Recently my 95-year-old mother had her teeth cleaned and I doubt if she drew a full breath the entire time. I could tell she was extremely tense and have to give her credit for cooperating with the hygienist and the dentist. By the time we left, she was exhausted to the point she declined my suggestion to stop for ice cream, a first for her. She just wanted to get home.
Mom describes herself as a "worrier." On a normal day she is anxious and jittery, on top of the dementia. So it does little good to try and reason with her and actually can make it worse.
Meanwhile, we have an appointment later this month (August 2013) with Mom's primary care doctor to see about a medication which might help her through the dental appointments and other such situations. In the past, I’ve eagerly researched drugs and then cringed at the possible side effects and gave up the idea.
So, I would greatly appreciate hearing from other caregivers who have had similar experiences. Please tell about medications which have worked. All responses will be appreciated. Thank you.