I am far too big to be such a baby but (bleat bleat bleat) I bottled out in the dentist's chair, shook and blubbered and refused the procedure. So now I will have to go and be sedated somewhere to have this farking tooth out. Anyone with any good tips on coping with stark terror over one's teeth?
My dentist told me that there is a perfectly rational explanation why a lot of people are afraid of dentists.
At some point they've been given a local anaesthetic. These contain adrenalin (IIRC it helps keep the anaesthetic 'local'). So, you have your injection and whumph, your heart starts racing and you're in 'flight or fight' mode. But you're stuck in the chair and can't run and don't dare punch the dentist so you're a poor trapped animal.
And so of course you're set to anticipate terror next time.
Once you understand this rationally, you can have your injection, calmly note 'hey - my heart IS racing' but its just chemistry!
I've never actually been afraid of dentists but this knowledge did help me when I had a local for a mole removal.
Grimma - point taken but given that they can sedate me they bloody well should. The tooth is dead, it has been filled and refilled several times, the last time the filling fell out was in August and I just kind of ignored it. It is a back tooth. Urgh. I am sort of hoping they will get back to me with an appointment date before XMas so it can be dealt with...
Hypnosis - I had a dentist many years ago who did this for stressed out phobics. If you are really bad your nearest University Dental Hopsital may have a programme for very phobic patients? Also, as odd as it sounds, student dentists are so terrified of hurting anyone they are super-careful (f also slow) and they are closely supervised.
Grimma: Oh cock off! I am sure I will be able to cope if given a shot of Valium or some Entonox or something, it was just the thought of half an hour of yanking with pliers (shudders, goes green again) and when I saw the pliers and the padding and stuff....
I have been able to cope with going to the dentist before and even had a filling or two in the past without biting or kicking... but this is too much