My first trip to the dentist in 15yrs!

I know, I know! You’re maybe exclaiming {in that high-pitched octane talking-to-bats-sort-of-tone} FIFTEEN YEARS! And I know. I hear you but you know what, I’ll be 100% honest with you. I hate the dentist. They are scary professionals in white coats, masks, and use tools that go INTO YOUR MOUTH that I just don’t agree with.

However, the other week I was a complete plonker. I slipped on one of the children’s coats {after I told them to move it from the stairs}, smashed my face on a stair {ouch} and knocked out a tooth. An actual tooth. Isn’t that a wonderful way to start a week? No, no it wasn’t at all. But do you know what, you need to look at situations like this light heartedly because things happen and even though I may look like a hillbilly when I fully smile, there isn’t anything I can do about it for a little while at least.

I shared a post last week about my dental fear and I cannot even describe to you how sick to the core I felt when I paid the dentist a visit last week. First of all, getting drenched in the rain and having a car drive through a roadside puddle at high speed, sending a wave of water over me before I even got there, did not help. I was drenched. But I recall sitting in the waiting room {which I could hear drills going in the distance} and my finger wouldn’t stop tapping. I actually thought I was going to either run, barf or perhaps both.

But then my name was called. Shit. This was it. I got up {even though my knees felt like they’d give way at any moment} and I walked into the room. Now, I’m the first to admit that I stood there, 36yrs of age and my emotions got too much and I cried. I just caught a glimpse of the chair, the tray of tools and fear took over. Now, don;t get me wrong, the dentist {who was really lovely by the way} didn’t gag me and wrestle me into the chair but she softly spoke to me and even handed me a tissue. Apparently, this is something she sees all the time, from people of all ages and it was perfectly fine.

She got me a chair to sit on where I stood because that’s where I felt safe and she just asked me if she could take a look in my mouth. I was OK with that. She did a quick examination, muttered a few words to her assistant that I didn’t quite understand {turns out a broken tooth isn’t my only issue} and that was it. Other than me freaking out ever-so-slightly when her little mirror kept touching my teeth, I guess the examination wasn’t so bad.

She spoke to me briefly of what I’d need to have done i.e root treatment, crown fitted, a filling and one extraction. Sounds freaking TERRIFYING! So, I asked about being knocked out. Apparently to be completely knocked out you need to have a list of medication reasons as to why. Apparently, not even being able to keep it together when you walk into the dental room doesn’t count.  But she did mention IV sedation. Apparently, you’re in such a state you don’t know {or care} what is going on. But,what if I can see what is going on? And hear it too!!

Either way, it’s now a waiting game. Once that phone rings, the sedation nurse can give me an appointment and we go from there. Who knows how I’ll cope with it but I need to get this fixed one way or another.

When was the last time you went to the dentist? 

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  1. 16/09/2016 / 10:02 AM

    I am terrified of the dentists and only go when I really have to….
    Last time was to get a tooth out….Which was about 10 years ago. I had the sedation and it was fine…You really don’t know what is going on. Not in a bad way though. You just don’t care. You can see and hear everything but it just seems to go in one ear and out the other….
    Wishing you the best of luck…I hope it all goes OK x

    • 16/09/2016 / 10:27 AM

      Dental fear seems to be more common than I ever thought! And you really don’t care? I’m tempted to take an eye mask and my headphones with me, lol!! x

  2. 16/09/2016 / 1:27 PM

    You missed those free treatment appointments whilst pre and postnatal. How much is all that treatment going to cost, I’m sure it’s not cheap? Hope you had get your smile back quickly

  3. 16/09/2016 / 11:20 PM

    Six months ago. I am going every six months. At one stage I had to go every few weeks. I had one extractions and many many fillings. I couldn’t believe last time I went I didn’t need anything done. I am not a fan of the dentist but what has to be has to be done.

  4. Jody
    17/09/2016 / 10:39 AM

    Honey I have the same fear of dentists to the extent I’m crying & shaking in actual terror! I didn’t go in year either & a couple of my teeth had started to crumble! I felt so ashamed of myself & I decided I had to go I was in terrible pain worse than child birth for me & I could no longer handle it! They could see the state I was in & said I would need to be sedated because I needed extractions done! I had my first one done with the iv sedation & seriously I was sceptical but it worked (for me at least) one mintue I was on the chair shaking & crying the next I’m back in the room chatting with my dad I didn’t even know it had been done I honestly think that I must have fallen asleep

  5. Stressed_mummy_
    17/09/2016 / 8:41 PM

    I highly recommend headphones. That awful sound

    • 18/09/2016 / 5:35 PM

      Gosh, really? Even undersedation can you hear it all?

    • 18/09/2016 / 5:35 PM

      Gosh, really? Even under sedation can you hear it all?

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