I went to the dentist today and it was a horrible experience. The check up itself went well. They took some x-rays and addressed some issues that I had been having, all of which came back positive. The dentist then said that he had to check gum strength or something which involved sliding a thin instrument down my tooth into the gum line. There was some discomfort, as he told me there would be. He started on the outside of my upper set and proceeded to check the inside. Along the way I started to feel a little funny. My arms started to feel somewhat cold but in an unnatural way. I then noticed that my breathing had started to become faster. I tried thinking of things not related to the dentist but to no avail. After he finished checking the upper teeth he asked me how I was doing and I said that I was sweating. That was an understatement. My shirt was completely soaked and the sweat was running down my face like I had been sitting inside of a sauna. They asked me if I wanted some water and I said yes. He tilted the chair to its normal position so I could drink and that’s when I started seeing stars. The colour drained from my face and I thought I was going to drop to the floor. Luckily he put the chair back down “to get some colour back in my face”. It took some time, maybe 10 minutes or so until I started to feel better. The rest of the check up and routine cleaning was rescheduled for another day. I had had my first anxiety attack in years and the first of this kind of severity. Not fun. I’m glad I remember the majority of the details as I’m sure I’ll be able to use it in a story or novel sometime down the road.
Take care everyone and thanks for reading!