mild discomfort. All I can tell you is that I've had root canals, cavities and crowns put on with just freezing the area with minimal pain.
@Auntg When my DD lived 4 hrs. away, she worked for a cosmetic dentist. DH and I both had full mouth veneers done about 12 yrs. ago...very pretty and white. DH had some TMJ issues and needed some bite adjustments and teeth were made accordingly. In my case, I had some staining from brackets from braces I had as an adult. How'd I get through 7 hours of that? Nitrous turned all the way up, headphones playing loud classical music and DD kept coming in to hold my hand. She also gave me a "pill" (have to find out what it was) when we left her house before appt. that knocked me on my ---! DH and dentist practically had to carry me in from the car. They laugh about it now.
10-25-2019 08:46 AM
I have had a root canal done before.,,,it is truly not painful. They swab some kind of numbing agent on the gum before they give you a couple pricks (Novocain)....and you won't feel any pain at all.
i never had nitrous, so can't speak to that. But I do understand having fear of something that most people take in stride. You can try to rationalize it all you want, but the fear is still there. Not easy.
Sending you a cyber hug, and I will think good thoughts for you. I hope when you have been through it and actually experience that it wasn't bad, that it will help you be less nervous in the future. 🌷
Thanks @alicedee. Need the hug.
10-25-2019 08:52 AM
10-25-2019 09:24 AM
Nope! I have an upcoming appointment for several implants. (My only FEAR is what the TOTAL BILL WILL BE!!!)
@desertDi Uh oh, didn't ask. DH has a crown to do...$1400!!! I DID ask about IV sedation...$2500 extra. Uh, no.
@Shanus Don't bother with "sedation"..........a root canal is no worse than a filling......it just takes about twice as long. The "rumors" about how bad it is are unfounded.
10-25-2019 09:26 AM
@Shanus, You have nothing to fear. You will feel nothing. Despite all my efforts, I have had my share of dental problems.
Even an implant, and my DH has had two. Now that whole process had me very nervous, but it went very smoothly. Just follow all your aftercare instructions carefully. You will be fine.
It’s only human to fear the unknown, but know that these procedures are very routine. Sending you a big hug!
10-25-2019 09:46 AM
Yes, indeed. I was a dental phobic through my 40's. There were years when I never saw a dentist. It's a wonder I still have teeth. I grew up before dental insurance and my parents had 5 children, 2 with medical problems. There was no money for dentists but our city had free dental clincic at the public health clinics. They would take us from school to get our teeth cleaned...or pulled. They didn't do fillings. And then they marched us back to school with a piece of bloody gauze in our mouth. It lso hurt, I don't think they used any novocaine. As I got older, I only went when I had toothache and I delayed going to a dentist as long as possible. I associated the dentist with pain. And then as I entered my middle years and I had dental insurance; my vanity was stronger than my phobia. My teeth needed work and I didn't want to lose any. A friend recommended her dentist and omg. It was revelation. Everything was different and that dentist totally understood my dental phobia and he promised that there would be no pain. There was a mask so I wouldn't see anything. There was ear phones so I could listen to music. The dental chair was more like a surgical table. I got to lie down flat. The experience didn't trigger old memories. And the dentist was so calm and supportive. I overcame my dental phobia....and then....I needed two root canals. He sent me to a specialist but to allay my fears. He explained in great detail, with pictures, every single step of the root canal process. He even told me when something might I would be most likely to feel some pressure or discomfit. So, I fine when I had those root canals. I knew what was going to happen and I knew there might be some discomfit but no real pain. It all went very well. I was fine with it all after that.
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