If you follow my blog you will know that I suffer with and autoimmune illness called RA. However, I also have other medical conditions and psychological conditions. Now for most people going to the Dentist may bring on a little anxiety but when you are paralyzed with fear that is a whole different dimension.
Prior to being diagnosed with RA I truly had not been to a Dentist in decades. When I got sick my teeth started to break and crack. During my RA Doctors first visit he talked to me about how important dental care is. I wanted to vomit. I looked at my wife as we walked out she said now you have to go to the Dentist.
Within the first year of having RA my teeth just went south. It was lack of existing yearly dental care and RA. When I got a tooth ache I would use any remedy I could come up with. I used clove oil for pain, teabags on the tooth, aspirin on the tooth coconut oil to stop the throbbing of the tooth ache. Then I got a nasty abscess. Having and Immune disorder and a raging infection in my mouth was dangerous. I was up for days. I had an appointment with my GP my partner told her I had a horrible tooth ache. My GP said this is something you cannot play with I want you to go to the Dental Clinic right now. I instantly started shaking We went two floors up. It was 3:30 exactly my partner went to the desk and explained the situation. The receptionist said we can’t see her. However, the floor supervisor came to me and said follow me. I was shaking, I was crying I was scared! My partner was holding my hand the supervisor said you will breath through this operation. I said operation what! She asked me to trust the process. I got a shot of novocaine and no pain. The tooth was extracted in about 5 minutes. I was ok! I wanted to tell the world but I got bad news I needed major work done on my teeth to keep me healthy. Their were plans made for many extractions root canals and then plans for my upper partials to be made and my lower partials to be made. It took 2 years to do. During this I have changed Dentist 3 times. I go to a clinic so they are students they only stay a year. I just had my last extraction done 2 days ago. The room was filled with all the Dental assistants who have been on this journey with me. My Dentist who is new to me was so surprised. The love I have for them helping me to get through this is unbelievable.
Dental anxiety is real. On my chart it says Dental anxiety Do not be ashamed find a place that can accommodate what you are going through. I now know that I will be ok in the Dentist chair. I will always have the anxiety but I can do it and so can you!