Welcome! This is an online support group for anyone who is very afraid of dentistry or who suffers with dental phobia. Please note that this is NOT a general dental forum! You can find a list of them here.
You give me hope Adia! I also couldn't believe the jar of problem patients. When you have enough problem patients to warrant a jar, then you better look at what you are doing. I'm a teacher and if I teach a lesson and many of my students don't understand it, I have to re evaluate how I'm teaching it. I don't, for one second, assume that it is the fault of all my students... rather, it is a clear indication to me that I need a new approach.
I think that your fears will make you all the better in your career (although I wish you speedy success in over coming them!!). Empathy is something I find lacking in many health care fields these days. Medical professionals are often taught the science and not taught the human component of what they do. Kudo's to your instructor for showing off her patient skills to a whole class.
My hubby had his first dental visit in 10 years or so, lucky non phobic he is, only has one cavity and needs the obvious clean (makes me sick!!) However he has been told he has been brushing his teeth to hard and the gums are receeding above his front teeth.