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Old 04-12-2012, 01:38 PM
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I have been going to dentists all my life, this current one since 1998.

I remember back in 2006 i got there but canceled the appt because of heartburn(I walked to the appt uphill which triggered the heartburn) but future appts were OK

this year i cancelled twice due to nausea attacks before getting a check up and a cleaning.

i just had an endoscopy ( for which oddly i did NOT have any nausea or panic attack at all) and they said i had mild gastritis and esophagitis as a result

so i figured this next appt for having a filling refilled and gum treatment would be cake because i had already experienced the worst

it wasn't. i took the day of work for this and it was a total waste. i had a bad post nasal drip from a cold which didn't help. as soon as the dentist maneuvered the novacaine gun around and had difficulty holding the tongue down i felt sick. so we cancelled yet again

and i also have to have a wisdom tooth pulled(as well as a liver biopsy)

why on earth after almost 4 decades of no problem with the dentist is this happening? i am familiar with this dentist and have never had any problems with him or the 2 others i had since i was a little kid

now i wasted a day and am walking around with novacaine in my mouth for nothing

why is this happening?

i am also having panic attacks with nausea in places other than the dentist, mostly in places having to do with heights

i don't know if this is a dental issue or something other than the dentist

why? what am i doing wrong? i never was scared of the drill but it seems everything that happens seems to get me nauseous

this is starting to be a drain

why why why???
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:57 PM
Location: Colorado
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I never remember having any sort of anxiety until recently, and I'm a senior citizen. All of a sudden the thought of trying to sit still in the chair and have instruments in my mouth really bothered me. It was after I had implant work done and it was so quick, an IV, and the work was done. I had sat through other dental work, root canals, infection, and was not sedated to make me comfortable. I explained to the dental hygienist, that I had gone to for years, that I didn't want to even come in anymore. My husband had used nitrous oxide before and said I should ask for it. Although it was just for a cleaning the hygienist was very supportive, she gave me the nitrous and sitting and having her work on my teeth flew by, I didn't even notice what she was doing. I still can't understand why this feeling surfaced at this time but I'm glad I talked it over with her.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:04 PM
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well this dentist is a 3 minute drive from my house so i don't want to have to use cabs to go there. maybe i should not think about it so much and just accept that i am now 50 and not 40 or 35, and that stress hormones change, etc

and of course after i got in my car and drove off i felt like turning around and going back

he must be annoyed with me for this is the 3rd cancellation i've made in a month

well gotta look at it like this at least i got thru the check up and cleaning and except for a filling that came out thgat needs refilling, i only need gum treatment

in 1998 i had a wisdom tooth pulled and didn't even need gas

and it's impossible to predict how it will be when i have the other tooth pulled

i could panic or be fine with it

it's like playing Russian Roulette...
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:11 PM
Location: Dallas TX
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It could be something else going on in your life, and it is the dentist that triggered it. I started having anxiety in my twenties. I was completely stressed out over dozens of things (so trivial now of course). I was in NYC waiting to get on a subway. It was hot and I couldn't breathe. Suddenly I was having an anxiety attack. The thought of going into NYC was difficult for me for years. I would have to take a Valium every time.

So necessarily going into the city wasn't what 'caused the attack', it was the trigger if the makes sense!
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:15 PM
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my dad passed 3 years ago and my mom last August. since everyone at work felt that there was virtually no difference between now and the way i was before my mom passed(ie i didn't appear to be overtly grieving), maybe it has to do with mom's passing. i mean i lived on my own for 2 decades before she passed so i wasn't really a mama's boy but she always was the one who took me to the dentist as a kid...

and BTW thanks for posting
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:19 PM
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oh yes i also had a panic attack at the Manhattan Mall this past weekend. I used the upper floor to use the men's room and used an escalator to get up which was no problem but when i went to use the down escalator i froze up after i approached the part that looks straight down by the escalator. same happened by the elevator. i ended up going to the men's room and felt nauseous but there is never any vomiting with these episodes. i ended up asking a security guard to escort me to the elevator bank which seemed to work. cool guy
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:23 PM
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maybe i can try one of those herbal tablets for motion sickness at the dentist?. i use them when i fly (strangely there is butterflies in the stomach but no panic attack during flight)
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:27 PM
Location: In a house
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Your problem isn't with the dentist. This really isn't a dental issue at all. You should post in the mental health forum instead of the dental forum, and see if you can get some help there. Or see a psychologist, or therapist, or some other mental health specialist who can help you with your phobias/panic attacks.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:29 PM
Location: St. Louis
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maybe i can try one of those herbal tablets for motion sickness at the dentist?. i use them when i fly (strangely there is butterflies in the stomach but no panic attack during flight)
I use GABA for emotional messes. My brother was overly anxious at mom's funeral and his wife climbs walls as part of her normal routine so I gave them both some of this natural valium and both sailed through the day. You can also open one up and put the powder under your tongue (not too unpleasant) and get it in your system quicker. I'm not naturally anxious but I keep some on hand for emergencies and for my brother and SIL.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:43 PM
Location: Central Florida
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I didn't like going to the dentist but never had a panic attack until I had a wisdom tooth extracted. A couple of weeks ago I went to the dentist due to jaw pain. I went into a panic when he said he was going to pull it (this wasn't expected) and then he took my blood pressure and pulse rate. I have high blood pressure and take medication for it.

The blood pressure and pulse rate were high. I tried to relax but couldn't. My heart was raising and I was in a panic. It was awful. I asked my dentist if anyone had to go to the hospital during a wisdom tooth extraction and he said no. I didn't want to be the first. Finally he turned off the heart monitor and I calmed down, a little bit. It took nearly 3 hours to get the wisdom tooth out. A couple of hours later I took my blood pressure and heart rate and it was back to my normal. Then I come home and saw an article on-line about a teen who died having a wisdom tooth extracted (thankfully I didn't read this earlier). Although what happened to her had nothing to do with my situation, it was unnerving to say the least.

I have to go back in a couple of weeks for x-rays and the thought it makes me want to panic, even though I know no dental work will be done.
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