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What is the story behind your fear to the dentist?

  1. dentist83 profile image61
    dentist83posted 7 years ago

    What is the story behind your fear to the dentist?

    1. jiberish profile image79
      jiberishposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      He looks like Dr. Kavorkian

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    Cost of crowns and the lectures about not being a good patient.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    My last dentist screwed up my jaw so now whenever I yawn it constantly pops!

    1. Gemsong profile image85
      Gemsongposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Same here. Another doctor diagnosed the result as TMJ. It hurts to open my mouth wide. It constantly cracks now.

      He had to remove a bad molar with roots that grew toward each other. he had to cut it in half to remove it. He claims he sprained his wrist trying to pull it out.

      His attitude sucked too.

      It's not fear. It's massive dislike.

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    Louidam1posted 7 years ago

    I fear going to the dentist because it is always something going wrong with my teeth.  Then I have to pay all this money to them.

  5. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    The big long needle and the words, "you'll just feel a pinch".

  6. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 7 years ago

    When I was a teenager I was given gas for a tooth extraction, only they didn't wait until I was asleep before they pulled it out.  Tooth extraction with no anaesthetic not to be recommended!

  7. Helen Cater profile image60
    Helen Caterposted 7 years ago

    At age 5 listening to the screams of my sister was enough to scare me half to death. I have to have injections just to have my teeth cleaned now. I wish I could go without having a sleepless night before hand.

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    I don't know 'bout no one else, but it's called PAIN! smile Ever see The Little Shop of Horrors? hehe

  9. shamelabboush profile image57
    shamelabboushposted 7 years ago

    Being drilled mercilessly is my utmost fear. ALso, the needle which he injects in your gum is supposed to numb you, but the pain of the needle is enough to wake you up all night..

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    PirateGirlposted 7 years ago

    I just have a fear of people who stick things in my mouth !

  11. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    I was fine until a year ago. Never loved going but never minded either. Now I do. It's not so much the going, the dentist - as what might go wrong.

    Had a difficult extraction (wisdom) - no anaesthetic. Hooked root, had to split the tooth and then cut/dig it out. The pain was disgusting. Even child birth didn't come close - and at least you have a beautiful baby at the end. All I ended up with was a fear of the dentists, a stitched up mouth, bruising and a whole new bunch of pain. Longest 40/45 minutes of my life.

    The dentist thought it would help to tell me it was the worst extraction he'd ever done. It didn't help neutral

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    Been my experience to not be cornered something that you know is meaner than you.

  13. steffer profile image57
    stefferposted 7 years ago

    the sound of those drills they use, and the shot ofcourse.
    but now luckely for me, i don't have to bother with it anymore.

    A month ago, i have had all my teeth extracted in the hospital, and so i have fals teeth now, no more drills and toothache anymore

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    PirateGirlposted 7 years ago

    This scene from the Marathon Man wud put you off your Dental Visit, enjoy smile


  15. wrenfrost56 profile image83
    wrenfrost56posted 7 years ago

    I don't mind the dentist, but my father is petrified of going because when he was younger the dentist took out one of his good teeth instead of the bad one!

  16. dentist83 profile image61
    dentist83posted 7 years ago

    A little advise.  If you treat cavities before they are too big(making them far from the pulp or nerve)  the experience can be almost pain free.  Now if you leave the grow until it has broken the tooth, leaving you with the option of an extraction, you have to know that you will need like 2 o 3 more little pinch, and even you have anesthesia and you will not feel pain at all, you may still feel some pressure during extraction that will probably scare you.  So this is the "rationale":  Soon or later you will have to go to the dentist: Go early to receive less injections.  Is not that better?

  17. Flightkeeper profile image79
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    The dentist pulled out my tooth and it fricken hurt!

  18. Marisa Wright profile image92
    Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago

    I used to have severe asthma and allergies, so I breathed through my mouth. Going to the dentist was hell because I thought I was going to suffocate, and the dentist was very unsympathetic.   I also hated needles (still do). So I used to dread dentist visits.

    When I was about 20, I went to a dentist in another city.  I was told I needed two fillings.  When I cringed at the idea of a needle, he said, "Why don't we do it without anaesthetic?"

    I was horrified at first, but something about his manner reassured me.  He promised he would check in with me throughout and give me a shot if I wanted it. 

    He did both fillings with no anaesthetic and it was great - no pain, I actually felt better being able to feel what he was doing, and afterwards I didn't have a numb drooly mouth.

    After that, I got over my fear of dentists.

  19. R P Chapman profile image59
    R P Chapmanposted 7 years ago

    1) I saw the marathon man when I was young.

    2) When I was in my early twenties I had a crown in my upper set. Problem was the dentist was a butcher. I don't remember everything that happened as I actually passed out from the pain.

    I didn't go to the dentist again for a long, long time.

    3) A couple of years ago I got tooth ache. Turned out I had a cyst in my lower jaw. The operation involved peeling the gum away from my lower teeth to remove the cyst (it was about 2 inches long). This whole process equated to about 6 months of pain.

    I got a new dentist during the last saga and he's good.Did a root canal only last week and it was relatively painless.

    ...and now my fear is cured!

  20. dentist83 profile image61
    dentist83posted 7 years ago

    Honestly, Does the dental anesthesia hurts you during caries treatment, or is just that you are too much scare?  I ask you this because the only place where dental anesthesia should be painful is at palate(roof of the mouth) area for anatomic reason.  The only patients of mine who complain about pain, are the ones which had extraction, where i am suppose to give anesthesia to palate.  But during caries treatment, i usually do not touch the palate;patient still afraid,  but after the injection i ask them if it hurst them and the 90% say it didn't.  Tell me your impressions.  I really like to read all your comments, and I thank you all for that.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm one of those odd people who do find it painful.

      I know that for most people, it's just the anticipation and the fear that cause the perception of pain. Doctors injecting your arm will tell you to close your eyes or turn your head away, then they tap your arm a few times and do the injection in between - and that works for a lot of people. I still jump out of my skin when the needle goes in.  Hypersensitive, I guess.

      And if fear was an issue, then I think I would have been complaining of pain during the caries treatment without anaesthetic - and I didn't.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    Can you paint teeth?

    1. dentist83 profile image61
      dentist83posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Paint teeth?  No but you can lick  lollipops and they are quite effective.

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        sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Nah! I don't like lollies. I just wanted to piss my wife off and embarass my son all in one shot. Any ideas?

        1. dentist83 profile image61
          dentist83posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          JAJAJAJA.  Not really.  You can put some gold as before in the front tooth.  That wold be totally  out of fashion but will work for your aim

    2. Faceless39 profile image93
      Faceless39posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You can definitely paint them, and people do.  Saw it in my hygiene books.  However, I'm not sure what they use!  Looked like nail polish, but I can't recommend that.

  22. dentist83 profile image61
    dentist83posted 7 years ago

    Tell you a secret.  The most braves patients are woman!!,
    The male patients are kind of coward jaja. At least that is my experience in my dental chair.

  23. geminimoon profile image60
    geminimoonposted 7 years ago

    THE DAM PAIN!!!!

  24. H.C Porter profile image84
    H.C Porterposted 6 years ago

    It began at 17 when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and the dentist left behind pieces of two of my teeth, which cause my face to swell up-and gums to get infected. When they removed the left over pieces, they left behind gauze that they had stuffed into the empty cavity of where my tooth once was. About three days later, I was having trouble swallowing and breathing and hadn’t eaten in days-and nothing was improving/but getting worse. When I returned to the dentist and they discovered they had once again left something behind (gauze) they had to split open my gums to drain the infection and then clean it out before they stitched it all back up and sent me home. Ever since, I haven’t been too fond of the dentist

  25. dinkan53 profile image76
    dinkan53posted 6 years ago

    I think patients worry about bills only when they are not in pain. And if there is pain they won't worry about their pockets.

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    pinkyleeposted 6 years ago

    When I went to the dentist to have my wisdom teeth out not only did they leave pieces and tell me they will come out on their own, they also drilled holes in my molars due to my wisdoms coming in sideways. Now half of my teeth in the back are broken because of the holes they drilled and wouldn't fix. Now I have an appointment to have them all fixed but I don't want to for fear of them coming out worse and me still being in pain all the time.