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    I Need So Much Dental Work

    <p>I Need So Much Dental Work</p>
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    The meds make me feel sick, Make me tired. UGH! I just feel tired today. I have been putting the pill in my soup and oatmeal and not really been able to eat it all. Simply because iy makes the food taste gross. Makes me feel sick. yuck. #meds #Dentist #Depression I could go to bed now. lol Least my mouth feels better now and no more pain.

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    I was at the dentist yesterday, I got my teeth pulled that needed to come out. I'M glad it's done and over with. I had a little pain and been taking pain pills. It helps and ice packs. I was put asleep for it. But just only felt a little. Just been eating soup and lots of pudding. ha. So i will be getting replacement teeth. The dentist was nice and friendly. Understanding my anxiety. But yeah not fun and never wanna go threw this again. My disliabty paid for it. and covered the pills. So greatful for this. #Dentist #Depression

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    My #Anxiety is SOOO high right now. I don't wanna go to the #Dentist in the morning. I also at the sametime wanna get it over with. #Depression

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    UGH!So emotional. #TheMighty #MightyTogether

    Today i got up feeling such huigh #Anxiety . My mind was thinking about the #Dentist next week. I'm feeling scared to go(getting teeth pulled) I cried today in my group and someone asked me if i was okay. I got to talk about what was wrong. IT was nice how in my groups people are kind and show you support. That made me feel better. I also think with #MothersDay coming around my mood was ugly and down.

    Today with my worker it wasn't bad. I'M starting to warm up with this person. I still miss the other one i had. But you make the best of things. #Depression

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    Nera Birch

    5 Things I Want My Dentist to Know as an Autistic Adult

    I absolutely hate going to the dentist. I know that most people do, but as someone who is autistic, it is a complete minefield full of anxiety, sensory issues, and being touched. Here are 5 things I want my dentist to know. 1. My nervousness is not a sign of intellectual disability. When I get anxious, I have a very hard time masking. I flap, rock, and wring my hands. Every time I go to the dentist, because of the intense fear I am displaying and the fact that they can see an autism diagnosis in my file, I get asked questions such as, are you your own guardian or who drove you here? The answer to both is me. Just because I am quaking like a leaf does not mean I can’t function in other aspects of my life. Of course, people with intellectual disabilities also deserve respect and quality care, but making assumptions based on a person’s stimming and behavior can be harmful. 2. I am not afraid of the pain. I’m afraid of the difficult sensory experience ahead of me. I hate the sounds of the drill, the noise my teeth make while metal scrapes against them, and the brightness of the light shining above me. I wear headphones with a podcast while there, but I can still hear the shrill buzzing of the drill and feel it vibrating around my skull. Normally, if I get too sensory overloaded I flee the situation, but you can’t do that at the dentist. 3. The worst part of going to the dentist is not the going to the dentist part. It is the week before. My anxiety slowly starts ramping up and by the day before the appointment, I can think of nothing else. By the time I get into the waiting room, I have spent a couple of days in abject terror thinking about my appointment. The dental work is always far less bad than my anxiety makes it seem. 4. This is an appointment I might have put off for far too long, not just because I am scared, but because even the act of calling to make the appointment drains me. I am getting much better at this, but I used to not go to the dentist until I was feeling intense pain, which led to me getting many cavities, fillings, and root canals that might not have been needed if I had gone to the dentist on a regular basis. 5. I have trouble remembering to brush my teeth. I have not-so-fantastic executive functioning skills and it can be difficult to remind myself to do basic human tasks. This too has led to more dental work that would not have happened if I had remembered to brush my teeth every night. I get very embarrassed going to the dentist because I don’t want them to judge either me or my teeth. I am working hard to fix this. I have a reminder set on my phone to brush my teeth and I make sure to keep my toothbrush in a visible space so I can be prompted.

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    Has anyone had breakthrough migraines and found out from their dentist it’s really due to teeth grinding or cleanching ? #DentalCare #Dentist

    <p>Has anyone had breakthrough migraines and found out from their dentist it’s really due to teeth grinding or cleanching ? <a class="tm-topic-link ugc-topic" title="dental care" href="/topic/dental-care/" data-id="5b45b1b700553f33fe6ee6d0" data-name="dental care" aria-label="hashtag dental care">#DentalCare</a>  <a class="tm-topic-link ugc-topic" title="dentist" href="/topic/dentist/" data-id="5b23ce7600553f33fe9910df" data-name="dentist" aria-label="hashtag dentist">#Dentist</a> </p>
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    Always something

    <p>Always something</p>
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