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        09-18-2012, 07:35 AM
    You get a shot to make it numb, don't you? If so just close your eyes and think about riding your horse, lesson, what to improve, etc. while he works on your teeth - something to keep your brain occupied.

    BTW, I read that you want to brush your teeth -at least- 2 mins twice/day for the paste to work.
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        09-18-2012, 04:01 PM
    I don't think anyone thinks the dentist is fun....I have crap teeth too and always tend to get cavities not matter how well I take care of my teeth.. plus it seems like they never believe me that I have a high medicine tolerance till they have shot me up to drill, to have to shoot me up again (usually 3 times) to drill.. oh well... agree though talk to your dentist or bring an Ipod to listen to while they are drilling...
        09-18-2012, 04:07 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm almost 50 and still cry when I have to go to the dentist. It's my one "phobia" .. I explain to them my fears (usually through tears on the phone) , they allow me to listen to music with my earbuds, and nitrous oxide.

    It's just one of those things you have to talk yourself through .. I feel for you.
        09-19-2012, 05:27 PM
    UPDARE: I survived! Just got back an hour ago. I tried not to think about it. My mom came back in the room with me which helped. The dentist is just the sweetest thing and I told her I was nervous and she told me not to worry the cavities were extremely small and she explained step by step what she was doing. She gave me NO novacain or anything, said I wouldn't need it. Well the first one hardly hurt the second not so much. It hurt pretty bad but luckily I have a high pain tolerance so I survived. I was done in 20 minutes and when I was done I could've hugged the dentist I was so happy that it was OVER! I shed a few tears in the beginning of the appointment but after that I just thought about something else and squeezed my arm real hard till it turned purple while they were drilling hahahaha. Helps me deal with the pain! I"M A SURVIOR!
        09-19-2012, 09:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Yay! I'm so proud of you!
        09-19-2012, 09:49 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm glad you made it out okay!

    I'm horribly afraid of the dentist too. I'm claustrophobic in a strange way. I hate having my mouth or head restrained. When they ask me to open my mouth and hold to open while they work, it scares me. Panics me. The x-ray where they make me bite down on that thing... Horrible. I have TMJ and my jaw use to lock opened. I had a panic attack that sort of ruined me for anything mouth related. I have to get drugged just to get my teeth cleaned.
        09-20-2012, 08:41 PM
    Thanks horse forum buddies for all the support! I'm super happy I survived!

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