Reply To: I Am Scared of the Dentist – What is the Procedure Like?


I know how you feel JonDay. Everyone is afraid of the dentist to some degree, don’t let anyone tell you they’re not. When I went in to get the surgery done, I was scared beyond belief, trust me. I’m typically not a very anxious person, but in the weeks leading up to the procedure the thought of it sent shivers down my spine and gave me cold sweats.

To be honest, once the Novocaine kicks in, you’re good to go. All you’ll feel is the force/vibrations caused by the grinding and tugging as they work on your teeth. I was given 4 shots before they reshaped a tooth with a grinder and then 4 more shots before extracting a tooth that was decayed. You’ll feel no pain whatsoever. This helped me to relax and just let them do their work.

If you think you’ll still be extremely anxious even if you’re totally numb, they can sedate you for the duration of the surgery.

Here are a few tips that helped me reduce/overcome my fears:

  • Find a dentist who listens to your concerns, takes them seriously and offers solutions such as hypnosis, sedation and lots of reassurance.
  • Read a book or listen to music while you’re waiting for your turn.
  • Think positively. Don’t dwell on the “what-ifs” of the situation.
  • Promise to reward yourself with a fun activity or something you enjoy after the procedure.