Is anyone else terrified of the dentist?

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  1. Fatboy2001

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    Absolute terror! Marathon Man visions.

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    Hit a raw nerve here!
    I was required to see my uncle as a child He was the family dentist. He drilled teeth with drills driven by electric motors , belts and pulleys. He never used Novocaine.
    It was agony.
    One day in 11th grade one of my classmates told me his face felt funny from the dentist visit. Why I asked
    He said they give you this medicine to numb the area and allow painless drilling.
    Thus now I have dental phobia. For cleaning I require cetacaine topical and Nitrous....Just anticipating the visit causes PTSD symptoms. Just smelling the office nauseates me....so you ask am I afraid of the dentist...Terrified.
     
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    i haven't been to a dentist in 20 years, i haven'y had any issues in 20 years. prior to that, overtime i sat down they found something to drill. i decided if they were drilling when i had no symptoms, they were scamming me. i floss couple times a day and brush 2-3 times and they are not seeing me until i need to.
     
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    Three areas of your body that you want to keep in great shape are: yer eyes; yer teeth; and yer wiener.
     
  5. Sharkey

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    Well I would pleasantly surprised if my cut Asian female hygienist gave me a happy ending.
    I am reminded of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry wakes up from the gas and his shirt is out.
     
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    A LITTLE discomfort ? Man Up ? You couldn't be more wrong !

    You should thank God that's all it is to you. I was cursed with bad teeth from the get go, even had 6 teeth pulled when I was 6. My adult teeth I had a condition where the enamel deteriorated near the gum line which led to many fillings, a couple root canals, and incredible PAIN when touched.

    I don't know if it was an option or not, and was never offered, but I should have been sedated for cleanings. As for novocain, more than once I was told "I've done everything I can but I'll be as gentle as possible". I can assure you it was NOT a LITTLE discomfort !

    I've had broken bones and 3'rd degree burns on my stomach but they were nothing compared to the pain I endured from dental problems.

    You are fortunate and I hope you never fully understand the pain dental issues can bring. However, you could have a little more compassion for those not as blessed as you.
     
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    OMG you guys, dentists stopped using Novocain like 30 years ago.

    No reason for pain at the dentist these days, only by choice.

    When I was a kid we did not get numbed for fillings due to cost so I consider the dentist a treat these days. Try it once without, and see how much you complain after that.

    Root canals are a breeze, got one coming up next month.

    The oddest thing about dentists is how bad the insurance is and how little it covers. I guess no one thinks it is a medical procedure though it clearly is.

    30 years ago dental insurance covered about $1,000-$2,000 of cost. Today it is about the same. No other insurance is like this, so static in nature.

    Dentists get no respect until you need one, then you never hear the end of it.
     
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    Sorry BUT you couldn't be more wrong !
     
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    I'll tell you about discomfort. After years of avoiding going to the dentist, I had to have all my teeth PULLED and have dentures made at a dental college (OHSU) in Oregon back in 2004. and they offered me a discount if I'd let them do 4 root canals on my last remaining teeth so they could experiment with a new method of doing that procedure.

    By the time they were done the Novocain was wearing off so they gave me a prescription for pain pills at a local pharmacy which was about ten miles away in heavy traffic.

    I stood in line for a long time at the pharm before I could get my prescription and then when I got it I tore open the bottle and washed down about 4 pills right there in the store with whatever beverage was handy and then it took a half an hour for the drugs to kick in and that was more than a little discomfort, so I know what pain is, and you don't have to tell me.

    But with the right drugs, properly and timely administered, there is no reason to have to deal with any pain.
     
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    This. My wife is Scot redhead and she needs lots of Novocaine for the most simple of procedures. For example, she once woke up during ACL surgery, and that my friends, was an ugly experience since she kicked the orthopedic right in the nads from the table. HH
     
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    My grandmother told me when she was a child their only dentist was a guy who came around on horse and buggy about every three months. Not sure if he had anything for pain. I remember that when I go to a dentist and count myself lucky.
     
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    So you're agreeing with me
     
  13. BobbyS

    BobbyS Truth always sounds like lies to a sinner

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    I go tomorrow too for the same thing
     
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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    This happened to my friend after she lied to the anesthesiologist about her weight.
     
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    BobbyS Truth always sounds like lies to a sinner

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    annnd the N 2O will make you go fast
     
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    No I'm disagreeing that it's necessary to experience that kind of pain if you make sure that they give you the right drugs in a timely manner.

    I had an amputation of the front half of my foot in 1999 and they gave me a general anesthetic and told me to count backwards from 100. I got to about 97 and I was off to dreamland and never felt a thing when the sawbones cut my foot in half.

    Afterwards it was time release morphine for a few days and after that it was percoset and after that there was no pain.
     
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    Getting the "right kind of drugs" is not so easy in today's world of "opioids are bad".

    I think we're in agreement though, just difficult to express sometimes
     
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    I told mine that I though they were CIA trained, they could make anyone tell all their secrets.
     
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    Not at all. I trust my Dentist. He is the son, I went to his father before he retired. I go for cleaning every six months. I am thinking this costs 90 bucks. We are in south Texas, my wife just had her teeth cleaned in Mexico by a reputable dentist at a border town. 30 bucks, about an hours work. She hadn't had a cleaning in quite a while. She did good.
     
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    I wish I had the dental care we have now back when I was a kid/ teenager, if I did I’d have all my teeth today!
    Today’s dentistry is phenomenal compared to the days of belt driven drills and laughing gas!
    I never worry about seeing the dentist anymore except for seeing the bill!
     
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