Sue,You are not troubling me at all! I am very happy to hear from you, anytime.After the trauma you have suffered, what you feel is very natural. What the dentist is going to do can trigger the same feelings you had when you were traumatized. The vulnerability and the sensations can be difficult to separate in your mind. There are some things you can do to make this situation easier to handle. One, consider letting the dentist know that you feel very anxious. You don't have to say why, but if you want to, let him know that you have been traumatized. He will understand. Also, ask that you be put under while you are sitting up. That way, you feel you have some control. Practice your relaxation exercises. If you don't have any, here is a link:http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htmTry to picture scenes in your mind that make you feel safe. Imagine somewhere that you can be that no one can hurt you. Picture the details of this scene, adding smells, tactile sensations, etc. Practice this scene in your mind starting now so you can call it up easily when you get to the dentist.Take head phones with you to the appointment. Put soothing comforting music on your MP3 or IPod and listen to it until you relax.Let me know if you feel these will work for you.Kate
It was not a daft question at all. It makes perfect sense you would feel this way.
You can use the sensory imagery anywhere anytime to calm yourself down. It also can help you fall asleep faster as well.
I hope it all goes well. If you want to, let me know how it goes. You will be in my thoughts.