After years of fear of dental treatment, my mouth got in such a state that I had to go for a consultation. I was so anxious I had to take lessons in Tai Chi to learn to breathe properly in order to calm myself down.
I eventually plucked up the courage to venture into John Sullivan’s dental practice which is just around the corner from my home.
John recommended that I have sedation during treatment to ease my anxiety. As well as being anxious I was very embarrassed about the state of my teeth and that I was scared of the dentist. I think my anxiety was rooted in a few bad experiences I had with a dentist when I was a child. Not only was this person not very child friendly but I endured months of excruciating pain because he botched up a treatment in my lower gum. From then on I started having severe panic attacks at the thought of going to the dentist.
After my first treatment with sedation I could hardly believe John had worked on my mouth.
Once sedated I felt no anxiety, no pain during or after and most surprisingly, no memory, even though I was conscious. I can only remember John telling me he was finishing up. The other two treatments I had with sedation were the same. The experience was actually pleasant.
I now feel I can try treatment without sedation as I’ve developed trust in John and his team. I feel I had good reason to fear dentists but I do regret not facing my fear earlier in life. The dental treatment I received has made such an improvement to my overall well being. I’m not ashamed to smile as my two lower front unsightly teeth have been replaced. My mouth feels cleaner and healthier due to proper cleaning and filling. Most importantly I have no pain in my mouth so I’m happier and more pleasant.
I wouldn’t have got where I am now without the sedation so I highly recommend it, it’s worth every penny because having a healthy pain free mouth and not being ashamed to smile is priceless.
I’d just like to add that the care and expertise of John and his team, Reda the dental nurse and Aoife the receptionist is second to none. They did all they could to reassure me and made me feel I was in control of the whole experience, so I highly recommend this dental practice too.