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 .
Well done you! I mustered the courage to go in July for the first time in about 18 years - 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!
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.