Dental phobia

pronstar

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My wife goes berserk at the dentist, even for cleanings.

The moment she gets into the chair, she gets gassed. Much better that way.

I had so much work done as a kid, it’s a relief to go in and just get cleanings. I enjoy it.


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I had 6 years of head-gear and braces as a kid......at least 4 teeth pulled just to make room for everything to move around.

At my initial appointment, the orthodontist proposed surgically breaking my upper jaw and moving it back to correct the over-bite......at 9 or 10 years old....I started crying about that.

At 16 I had all four wisdom teeth removed under local....with two impacted....having to be sectioned out. At the time, my mom was opposed to drugs (she was a part of the PTA and active in the anti drug campaign) so she wouldn't even let them give me nitrous oxide. That is where my phobia comes from.....it wasn't a pleasant experience.

4 years in the military.....I had a few fillings done which weren't too ba
 

Mohawk600

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I'm a specialist so I don't offer cleanings, root canals, fillings, etc. We do surgery, most with deep IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Been meaning to make a video about sedation. Sedation is just like alcohol. You drink 1 beer or 24 beers and the effects will be different. Most dentists are only allowed to give up to moderate sedation which is a nice drunk but you're still arousable & mostly coherent.

The OP will have moderate sedation with Versed & fentanyl. It's not common to put someone very deep with only Versed & fentanyl. It's also difficult to keep someone very deep, meaning unarousable & without reflexes, for hours with only Versed & fentanyl. You can have light to moderate sedation with pills as well.

If you to truly be "knocked out" with no memory or awareness now you're talking deep sedation & general anesthesia. The best way to keep someone that deep for long periods, hours, is with anesthetic gasses in an OR.

Just like drunks, some people fight & some people cry under moderate sedation. You either have to put people deeper or let them wake up a little if that starts happening.

Last thing is safety. You want doctors that practice emergency drills & staff that have a clue. The general public isn't going to know how to tell if someone is safe. If a dentist brings in an anesthesia doctor to sedate people I would want it to be an MD. Another option is a surgery center with a real OR. A few dentists have privileges to work in an OR.

Greg Baber in Uvalde is a general dentist with full hospital privileges. He can treat you in a hospital OR while you are totally out. No twilight sleep, we're talking the real deal.
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Mohawk600

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Don't be a wussie, go the CIA route of no anesthesia so you don't talk sensitive or classified information while you're under!

Seriously, after our excellent dentist in Helotes retired a few years back, I had a tough time finding a replacement. Many dentistry have become more like 'Super Cuts' when I am looking for a "good, old-fashioned barber." I have found a doctor close to where we live that is more old school than franchise, but his hours are limited (he opens early and is closed on Fridays).

As for actually undergoing dental procedures, 25 years of the USAF's "dental hobby shop" has made everything since that seem much more competent and up-to-date. Whereas sometimes that little rubber mask and squirt gun feels like waterboarding, for the most part I can relax and even fall asleep while being worked on, and that with only using a local anesthetic.

The USAF yanked my wisdom teeth during my first assignment, despite my not having any problem with them. It's SOP for the Air Force, whereas the Army doesn't do anything until it absolutely has to. If you want to keep your wisdom teeth in the USAF, they will let you; but in a little plastic treasure chest. Those babies are coming out whether you want them to or not! I too had to have someone take me back to the barracks, and I felt miserable for several days afterward (and couldn't eat popcorn for months!). Granted, this was in 1982 so things may have gotten better, but for some reasons I doubt it!
I did go CIA once....and had a minor filling done without anesthesia......never again.
 

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I had 6 years of head-gear and braces as a kid......at least 4 teeth pulled just to make room for everything to move around.

At my initial appointment, the orthodontist proposed surgically breaking my upper jaw and moving it back to correct the over-bite......at 9 or 10 years old....I started crying about that.

At 16 I had all four wisdom teeth removed under local....with two impacted....having to be sectioned out. At the time, my mom was opposed to drugs (she was a part of the PTA and active in the anti drug campaign) so she wouldn't even let them give me nitrous oxide. That is where my phobia comes from.....it wasn't a pleasant experience.

4 years in the military.....I had a few fillings done which weren't too ba
Sounds like my childhood.
Teeth were way too big for my mouth...yes I see the irony

Braces and a neck gear from grade 4 thru the summer just before I entered high school.

One set of molars removed when I got the braces.

Wisdom teeth removed when I was in 5tb grade, they were just tiny little things in the x-rays at the time, not close to coming out but no room for ‘em anyway.

Orthodontist with firearms like Popeye, the pain from getting braces tightened was unreal and I do still remember it.




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Mohawk600

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Sounds like my childhood.
Teeth were way too big for my mouth...yes I see the irony

Braces and a neck gear from grade 4 thru the summer just before I entered high school.

One set of molars removed when I got the braces.

Wisdom teeth removed when I was in 5tb grade, they were just tiny little things in the x-rays at the time, not close to coming out but no room for ‘em anyway.

Orthodontist with firearms like Popeye, the pain from getting braces tightened was unreal and I do still remember it.




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I understood what you meant.......but......."firearms like Popeye" made me laugh.

I have had my share of heavy handed dentists with their meat-hooks in my mouth.......I don't like it.
 
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