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GUEST,too ashamed to say 18 Dec 00 - 06:20 PM
Sorcha 18 Dec 00 - 06:33 PM
Bill D 18 Dec 00 - 06:43 PM
Jeri 18 Dec 00 - 07:14 PM
Gary T 18 Dec 00 - 07:17 PM
GUEST,Gordo 18 Dec 00 - 07:44 PM
Magpie 18 Dec 00 - 07:51 PM
Rick Fielding 18 Dec 00 - 09:13 PM
GUEST,Mckey191 18 Dec 00 - 11:25 PM
Terry K 19 Dec 00 - 02:39 AM
Patrish(inactive) 19 Dec 00 - 03:59 AM
Jock Morris 19 Dec 00 - 04:05 AM
Steve Parkes 19 Dec 00 - 06:09 AM
DonMeixner 19 Dec 00 - 09:02 AM
alison 19 Dec 00 - 09:22 AM
GUEST,Fibula Mattock 19 Dec 00 - 09:22 AM
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A Wandering Minstrel 19 Dec 00 - 11:02 AM
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Mrrzy 19 Dec 00 - 01:50 PM
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Peg 21 Dec 00 - 10:28 AM
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Subject: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,too ashamed to say
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 06:20 PM

I'm in my late 30's and I should be able to make rational decisions.

However, I'm scared of dentists.

I put up with really bad tothache rather than approaching a dentist. I'm aware enough to realise that this attitude will eventualy result in even worse toothache and all my teeth falling out.

I still can't take the 'plunge' and actually go. I guess part of my worry is that the dentist will moan at me, and tell me my teeth are the worst he's ever seen, and criticse my for not doing something sooner.

Any advice?


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 06:33 PM

Yes. Unfortunately, you probably can't take my best advice, which is to see Dr. Dan Howard in Morrill, Nebraska. Make an appointment to just TALK to the dentist, and make him aware of the problem. Most are sympathetic, and will offer suggestion. If not, FIND ANOTHER DENTIST!! Quite often gas and or hypnosis help. Some dentists will let you just come and sit in the chair for a while, and then leave when the fear is too great. No procedures!! It may take a while, but you really need to do this because any infection in the mouth can and will travel directly to the HEART...........and then you got BIG TIME problems, kiddo.

Oh, and it's nothing to be ashamed of at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 06:43 PM

first ask friends for referrals!!...Dentists are all over the map as to skill in dealing with this problem...and some are MUCH better at avoiding discomfort than others...

there are many good medications these days, and real 'pain' during a procedure is rare...I had one tooth extracted by an expert, who had a lot of work to do on me, but never hurt a bit!!It did hurt a little as the meds wore off, but not nearly as bad as a toothache, and they give you stuff till it stops


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:14 PM

Guest, avoiding going now will lead to very bad pain eventually. Convince yourself you fear is probably mostly unwarranted.

I never had lidocaine (the numbing stuff most people call novocaine) until I was around 35, because I was scared to death of the shots. I'd heard horror stories, and I had a great imagination.

I had to have a root canal a few years ago, and was also terrified. More horror stories and my imagination again. I didn't feel any better when the guy who was doing it wouldn't dab on the anesthetic to numb where he was going to stick the needle. Said "Oh, I never use that stuff. Trust me, you won't even feel the needle go in." Guess what? I felt him pinch my cheek, but I did NOT feel the needle go in. Other than some swelling afterwards, my tooth hurt less than it did before the root canal.

I've never EVER experienced any dental pain that was even close to what my imagination thought it was going to be like.

You're going to have to force yourself to go, and it won't be easy. You can do it. It's just a matter of getting through the door.

DO tell the dentist that you're scared - dentists know that most of their patients are afraid and know how to help you get through the first appointment. Try to realize it's your fear, not any real thing, that will lead to you having intense pain and losing teeth if you don't go.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Gary T
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:17 PM

Talk to the dentist you're condsidering using about your feelings, including what you said in your opening post. Evaluate his "bedside manner", which is often as important as his technical skill.

Be aware that many people have strong emotional reactions to going to the dentist, speaking (formally) to a group, even taking the car in for service. Sometimes you just have to push yourself way out of your comfort zone to accomplish certain goals. The goal here, as Sorcha mentioned, may be saving your life. Give that some long thought.

It may help to promise yourself a treat as a reward for doing it.

It sounds like it should be easy, but for some of us it just isn't. Still, it's possible, and I have faith that you can do it. We're behind you, and wish you well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,Gordo
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:44 PM

Guest too ashamed, etc.
I share your aversion. I too had a life long fear of dentists. For me, the experience was ruined in childhood by a barbarian who refused to freeze my baby teeth when either doing a filling or an extraction, because in his words "freezing wasn't required because they were just baby teeth." Yeah right.

For years, I avoided dentists because of the fear of pain. Finally my teeth reached such a state of neglect that I had to do something or I would have ended up losing them all. So in search of a new painless dentist, I began asking around amongst my friends. I went to see a few different ones, and spoke with the patients of each dentist in the waiting room about him. After deciding on a dentist, I scheduled an appointment. I made it very clear to him at the onset about my fear of dentists, and having an extremely low pain threshold. I wanted iron clad assurances that (a) he'd give me nitrous oxide, (b) lots of freezing and (c) that he would wait long enough for the freezing to really take hold before starting any drilling. He readily agreed and said "why don't you tell me when you feel nice and numb?". This, is the only dentist I will see to this day. Thousands of dollars later and after much cosmetic and restorative work enabling me to have all my own teeth, I thank the day I found this dentist. (I no longer require the nitrous as I trust this dentist and don't mind being "present in the room while the work is being done."

A good, sensitive dentist is like finding a good auto mechanic. Once you find one, don't let he/she go. And Guest, don't be afraid of telling a dentist about your fears and pain tolerances. If they don't show any sensitivity to you, you know to search elsewhere. Good ones are definitely out there. Good luck and don't let this go.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Magpie
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:51 PM

Hello GUEST. Like you, I worry that the dentist will get at me for not brushing me teeth well enough, that I'll get a lashing for not flossing, and in general to be told that I am no good. It used to be so bad that I had to bring my driver's license and put it on the counter, because I was too terrified to say my name. Then I found a specialist, who only deals with people scared shitless, like me. She said that what I felt was very common. Of course we all worry that it will hurt, but we go through child-births, broken legs, skinned knees, surgery and all kinds of painful things, and we SURVIVE them. The problem is that many find it humiliating, and degrading to be told that their dental hygiene isn't good enough. So instead of focusing on all the bad sides, she concentrated on telling me that my teeth were no worse than other people's. She gave me plenty of time to tell her about my fears, and she told me that cavities happen, and that there was no reason for me to feel so bad about them. While she was fixing my teeth, she explained every step of the way, so that I felt I was in controll. Every now and again she asked me if I wanted to take a break, or if I wanted a drink of water. I'm not cured of my fobia, but I see the dentist once a year, and I don't need to slap my driver's license on the counter anymore.

So my advice to you is to find a dentist who understands the problem. A phone-call will give you an indication of that. When you get there, it is your right to be taken seriously, fears, cavities and all. And keep this in mind: YOU call the shots. YOU are the customer. YOU pay the bill. YOU know that you brush your teeth properly. The dentist is there for YOU, not the other way around.

God, this was a long one! I hope it may be of help to you.

Cheer up! and good luck!

Magpie


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 09:13 PM

I can relate "too ashamed". However one good way to overcome your fears is to visit a "Museum of Dentistry", if your town or city has one.

Hell, when I was first taken to the dentist as a child in the fifties it was bloody primitive! It is SOOOO much better now. Good luck

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,Mckey191
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 11:25 PM

I too was a chicken when it came to the dentist. I finally had a toothache so bad I had to go.I looked in the yellow pages where many ads tell you, the fearful patient, what painless procedures are avail- able. I had root canal work with just novacaine & didn"t feel a thing. I've never heard of a dentist who would berate a patient for his brushing habits. Don't forget, he wants you to come back. Once you get it straightened out-make a promise to yourself to go every 6 months for a cleaning. I go every 3 months because I NEVER want to buy polident. Infected teeth can cause heart troubles,as Sorcha said, and also bladder & kidney troubles. Besides, kissing is much more fun when you don't have rotten teeth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Terry K
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 02:39 AM

I can relate to all of this, I ran away once when I was a kid just because the dentist was "bloody primitive" just like Rick said.

My "cure" came when I was able to talk to a dentist and be reassured, over the telephone. What does it for me is that I'm still mortally afraid of anyone sticking needles into my gums (why do they seem to search around for the most sensitive bit?) so I have a very gentle shot in the arm (valium) which renders the whole thing not just tolerable, but quite pleasant!!

Try it and see.

Cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 03:59 AM

Guest, I have the same problem as you. I have been banned from the dentists in my town because I am so badly behaved when I go (not very often) I make appointments and am too scared to go in, or I refuse to open my mouth. Not a very rational way to behave at all. When I do brave the chair and manage to open my mouth - I can tell you that I am terrified. The last time I went(dental hospital in Leeds) was in april this year I had to get something done about a wisdom tooth. I was going abroad and the only thing that made me go was that if it turned into an emergency while I was away - that I would have a foriegn dentist in my mouth. I ended up having to have the tooth and its neighbour removed as the roots were tangled. I did not have gas but had a shot in my gum. The dentist said I had the hardest teeth to pull that he had ever come across. I was in a state of total collapsse by the time the procedure was done - about 2 and a half hours.
Why am I telling you this - don't end up like me - get it sorted now!
Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Jock Morris
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 04:05 AM

I understand your fear. My (now ex) girlfriend persuaded me this summer to go see a dentist for the first time in twelve years. I was expecting a horror story of numerous cavities and possibly some extractions and to be told off for not going for so long. Truth was somewhat different; one filing needed replaced and one small cavity to fill and no lecture. Can't say I enjoyed the visit, but it wasn't the large scary monster that my mind had imagined.

Scott


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 06:09 AM

When I was a kid in England in the fifties, the National Health dentists were just taking off in a big way. The idea was that everyone got free dental treatment, and kids at school went to a "school" dentist as a matter of course. Well, since the dentists got paid by the tooth, almost everyone of my grandparents' generation had all their teeth out and false choppers, and an awful lot of us kids hadd fillings we didn't need. (I should say that as I had to have two or three of my milk teeth taken out through toothache, I probably needed some of the fillings!) So, today I have a mouthful of fillings, which need to be replaced at intervals (and no free dentists any more!)

The old equipment they used back then was slow and noisy, and very unpleasant, not to say painful, especially when you're only six or seven years old. I remeber once telling the guy it hurt, and he said nonsense, I was imagining it! Maybe I should have asked him where he had his done, and gone there?

Anyway, the point of all this is, I grip the dentist's chair with whiter knuckles that you'll see on any theme park ride, even though I know it's not going to hurt, and if it does I only have to wave my hand. (This is a good plan, by the way: tell him/her you'll raise your hand when/if it hurts too much.) I try to relax, but all those years of terror have had a deep impression, and I keep tensing up. But the only seriously painful thing is going to be the bill!

Another thing they have now (over here at least) is a mirror, like a driver's mirror, on the big overhead light. One of the things that makes it so scary is that you have no control, you can't speak, and you can't see what's happening. (OK, that's three things) With the mirror, you can "join in" a bit -- and you don't have to look if you don't want to.

And we'll all be thinking of you!

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: DonMeixner
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 09:02 AM

They can yank every tooth out of my head before I will suffer the terror and agony of a root canal again in my life. Other than that dentistry is an art of exquisite pain that isn't rivaled by The Spainish Inquisition. Ofcourse the Doctor would probably rather I didn't scream "Freedom!" at the top of my lungs when ever am in the chair. But then torture is torture.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: alison
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 09:22 AM

I had a bad experience with a dentist when I was in my late teens ............ didn't go back until a really bad toothache forced me to...... many years later.....

I'm lucky I have a good dentist now who understands that "I don't like dentists".... doesn't think I'm a wimp for using nitrous (great stuff)... even for something as simple as a polish........ nowadays they usually use a spray to numb the gum if they give you a needle so you don't feel the needle going in.....

some dentists now use "twilight sedation"... that means.. they put you to sleep without giving you a full anaesthetic and wake you up when its all over (my type of dentist)... but it is not as risky as a general anaesthetic.....

keep shopping around and ask otherpeople to recommend a good dentist.. there are still some pretty old fashioned ones out there... avoid them!!!

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 09:22 AM

I'm not fond of dentists at all, although I hope they don't take it personally. My childhood dentist (who SHOULD take it personall) was awful - I think he's been struck off now - and left me terrified of even a check up. When I moved away from home I changed dentists and found out that they are really reassuring if you explain how nervous you are. Last time I went I saw a different dentist who looked too young to be qualified. When he asked how I was, I replied "terrified" and he was immediately calming and reassuring. I didn't feel a thing.
Explain your concerns and they'll be as helpful as possible. If they're not, find another dentist. Get a goodlooking one and that might distract you enough to let them work away undisturbed...


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: AndyG
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 09:53 AM

Seems to me that the problem is the fear, not the dental procedures.

Like Rick I learned to fear dental work in the 50's when I assure you it was very unpleasant.

What I did, (about four years ago). I wouldn't advise this policy.

I let the pain get worse, when it became unbearable I found a dentist. Believe me after 72 hours without sleep and in complete agony, you find a dentist. I now know about dental pain.
When it was over I realised:
a) The treatment didn't actually hurt much.
b) How nice it is when your teeth don't hurt.
c) I wasn't actually afraid any more.

I can now sit it the chair, (I was in it yesterday evening in fact, having a left-over root extracted), with relative equanimity, and joke with the dentist.

AndyG


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:02 AM

Along with Rick and Andyg I had an awful dentist back in the 50's I didn't go to a dentist again til I was 30!

But then I got a root abcess and had to have four teeth extracted. after that I am a regular 6-monthly guy and I'm glad to say that all the denstists I've been to since then are gentle, considerate, dedicated people who want you to keep your teeth. I am also happy to say I've not lost another tooth and I intend it to stay that way as long as possible.

Guest, even a mild reproof is better than a jawfull of agony. Find an understanding dentist, visit regularly


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Hollowfox
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 12:22 PM

Get a friend to drive you to the appointment, stay with you in the waiting room for moral support, and drive you home if you happen to need that much anesthetic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 01:50 PM

I dread dentists. What I did was look for someone who claimed to "cater to cowards" - it was right there in his yellow pages ad... and he did, too, and he'd send the nursey in to hold my hand, and I would scream if I felt like it (which was often). They just put up with me. Now that I have dental insurance I make myself (with a lot of shots of Powers or something) do the twice-yearly cleaning, and they do look down at me for not flossing, well then *^)^ them, I don't floss, so there. They have never told me not to come, never told me to act my age, never complained when I almost broke the woman's hand once. There are dentists who will put up with terrified adults, you just have to look for them. AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU NOT TO ACT TERRIFIED; they should know what they are getting into. I remember trying to act brave when I was in my teens - I outgrew it, and it works much better now! I do get the biannual cleanings, and haven't had a real cavity in over 5 years (my record till then had been 11 - the fewest for one visit, I mean).


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: NightWing
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 02:10 PM

Phobias (Phobium?) are like that: quite simply they reach down below any level of rationality (or rationalizations *G*) we have and hit us in the gut.

I won't go into it, but mine isn't dentists. Lots of good suggestions in here: talk to the doc before and explain that you're afraid, ask lots of friends for good dentists, find one that YOU KNOW, get used to him/her.

Through some hypnnosis and what they call "habituation training" (?), I'm mostly able to deal with mine -- which is a good thing because it affects one of my favorite activities. But I still get the cold sweats and the clenched fists in the right situation. I just have to stop, get a grip on myself, and reconvince myself that *I*m in charge ... and then take care that there really AREN'T any snakes. *G*

BB,
NightWing


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Terry K
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 02:00 AM

Alison - "twilight sedation" - that's what I have, though I've not heard it called that (but that sums it up perfectly).

Apparently you are taken to a point below the conscious but above the sub-conscious. So when he tells you to open your mouth, you do. But you don't know you have done, or at least don't care! Highly recommended.

Cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Peg
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:28 AM

Been there, done that, not surprised so many here share this fear!

I had a dentist as a kid (I have great teeth but I did have a lotta cavities as a kid; just before the era of fluoride) who had hands as big as hams and the chairside manner of an ogre. I HATED the drill and one time it was hitting a nerve and I started to whimper (I was maybe seven years old) and he stopped and glared at me and said "Now STOP that!"--gee, thanks for being sensitive, doc. He would always say at the end of every session "You got great teeth, take care of 'em" as if, yeah, like I WANNA have to come back here, you monster!

So I had a horrible phobia of the dentist for years. Still do. I also used to hate getting shots and would often turn green and feel nauseaous (and once passed out)whenever I had a close encounter with a needle. This has gotten better over the years (mainly because the method for taking blood no longer requires a huge metal rod being inserted into my tiny veins--horrible experience when in the hospital at age seven where they'd wake me in the wee hours to draw blood with a needle the size of a golf club; bad year, 1970...)

I avoided the dentist for years, not even getting a cleaning once my grad school coverage ran out.

But I was forced to go back and get a ROOT CANAL when I was in awful pain.

Good friends recommended their dentist whose staff are very sensitive to people with, ahem, issues about the dentist. His helpers actually held my hand and kept asking "are you all right" during the root canal...they also understand why I go all white-knuckled when I get the drill (mostly the sound but also I have teeth sensitive to cold air) and remind me to relax and breathe etc.

Oh, and they also let me pay in installments when I did not have insurance...

The dentist's name is Goldstone (gotta love that) and he is in Boston.

Maybe he can recommend someone in your area wherever that is?

Best of luck. Remember, the longer you let it go the more drastic the procedure might be; or you will lose your tooth. If you can bear it for the necessary treatment, you will feel better knowing you won't need more in the future.

I had a friend who was petrified of the dentist; she had also been orally raped and basically her jaw clenched at the thought of having her teeth worked on. The only thing that worked was LOTS of drugs provided by the DDS. I don't remember which ones but I think Percodan was one...maybe that is an option?


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,not so ashamed anymore
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 03:30 PM

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

For the first time in over 10 years I went to the dentist today.

She was wonderful, talked me through everything, kept checking with me in case anything hurt, and best of all didn't start lecturing about my past dental neglect.

I'll have to make a few more visits to get everything sorted, but I've got over the biggest hurdle.

Just wanted to say thanks for all your replies, they certainly helped me to take the plunge.

Thank you all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 05:04 PM

I used to hate going to the dentist. When I was a kid I had my share of dentists that scared me. When I got a little older, my family switched to a new dentist, who I have been seeing for about 13 years now. He is the BEST! He has a calm, gentle demeanor, is very friendly, and actually listens to what you say. He is AbFab.

The hygienist, however, is another story altogether. She too is a nice lady, very professional, but lemme tellya, I'd rather be tattooed than have my teeth cleaned any day. At least you have something really nice to show for your trouble. I don't like someone scraping my gums with a sharp metal hook.

HOWEVER.... this last time I went to have my teeth cleaned, I finally said, Jane, the sharp metal hook hurts. I can't help it, it just hurts. Period.

She said, you want some numbing gel? How about some nitrous oxide?

I was incredulous. I always had all this stuff for major dental work, but never for a cleaning. Really???!??! I said.

Yeah, she said. Just ask for The Works when you come in.

And that was that. If I had only spoken up sooner. Funny how when you actually make your concerns known, people can begin to help you.

So go ahead and go. Your teeth are very important. A really good dentist will listen to your concerns and take them seriously.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: kendall
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 05:07 PM

I wonder how many people have been traumatised by that kind of butcher. When I was a kid, my dentist was next door to the undertaker (true) he lacked strength, so, he had to twist a tooth to pull it! That old bastard couldnt pull the wrinkles out of a sheet! He ruined me for dentists, but, years later I found one who was cro magnon instead of Neanderthal, and, I dont mind going at all now.Painless dentistry is now a fact, not just an advertising slogan. I think maybe the beast was pissed because George Washington never paid him for the ivory ones he got...


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 11:38 PM

Good for you, not so ashamed now! That first step is the hardest and it sounds as though you've found a good dentist! Congratulations!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Sorcha
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 11:45 PM

Good On Ya! The hard part is over, now just keep it up...it's lots easier if you do. Just say "Ouch, more please....." My childhood dentist told me that every time I said Ouch, it meant a cavity......that meant needles for novacaine, and he KNEW I was afraid of needles....damn his ass. Consequently, I don't say OUCH to this day......never flinch, but I do White Knuckle...they all understand, and when I say "Unhh", everthing STOPS-----until I can tell them just what the unhh meant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: alison
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 12:26 AM

well done, I get nitrous for cleaning too......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 10:55 AM

"any infection in the mouth can and will travel directly to the HEART...........and then you got BIG TIME problems, kiddo."

Also, it is important to remember not to pull a face when your tooth hurts, because if the wind changes, your face will stay like that.

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,Denise
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 07:45 PM

I'm married to a dentist.He has "Hands like butterflies" according to some of his patients.... people travel huge distances to get appointments with him. So, honest, not all dentists hurt!
Denise (in the north of Scotland)


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 24 Dec 00 - 09:37 AM

I've had some fairly major dental work done over the years; not exactly fun, but not that bad either. Here are a few of things that help: 1. Dentists take a course in bad office music, so bring some tapes or a CD and listen to 'em with headphones. Trust me, Bach helps. 2. Dentists have a fairly high rate of suicide. Remembering this made me realize that if I howled with pain the dentist might take this the wrong way and jump off a bridge. I wouldn't want to be responsible for this. 3. Sometimes you can sweet talk dentists and technicians out of some nifty tools that are useful in sculpture, etc. 4. If it gets really bad, you can always bite. Just knowing this is somehow comforting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: kendall
Date: 24 Dec 00 - 03:09 PM

Denise, where in Scotland? I once sat ion the same stool that the Queen Mum sat upon in Scrabster.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Jimmy C
Date: 25 Dec 00 - 02:34 AM

I never liked dentists either, as a kid in Belfast a " Mobile Dentist" came to the school. They gave you gas to put you out, then htey pulled the tooth and to make you feel better they then gave you a "Blue Bird Toffee" to chew on - DUH. Another time I went to an older dentist, In Toronto, who's first question was " Do you have your cheque book with you". I came out of the anaesthetic with him actually sitting on my chest and yanking away at my tooth. However with modern equipment and more skilful dentists it is not as bad as it used to be. My current dentist is young and very skilful, I even watched in a mirror while he performed root canal on me, but I still don't like dentists.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: GUEST,Bob Schwarer
Date: 25 Dec 00 - 12:51 PM

The biggest pain is the bill.


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Subject: RE: BS: Scared of the Dentist
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 25 Dec 00 - 07:05 PM

what can i say...the only place i have access to the internet is in my office, which happens to be a dental office, which is where i am now catching up on my paperwork (and mudcat work). in addition to being a dentist i am also a songwriter and guitarist devoting three days of the week to my art (http://www.noahsong.com/). i can only say i share your anxiety, despite being a dentist with good teeth. it's scarey to lie down and put yourself in unfamiliar hands. the advice you've been given about getting referrals from friends is important. also important is not listening too closely to stories you are told. exaggeration can happen. i take great pride in being as unnoticed as possible, and having patients fall asleep in the chair, as i do my work. i know there are others like me out there. speak to your friends. good luck.


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