While most people just do not like going to the dentist, yours truly is terrified each and every time I go.
I thoroughly dread my 4 times a year visit and figure this is part of the reason I can not sleep or eat before (and after) I go.
My body tenses up completely and I have trouble breathing the assistants are always telling me to breath as they work on my cleaning. By the time they are done my body aches as much as it does when I have a fibro flare.
So tonight I have a sore and achy body as well as a sore mouth.
It wasn't always this way. When I was a child I happily went with my Mom to the dentist. After all you always got a bouncy ball after your visit.
However, there came a time when the dentist (a new one as my original dentist retired) decided that one of my baby teeth needed to be pulled to make room for my permanent teeth. I have always disliked needles and this day was no exception.
Mom heard me screaming in the waiting room and decided that perhaps she should check out what was happening. When she entered the room where I was situated, what met her eyes shocked her. There was her little girl being held down by two assistants with the dentist's knee on my chest (yep he was right up on the chair with me) trying to stick the needle in my mouth. I was screaming and tossing my head from side to side. Mom says I kept saying that I couldn't breath and the dentist just kept saying "Hold her still."
Mom yelled, the dentist removed himself from my body, the assistants let go of my shoulders and arms. Mom grabbed me and left the office. After that if I needed any work done she would take me to a dentist that would knock me out with gas.
I think I still might have that small girl inside, terrified that what happened once could happen again.
I do want to say that the dentists I have had as an adult have all been kind and caring. They always apologize for hurting me whenever I need that stupid needle, and are always ready to give me more freezing if I even flinch. In fact my old dentist (he passed away from cancer about 6 years ago) would always sit with me and calm me down.
Everybody have a wonderful evening.