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Advice needed from Boston-area folks! 
26th-Apr-2013 12:22 pm
I need to go to the dentist.

I find dentist visits extremely fucking triggery. Like, when I googled local dentists, I had to throttle down my panic reaction. Last dentist visit, I ended up triggered and shaking and unable to speak in a normal voice for a while.

So I think what would be best for me is dentistry under sedation.

Like I said, even googling and looking at websites has been freaking me out, so I'm hoping that y'all might have some recommendations. Does anyone have a really good dentist who might be reasonably trauma-aware and use sedation?
26th-Apr-2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
I cannot help you directly. I will say that I know it's not unheard of. A friend of mine with severe dental anxiety had her dentist proscribe something for her to take beforehand, because of it.
26th-Apr-2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
My little sister had to have a lot of dental stuff, up to and including gum grafts, when she was little. To help stave off panic attacks before she ever got to the building, the dentist gave her mild sedatives to take an hour or so before her appointment.
26th-Apr-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)

Admired Smiles in Hingham.


Dr Hegazi is kind, competent, gentle, and charming. His hygenists are also kind and gentle.

This is the only US dental practice I've been to that hasn't given me a ration of shit about my UK NHS dentistry (what was I supposed to do? I grew up in England, it's what we got.) or my dental phobia.

Because they've treated me so well, I've actually managed to keep going back for regular cleanings for over 3 years now. This is a first for me.
26th-Apr-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Dr. Karen Bright of Bright Dental is very kind and very concerned about pain control. I also understand she's excellent for working things out if one does not have dental insurance. She's the only dentist I've ever had who has actually managed to cope with my weird nerve wiring and get me completely numb for work.

I know she doesn't use gas, but she may work with sedation, I've never asked. I do know she's got a lot of kids who come to her, and I've heard her work with them and she's pretty awesome at dealing with their anxiety. I think she would be very straightforward and practical as to whether she thought she could work with you, given your severe anxiety.
26th-Apr-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I can't help you, but I'm wondering how dentistry under sedation works -- are patients allowed to have a "friend" with them, to witness the procedure so that nothing hinky goes on?

Good luck with everything. I know how much that freaks you out. *sends mental vibes of strength*
26th-Apr-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
You might want to give Smiles By Rosie over in Somerville a call. Rosie is part of the larger social circle you and I walk in, and I believe she would do her best to work with you. Frankly, I'd be shocked if she didn't.
26th-Apr-2013 05:59 pm (UTC) - Trying to find it
There was a dentist in my town, or so the person said it was in my town, who did relaxation dentistry using sound to mimic the sort of relaxation state you get under sedation w/o the chemicals in your body. I'll keep looking.

The system is called http://www.nucalm.com/for-dental-professionals/nucalm-system.cfm
26th-Apr-2013 06:03 pm (UTC) - Re: Trying to find it
Found it:

http://rwsdds.com/ the facebook page lists the nucalm
26th-Apr-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Some of the dentist posts in davis_square may be worth a look. (Or make your own post there, if you don't already find what you're looking for.)

ETA: And here's a brand new post by someone whose needs may be similar to yours.

Edited at 2013-04-27 03:34 pm (UTC)
26th-Apr-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
If you're currently registered with a dentist, you can ask them for recommendations. They tend to know other dentists to refer people to. (You can get someone to call the office to ask this for you!)

The last dentist I went to to be put under was in upstate NY, so I'm not much help there.
26th-Apr-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid my awesome dentist is in north Dallas, so not much use, but I do recommend one of the things my sister and I have found helpful. Since one of the triggers we associate with the dentist's office is the smell, putting a little perfume under your nose can help block it. She also adds a specifically-made playlist and a stuffed animal to help her relax until the sedation kicks in, but some people may have more concern for their dignity than that, I dunno. And I go with and sit in the waiting room the entire time she's there.
26th-Apr-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
If you don't find a good local option and a 2hr. drive is acceptable to get what you need, ping me for my dentist's contact information. They work with my own issues very well, and the last time I was in, they paired me with an assistant who has firsthand experience with anxiety in the chair. I do not know if they sedate, but can find out easily enough.
27th-Apr-2013 05:30 am (UTC)
My dentist is Dr. Geoffrey Davis in Copley Square, and I've always liked him, but I have no idea if he uses sedation or not. Should I try to find out for you?

(Around 10 years ago, he used to take out ads in the local LGBT papers during Pride season featuring a photo of him in his leathers, arms folded, with the caption "Wouldn't you rather have ME in your mouth?" I have one of these clipped out & posted on my fridge, FWIW. :-) I asked him once if the ads got him more business, and he said yes; the only downside was that sometimes people were disappointed that he was wearing his scrubs while working on their teeth, and not his leathers!)
27th-Apr-2013 11:41 am (UTC)
If you could, that would be great; thank you. (Queer-friendly also nice!)
2nd-Jan-2014 12:42 am (UTC)
(Did you get around to this?)
2nd-Jan-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
Damn it...anyway, here's his website. I'll see about calling him soon, OK?
2nd-Jan-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
Okay! Saw some good recs in the Davis Square community too...
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