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Posted by: Ann Doyle
02/18/2004, 18:06:28


I have been going to the same dentist for 10 years twice a year.
I have always had bad teeth enamel. This time I was expecting a 1/2 hour cavity fill and ended up with a root canal for 1 1/2 hours looking into that bright light with my eyes closed and my darkest glasses. I think I had my first panic attack and was really shaking.
Soon I need a root canal and it will take 2 hours. I feel like I could use a tranquilizer and the stronger the better. I won't be driving. What is a good one to ask for that just works for a couple of hours? I am off almost all meds right now except Botox. Ann Doyle



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Posted by: June in Toronto
02/19/2004, 05:38:34


Hi Ann, I, too, am going through a root canal - my regular dentist couldn't complete it because of calcified canals. A specialist is going to `try' on Monday meantime the temporary filling has dropped out - not nice all these teeth problems is it? I can't answer your tranquilizer question but would suggest you wear a night mask for your eyes - sunglasses just don't do it. I wear a mask every time I go to the dentist, in fact I always carry one in my purse with my drops/creams, etc, just to be on the safe side. I'm going to put two masks on, on Monday as I notice the specialists lights are very (extra) intense. Good luck to you.

June in Toronto, Canada that is.



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Posted by: June in Toronto
02/19/2004, 05:44:12


Post Script, Ann -I also used, for the first time, a mouth bite (or called something similar). I usually get lock jaw in the winter months from the cold in my jaw and this bite was placed on the opposite side to where the doctor was working. I had my mouth open for over 2 hours and I was able to close it properly after all that time - almost a miracle for me. Apparently this bite has been around for ages and the hygenist referred to it as archaic - hey if it works use it....June



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Posted by: Ann Doyle
02/19/2004, 09:42:19


I too have trouble with my jaw, June. Where would we be without this board?
Shirley and June, It makes it so much easier to know that someone else has gone through it before. Ann D.



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Posted by: Lynn Yarbrough
02/19/2004, 13:34:24


My dentist uses "sunglasses" - actually a pale yellow with UV blockers, when fixing bonding material, and I sometimes ask for them when he is working on something that requires a lot of ordinary but intensive light. I have a theory that UV light is a factor in photophobia; you might try using them to see if they give you some relief. At any rate, tell him about your photophobia and panic attacks -- who knows? She may have a lot of new ideas about how to deal with such things, since they cause some kind of reaction on a daily basis. And, if it's needed your dentist can prescribe what you need to relax you.

My wife worked for several years as ass't. to an oral surgeon. Her trick was to hold the patient's hand during panic situations, injections, whatever. She found it helps a lot.

--- Lynn




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Posted by: Ann Doyle
02/19/2004, 14:52:33


Thanks Lynn, My dentist is new to all this photosensitive business. Even though I wore my very dark ski glasses, it was not enought. I plan on the night shades next time and my walkman. Just expecting it to take 2 hours instead of a half hour will help. The last half hour of the last appointment, the receptionist stayed with me and talked to me amd of I can get a tranquilzer, I will take it.
I had 6 of my 7 babies without even an aspirin --no time (had one in a bed pan),but I have met my match. Ann Doyle



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Posted by: Raymond Fudge
02/19/2004, 15:37:39


For years, even before I knew what BEB was, when setting in a dentist chair I have always asked for a dark cloth to cover my eyes as I have always been photophobic. My first pair of glasses, age 7 in 1957, were tinted as the optometrist noticed how light sensitive I was. I find somethng to block all light and telling the dentist why has helped me muchly through the years. I have never had one to argue or be disrespectful about it either.

Alabama, where it is almost spring like past couple of days. Irisis' are coming up well.




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Posted by: Sally in Idaho
02/19/2004, 22:07:10


Hi Ann,

I've had two root canals in the past couple of years (first one was done by regular dentist and got infection, then referred to specialist). I usually panic and get all upset, but found that when I agreed to use the gas mask it went much easier. Also, they gave me some welder's glasses that were tinted and they really helped.

Good luck.

Sally in North Idaho




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Posted by: Ann Doyle
02/20/2004, 11:13:14


I'll just be glad when it is over. The root canal is. Now I am looking forward to a crown
Here in Ky, only the daffadiles are up. Ann Doyle



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Posted by: Barbara
02/20/2004, 14:00:36


Gas is good. Temporary and you tend to forget everything that going on around you and wears right off. Talk to your dentist about it Barbara



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Posted by: Ann Doyle
02/21/2004, 16:21:22


Thanks Barbara, Will do.



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Posted by: June in Toronto
02/20/2004, 15:17:30


Hey Ann, glad your root canal is over and done with - mine (I hope) will be complted on Monday. Yesterday the tooth broke (I wasn't sure if it was the temporary filling or the tooth) - but it was the tooth and it really cut into my tongue because it was so sharp and jagged. Today I got it filed down so I could cope over the weekend. Forever onward - I, too, will need a crown now! Good luck to us both -I wore 2 night masks and didn't see a speck of light.

June in Toronto




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Posted by: covetwo
02/20/2004, 23:13:17


Ann, Have you tried a sleep mask at the dentist's. That would black out everything.

Catherine




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Posted by: Ann Doyle
02/21/2004, 16:22:24


I plan on it. Ann



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