The Classic Brunette: Anxiety at the Dentist

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anxiety at the Dentist

This post is going to be a bit personal, and I just felt like I needed to share what I've been thinking about recently. I have horrible anxiety when it comes to going to dentist or doctor appointments, but it gets even worse when I know something is actually wrong. Maybe its the hypochondriac in me, but I always think what ever it is, it has got to be worse than what it seems.

Shots are pretty much my worst fear and cause me the most anxiety out of anything. Last time I went to the doctor I was told that I had missed one of my shots (more than likely I probably just kept putting it off for my "next visit") and luckily they had it right in the office. I immediately had a panic attack while they went to get it and was basically crying hysterically. Lets just say, it was an experience I don't like to share with people. I've been made fun of before for this completely irrational fear, and the worst part of this is that I know my fear is totally insane. People gets shots every day for allergies or for their medication, it's just a part of life. I hate this anxiety that I get, and no matter how hard I try to work out my fear, it seems it's only gotten worse as I grow up.

I'm talking about this today because a couple days ago I went to the dentist for a cleaning and was told that I have a small cavity that needs to be fixed. Since I'm leaving tomorrow morning for school, it had to be taken care of today. I've had my fair share of cavities when I was younger, and every time I panic when I remember the shot that helps numb the pain. Mouth shots are probably the worst of the shots since there's no choice but to look at the needle and the pain is a lot worse than just in the arm.

When I get extremely stressed out, my adrenaline pumps really fast, and this doesn't work out so well when the medicine is injected into my mouth. The Novocain (numbing) shot doesn't end up working, and in the past I've had to get it 4 or 5 times to actually feel something, and even then it won't be enough. Luckily, I've found a way to work around getting multiple shots! I ask for laughing gas (nitrous) now before getting the shot. That way, I'm forced to be calm, and can't really resist the dentist sticking a needle in my mouth. I still feel it, but since I'm in a medicated happy place, I don't really notice or care too much.

I just felt like sharing my huge fear because it was eating away at me in the hours leading up to my dentist appointment. Sometimes you just need to get things off of your chest, and I created this blog to not only share my fashion and beauty choices, but also share who I am as a person.

Do you also have a fear of shots, or used to have one? How did you overcome it? Are there any anxieties that you want to get off your chest?


Xo,

1 comment:

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