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I am extremely scared of the dentist due to assault
I was raped and sexually assaulted as a teenager. As a result of that I have an extreme phobia of going to the dentist. In the last 20 years I have only been twice. Just the thought of going leads me to hyperventilating. Laying down in the chair makes me feel very vulnerable.Â Â Someone standing over me makes me feel extremely uneasy. Once things go in my mouth I feel like I have lost all control and I hyperventilate with panic. I loose all ability to be able to communicate how I am feeling even before and after the appointment.Â
I know I need to go but have no idea how I will manage to do it. Should I tell the dentist before why I am so scared or just tell him/her that I am scared?
Im so sorry you have had this devastating experience .
Your fears and reaction to being at the dentist are your minds” way of telling you to get out of what it perceives to be a dangerous place .
My thoughts are that you should find a female dentist , and that hard as it may be that you should tell them the truth .
Otherwise the dentist will have no idea whats happening to you , or how to cope with it themselves .
If you were seeing me then I would sit with you away from the dental chair in the first place and just talk through your issues , one step at a time .
There is some good information for sexual abuse survivors on www.dentalfearcentral.org .
If you could manage a private consultation that would be best , or seek out the local Community Dental Service . Your dr may also be able to refer you for Psychological Therapy in relation to the dental environment .
I hope this helps a little