Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor (kistaro) wrote,
Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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Anxiety, redux

Yesterday, I had a dental appointment; it was the latest in a series, since I have shallow decay on several of my molars that's through the enamel. My fault for not getting to a dentist for years after I moved out here after college; better to deal with it now before it gets worse, since it's already as bad as it is.

I've had a lot of anxiety around dentistry for years. Part of it is picked up from my mother, part of it is from a bad experience having dental work done when I was growing up. I've been fortunate to find a very patient dentist who has a lot of sympathy for anxiety issues (given that his anxiety over using the telephone is at least as bad as my anxiety about dental treatments is), so we've been working through things.

Yesterday's appointment was to have three teeth drilled, ideally; it was an unrealistically optimistic plan, but somehow it actually worked out that way. I guess we've found something that works, since I had very little anxiety through the whole procedure- distinctly less than I've had during a dental appointment for years. Hopefully, this won't be an outlier; I've got another appointment next month to, hopefully, finish up all the fillings I need.

I think I'm also realizing, though, how little cause much of my stress and anxiety actually have. I'm feeling more generalized anxiety today than I did yesterday, by a fairly wide margin- and I don't have so much as a guess as to the cause.

Bluh. Maybe I should actually go to a professional about this. I don't know why this has been getting as much worse recently as it has; I've always had low-level anxiety issues, but this is worse than years past, and is persisting.

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