My DENTIST wants me on anitdepressants or anti anxiety meds!
Went to the dentist yesterday for a crown due to a cracked molar, and when the first shot of anesthesia went in, she hit a nerve and made my front teeth zing. She apologized and said that sometimes happens. Then right after the second shot went in the racing heart started and I said "and here comes the fake panic attack" and she chuckled and said "Real one are more fun." and I said "Well, I just had one yesterday morning" and then she started in with the are you doing anything to treat it yet? "I've been seeing you as a patient for a few years now and you have ALL the oral signs of someone who fights depression. I strongly encourage you to go talk to your doctor and get on meds. Your kids need their mom to be happy..." I understand where she is coming from, but I just got diagnosed with estrogen depletion due to breastfeeding and that STUPID idea to use depo for two rounds... My doc has me on a vaginal cream to combat that and I've been bouncing back up the past few weeks and, with the exception of that panic attack two mornings ago) have been happy and feeling normal again.
Anyway, just wanted to vent a little. I understand where she is coming from and why she is saying it, but I NEVER feel human when on meds. And please, no-one say it's the wrong meds or the wrong dose. They just are not for me, it's my personal choice and my GP has only ever offered or given them to me when I have asked for them.
Depression is regularly treated with antidepressant medication, which has been shown to have numerous side effects, some of which affect dental health.Depression presents cognitive and vegetative symptoms that can impact dental health. Problems may arise from depressive symptomatology, physiological sequelae of depression, or from side effects of antidepressant medication.
Symptoms of depression such as decreased self-worth, energy, and motivation may interfere with a patient’s oral hygiene or compliance with dental recommendations.