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Subject: Fear and Loathing at the Dentist Date: 04 Apr 2005 11:41:30… - cellophane
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renniekins
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Subject: Fear and Loathing at the Dentist
Date: 04 Apr 2005 11:41:30 -0400
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I don't think I was this nervous about my knee surgery!

Well, that's not true. But I definitely don't think I was much more =
nervous for that. Maybe just a titch.

I'm about to finally get my cavity filled. I know it's ridiculous, but =
I'm freaked out anyway. I walked in here feeling like Dead Girl Walking.=
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 4th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Relax things will go better that way.

Ask for gas if you can that will help although don't drive right away.

Clutching the arms of the chair helps too.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 4th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Relaxing and clutching seem to be at odds with one another! I did get the gas, and that helped a lot.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 4th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you can't relax then clutch.

With me its the vibrations of the drill.
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: April 4th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Just grip the chair when you need to to keep from jumping at the dentist, and it will all be over shortly.
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johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 4th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
As (they say anyway) in childbirth, most of the pain comes from being tensed up and concerned about the pain.

I don't even get anesthetic for tooth drilling anymore. I find if I move my point of attention somewhere else, I don't notice the drilling too much at all, and I *hate* having a numb mouth. For me the numbness is way worse than the drilling. It can be hard to convince a dentist to not use anesthetic though.

These days the needles are so small you can't even feel them really. They *used* to hurt. But really there's almost no pain anymore if you choose it to be that way.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 4th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I'm impressed. I can move my attention like that for other kinds of pain, but I find I'm unable to disassociate when they are physically INSIDE MY HEAD like that.

The needles frighten me less than the drilling, oddly enough. But I freely admit it's a phobia more than a realistic concern.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 4th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd rather have lasik again any day. But that's just me....

The problem is that I can't disassociate when they are physically IN MY HEAD like that. I had gas this time though, and that helped quite a bit.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: April 4th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing to worry about as long as the dentist doesn't drill too deep.

"Doctor, please! That's the fourth chair you've ruined this month!"
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 4th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack! Fortunately she managed not to drill THAT deep.

Although I once had a (different) dentist accidentally drill a hole in my tongue. Owie.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 4th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good, brave girl!

I don't really remember dead man walking, that was a movie, right? But I'm envisioning you walking in with an eyepatch, and the music from Kill Bill playing. What would be better, if you're old enough to remember John Belushi, would be Samurai Dentist-man!
From: lindaatzarquon Date: April 4th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or Steve Martin's dentist in Little Shop of Horrors?

"You'll be a dentist, you have a talent for causing things pain."
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 4th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it was a movie, it's (allegedly) what the guard announces as a person on death row walks his or her "last mile" to execution.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 4th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heheh, I prefer the idea of you as a mean, nasty, pissed-off Kill-Bill-style grrl walking into the dentist's office to do battle with him. (cue dramatic music)

You aren't the sort of girl to be meekly led to the slaughter, now are you? Hmm?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 5th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin* No, I'm definitely not. But this wasn't REALLY slaughter, just felt like it.

The thing is that I thought I was SUPPOSED to meekly go to the dentist and accept my suffering. Battle would indeed be much more satisfying, but it would do nothing for my cavity.

That's the whole problem with doctors and dentists and whatnot. We have to not only put up with them hurting us, but we pay them for the priviledge!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 5th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could go punch Age, just for karma.
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