Not All Dentists Are Evil

You might think me dramatic when I say that I am terrified of going to the dentist, but you are looking at a girl who is scared to talk to waiters at a restaurant. Pointy things in one’s mouth in comparison is dread inducing. With that being said, I had to face my fears today and attend a dentist appointment, for my wisdom tooth pain outweighed the fear of seeing the dentist.

If you think that is pathetic, I had to have not one, but two chaperones to this usually mundane event. Having the support though, well, it helped get me there in the first place.

The waiting room was when my anxiety kicked in fully and I was watching the hands ticking on the giant clock on the wall, anticipating my turn to go beyond the automatic doors. Of course, I did not get to go in on time and so those extra minutes waiting was torture.

Finally, I was greeted by the dental nurse and was escorted to meet my doom. Okay, that is a little too dramatic, even for me. I met the dentist and got past the awkward stage of my announcing I do not speak Swedish and then I proceeded to cry and share my concerns with the strangers in front of me.

Yes, I literally burst into tears. They were very kind and listened as best they could to my mumbling mess of sentences and they did a great job of easing my anxiety. I think with the lack of sleep, food and the 9/10 pain I have been experiencing for the last 5 days, I was to say the least, a tad sensitive.

Once in the chair they examined the issue and talked me through my options. The fun part being that to have the wisdom teeth extracted, I will have to have an operation. Another fear for another day I suppose.

I have never been to an appointment where the dentist portrayed genuine concerns for my irrational anxiety, I think my experiences in the past painted a picture that all dentists were evil, fearful creatures. When in fact, of course, they are just fellow human beings just like you and I.

It just goes to show that what some people, perhaps most people find normal, can be huge, daunting tasks for others. Simple understanding is a huge help and until recently is not something I have experienced from others before. I am forever grateful for the support I have from my family here in Sweden, without them, I would still be lost. I feel very fortunate to have them in my life.

For now, I will continue to eat soup and mashed potato, until I get the date for the dreaded day. I know it should not be a big deal, but that is anxiety for you.

Until next time, smile.

-Sara

 

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  1. Well done. The anxiety was probably added to by how long you were waiting to get it done. It would have been long term discomfort or stress, so you have done brilliantly in getting each thing done along the way to get it done.
    Not many people understand dental work as being a goal unless they have steered their ship through dark waters. Healthy teeth connects to many other areas of personal health, and comfort.

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      1. The seemingly small achievements can be so hard fought for. You rock. I wonder if crocodiles get dental help?

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      2. I had root canal work done this year. Have had several (someone put a brick in my mouth several years ago). This one was unrelated though and the dentist was telling me I was imagining it. When I finally got it started he had to concede that the nerve damage was bad and I was right in saying I had discomfort. I often find it easier to take the pain of such things than trying to explain to someone who didn’t get out much as a teenager about it.
        I am pretty sure that you had to listen to me through some of that so you should be compensated too 😂🤣😄

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  2. Good going! Glad you managed to face it and i hope you feel better soon. My dentist had oncerns my wisdom teeth, but never had issue with them. Though i do need to make an appointment asap as one tooth needs removing i think. (Sensitive as hell)

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  3. I’m proud of you of going to the dentist ❤️ I wish you good luck 🍀 I’m also scared as hell for the dentist. I had a bad experience here in Holland where a dentist didn’t understand my anxiety and said I was being childish which made it worse. I went in Spain and they told me the 4 wisdom teeth have to pulled out but I’m going to do it one by one. I’m still so anxious about it but I will take some meds for my anxiety. The dentist there is so understanding and I also cried and he said that’s okay and that he cries too. He’s also very handsome haha so yeah you are right not all dentist are mean. You just have to find the right one

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  4. This was a lovely read, unfortunately, on the behalf of your despair. I have realized in my few years of adulthood that the dentist triggers my anxiety and if I am careless enough to end up with a cavity (there have been 2 thus far), I will have a panic attack in the chair in anticipation. I’m glad your dentist was able to ease your anxiety a bit. Good luck with your surgery, it will go fine. (:

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  5. I am never sure why people choose to be dentists. They must face so much in their daily duties that would deter a mere mortal. I am just glad they are around as their work can resolve so many oral issues, including pain. As I grew up, my parents did not believe in dentists or doctors and tried to scare me in the same direction with horror stories of what I would face if I ever went for treatment. Thankfully, I overcame this when I met my future wife, a dental assistant (now my wife of 41 years). Before marriage could be considered, I had to improve my dental health and this I did over many appointments. I still am not totally at ease in the chair, but I have overcome most of this. Allan

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  6. I disagree with your blog title – all dentists ARE evil! 😂 Well, maybe not but I still avoid them like the plague. I think you’re incredibly brave doing what you did. I reserve visits to the dentist for emergencies, which it sounds like it was, in your case. Well done 💛

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  7. You don’t have to… no need to explain either. I wouldn’t be much of a friend if I expected or had demands. As long as you are ok. You’ve done fantastically getting through some of the challenges you have

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