I am in a massive amount of pain. I’m pretty sure there is something pretty seriously wrong. The thing is, I am terrified of the dentist. I haven’t gone for years because of that fear. I know that’s why I’ve probably now having this problem. I have tried going. I just start shaking whenever I think about it. The last time I went, I actually bolted from the chair because I panicked and left. Is there any help for someone like me?
You are not alone in this anxiety. Don’t be too hard on yourself. What you need is a dentist who understands the fear you’re going through and have the compassion to make your experience a positive one. They won’t judge or lecture you. Instead, they’ll work with you through the fear in a way that helps you be able to stay in the chair without bolting. While some dentists don’t like dealing with anxious patients, others are anxious to say that they cater to cowards.
That being said, it seems you likely have some type of dental emergency. You have to get it treated before it becomes a life-threatening emergency. People still die from tooth infections. Before you panic about having to go in, I know a way you can have an anxiety-free experience even during this emergency.
I’d like you to do an internet search for dentists in your area who describe themselves as a sedation dentist. Given the level of your particular anxiety, you need one who offers oral conscious sedation. This is administered by a pill and will completely relax you. However, it is so strong you will need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment.
Dealing with Your Emergency While Setting Up Dental Sedation
Because you will likely need oral conscious sedation, a dentist will want to do a consultation with you and go over your medical history as well as any medications you are on and allergies you may have. The medications will include over the counter meds too, so don’t leave those out.
In the meantime, when you call the office, explain your position and condition. Ask them to prescribe some antibiotics for you. This will keep the infection under control and help with the pain.
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