There are few things that scare me as much as the dentist’s chair. Maybe it’s because I’ve had 8 teeth pulled during the most sensitive years of adolescence, including my wisdom teeth that had not even made their debut. Maybe it’s the sharp sounds of the drill, the slurpy thing that feels like it’s going to eat the insides of my cheeks and then the rest of my face, or the sharp thing that threatens to poke my eyes out at any minute. Or maybe it’s just the vulnerable feeling of having my mouth wide open for eternity, feeling the need to swallow but not being able to, and then not having any idea what they’re going to do next in there.
I see “dentist appointment” on my calendar, and I seriously want to cancel and sometimes, I actually do. I don’t want to talk about it.
My sister is a dentist, which should be comforting. But she’s in Alaska, and I’m in Texas, so it kind of doesn’t count. To cope, I managed to reduce my scheduled cleanings to once a year instead of twice, but in the end, there was no way around it. I needed those check ups and cleanings, and sitting in that chair with my mouth wide open, jaw cramps and all, was the only way it was going to happen.
And so, I did what anyone else who was petrified would do. I took it to Google. And Google was so good to me.
I found homeopath Joette’s post on using homeopathy before and after a visit to the dentist for a less painful experience. If you have visited my blog before, you know that I love homeopathy. It’s all natural, so that means I can also use it on my little ones without worrying about side effects. That makes me happy.
The original post had information for dealing with a tooth surgery, so I tweaked it a bit for my cleaning and actually shocked my hygienist, who has been cleaning my teeth for the past seven years. As she did her thing with the pokey object, I didn’t so much as flinch. She kept apologizing for “hurting” me, and I just kept coaching her along. She really had no idea what hit her. I didn’t turn into a log like my 10-month old when she gets into her car seat nor did I tear through the seat with my nails. My head stayed calmly on the head pillow and didn’t inch its way off the chair in a contorted and impossible position. I stayed put like a yawning hippo and let her work. And then when it was all over, I didn’t have to worry about swollen gums. Everything was good to go.
Okay, so I know this was only for a cleaning and check up, but I usually have anxiety and leave in pain, so this was a call for celebration. I have since used the protocol to remove a silver filling (I’m mercury free now!) and felt just a tinge of the needle before I numbed up. It worked like a charm. (I have seriously been so nervous at the dentist that I had to walk out after four anesthetics would not numb me up. It wasn’t until I rescheduled, left the office, and drove away that my nerves calmed down and the medicine was able to work. I got home looking like a chipmunk and spent hours fumbling over my tongue in my efforts to communicate. It was awful.)
But that’s all over now. I can prepare first thing in the morning with a dose of Aconitum to calm my nerves then follow it up with a dose right before my appointment. I can also take a dose of Hypericum on my way to the dentist’s office for any shooting pain and Arnica right before my appointment for soreness. No anxiety and no pain, and if I end up sore a few hours later, I can take another dose of Arnica and take care of it. I heart homeopathy.
If you have something more intense taking place at the dentist, (I am SO sorry!) consider checking out Joette’s original post with a more detailed protocol–especially for those with a history of teeth problems. It may dramatically lessen the overall pain of the experience and call for less pain meds (if any) afterwards.
What’s your favorite protocol for dealing with the dentist?
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