I am almost 49 and my parents never took me to a dentist. I have pretty good teeth and have never really had pain with them (with the exception of 2 upper wisdom teeth which I chose to suffer through back in my 20s which have over time broken off, went under the gum and don't bother me anymore).
Six years ago I broke a visible tooth and went to the dentist who filled the tooth quickly and painlessly and even went back for another filling. Then I stopped going.
Back in April I went back for what I thought would be for a filling and was told root canal and I doubled up and hyperventilated. The only other option was to extract the molar which I did. It was fast and painless. N20 was a sanity saver!
I need to go now for another cavity and full exam and X-ray and I am absolutely paralyzed with fear!
If nothing has hurt so far, why am I so afraid?
I am deathly afraid of a root canal too.
Could someone please chime in on this? I'm not afraid of injections or anything. Just pain in the chair even though I've felt none yet.
The anxiety is taking its toll on me.