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  1. Tess22

    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Hey Holls, He told me he had to break the tooth and was going to use his “drill” and it was going to vibrate more than what they use for a filling so I know that’s coming for sure.
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    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Hi PennyPannic, Thanks for your reply. I think I’m scared of the Valium, gas, and proceedure. Actually the needle too. Not so much the actual act of getting a needle, But the fact they are injecting me with a foreign substance. My anxiety makes me believe that putting things like these meds in my body is going kill me or make me have a reaction and get some of the negative symptoms due to some undiagnosed medical problem I may have (that they haven’t found yet) I feel my throats going to close up, or have my heart rate and blood pressure slow down too far. This is why I don’t take clearly needed SSRI’s either. The thought of him using a drill to break my teeth in 2 pieces and ply it out makes me get heightened as well. He told me the drill will vibrate my head worse than getting a filling. I wonder what that will fell like? What it will taste like? .. I have a horrible image in my head of him holding my jaw with one hand and “yanking” the tooth out with the grippers in his other.
  3. Tess22

    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    I actually had my bf with me but he doesn’t understand the anxiety at all. He tries to be patient but just doesn’t get it. The dentist wouldn’t give me the gas because he said I was way too worked up and it wouldn’t have worked on me. Only Valium. That scares me because I always think I have some undiagnosed medical condition that is a “contradiction” to taking the meds. I really have to figure something out because now I’m so scared about infection and sepsis... here we go again in this never ending circle. To be honest I don’t even think the amoxicillin has killed it completely. I really appreciate your comments and advice though this Holls, I can’t thank you enough. I was actually reading everyone’s messages in the waiting room hoping it would put some rational thoughts in my head.
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    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Thanks Holls. It was a nightmare. I got there and completed freaked out. I cried so bad they put me in a room right away as the people in the waiting room were staring at me. I calmed down for a minute but then the Dentist came in and My anxiety hit the roof. Needless to say I started crying again and hyperventilating. He said he can’t give me the gas because I’m so worked up “it won’t touch me”, and suggested Valium at 10mg I’m assuming as he said he was going to give me more than 5 (no way!) ...That scared me more I said I don’t want anything then. He actually left the room to give me time to process and get ready for the freezing as I asked. He came back in about 10 minutes later and I had my coat on ready to leave. I couldn’t do it. I was such a mess. Leaving relieved my anxiety in the moment but now I feel so sad and upset with myself that I wasn’t able to do it. I’m also now worried that I’m going to get another infection and be resistant to the antibiotics and get really sick this time! (Ugh health Anxiety at its worst, always so fearful).
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    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Hi AnxiousKat I do love the fact that I’ve been hearing the recovery from the gas is fast, as my fear is some serious medical reaction or a panic attack. Thank you very much for sharing, it’s truly helpful to hear about others experiences!
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    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Thanks so much for the additional information, very helpful... and you’re right, a chance to relax would be so welcomed especially after the past few weeks of extreme anxiety regarding tomorrow. So far I’m not going to cancel and I think I’ll try the gas, I figure if I become too anxious with it they can turn it Off (hopefully). I’m going to try and refrain from Doctor Google for the rest of the night too!
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    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Hey Holls! Hope you don’t mind, but I just had a quick question for you, as your comments and all the others on my post were quite helpful... thanks to everyone! I’ve been reading them again to try and keep positive. As you know my procedure is coming up tomorrow and after many nights of research, coupled with you telling me positive things about your experience I’m actually considering the laughing gas instead of Valium as it seems the most safe. I know everyone can react differently to different things, but when you had the gas how did it initially make you feel? My main concern is that I start feeling “weird” and that makes me scared and I have a panic attack. Sometimes I find it helpful to know ahead of time what I’ll feel like so I don’t get as anxious about the strange feelings. Also did you hear any sounds when/if they cracked your tooth or when they were actually pulling it out????
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    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    I’ve actually never had the gas before, it’s the mere thought of it that makes me anxious. I’m having similar issues as you had. They keep getting infected off and on and the latest infection was really hard to treat (they had to up the dose of amoxicillin). It was affecting my jaw and neck a bit (the neck thing might have been my anxiety about health concerns as the dentist and specialist didn’t seem worried about that part). I haven’t even agreed to let them take them both, I told them only one at a time so I’m only scheduled for the one bottom wisdom tooth this time. My appointment is this Tuesday the 16th if I make it there. I keep thinking I want to cancel, but I know that just feeds the anxiety so I’m trying to avoid canceling.
  9. Tess22

    Health Anxiety with an upcoming procedure!

    Hi Holls, Thanks for the reply, very glad to hear your procedure went well. The laughing gas does make me very anxious. Any form of medication does unfortunately.. it’s such a hard spot because my anxiety is so bad, but I’m also way to scared/anxious to try these medications that may help me for fear of death or adverse reactions. I know my dentist was saying that most people just want to be sedated or under general anesthetic when they are very anxious, but I can’t even imagine doing that.
  10. I have very bad health anxiety, to the point I refuse to take any medication (including common ones like Tylenol). When I have to have something as common as a round of antibiotics it’s like torture and I spend hours reading up on the medication and it’s side effects before I agree to take it (sometimes I don’t, or sometimes I ask to change the prescription to one I approve of). Needless to say I refuse to take any of the antidepressants or medications to help with my anxiety or panic attacks, fearing sudden death or the development of an illness related to the medication. This coming Tuesday I have an appointment to get one of my wisdom teeth out ( which I have been prolonging for years) and it’s imperative as it keeps getting infected. I know they are going to have to use freezing which scares me tremendously, as I feel I’m going to instantly die, have some major reaction, or not be relieved of the numb feeling. I’ve obviously had a consultation with this surgeon upon booking the appointment (I cried the entire time). However as the date approaches I’m feeling so anxious I can’t stand it. Today I begged the receptionist to let me speak to the Surgeon again to ask more questions. When I arrived, and was hysterically crying again, he told me I was “the poster child for someone needing to take a Valium before the procedure”. However this makes me so nervous as it’s another drug, and I’m worried as to how I’m going to react. Also I have difficulty taking one medication at a time. This would put me in the position of still being on amoxicillin, taking the Valium the day of, and then getting the freezing right after. I have never taken a Valium in my life and am very worried about taking it and what I will feel like but don’t know how I’m going to make it through this procedure. I guess I’m just wondering if anyone has any advice, or has been through something like this in the past and come out ok. I really don’t want to cancel the appointment as I’ve been told I must get this tooth out, but my anxiety is so high I don’t know if I can do it.