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to feel extraordinarily proud of myself for going to the dentist?

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prettypurpledaisy Fri 30-Sep-11 18:39:03

I am extremely phobic about dentists and yesterday broke a tooth so had to go. First visit in 7 years, need alot of visits to the hygenist but no other major work.
I did cry like a baby in the waiting room but was ok in the chair escpecially when I realised the nurse was an ex pupil blush.

prettypurpledaisy Fri 30-Sep-11 18:40:03

oops especially.

aldiwhore Fri 30-Sep-11 18:42:51

YANBU maybe a little irrational, but that's what a phobia is all about eh?

Well done you, seriously. Its similar to asking my DH to stick his hand in a wasp's nest I guess, so for that alone, give yourself a shiney! grin

LetThereBeRock Fri 30-Sep-11 18:46:36

YADNBU.Well done. You've every right to be proud of yourself. It's not an easy phobia to overcome.

I know because I recently did the same after five years of avoiding the dentist. An excellent and understanding dentist makes all the difference.

AgentZigzag Fri 30-Sep-11 18:46:54

Well done smile

I'm not keen on the dentist, but I'm far more scared of the state of my teeth if I didn't go.

That's brilliant you only have to see the hygenist.

Pour yourself several a large 'un!

verytellytubby Fri 30-Sep-11 19:21:41

Well done. I too have a dentist phobia so completely empathise.

PhishFoodAddiction Fri 30-Sep-11 19:27:42

YANBU, well done! It's a difficult fear to overcome. Have a glass of something nice to celebrate.

I am so scared of dentists that I hadn't been for <mumbles under breath> 10 years blush and I only got up the courage to go to set a good example for DDs.

I had to have a filling and was literally shaking from head to foot on the chair but I was soooo proud afterwards.

featherbag Fri 30-Sep-11 19:31:03

Well done you! I mustered the courage to go in July for the first time in about 18 years blush - reasoned that as I am pregnant I have to nip this phobia in the bud now (while the dentist is free!) to avoid passing it on to my DC. I was SO proud of myself, especially when I realised it's nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be!

Kladdkaka Fri 30-Sep-11 19:37:15

Well done you. I'm the same, complete terror of dentists. Here in Sweden I get gas (the stuff you have when in labour) it's wonderful.

prettypurpledaisy Fri 30-Sep-11 20:02:08

Thank you everybody, I feel very proud of myself but a little bit foolish to be so terrified.

AgentZigzag Fri 30-Sep-11 20:13:07

I don't think it should be defined as a phobia, because it's a bloody rational fear, dentists can fucking hurt!! grin

Why would anyone want to willingly put themselves in that situation?

AgentZigzag Fri 30-Sep-11 20:34:15

I've just started a thread about your thread grin

BustersOfDoom Fri 30-Sep-11 20:51:39

Very well done!!! I had a dentist phobia throughout my childhood after having several teeth out when I was about 7 with gas. My DM found a lovely new dentist after that who was great but I was always terrified. The only thing that cured me was actually working as a dental nurse for 6 months when I was temping.

I loved it, loved looking after the patients and I learned a lot. I saw lots of patients who were as scared as I was and saw that there is nothing that can't be numbed beforehand. I saw quite a few people who were too scared of injections to have one before a major filling but had to stop the dentist many times during the procedure because it was too painful.

Seriously, dental injections do not hurt anywhere near as much as the pain of having your teeth drilled. It lasts seconds. Once you're numb it's all good. I even booked a lip wax after one of my root canal treatments as I knew it wouldn't hurt!

I know not everyone can work as a dental nurse but please, your dentist does not want to hurt you. Ask to be numbed. They know how to do it painlessly.

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