I’m afraid of the dentist

I’m 42 years old less things fear me than they once did. Life experience shows me that I am able to cope with much that is flung at me that once scared me. But I am still afraid of the dentist.

Why? Well to be honest it’s not because I have had bad experiences at the dentist. I can’t really give a rational reason for it but the truth is it gets me in the same state as I am when I have to give a presentation. Having nerves when presenting to a group of people or to a conference is understandable. In fact the nerves work for me in this instance the more nervous I am the more I am likely to give a good presentation. Positive nerves as it were with the result I give of my best.

But the dentist is not in that league is it? Yet this morning when I woke and realised that today was D day . My nerves started and by the time I got myself in the car I was actually shaking. By the time I got to my destination my tummy had butterflies and I was having a hard time keeping myself calm.

I don’t always get in such a state but this was a new dentist. Firstly I didn’t know where it was and secondly I didn’t know what to expect. After eleven years of living in the Scottish Borders I have finally got an NHS dentist cutting all final ties with Edinburgh and saving me a day’s time to go to the dentist. My fear was I would get lost even though I know Gala well and that the dentist would take one look at my mouth and declare fillings galore!

The reality? I found the dentist no problem at all and with plenty of time to spare. I got a clean bill of health and the practice was very warm and welcoming. But yet even now an hour later my nerves are slowly subsiding. As the simple fact is that I am afraid of the Dentist. And at 42 I don’t think its a fear that is going to leave me.

So as a treat this afternoon I am off to the hairdressers. I am looking forward to that but in reality there is much more that could go wrong there! No matter I love going to the hairdresser but I’m afraid of going to the dentist!

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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