I need to have some dental work done, but have serious anxiety issues. My dentist highly suggests I get sedation dentistry, but he insists I have someone that can drive me to and from the appointment as well as stay with me for a while afterwards. I don’t really have that option. I’m raising two kids alone and don’t know anyone in the area because I rarely get out except to go to work. I don’t really talk to anyone there either because of my anxiety issues. If I just tell them I have someone will that work? I’m sure I can do it on my own.
Deanna S. – Little Rock, AR
There really isn’t an option for you to do it on your own. Sedation makes you very drowsly and clumsy. In fact, if your dentist is at all responsible, he’ll check to make sure you have a ride before they release you. In all honestly, you’ll be in no shape to drive or function on your own. Attempting to do so would be extremely dangerous.
I realize you said you don’t have anyone. Is there anyone at your office whom you feel is kind that you could muck up the will to ask?
If not, may I suggest you call a local church and ask if there’s a woman they trust that could go with you. If you explain your situation, I’m sure they’ll be compassionate. Also, tell your dentist what is going on. Maybe they can help you work something out. No guarantee of course, because they have to keep their office staffed, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
The big benefit to all this hasn’t you’re going through is that you’ll have a pain free appointment. It will be worth it.
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