I am a rape victim. I haven’t been to the dentist in a while. The reason for that is I usually use sedation dentistry, but ever since the attack I can’t bear the idea of being down with people over me. Plus, I’m scared of what will happen when I’m “under”. Is there something that can help make this easier?
I am so very sorry for what you’ve experienced. It will probably take you a while to feel safe, but that oesn’t mean you have to skip the dentist’s office. You should even be able to have sedation and feel safe.
First, I would explain to your dentist the situation. I noticed you didn’t put your name, so maybe you’re uncomfortable talking about it face to face, especially if your dentist is a man. In that case, you could have a trusted friend explain to your dentist or maybe you can speak with the hygienist and have her speak to the dentist. I’m sure given the circumstances, they will allow you to have a friend back with you. That way, you’ll be comfortable being “asleep” and feeling safe.
You might also consider bringing a blanket, so you don’t feel so exposed. If you enjoy music, bring that as well.
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