Re: What caused your fear or phobia?
It doesn't sound ridiculous at all. We're even more impressionable when we're that age, which is why it's important to have positive experiences at the dentist from the very beginning, so that when our parents take us to the dentist for the first time, we learn that it's a normal part of life (or at least it's supposed to be!) and is not to be feared.
Originally Posted by Aldridge
Your reaction is totally understandable. To be honest, I still don't like the term "put you to sleep" either, especially if I'm in hospital and need surgery... because animals are "put to sleep" and I associate it with my pet rabbit being "put to sleep" when I was about 8 years old.
No wonder you were scared; I think I would have gone berserk too (some of my past experiences were similar to this and I definitely lost it completely). The dentist could have calmed you down and explained what was going to happen so that you felt more comfortable and were not scared, but unfortunately he chose to behave in the way that he did.
As for nurses, well, the nurse who used to help my dentist when I was younger was fairly evil too (she had to be to condone the things that my dentist did and the way that he treated me for years), not so much The Terminator, but more Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. One of the most effective ways to keep a child quiet is to tell them that they've been bad and threaten to tell their parents. I still haven't told my parents nearly 30 years later. It's unforgivable behaviour on their part and a total abuse of trust.
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