my story - I attended the dentist as a kid every few years and recieved the occassional filling and had to have tooth extraction done once. at the age of 16 i stopped going to the dentist and put it off until losing a filling at 21 and deciding i needed to fight the fear and go to the dentist. i had treatment of 6 permanent fillings and was lucky enough to be able to avoid root canal on a molar that was very close to needing it. Ever since (2+ years now) I have attended the dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings and check ups. I have been lucky to stay problem free with the exception of a minor filling i will need in the next few weeks.
my problem - for some reason i have a huge fear of root canal, i have never had one and live with permanent anxiety that my next visit will yield an unseen issue resulting in a root canal. I (like a large amount of users here im sure) make things worse for myself by researching doctor google, currently i have a small white line running horizontally on one of my mollars. there is no pain and everything seems fine, I have managed to convince myself however that this is a stress fracture and will no doubt need a root canal treatment which leads to huge anxiety.
my question - why am i so scared of this? my understanding is that it is just another procedure like a filling which does not hurt and is no more of an issue than getting a tooth filled - is this the case? how can i move forward with my dental anxiety? I am in a good space and am recieving constant treatment/cleaning etc but yet between visits i still amange to convince myself the dentist has overlooked something and I am on the verge of another big issue.
thanks for your help/ideas/advice it will all be put to good use.