Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Breathing skills, sure helped when my wisdom tooth was extracted.


I had an infected, painful wisdom tooth. I’ve had it being painful for many years. But, it got worse, so I decided I had to get it taken out.

The x-rays showed the wisdom tooth was embedded in the bone, it was only partially erupted and was infected.

I was pretty nervous when it came to the dental surgeon taking it out. Just the thought of feeling trapped in the chair, with people leaning over me, is a trigger. I am a severe abuse survivor and feeling trapped, is not easy to deal with.

Pain, is also a trigger. Having severe PTSD and Complex PTSD, means I can and do have many triggers, leading to visual, emotional and somatic flashbacks.

I decided I would utilise every PTSD, anxiety strategy I could, to help me manage this situation. Including breathing and mindfulness skills.

And I prayed for strength and the capacity to deal with this.

The extraction procedure was not pleasant. Just hearing the saw I knew she was using to cut the bone, was horrible.

But, I remained absolutely calm throughout. I was breathing….. in for 4…… and out for 4. And praying I would not feel pain. I shut my eyes the whole time, because I didn’t want to see them leaning over me. That helped with not feeling so trapped.

The dentist knew I was nervous because I told her I was nervous. She also said it could take 45 mins as I would need regular breaks and to raise my hand at anytime for a break. I didn’t raise my hand once for a break. And she said I was remarkably calm throughout. She even told my husband how calm I was and how well I did. It was not 45 minutes, because I didn’t need breaks.

She made a pretty big deal about how well I handled the whole procedure.

What she didn’t know, was I also have severe PTSD. If she knew that, she would have been even more impressed.

So, I’m pretty pleased with myself, for handling it all well. I even surprised myself.

The strategies that I have spent a lot of time learning, practising and perfecting, really came in very handy today.

Now, I just have to face getting a PAP smear done. This is about 8 years overdue. And will be far more of a trigger to manage. Hopefully, it will go as well as this procedure went.

For strategies to help manage PTSD, anxiety etc….. see my Website @ http://www.healingfromcomplextraumaandptsd.com/ under Coping Strategies.

~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

2 thoughts on “Breathing skills, sure helped when my wisdom tooth was extracted.

  1. Wow! It’s great you could use all the strategies to keep yourself so calm. You can be very proud of yourself. (I’ll go take a look at the strategies, maybe it can help me as well)
    Do you think you’ll take your husband with you to the smear? Maybe that helps?