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Old 03-09-2004, 01:58 PM   #1
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Anxiety attacks at dentist appt.

Hi everyone: Yesterday, I had an onlay seated on an upper right molar and a filling done on the upper left side. I always get anxiety at the dentist, so I took a Xanax before leaving the house. It didn't help relax me at all. I wasn't in pain, but it seemed like he was drilling forever and when he put that green rubber thing around my tooth, I felt claustrophobic. I felt like I could have blacked out at any moment. Needless to say, I couldn't wait til the appt. was done. It's hard to keep my mouth open for long periods of time b/c I have TMJ. Amazingly, I don't have a headache today from the muscle tension!!! I know I have to get the anxiety under control for many reasons, but I've tried deep breathing, meditation, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-09-2004, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: Anxiety attacks at dentist appt.

This is much easier said than done, but I have had lots and lots of dental work done and I have a huge fear of the dentist. Today I had to have my first root canal. The main thing is...RELAX. Sound too easy? It probably is, but today it really worked for me and i was crying about it going into the office. Coming out I was smiling and happy. I am not in fear of any of the pain from the shots or anything, i just hate the sound of the drill. It drives me up the wall. But today I had a wonderful endodontist and she talked me through the whole process and even had me laughing at some points. I had to constantly think to release my muscles to relax. It worked though. Just stay focused and keep all your muscles relaxed. If you have a dentist that doesn't help calm you, find another. That is very important.

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