The dentist, that place that has all of our hearts racing even before we have even got in the building, never mind sat in the waiting room. We know that we must take care of our teeth and equally as important our gums.
I had an appointment on Monday 22nd May 2017 with the hygienist. I have seen her a few times now and I must admit she is very calm, understanding and is also gentle on you and your mouth.
Avoidance And The effects Stress Can Have On Your Mouth
Last year and the year before for me was a very different story. Battling with your nerves from day to day is a hard job, going to the dentist when you feel like this, is one of the most difficult things to manage. I started to miss appointments and cancel my hygienists ones too.
I had always gone on my own, but now I found myself having to go with someone else or I wouldnt go. I found this to help me get over the first step. Having someone there to take you and bring you back and talk to you to distract you from where you were.
Looking after your teeth and mouth is so important and when you are stressed, like I was, it can effect your mouth. I did have quite bad ulcers and terrible pain in my jaw. There was nothing underlying going on, but tension in my jaw was causing the pain and opening my mouth at the dentist made it worse.
It was important for me, to explain how I felt and then the dentist was able to allow extra time for me. I was at a different dentist at this time. They were brilliant, but I just felt that I needed to have a regular dentist as mine wasn’t always there and you saw someone else.
I looked around and I saw a dentist at your smile in Loughborough. Stephen Marshall is his name. I told him my past history and we discussed my treatment plan and also regular visits to the hygienist again. I did have to have a filling. I think for me, I found someone who I felt relaxed with and who I knew would look after me.
Having A Filling With No Adrenaline In It
I booked the appointment and this time, I went on my own and had a filling. Do you know that you can actually have the injection with no adrenaline in? I went for this option as I knew that the extra in my body might make me worse and we may have to stop the procedure. I had the injections, a small filling and after 30 mins, was sat up and ready to go home.
My Princess Sticker
The dentist gave me loads of praise and told me how well I had done. Although the stickers are for the kids, I came out with a princess one just for me.
Coming Back To The Hygienist
So part of my treatment plan was to see the hygienist. I explained at the desk my anxiety levels and they suggested I see Louise.
I saw Louise, she made me feel at ease and when she started to clean my teeth and around my gums, you would hardly know she was doing it. Another thing I had achieved.
Back Again After 3 months
I came back again on Monday 22nd May. It was a lot quicker this time, because I had been cleaning my teeth, flossing and looking after my gums at home. Plus, I had seen her 3 months prior, so we were keeping on top of things.
Music was playing. It was “Don’t stop Movin” by Livin Joy. I commented on it being a track that I used to dance to at the night clubs. We discussed what great dance tracks there were in this era. Another positive for me because I was talking and laughing about things I enjoy even though I was at the dentist.
I do feel better and feel that I have faced some of my fears this week. I have also, tried to here, give other people who feel the same a few pointers and ways to cope better.
Lovely Louise agreed to let me take a photo of her, so that you could see who she was. She was very happy also for me to share this, as it shows that the dentists and hygienists are people like you and I and want to show that, so we feel less fearful.