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How do I explain myself to my dentist…?

So, when I was 7 years old I had a pretty horrific dentist experience. Basically, I had to have a tooth removed. But the dentist said that because it was a baby tooth, I wouldn’t need any numbing injections. He was dead-fricking-wrong. I remember some nurses holding me down, my mum shouting, and what I can only describe as a pair of pliers. I remember screaming, and there being a lot of blood.

So for years I’ve been terrified of them. I couldn’t even walk on the same street as a dentist’s office without having a panic attack. In the last couple of years I’ve had to have my GP give me diazepam (Valium) just so I can sit in the damn chair. I’ve slowly built trust with my dentist, and I don’t need a huge dose to get me in the chair anymore.

Anyway, late last year I finally got to a point where I no longer needed to have any more work done. I’ve had four teeth removed (thankfully back ones), and several fillings. At least 9 of them. Since I started going regularly a couple of years ago, I’ve learned how to brush and floss properly. And according to the dentist at my last appointment last year, since brushing and flossing properly, I’ve managed to reverse the remaining decay I had left. Or, the start of the decay that was there.

But here’s the thing… The last 3-4 months have been so so stressful. I really stopped taking care of myself. I stopped washing regularly, I stopped eating properly and consumed loads of sugar (I’m type 2 diabetic), I stopped brushing and flossing my teeth, I barely took my medication… I was spiralling into an abyss. I felt angry and hopeless literally 24/7…

Then 6 weeks ago I spoke to my GP who then increased one of my antidepressants. Finally, a few weeks ago I started to feel a bit more like myself and I started taking care of myself better.

I’m overdue for a dental checkup and I’m just so scared. I’m worried they’ll be mad, and lecture me or judge me. And I’m also worried that I’m going to have to have more teeth removed… Any time I think about making the appointment I panic all over again and get really overwhelmed… What should I do? How do I explain myself in a way they’ll understand?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated and welcomed.

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Checking In

I thought it was about time to check in again, also got some pics of the hummingbird feeder outside my window.

It's day 2 of this migraine, had the pain yesterday, fuzzy aura today. Otherwise things are going pretty well. I'm trying to express my thoughts more to my family (my fiancee, his mom, and his son), it feels pretty good. I got into genealogy a little recently and found out I'm like 1/8 Swedish, I think it's pretty cool to think my ancestors could've been badass vikings, it's kinda empowering to me too. My birthday was a little over a month ago and I went to the new age store and got a book called Witchcraft Therapy, it's a lot about manifestation and putting your energy towards good things, I like it. I go to the dentist later today for fillings, unfortunately medicaid turned down the authorization for the root canals and crowns so I don't know what I'm going to do about that. Still kicking around the idea of sending my parents a letter (I cut off contact 3 1/2 years ago).

So yeah, things are pretty good on average. I hope everyone else is hanging in there, if you need to talk message me, I'm on at least once a day.

#CheckInWithMe #Migraine #Nature #Dentist #ancestry #Reconciliation #Book #manifestation

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Good afternoon

I think the pain meds i had taken from the #Dentist gave me the frog barin and makes me feel very tired. Did anyone get any side effects from them? If you ever had to take pain bills? I haven't took any today. #TheMighty #MightyTogether #MentalHealth

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I got one tooth pulled today. I think i did ok. I was pretty calm. I did cry a little on the drive to Torontro to the dentist. I guess it also brings back when i was in the big city with my mom in the past. Anyways i have to go back 3 more times. It wasn't so bad. I did not feel a thing. I just heard the cracking. But i think doing it this why instead of being put under and having all done at once is harder on me and just a huge blow. I go back again in 2 weeks. I'm just tired and have a little headach. I have ate a little. I had some yummy. LEast the dislabity is paying for this.

Just a long drive there and back. Amyways the stress ball helped me. Thinking postive thoughts/ The dentist made sure my tooth was frozen so i won't feel it. Which is good. Cuz last time i did feel the last one being pulled. OUCHY.

#TheMighty #MightyTogether #Depression #Anxiety #Dentist #tired #MentalHealth

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I feel a little sad and depressed to night. Just venting/up date

Ok. So i have to take out a few more teeth before i can work on my fake teeth, I might just get one side done first. Anyways this dentist is only gonna pull a few at a time. Instead of all at once. So it will be easier for me. Having all done at once takes a troll on you. It isn't fun being pput a sleep. Cuz i remmeber still being able to feel one being pulled out. This dentist place i feel comfortable and the dentist seems nicer.

Well with my funding for my support worker from last year is almost done. So intill aprill when it starts back up again. I'll only have a worker come every other Friday. I wounder if this is with other people to? Does every one in the day progrham have the same amount of funding? Or is it based on each persons needs i wonder. Oh well ii's really just 2 months.

#TheMighty #MightyTogether #Depression #Anxiety #Dentist #MentalHealth

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Gloomy & depressing. Bored. Blah

I feel a little sad tonight. I almost feel like i wanna cry for unknown reason. OIr maybe it's because of the #Dentist on Tuesday. It will just be talking about it. Taking xray of my teeth. I still feel #anxious and full of #Anxiety #MentalHealth #Depression

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Just a update.

So i have been feeling very #anxious So much #Anxiety . I have to get a few teeth pulled again. (before i can move on to making my fake teeth) I really don't wanna go threw this anymore. I did it before and i can do it again. I just wanna get this all done. What worries me is it's gonna be even harder to eat now. Will i be able to eat? That is why i don't like going some place to eat for lunch with workers. Simply because i have trouble eating at the moment. UGH. I don't like the #Dentist I cried this morning.

#TheMighty #MightyTogether #Depression #MentalHealth So today i did go for a walk afther my zoom group, even with it being cold. I needed to clear my head, I feel tired. Was just watching some disney and eating chocolate. ha

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I'M so done with winter.

I can't believe Jan is almost over. We got #snow UGH. Just feeling blah. I have to go to the #Dentist in the morning. Not looking forward to that. But who is. I always feel #Anxiety and so #anxious to go. I'M just really tired and all. #TheMighty #MightyTogether #MentalHealth #Depression

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I don't know what is wrong with me. Today was a okay #sunday . It was cold but sunny. I have no idea how but one of my few tooth chipped last night. I don't even know how that happened. I wasn't even eating anything hard. Im going to the #Dentist for a cleaning in a few weeks. Hope i can get it fixed. I still need to to get in some fake teeth to. So yeah. It's hard when you can't really eat something things cuz it's hard. I'M such bad luck with my teeth. Must of been that chooalte i ate . It was a little hard.

I don't know why i feel so depressed & sad. I don't know why i feel like crying. Just having a off day. I hate when i buy a book i already have. Like today. oh well.

#TheMighty #MightyTogether #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth

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