I have spent most of my life afraid of almost everything, including going to the dentist. I want to take control of my life. I also want a mouth that is healthy and I am not ashamed of. I know it is going to be hard to take control of this. Do you have any advice for someone who is afraid of the dentist and likely has a LOT of work they need to be done? Honestly, I still tremble just thinking about it.
First, I want to say how incredibly proud I am of you and I think you are being quite brave. It is no easy thing to deal with your anxiety. The fact that you are trying to take control says so much about your character. Second, is even better. I know exactly how to help you.
I want you to see a dentist who offers dental sedation. For your first visit, make sure they are aware of your anxiety before you go in. You may just want to have them do x-rays and look at your mouth. No real work on your teeth yet. Then, you can sit down with the dentist and evaluate how much work you actually need and create a plan.
When you come in for the bulk of the work, the ideal thing for you to do is to use oral conscious sedation. This is administered with a simple pill. However, that pill is super strong. You will need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment and will likely sleep through the entire thing. Another benefit of this is you can get a lot more work done in each sitting. This will allow you to get your oral health caught up much faster than you normally would be able to.
Whenever you are not needing any major work, there is a lighter level of sedation that you can use for things such as checkups and cleanings. For this type of work, I’d suggest nitrous oxide. This is sometimes called laughing gas. It doesn’t make you goofy like the nickname suggests. Instead, it gives you a relaxed, floaty feel. This will help you feel comfortable in the dental chair. Its big benefit, aside from relaxing you, is once your appointment is over they will simply switch your gas to oxygen again and you will be good to go on with your day.
I think this will change your life.
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