Hey, I've visited these forums during school hours but never thought of registering because I was sure nobody could help me, but I'm starting to get pretty worried about my teeth.
The first time I went to the dentist's was when I was about 6 or 7 and they tricked me into injecting something into the back of my hand and putting me to sleep (I think I was asleep, at least...) while they gave me four fillings and pulled out two baby teeth that had gone bad.
Then the next time was checking for whether braces would do me good (not really a dentist visit, but anyways), they took an x-ray of my teeth and told me that the only way to fix my 'bite' would be to perform surgery on my actual jaw, so... no question about that, it ain't happening.
Then I went a few years ago to the dental van in school and it was absolutely horrible (even though she barely touched my teeth). As if I wasn't afraid enough, when I started to panic on the chair, I was pinned down to it by some horrible female dentist--I've been in hysterics merely thinking about dentists ever since then.
But recently, my bottom four front teeth have started to grow crooked. They're all kind of pushed in to different degrees and I have a feeling it's because my wisdom teeth are cramming everything forwards so they can come out. Not only this, but I have actual tartar build-up (not as horrifying as the image in Wikipedia thank God) on the backs of my teeth and I've been frantically scratching at them with my nails in an attempt to get them off so I don't need a dentist's help. My mother doesn't help much either, telling me every time one of her fillings falls out and what a horrible job Australian dentists are doing nowadays, so I am literally petrified to the point of preferring death over getting my teeth checked. I'm serious about this, I am frightened into hysteria, I was reading the dental phobia's page and *sobbing*.
My mother doesn't want to pressure me into booking an appointment, she's got the whole "if you want to, do it, if not, oh well" attitude, which means that unless I book an appointment for myself, I'll never get one, nor be motivated to book one.
I just want them to put me under, like, ASLEEP, so I don't have to think about what's happening to my mouth (not that I know much about what they do during tartar cleaning... apart from my friend telling me they take a sharp pointy thing and scrape right under your gums--As you can tell, I have little support...) and so I can forget the experience afterwards. I know about the IV Sedation thing, but I don't think that'll be enough... But I don't know what else to do, so I'm appealing to the people in this site to help me get over this fear somehow I want to eventually have braces and get my teeth straightened out, but with all the stories about pain after "tightening" braces and, I don't know, getting them snagged on something while eating and getting torn off, they're really scaring me. I can't even get my teeth cleaned, how on earth am I gonna get braces..?