I have been reading for a few months and am hoping to get some support. I have not had dental insurance in about 10 years. I managed to convince myself that the lack of insurance kept me from seeing a dentist, but really it was a fear of going that really stopped me. Needless to say....it was not a good idea. I finally worked up the nerve to find a local dentist and went in for a consult/exam. I was told i would need 3 fillings and an extraction. The fillings went well....i was overcoming my fear and love my dentst....very comforting etc. They had me make an appt to have my tooth extracted....and said i would be able to do it with novacaine and a little nitrous gas.... i was crazy nervous....but decided to go for it. My appointment was today. They numbed me up....and were ready to start with the gas.....but i completely panicked and made them stop. I just did not think i could be awake, held still and let them yank/ pull on my tooth. I was able to make an appointment for a few weeks from now to have it removed by a surgeon.....while im sedated.....but im rigjt back to beating myself up for my stupid fear and feeling terrified of the dentist again. Any words of encouragement?